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