Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Moon


 

Featured image: Three Moons

The moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dark- side of Nature herself. It might reflect inner knowledge, or the phases of man's condition on earth, since it controls the tides, the rains, the waters, and the seasons. It is the middle ground between the light of the sun and the darkness of night, and thus often represents the realm between the conscious and the unconscious. In astrology, the moon is a symbol of the soul, and in the horoscope it determines the subject's capacity for reflection and adaptation. It also provides analogy for the stages of human development: the new moon is infancy, the crescent is youth and adolescence, the full moon is maturity and pregnancy, and the waning moon represents the decline of life, sleep.

~Online sources referenced.


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Blessings From A Red Bird


 Featured image: Red Birds

The allegories associated with red birds are many; who would have guessed?

  1. Some Indigenous Americans believe that the red bird brings blessings and good luck to those who see it or hear its song. Other Native Americans believe that the red bird has the power to protect and guide individuals on their spiritual journeys. The appearance of a red bird can signal impending change or transition.

  2. To see a robin flying can indicate a symbol of renewal, passion and new beginnings. They also represent patience and wisdom. The stork symbolizes rebirth or new life. It is thought to represent new physical or spiritual beginnings.

  3. The red color of the cardinal has been associated with the living blood of Christ. Cardinals have been seen as a symbol of vitality. In the Christian context, the blood of Christ is the heart of its message and the vitality is everlasting.

  4. Cardinal birds are a symbolic bird as it symbolizes positivity amidst the troubles we experience in our life. There is a quote about this belief that goes, “Cardinals appear when angels are near.” Because of this, many have been associated with cardinal sightings on their property to their departed loved ones.

The red bird may be giving you a message that you should accept the flaws in yourself and love yourself exactly as God made you. A cardinal appearing in your dream can also mean that something unusual will happen in your life or that positive life changes are in your future.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Melodies

 


Featured image: Pine Grosbeak

Melodies

….Evening grosbeaks

Singing

……Drip drip drip

….  Snow melting

In between this and

……that

Friday, December 1, 2023

Solitary

 


Featured image: Sacred Places

solitary

sitting in 

solitary

quiet

morning

bathing my eyes

greens…blue…

…yellow…pinks

sweet…sweet

songs

birds singing

soul cleansed 

I

…begin my day

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Does a Rock Have a Smell?

 





Featured image: Rocks Along the Ogami Shore

Does a rock have a smell?

Perhaps moss, earth; but really for the most part rocks, that is a rock all by itself – just washed, doesn’t have a smell.  Well, that is my take anyway.  The lack of smell in a rock illuminates smell in so many other things surrounding it.  For example the rocks in my garden, and their lack of smell don’t distract me from the wonderful smells of my flowers in the garden. 

Smell and no smell need each other. They  are opposites. Life is the same way.  Opposites need each other, difference is extremely important, for it illuminates our otherness, like rocks and flowers.  

Celebrate otherness.  Celebrate life.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Rocks

 



Featured image: Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks

rocks….. lake

superior shore

a striped one catches my

eye …. I gather it

and will journey

with it.


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Earth's Vibrations

 


 Featured image: Earth Sings

I have found ….

     my thoughts

      my words

      my actions

are

in balance

with

earths energy and

vibrations.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Change Is

 



Featured image: Change II

Change Is….

change is …..

happening

north winds

shifting

rattle trees

leaves quiver

their scent in the wind

announcing

change is ….

happening

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Who You Are

 


Featured image: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

When who you are

Can no longer be

What you do

And who you are

Is simply

Who you are

~ Zach Hivey


Tuesday, November 21, 2023

This Land


Featured image: Arizona Landscape
this land…. the land
of
    wanderers
dancers with
the sun the wind
the rain

Monday, November 20, 2023

Parallel Worlds




Featured image: Snow Globe

parallel worlds

gardens surround her

like a snow globe 

blue

sky above her

in parallel worlds

cell phones demand attention

cars filled with folks

going to work   …

yet …

she is able to sit

in a remote place of solace and beauty

a sanctuary

a sheltered 

a snow globe

Friday, November 17, 2023

The Sky Stone Jacket Accepted Into Exhibition


I am absolutely thrilled and deeply honored to announce that my painting "Turquoise Jacket" has been accepted into the highly prestigious "Utterly Profound" exhibition, hosted by ISEA (International Society of Experimental Arts). 

Being selected for this exhibition is a true testament to the power of artistic experimentation and innovation. It's an incredible opportunity to showcase my work alongside some of the most talented artists in the field. 

The online exhibition can be viewed HERE

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the esteemed jury members and the ISEA organization for recognizing the value and uniqueness of my art. It is truly an honor to be a part of this exceptional exhibition. 

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Her Love

 



Featured image: All Things Are Intertwined how can she speak of her love?
for this ground
the wild things
the music of the wind
a finch ….. water on the rocks
its rhythm
flowing
her love is like a piece inside a kaleidoscope.
changing colorful 
patterns    
….  outside she
turns this treasure 
trove of gems
changing … outside
inside
turning …. turning 
her love …. 
 is
the 
yes, yes, yes,
of life.
how can she speak of this love ?????
she is learning

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Foucault

 



Featured image: Tumbled Rocks

What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?” — Michel Foucault

Monday, November 13, 2023

Changing Realities

 

Featured image: Dreamer

…. they are dreamers

seekers of truth

seekers of freedom

gathering stories

as they journey

on paths less traveled

creating

they are dreamers

changing realities


Friday, November 10, 2023

You Are A River

 


Featured image: River's Edge

“You are a river

reaching the depth

of your spiritual seas.”  

Carolyn Riker


Thursday, November 9, 2023

Art is Grounded

 




Featured image: Sky Land Water

Art is grounded in the evolving, changing, formal, visual language that tries to define it.” 
 ~ Christine Alfery

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The Middle Knows

 


Featured image: Crossroads

“We dance around in a ring and suppose

But the secret sits in the middle and knows.” Robert Frost


Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Bridge

 





Featured image: The Bridge

bridge

a dotted line

porous

difficult to cross

finding, locating

…..spirit

….soul

….self 


Monday, November 6, 2023

Talisman III Receives Award

 


Featured image: Talisman III

I am truly humbled and grateful to have received first place in the prestigious Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) 83rd International Open Exhibition. It is an incredible honor to be recognized among such a talented group of watercolor artists. 

The judge, Stan Kurth, carefully selected my artwork 'Talisman III' from over 300 entries to be showcased in this exclusive exhibition. To then be chosen as the recipient of the first place award is simply overwhelming. I am filled with joy and gratitude for this incredible recognition. Thank you, thank you so much.


Friday, November 3, 2023

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

 I began experimenting.  At the same time, I started seeing history not as a progressive linear line moving forward towards something better, but as carrying things forward from the past, mixing the past to the present. History became layered for me, I saw the concept of layering, not in my creative paintings in a different way, a different perspective.

At the same time began a series of the earth and its layering, I was working on pieces for a solo exhibition in January 2024. If I bring layers of history forward, repeat the stories that are hidden in those layers, retell them, and create something from them, looking at them in a present light, history could then be seen as layering and not progressive. For example, I experimented with the concept of a layered history in a work I called “Turquoise Jacket,” The jacket is a story of a young person inheriting their grandmother's turquoise jacket.  The jacket smelled like the grandmother, and the jacket brought up memories of the stories the grandmother told and the value of this stone turquoise and their ancestors and families.  The new works I am creating challenge me, allow me to move beyond a style I had become very comfortable with, and learn many new things.  It is experimental and exciting. 

And the content and concept of the work have changed, and that is fun.  You can see the painting “Turquoise Jacket” if you follow this link on my website.  https://christinealfery.com/products/the-sky-stone-jacket?_pos=1&_sid=b9d201f7d&_ss=r  When I create work, not just the work for the Earth series but for everything I create there is always a concept behind the work, and I write about it. 

I find creative work without content meaningless.  For example, all the political so-called artwork today is in my opinion, not art.  It is simply copying what someone else thinks and repeating it, this is progressive history writing, and it is not the unique original idea.  Something art used to have but doesn’t anymore.  Unique and original by bringing history forward from the layers of stories from the past, blending them into the present and making something different, unique, and original. 

Does art need to be unique and original?  In my opinion yes, otherwise the artist is just copying from someone else's thinking, not their own.  Another excellent example of what they are calling art today is wall d├ęcor, but I won’t go on about that because well, it is not art just being called art.

Trees


Featured image: Yellow Trees on a Peninsula

from soil to sky

be still

….listen

….listen

Beauties of the woods

….wisdom of the trees


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Goldfinches

 




Featured image: Goldfinch

Goldfinches

Her arrival

Her presence

The fluttering of

     Her wings

Yellow like the sun

She breaks the monotony

Of brown, a beautiful

     Color yes

But not yellow

     Like the goldfinch

She brings light

Goldfinches are symbolic of joy, enthusiasm, positivity, and persistence. In Christianity, these birds have a strong symbolism and are sacred. In the ancient Egyptian culture, they were personified as the souls of dead human beings. The Native Americans consider them to be symbolic of prosperity and abundance.

The goldfinch was also seen as a protector against the plague.

It represents many abstract ideas: genius, innocence, captivity, history, beauty, timelessness, resilience, dignity, and truth.

It represents many abstract ideas: genius, innocence, captivity, history, beauty, timelessness,

resilience, dignity, and truth.

No wonder I just smile when they come to the feeder.



Monday, October 30, 2023

Amber Poppies

 



Featured image: Amber Poppies

Embracing amber 

It’s warmth

It’s happiness

Its vibrance

It’s energy

It’s lite is like

The light in all of us

Friday, October 27, 2023

Visitor at the Feeder

 




Featured image: Fox III 

A fox visited the feeders today. Meandering around looking for food, trying to catch an occasional squirrel. She finally found her way to the back ground feeder where she found the chunk of suet I left for her the day before. It had frozen to the ground, and it was glorious watching her pounce on it to spring it loose.  Ever so cautious, darting back and forth to make sure it was safe. And then finally she scampered off with the chunk.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Fairy Wren



Featured image: Fairy Bird

Fairy-wrens, also called splendid wrens, live in Australia. The incredible blueness of this wren is like sapphires with wings. Allegories surrounding these beautiful blue male birds are that they are birds that adapt to change quickly and live beautifully.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Chukar Partridge



Featured image: Chukar

Recently, in our local newspaper, a local naturalist of the area wrote a column about a bird he sited in his wanderings, called a chukar.  The chukar, he stated, was not local to the area, so he was surprised to see it. The chukar is a game bird whose habitat is mountainous areas. What interested me more than his words was the picture of the bird in his column.  The bird had beautiful black and white stripes on its wings. I knew I had to paint the bird and make it part of the “Allegories of the Earth” series I have been working on for my solo exhibition at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, WI.  In the series, I am researching and creating artwork about all things natural, the earth, and what I call my, “Yes, Yes, Yeses”. 

I found that to the North Indian and Pakistani culture, as well as in Hindu mythology, the chukar sometimes symbolizes intense, and often unrequited, love. It is said to be in love with the moon and to gaze at it constantly. The bird, to many cultures, also symbolizes strength and protection. 

In her article, “Chukar Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism and Totem,” Kristen Hawkins  states, “The Chukar Partridge is an amazing bird symbolic of many cultures worldwide. This unique bird symbolizes strength, protection, and perseverance – perfect qualities we can all strive for daily. Furthermore, it is believed to be a messenger of good luck and miracles and a very loyal companion on our life’s journey.”

The Chukar Partridge holds a special significance to Native American culture. These birds are known for their strong survival instincts and ability to exist in extreme conditions, often representing resilience and longevity within a culture.

In various tribes, the Chukar has been used to represent the strength of will and the willingness to face difficult trials head-on. Many Native American cultures also use this bird, in particular, to symbolize love, wisdom, or courage when speaking of children’s destiny, marriage, and even society at large.

In all forms, being associated with the Chukar Partridge is something that many Natives pride themselves on, as it is a strong symbol of growth through adversity.

Other cultures as well use the chukar as an iconic symbol. According to Kristen, the chukar partridge is revered as a symbol of eastern culture, originating across the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It is respected for its hardy nature and ability to thrive in harsh environmental conditions. Chukar partridges are cherished due to their beauty, distinctive song, and symbolism.

They are associated with courage, fertility, and virtue, depending on the region or culture they originate from. Additionally, they often symbolize good fortune and bringer prosperity and abundance.

Easily identified by its red crest, rufous belly, and chestnut-striped back feathers, this bird has become an emblem of the East for many centuries. As a result, the graceful chukar partridge can be seen featured in artwork across the Middle East, adding extra vitality to each scene it is set in.

Chukar Partridge is a small, charismatic bird originating from the eastern Mediterranean that has long been connected to African culture. Seen in ancient Morocco, Egypt, and other nearby countries, they have long been symbols of strength and fertility.

In Morocco, some indigenous tribes believed that Chukar sat lightly on eggs which could grant them the power of insight. Even now, in Africa, their attractive nature and melodic call are celebrated as a sign of good fortune.

The Chukar Partridge is an animal symbolic of luck, joy, and celebration in Celtic culture. Present throughout Europe, this beautiful game bird is admired for its striking black and white markings along with its gregarious flock behavior.

Traditionally associated with abundance and prosperity, the Chukar Partridge continues to be a source of inspiration among those seeking the luck of the Celts. As a symbol, the partridge shares many of the same qualities as other animals within this cultural circle.

Instilling their owners with courage, perseverance, and self-confidence, these animals all share one common trait: they remain symbols of optimism even in tough times.

The Chukar Partridge is an iconic symbol of Christianity across many cultures and lands. Accompanied by its noble beauty, the Chukar Partridge has long been associated with important Christian values, such as hope, purity, and freedom.

In various pieces of Christian artwork around the world, you can find a Chukar Partridge in the backdrop of scenes from the life of Jesus. This bird is a constant reminder that even in times of struggle and suffering, we have a path to follow to bring us closer to God’s love.

From ancient mosaics all the way up to modern masterpieces, this noble species will remain an ever-present sign of support for Christians seeking guidance.”

Thanks, John Bates, for bringing the Chukar Partridge to my attention.