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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cathedral House Gallery
Thought I'd post the ad for the art opening this Sunday. Feb. 26, from 4-6PM at Cathedral House Gallery, 111 Torcido Dr., San Antonio, Tx. I'll have three fine art prints from the Texas Hexes Designs series and three original contemporary paintings from my personal collection. I invite you to join us for the opening or drop by at your convenience M-F, 9-5.  Blessings! MB

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Art Process
For a while now, many people seem interested in the "process" involved in producing Texas Hexes Designs-the art series. I have to admit, the process is probably more important to me than seeing the finished painting. (After all, the journey and experience is the real story for any artist, I believe.) And the finished painting is only half of the Texas Hexes Designs art series story. Researching the symbolism and then weaving the symbolism into a message of encouragement is probably just as important as the painting. A painting is only a painting until you discover the meaning of it. What does it mean to you? How does it affect you? What do you see in the painting that opens your mind enough that you allow it to speak to your heart-if only for a moment? In my paintings, I introduce color, graphic shapes and familiar objects into a circular format creating a porthole to another view or possibility. Do I have a symbol in mind before I paint? Many times. Do I write the symbolism and then paint the picture? No. Do I paint the picture and then figure out the symbolism after finishing the painting? Yes, many times. Do I paint segments of the painting, write about the symbolism and then finish the painting? Sometimes I do. The painting usually comes first and although I'm familiar with many symbols, I'm led to the idea of the painting through life experiences (i.e. places, nature, people, meditation, prayer). I like to think of the process as "catching the creative wave". The actual "doing" process involves sketching, photography, research, observing, creative thinking, problem solving, collecting natural materials, sketching some more-usually on tracing paper and overlaying layer on top of layer of tracing paper until I perfect the drawing I want to present to canvas. I use a clean final drawing to transfer onto the canvas. After the drawing is transferred to canvas, I start to develop the color palette. Sometimes I use tracing paper to overlay onto the canvas in order to make decisions about which color to use. Since I consider myself to be a colorist, this is a very important part of the process. Color impact has been an important aspect in my art since I was inspired by painters such as Peter Max and Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol many years ago. They are and were brilliant with their use of color in paintings. Anyway, yes, I hand draw and hand paint the circles--I do not use a computer as a tool for drawing or painting. I enjoy the tactile use of the compass, protractor, brushes, paint, etc. as tools for Texas Hexes Designs. I'm not afraid to cut into a canvas (board) for a clearly defined line if needed. Since the original paintings are intended to be reproduced for outdoor prints and fine art prints, I make sure the painting is very clean and ready for photographing and sending to print. After the painting is finished, I start the research on the symbolism and then start the weaving of symbols with words based on the ancient language of symbolism. Each element of a painting is a symbol but not all of the symbols are mentioned in the symbolism text. Symbols involve colors, shapes, mathematical signs, numbers, natural world objects (i.e. flowers, birds, trees, insects, amphibians, fish, etc.), religious signs, and many other objects. And so when I develop a symbolism text story about the intended meaning of the painting, I choose the most important symbols in the painting to develop the symbolism text so that a dialogue is possible between the painting and you, the viewer. All from a positive point of view and from the ancient language of symbolism.

Peace, MB
11:57 pm cst

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's been a busy week-here at the Texas Hexes Designs studio. Jumping into the puddle involves many facets in art business--including preparing for gallery shows now and then. And so I've been working to pull a few pieces of my work together to be shown at Cathedral House Gallery in San Antonio, TX. at the end of the month. This time I've decided to show a couple of original contemporary paintings along with Texas Hexes Designs. It will be an interesting juxtaposition of contemporary contemplative art and graphic contemplative art. On another note, I have been invited to speak about my work at Trintiy Baptist Church in San Antonio and have been gathering thoughts together in order to express verbally what I do as an artist. So here goes again-puddle-jumping with one and sometimes two hands hanging onto the God thread. In the midst of all this I continue to develope a new Texas Hexes Design called Texas Heroes. I'm so excited about the painting as it reveals itself every day that I look forward to sharing it and the symbolism with you. Shhh, that's all I can say about it right now though so watch for it soon on the website.
9:41 pm cst

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The God thread

The God thread is a term I coined to explain a commonality in all of us. It's the unbreakable bond each of has with the Creator of the Universe. It's the resonance in each one of us that rings true when we discover what we're called to do in order to make a difference in the world. It's a direct line to the Creator of the Universe that assures us that we are not alone. It presents us with opportunities to discover unlimited universal resources much greater than we can imagine. It's the unbreakable bond that allows us to jump into the puddle of life's creative journey-fearing less and with great expectations. 

Peace, MB 

12:01 pm cst


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