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Cowboy Influences

December 5th, 2012

Cowboy Influences

My newest piece of art, Cowboy Bolo Tie has a special story. There was a notice in the paper this week that a woman called Helen Evans died age 100 after a long full life.

That got me thinking about Foremost, the small Alberta town I grew up in, because Helen ran the cafe there. When I was a kid I used to love just slipping down the alley to get supper from her when my mother didn't want to cook. Somehow that was best on the winter days when the icicles hanging by the back door to the cafe almost reached down to the ground.

The memories flowed on about having had the wonderful luck to grow up in a small town and in cowboy culture. My father loved that culture and lifestyle.. They are in almost every photo I have of him, and I still have his favorite slide (is that the right name for the ornamental metal part?). Photographs and mementos are most of what I have of him - he died when I was six so actual memories are very hazy.

I ended up with an abstract inspired by the bolo ties he used to love to wear. It is a bit unusual for me because of the western mood. Usually I'm very contemporary abstract.

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White Space

December 5th, 2012

White Space

I use the concept of white space in creating haiga. It connects and yet separates the images and poem, allowing the viewer's mind to flow from one to the other and participate as they put their thoughts into the white space and what was not said or drawn. I use it rarely in my art and Emergent Circle is one of my exceptions. Here I not only have white space, but a strongly contrasting central image where the brown is darkened to almost black and the transition from dark to white space is not by softening color, but by creating progressively smaller areas where the white flows in. The intent is to both to create focus for the central circle that is emerging from the rather chaotic background and also to have a sudden sense of creation. Nothing then something.
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