Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tree Sculpture in the Snow

'Tree Sculpture Version 3' by Jina Wallwork

Some recent pictures of my tree sculpture. I love the contrast between the winter snow and the orange color.

'Tree Sculpture Version 3 (detail)' by Jina Wallwork

Friday, December 17, 2010

Justice and J.S. Mill

 I have recently been reading the material for lecture 2 of Justice by Harvard University. The reading for this lecture can be found here. Below are my thoughts on this writing from J.S.Mill.
“... a person in whom the social feeling is at all developed, cannot bring himself to think of the rest of his fellow creatures as struggling rivals with him for the means of happiness, whom he must desire to see defeated in their object in order that he may succeed in his. The deeply rooted conception which every individual even now has of himself as a social being, tends to make him feel it one of his natural wants that there should be harmony between his feelings and aims and those of his fellow creatures.”-J.S.Mill
I do enjoy the notion of creation of happiness for the whole of society. It is difficult to achieve harmony between your own feelings and the aims of others. It is rare that people will tell you what makes them truly happy. They will show you a persona of themselves. They desire to be seen as successful and important. This persona will limit their capacity to reveal their true desires, because it will also reveal what they consider to be, their own failings. You would be making decisions based on the persona and not the truth. You would be making decisions based on what you believe would make another person happy. Happiness is incredibly complex it would be very difficult to define someone else’s perception of it.

Justice as viewed by J.S.Mill

“it is universally considered just that each person should obtain that (whether good or evil) which he deserves; and unjust that he should obtain a good, or be made to undergo an evil, which he does not deserve... Speaking in a general way, a person is understood to deserve good if he does right, evil if he does wrong; and in a more particular sense, to deserve good from those to whom he does or has done good, and evil from those to whom he does or has done evil. The precept of returning good for evil has never been regarded as a case of the fulfilment of justice, but as one in which the claims of justice are waived, in obedience to other considerations.” - J.S.Mill
If I decided who was deserving of good or evil, who would I become? I would be evil in the presence of evil and good in the presence of those who are good. Why would I surrender my own personal power, based on the behaviour of others?
“Justice implies something which it is not only right to do, and wrong not to do, but which some individual person can claim from us as his moral right. No one has a moral right to our generosity or beneficence, because we are not morally bound to practise those virtues towards any given individual.”- J.S.Mill
How can you practise those virtues at all, if you withhold them from select individuals? If you withhold them, the behaviours associated with those virtues become acts of manipulation. They become tools to receive other things and no longer a virtue.
“It is natural to resent, and to repel or retaliate, any harm done or attempted against ourselves, or against those with whom we sympathise. The origin of this sentiment it is not necessary here to discuss. Whether it be an instinct or a result of intelligence...”
“retribution, or evil for evil, becomes closely connected with the sentiment of justice,”- J.S. Mill
Revenge is not an act of intelligence. It takes a great deal of thought and intellectual skill to control the need for revenge. We want the other person to feel our pain and we desire to inflict it. We try to convince ourselves that we do this so the other person can learn, understand and modify their behaviour. We don’t accept their behaviour and we hold on to the anger until we do. Through acceptance comes forgiveness. It is a great achievement to forgive; it is one of the hardest things you will ever do. The reward is the wonderful piece of mind that allows you to move on with your life.

Below is Lecture 2 from Justice by Harvard University. J.S. Mill is referred to later in the lecture.



Justice by Harvard University is available here.
My thoughts on the first lecture are available here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Artist Portraits

'Lyonel Feininger' by Jina Wallwork

'Max Beckmann' by Jina Wallwork

'August Macke' by Jina Wallwork

'Heinrich Campendonk' by Jina Wallwork
'Franz Marc' by Jina Wallwork
Taken from the Artists Portrait Series.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Moment of Privacy Has Passed - The Usher Gallery

September 2010 by Jina Wallwork


Above is a sketchbook from September 2010. It will be exhibited at 'The Moment of Privacy Has Passed' The Usher Gallery, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN21LP, Great Britain. 11th December 2010 - 6th March 2011.

The exhibition will also include sketchbooks by Grayson Perry and Simon Faithfull. The exhibtion will be accompanied by a two-day conference, entitled 'Recto Verso' at The Collection on the 10th and the 11th Febuary 2011. The conference will question the position of the sketchbook within the artistic practice of 21st century artists.
http://www.thecollection.lincoln.museum/

The full list of participating artists is available at http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/3913/6/sketchbookcatalogue.pdf

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Right and Wrong - Jeremy Bentham

"Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do." -Jeremy Bentham

Bentham believed that we should take action based on what produces pleasure and elevates pain. He believed this is how to make good moral decisions; to consider our own happiness and the happiness of others should be our greatest concern. The pursuit of happiness is a driving force in the lives of many. However, happiness can never be fully understood or appreciated without sorrow. I would not desire to inflict pain on another. However I do recognize the value in the experience of sorrow. It has always been reflective of periods of intense emotional growth.

The video below contains the first lecture from Harvard University's course on Justice. It contains a variety of moral dilemma's and is a very interesting lecture that also relates to Jeremy Bentham's philosophical ideas. 



The dilemmas place you in situations where killing could be seen as an act that would serve the greater good. I kept imaging myself within each situation. I recognized that within those situations it would not occur to me to take a life. I wouldn't create the dilemma for myself, because I wouldn't recognize it as a solution. It would take a different kind of mind to be aware of those options.

This video and associated reading material can be found at www.justiceharvard.org The complete course 'Justice' by Harvard University is available on this site.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Greatest Need

"But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?"- Mark Twain

It is easy to offer love and support to someone who is loving. It encourages that person to be a continuing presence in your life. We are rewarded for our actions. If we offer love and support to someone who isn't loving, there is no reward. They will not offer gratitude and we will increase our connection to someone who does not offer kindness. They may laugh at your generosity because they know that you will receive nothing in return. Sometimes, you are responsible for the only act of kindness that a person will experience. People need kindness, not because it encourages them to be a better person, in some cases it doesn't. Kindness makes you realize that life is good and full of possibilities. Everybody should experience moments in life where they realize that this is true.  

The Canvas Project at Brooklyn Art Library

'Dishonest' by Jina Wallwork
'Fields' by Jina Wallwork
'Turn' by Jina Wallwork
'Dishonest', 'Fields' and 'Turn' will be exhibited at the 'Canvas Project' Brooklyn Art Library, 103A N 3rd St Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States. 3rd December 2010.

http://www.brooklynartlibrary.com/

A book to accompany this exhibition is also available here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Portrait of Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky by Jina Wallwork

The Eyes of Others

 "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust

Seeing through the eyes of another changes your perception of the world. Suddenly everything appears new and exciting. Art allows me to view the world in a million different ways. Each artist gives me the gift of their perception. It is a gift that makes me realize that the world is so much more than it appears to be. My perception can only see a part of the world, it is the perception of others that allows me to see more. To know how someone else emotionally connects to their world, is wonderful.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Artist Portrait Series

'Ernst Barlach' by Jina Wallwork

The image above is from The Artist Portrait Series . The purpose of this series is to attempt to capture the essence of each artists. I have a great interest in the nature of the aura and I have tried to capture the aura of the artist within each piece. Their artwork is an expression of who they are and through it you can see their true self. It seems impossible to stop an artists energy from existing within their work.

Aura Photograph of Jina Wallwork

I had my aura photographed yesterday. I include it as a loose idea of what auras look like.

The Artist Portrait Series will be exhibited at the '5th Annual ATC Exhibition' The Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC, V6Y 1R9, Canada. November 26th 2010- January 22nd 2011.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Roses

'2 Roses' by Jina Wallwork

'3 Roses' by Jina Wallwork

'2 Roses' and '3 Roses' will be exhibited at the 'Christmas Open 2010' The Liverpool Academy of Arts, 32 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE, United Kingdom, 23rd November - 9th December 2010.
http://www.la-art.co.uk/

Existence - Lao Tzu

"So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other". -Lao Tzu
Existence creates the idea of non-existence. We always presume duality, such as the belief in good and evil. However non-existence cannot create the idea of existence, because nothing exists to create. There can be no connection between two, because one is simply a concept and the other is everything.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fail with honor - Sophocles

"I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating." - Sophocles
There are things to learn from defeat. We realize what is needed in the next step to succeed. We learn of the gaps within our ability and it reveals the practical steps that can be taken in order to improve. If we cheat to achieve victory then we will never learn the processes. Learning the process of how to succeed is far more beneficial than a single act of success.

In Coversation with Newman and Pollock

'In Conversation with Newman and Pollock' by Jina Wallwork

The artists, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman were friends. If they could both have a good conversation, then their verbal expression is capable of blending together. Their expression can merge and interact, without a fight for dominance. If this is possible in a conversation, then it is also possible with other aspects of their expression. Their artistic expression should also blend together. In this piece I was trying to find the point, where their artistic expressions blend. I'm the casual observer of a conversation between the two. 

In some ways this conversation has simply changed its language. A series of words and tones has become a visual conversation. Their visual language is merging together in an image.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Musical Differences

'Musical Differences' by Jina Wallwork

'Musical Differences' will be exhibited at the 'Firstdraft Annual Fundraiser'  Firstdraft Depot, 13-17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011, Australia, 13th November 2010.
http://firstdraftgallery.com/

A Portrait of Alexei Jawlensky

'Alexei Jawlensky' by Jina Wallwork


I love all religions - Mother Teresa

"I love all religions, but I am in love with my own."
- Mother Teresa
Within this quote, Mother Teresa reveals a personal connection to her faith. People will connect to the understanding of a religion in many different ways. An old soul will show love and compassion through their religion and a young soul will attempt to force their religious beliefs on others. Both will believe that they are true representatives of a faith because both will hold a personal connection to their religion. Their connection will be relative to their own understanding.  Many religions teach that God is love. We all understand love in different ways. Therefore we will all understand god in different ways.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chance Encounter

'Chance Encounter' by Jina Wallwork

'Chance Encounter' will be exhibited at the 'South Square Salon Show 2010' South Square Gallery, South Square, Thornton, Bradford  BD13 3LD, United Kingdom. 6th November- 22nd December 2010.
www.southsquarecentre.co.uk

Instructions for Existing

We are all following these  necessary instructions. On a base level we understand what instructions are necessary in order to exist. This incredibly complex behavior has been incorporated by everyone. For a moment consider what those instructions could be.

This passage of writing will be exhibited as a part of 'Instructions for Initial Conditions'. A conceptual exhibition at Drift Station, 1746 "N" Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68510, United States. 5th November-29th November 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Judgement

 "When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."-Wayne Dyer
When we see fault in another, we also become aware of a fault within ourselves. We become aware of our inability to deal with the person. We become aware of our inability to understand and empathize. Their behavior triggers a series of responses, in which we realize that we still have many things to learn.

A Portrait of Otto Dix

'Otto Dix' by Jina Wallwork

"You know, if one paints someone's portrait, one should not know him if possible."- Otto Dix

Monday, October 11, 2010

Deviation from the truth

"Even the tiniest initial deviation from the truth is subsequently multiplied a thousandfold."-Aristotle

Telling the truth isn't always easy. People cannot easily identify the truth. When a truth consists of information they expect to hear, telling the truth is easy. You are automatically understood, because you are simply confirming the knowledge that is already present. When you move away from the expectations of others, your truth becomes difficult to understand. You may not be understood or you may be thought to be a liar. The truth can make the present difficult, because it pushes away the people who cannot connect to your truth. However, the truth always creates a beautiful future because it creates a life where you are surrounded by people who understand you. When you tell a lie the reverse is true; the present is comfortable and it is held together by the lie. The future brings turmoil. The lie simply delays the disruption of entering a better life; a life that is reflective of who you really are.

David

'Michelangelo's David' by Jina Wallwork
'David' by Jina Wallwork


'David' by Jina Wallwork will be exhibited at the 'Open Exhibition'. The Gallery Clayton Square Shopping Centre, Liverpool L1 1QR, United Kingdom. 14th October - 31st October 2010.
http://www.independentsbiennial.org/2010events/1219-open-exhibition
http://www.madelainartz.com/

'Michelangelo's David' by Jina Wallwork is in a private collection.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How to create love

"If we know how to create the energy of love, understanding, compassion, and beauty, then we can contribute a lot to the world." -Thich Nhat Hanh

The core of our being is love. We do not need to create love; we are love. Being love is a frightening prospect because loving makes us vulnerable. Through compassion and understanding we recognize, that those around us are afraid to be vulnerable and we tell them it's alright. When someone cannot behave in a loving way, it is compassion that allows us to see that it is a struggle for them. If you can accept the amount of love another is capable of giving, without wanting to change it, then you will see beauty in everyone.

The Sistine Chapel


 These two videos look at Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. They include a Second Life version of the Sistine Chapel. It is a monumental piece of art, that is so beautiful, even a virtual world would not feel complete without its presence.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Art of Chris Sedgwick

'Spirit; Will; Form; Conscious' by Chris Sedgwick

The three pyramids at the bottom of the image, speak of a past civilization. The robes connect to a different spiritual culture. The use of Latin in the image creates another historical time frame. All different times and cultures, appear to merge together in the image. They create an image with a non linear narrative. It encourages me to form an internal narrative. The image is loaded in symbols and I already connect to these symbols, because they reference the history of humanity. What Chris Sedgwick has created is an image that is timeless, classic and very beautiful.
http://www.crsedgwick.com

Your Path

"Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. if it doesn't, it is of no use."-Carlos Castaneda
You can tell if a path has a heart. It isn't a question of loving what you do, some days the challenges will feel large and some days everything will flow easily. All paths contain a variety of emotion. You will know your path has a heart when you fully claim it as your own. When you recognize that the path you walk is a reflection of who you are; When you recognize that it is perfectly tailored to provide all the lessons you will ever need. You are the heart of the path you travel; you are the heart of the life you live.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Seeds of Wisdom

"The wise are wise only because they love."-Paulo Coelho
Everything we learn, stems from our ability to love. When we are hurt by another, it is our love that drives us to understand why. It is love that raises the question, how are they suffering? How have I contributed to this problem? What could I have done to improve the situation? All of these questions come from love. They come from the ability to love those who have hurt us. Love teaches us wisdom, because love and compassion plant the seed of wisdom. Love leads you to ask the greatest questions and through this, you discover a higher understanding.

To View the Blue Horses

'To View the Blue Horses' by Jina Wallwork (influenced by Franz Marc)

I can remember the first time I saw, 'The Large Blue Horses' by Franz Marc. It was the first image of his work that I was ever exposed to. The occasion is imprinted in my mind. I can remember where I was and who I was with. It was a significant moment for me. This image captures that moment. I don't believe that I simply viewed the work. Franz Marc became an influence and this was not conscious decision. If I had only viewed the work, I would not have established a true connection. I had interacted with the piece; we had shared a non verbal conversation through painting. What I had learned in the conversation shaped how I would communicate in my own art. My language contains elements of Franz Marc's. I am a firm believer of reincarnation and I would love Franz Marc to see my paintings when he returns. He would not remember painting the original piece, and this would not be important to me. I would like Franz Marc to see my work in order to continue the non verbal conversation; show him my response to his initial expression. It is possible to understand something visually that you cannot see as a tangible reality. You could know that a conversation is taking place without ever speaking during a life. A visual conversation with someone I admire.

'The Large Blue Horses' by Franz Marc

'To View the Blue Horses' by Jina Wallwork, is one of the images on show during the 'Liverpool Abstract' exhibition. 23rd September- 10th Oct 2010 The Gallery, Clayton Square Shopping Centre, Liverpool L1 1QR, United Kingdom.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Diet of Forgiveness

"Forgiveness is like a rough diet with no payback--you won't like it until it's over"-Caroline Myss
I've reached a point in my life where I have embraced a healthy lifestyle. You remove the concept of dieting and replace it with a complete way of life that is healthy. Viewing forgiveness as a diet makes sense. We sometimes think it's enough to lose weight or say you have forgiven another, both of these methods are temporary fixes. Being healthy cannot be achieved by a two week crash diet; Forgiveness cannot be achieved by a declaration within a single conversation. A healthy lifestyle is not a diet and true forgiveness is also a lifestyle. Forgiveness is something that must be achieved on a day to day bases. If forgiveness cannot become a part of your lifestyle, then you risk spending each day punishing those around you. Forgiveness is a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Water Fight

 Water Fight by Jina Wallwork

The painting above depicts an elephant water fight. The abstraction reveals many different perspectives. The trunk aims the water at the viewer as if they occupy the position of another elephant. The other elephant can also be seen in the background with it's trunk facing down. The viewer becomes a part of the water fight. They are placed between two elephants and they are about to get wet.

This is one of the images on show during the 'Liverpool Abstract' exhibition. 23rd September- 10th Oct 2010 The Gallery, Clayton Square Shopping Centre, Liverpool L1 1QR, United Kingdom.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Club by Joyce Polance

Club by Joyce Polance

"My current series of paintings is about women's personal transformations and healing. I depict subjects who are in various states of emergence from patterns that have had a negative impact on their lives."-Joyce Polance

The effect of this piece is immediate.  An intense anger that cannot be expressed in a real world situation, becomes a painting that captures those feelings. This painting has become a part of the healing process because it is expressing emotions that the subject cannot express. The realistic style allows the subject to see their anger expressed in the world without anyone being injured. Many artists use their work to express how they feel. In this piece Joyce Polance has manged to express the feelings of someone else. It is an act of great empathy that aids the healing process.

Finding Truth

"Lie not, neither to thyself nor men nor God. Let mouth and heart be one — beat and speak together, and make both felt in action. It is for cowards to lie."-George Herbert

Many people lie because of fear.When we are honest and speak the truth, people walk away and others come towards us. People lie because they fear that the people they love will walk away, and they will be left with nothing. They pretend to be belong in relationships that are alien to them. They portray a character that is accepted and they say words that they do not fully understand. The impostor doesn't know how to belong. They know how to pretend, but they do not have the courage to be themselves. Through being honest they would discover where they belong. They must believe a lot of negative things about themselves, to fear finding their place in the world. They may not trust that such a place exists, with courage they would know truth.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Art of Eileen O'Donnell

Diverged by Eileen O'Donnell

These sculptures contain a great deal of technical skill but they are also loaded with meaning. O'Donnell is heavily influenced by ancient cultures and traditions. Her work isn't simply a reference to history; it binds history to the present by referring to a commonality of experience. We have many of the same questions about existence and we feel the same emotions. Love, fear and anger, is a part of being human and they exist in every age. These are not simply decorative objects. They trigger the mind and raise questions about who we are.

The Well by Eileen O'Donnell

The Past

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there"- Leslie Poles Hartley

My past features a person I don't fully recognize; that person is myself. We change and grow with time, and who we were becomes a small aspect of  who we are now. I believe that I did not know how to express myself fully. Therefore I expressed pieces that were not complete. The notion of a complete self is a complicated one, which involves a lot of self knowledge. I presumed that there was no space in my world for deeper conversations and so I remained quiet or joked. Then when I finally found the courage to speak I found that my personal world did not feature people who would listen. Now, my life is different because I begin by expressing my complete self and my relationships form around who I am. My personal world allows the space for me to be myself because I also allow for that space.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Bijian's Sculpture

Incubating by Bijian

Bijian's started by making paper sculptures and then expanded to metal, polymer and wood. He has managed to retain their delicate beauty, while creating sculptures with a classic feel. In the sculpture Incubating the solid form of the egg is complemented by the elegant structure of the bird. In the sculpture Composure, Bijian uses stainless steel. It is a material that is cold and hard and yet it is sculpted into a form that contains none of those properties. The metal is sculpted into the, elegant beauty and grace, of the abstract bird.

Composure by Bijian

Half of a Prophet

"The heart is half a prophet"- Jewish Proverb
The heart is our greatest teacher and spiritual adviser. It knows all our greatest needs and will always lead us in the direction that is right for who we are. No other leader or prophet could understand us so completely. It is the perfect guide and teacher.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Self Portrait in New York

Self Portrait by Jina Wallwork

The image is based on a photo taken during October 2009. The piece has been donated to The Creative Center for their Arts in healthcare annual fundraiser.

30th September 2010
The University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street
New York NY
United States

Keepers of the Record

"There is no word or action but has its echo in Eternity. Thought is an Idea in transit, which when once released, never can be lured back, nor the spoken word recalled. Nor ever can the overt act be erased All that thou thinkest, sayest, or doest bears perpetual record of itself, enduring for Eternity."- Pythagoras

We are the greatest keepers of that record. We retain knowledge of every cruel word we have ever spoken. We hold it within ourselves and we attach it to layers of regret. The past cannot be undone. Regret will dissolve if we can alter our behavior when a similar situation presents itself. When we have learned from the past, regret will be removed but not forgotten. We must remember the path of how we learned to behave in a more loving way. From this we learn how to forgive others and we learn how to forgive ourselves.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Sun

"The warm sun was shining on us."Is this not love?" I asked, pointing in the direction from which the heat came. "Is this not love?" It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow. But Miss Sullivan shook her head, and I was greatly puzzled and disappointed."-Helen Keller

Life is possible because of the universe that surrounds us. The sun provides a great deal and we could not survive without it. To have the blessing of life and be aware of everything that supports this life, we should feel very loved. I can understand why Helen Keller felt that the sun must be love. I see it as an example of how we are loved.

In Bed by Ron Mueck


This video shows the installation of the sculpture 'In Bed' by Ron Mueck. Ron Mueck's  sculptures are best viewed in person. When looking at a photo they appear real and it is their size that alter your perception. A realistic figure sleeping becomes something different when you interact. You begin to relate the size to your own and it creates an interesting experience.  

Ron Mueck Studio

Friday, July 30, 2010

Nude II by Sara Zin

'Nude II' by Sara Zin

The most beautiful thing about this image is the mix between realism and slight pieces of abstraction. The geometric shapes within the composition reveal a glimpse of the basic structure of a body. Form is separated into colored shapes and this doesn't distort the image. The painting is still realistic, the shape of the hands reveal the delicate grip. The human body is reduced to a series of shapes, but these shapes are already there. They exist within the detail and Sara Zin is making them clearer. She is showing us the basic structure of beauty. We can see that it is a series of shapes and it reveals the same amount of information as an actual body. We do not know who they are; we don't know how they feel and what they think. It raises questions of identity because it questions how much our body represents our true self.

www.zingallery.com

Deeper Sorrow and Greater Joy

"The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."-Khalil Gibran
We only receive the lessons that we are ready to receive. It often feels as though life gives us to much to cope with; we are pushed to the very boundaries of experience. We are capable of receiving joy and sorrow in equal measure, because we receive a rounded experience of life. This experience spans a lifetime. At points we will exist within more sorrow than joy. Wait! If you can experience deep sorrow then you can also experience great joy. One of the best things about being alive is discovering the depths of what you are capable of feeling. When you love to the depths of what you can feel, it is always magic.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beholding by Victor Wang


Beholding by Victor Wang

In this painting the figure stares at the viewer. We are being perceived. Her hand gestures show communication, yet her mouth does not speak. Has she paused while she contemplates the words.

The textures in Wang's paintings are beautiful. He almost appears to be sculpting the surface. The layers of paint are controlled by a structured composition. It is both free flowing and controlled.

Victor Wang

A Hard Life

"When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "compared to what?"" -Sydney J.Harris

Our understanding of life is defined by our experience of living. When we start to believe in nothing other than those experiences, we lose all sense of possibilities. If you have hated all your jobs; does it mean that all jobs are awful? If your relationships fail; does it mean that you will never find love? We all learn what jobs and what relationships are right for us. We learn and become aware through experience.

From experience I have a fixed view of life, but one day my experiences may change and I may see something new. If I restrict my view of what life is, by believing 'Life is hard', I may never claim the new experiences that are open to me. Preparation combined with hope will always lead to new experiences.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Where to Look

"People are accustomed to look at the heavens and to wonder what happens there. It would be better if they would look within themselves, to see what happens there." -Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

They would find beauty and wonder in both places. They would also find, a connection that links the heavens with a point within themselves.

Summer Exhibition at The Crocus Gallery

 'Bee' by Jina Wallwork

'Eagles' by Jina Wallwork 

'Flight of the Bumblebee' by Jina Wallwork

 'Owl' by Jina Wallwork

'Puffin' by Jina Wallwork

Each image was created on a sunny day. Some bees have found a home in my garden and I had spent the day watching them. I began to draw the flight of the bee and this inspired the series. During their creation I felt the energy of Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. I blended their energy together for each image I created. I combined the bold colors and animal subject matter of Franz Marc, with the abstracted structured composition of Kandinsky's later works.

I will be exhibiting these images at The Crocus Gallery from the 17th July-7th August.
Church Square, Lenton, Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG7 1SL
www.crocusgallery.co.uk

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wishes

"Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them." -Henri Frederic Amiel
We will receive some of our wishes and others will remain a dream. Whatever our lives hold, it will always feature great joys and great sorrows. Every path is difficult and features both challenges and success. There can be no place for jealousy because everyone is struggling with something. Some people hide their problems better than others.

Franz Ackermann and Parallel Worlds



In this video Franz Ackermann mentions, using painting 'to create a world parallel to reality'. As a painter I can understand this philosophy. The painting exists beyond perception; it is an idea. Once the painting is created it reveals a parallel world beyond perception. This world becomes visible within the painting.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pathfinder by Craig Kosak

Pathfinder by Craig Kosak

The graphic precision is balanced by the drips and splashes of paint. There are points of extreme control and at other points, the paint is allowed to display its natural attributes of liquid and color. The wolf and the raven are iconic; their symbolism becomes enhanced by the symbols at the bottom of the painting. It is a painting that talks of mysteries and secrets. Both animals are connected through an orange cloud that appears to trail the wolf. The wolf gazes into the void with intent. The wolf will be the first to claim the space ahead and the raven will follow. The wolf is indeed a pathfinder.

To Internalize a Conversation

"Conversations cease when we learn to discover the joys of internalization."-Acharaya Mahapragya
Even when no words are spoken there is still a conversation that takes place. This internal conversation exists within ourselves. A wave of constant questions that we must explore to understand who we are. internalization initiates a conscious understanding of self. There are some questions that only you can answer.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Discovering Your Life's Purpose

Discovering your life's purpose isn't about realizing what you need to change. It is not a moment where you throw away your past as useless. It is a sudden epiphany where you realize why you needed your past experiences. It is a moment of understanding where you realize what your life has been teaching you. At every point of life, you were aware of your life's purpose. It does not exist as a piece of conscious knowledge, yet we always find ourselves in situations that teach us what we need to know. It is only in hindsight that we realize that we learned something important. Our new understanding changes our life. If you throw away your past then you also disregard all of the wisdom that you gained through your experiences. A new life is created for those who have learned what they needed to learn. They have moved on because life wont allow them to stay in a situation in which they cannot learn something new.

Vines by Paul Ranson

Vines 1902 by Paul Ranson

Painting and decoration merges together in this beautiful image by Paul Ranson. The structure is abstracted and is partially symmetrical. If the image was completely symmetrical then it would lose something. A repeated image would easily fall into the realms of being solely a pattern. The image contains enough differences to be an interpretation of a real landscape.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Religion and the Dalai Lama

"I don't want to convert people to Buddhism — all major religions, when understood properly, have the same potential for good."-Dalai Lama
At the core of all religions is a loving compassionate God or essence. A powerful love that is sometimes misunderstood. I believe that some people feel Gods love and they become so overwhelmed they begin to believe that this love is only meant for them. They sometimes deceive themselves that God hasn't enough love for everyone, or that God's love must be received according to a set of rules. Does it matter what religion or belief system, you use to receive God's love?

The Art of Paul Wright

Kissing by Paul Wright

Tomatoes have a very simplistic form. It is very difficult to create an interesting image when using a subject matter with such a basic shape. Paul wright succeeds in creating a wonderful image. This image really shows off his technical skill. The visible brushstrokes soften the image and yet he still manages to capture the smooth surface of the fruit. Capturing how the light hits the surface defines how we view the texture of that surface. He has captured the light with such precision that his brushstrokes can be soft and lose and you can still identify the tomato as being smooth and shinny. 

Self Portrait Seated by Paul Wright

www.paul-wright.com

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Waterfall by Franz Marc

The Waterfall 1912 by Franz Marc

I've read the blaue reiter almanac. It contains some of the writings of Franz Marc, he talks with passion and conviction. Through his eyes you can see the wonderful spiritual essence of painting. He is optimistic about the direction of art in the future. He writes about the difficulty of giving a spiritual treasure to the world, and how spiritual treasures are not fully valued. When I look at the artwork all of his ideas fall into place. His paintings are indeed spiritual treasures. In 1998 this painting of a waterfall was bought by a private collector for $5.06m. I'd like to believe that Franz Marc would be dismissive of the financial price of his work. I'd also like to believe, that he would derive greater pleasure from a blogger who recognizes the importance of his work as a spiritual treasure.

Yes and No

 "The oldest, shortest words— "yes" and "no"— are those which require the most thought."-Pythagoras
We can speak constantly and avoid saying these words. Yes and no are the pillars of integrity. When we speak these words, they are definitive. They are the end of a conversation or argument. If I asked something of great importance, yes or no is the reply I would desire. If asked, 'Do you love me?' I would desire a clear answer delivered after great thought. It isn't enough to say words that can be interpreted a number of different ways. To avoid the question by speaking words that are not yes or no, would perpetuate the experience of being asked the same question. These words allow a new conversation to form, and the word that is chosen becomes the foundation of that conversation. Answers allow us to move forward.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Art of Peter Howson

Peter Howson is a wonderful painter. Some of his art makes me feel very uncomfortable and I realize that it is often his intention.  

The First Step by Peter Howson
as it appears on the cover of the book, Peter Howson by Robert Heller


The first Step is a good example, it is a haunting image about rehab. A lot of his work is very dark but occasionally a splash of color creates light within the image. I often see it as a small piece of optimism breaking through a bleak outlook. His technical skill and style is wonderful. His work often appears like a series of nightmares. I believe that the art world benefits from having a range of different perspectives. If we do not accept nightmares, then we cannot fully accept dreams. The video below shows Peter Howson painting Dawn French. The final piece is excellent. In theme, it is one of his lighter works.


Aim High

"Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what thou dost love, And do what thou wouldst do"- Hymn by Edwin Hatch
I have to admire Edwin Hatch for choosing God  as a role model. To love as God loves, seems near impossible. People who believe in God, tend to believe that they will always be loved and forgiven. God loves us more than we are capable of loving ourselves. To choose that you want to love all, unconditionally, is a huge task. It seems impossible but I don't think that matters. If you aim for greatness and you fall short, you will still have achieved a great deal. If a belief encourages you to embrace the best that you can be then it is great belief.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Welcome Visitor

Tree Sculpture Version 3 by Jina Wallwork

I took this photograph today. My sculpture received a visit from a small squirrel. They haven't visited for a while and it is good to see them. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Connections

" ...Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibers connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibers, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects." -Henry Melvill

 These invisible threads cannot be altered or removed. We are always connected to others. Through every connection influence is given and received. To emotionally let go of a connection means that you no longer choose to be influenced by a person. If you believe the influence to be positive, then it is always good to hold the connection in your heart.

The Red Cosmonaut by Jeremy Geddes

The Red Cosmonaut by Jeremy Geddes

Not only is this image visually stunning, it also uses symbols beautifully. A cosmonaut floating with birds, both of these symbols are loaded with different meanings and interpretations. They don't usually occupy the same situation, yet they are bought together in this image. Does the cosmonaut exist between the earth and space, fixed in a surreal sky? The bird flies so easily and the cosmonaut needs his heavy bulky suit to travel. I can't see the face of the cosmonaut; there is nothing to identify who he is; He is completely defined by what he is wearing. Does this allow the viewer to become the cosmonaut and occupy the space within the suit.

Jeremy Geddes Art

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crimson Forest by Jennifer Vranes

Crimson Forest by Jennifer Vranes

There is no hint of sky in this painting. It creates a panoramic effect where the viewer is submerged in the forest. There is the soft slender shapes of the tree trunks; angular shapes across the center of the canvas. They are then complemented by the thick textured color. The color dissolves some of the sharp shapes of the forest. What's left is an image that is beautifully balanced.

Giving You

"The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others."- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
 When you give a large part of yourself to others, you become the best of who you are. If you never express yourself completely then you become a stranger to those who share your life. If you give your true self then every relationship is a true connection. Is there anything more satisfying than being yourself and being understood.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Composition 7 by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition 7 by Wassily Kandinsky 1913

The influence of Kandinsky bleeds into my work and I wouldn't want that to change. There is color and intensity in his work.  He created 30 drawings to plan this one piece of art work. Everything he did was conscious. He made decisions about every mark. He analyzed both line and color. He understood the language of his own art and was capable of explaining it to others.

Guarantees of Peace

"If Allah had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: therefore, if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (guarantees of) peace, then Allah hath opened no way for you (to war against them)."- Quran

I am interested in this notion of guaranteed peace. It is a wonderful concept. It would be wonderful if everyone had a guarantee of peace. War is always an absurd solution to conflict and difficulties. To plan a conflict to end a conflict, is an insane avenue to travel. If war was removed as a possibility, people would find a better way. They would find a resolution. There is always a flawed argument that you can hear from both sides; wars are needed because 'they' want war and 'they' wont let us live in peace.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One Million Ways to Build a Castle

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them" -Henry David Thoreau

Begin with a dream; a giant perspective of what is possible and then build it. Alternatively, begin with a small step and see where it takes you. There could be a million ways  to build a castle. A mix of possibility and practicality.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Knowing Love

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
-Buddha

We know ourselves more than any other person. We know every limitation. It is easy to view each fault as much larger than it is. When others love us, it is hard to understand. Everyone is loved by someone and I don't believe that all love is blind. If we focus only on our faults, we will never understand the new perspective that is offered when we are loved. This quote reminds me that the perspective of a loving gaze is there; whether it is declared by another or not. Knowing that it is there, it would be good to see our faults as being much smaller.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Dying Star

A Dying Star by NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope

Sometimes you see an image that is more beautiful and inspiring than anything else. The images from the Hubble Telescope leave me in awe. I can't help seeing this image as art, even though it is so much more. It is the universe being its beautiful and wonderful self. There is no intervention by an artist to alter this image. It is perfect because it is real. I cannot decide which photo is the most beautiful. It is difficult to see one part of the universe as being more beautiful than another; earth is just as beautiful.