The angel in my
Heart who even today
Shapes my life-Grandma.
Haiku by Lucio Muñoz
Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 20, 2014
Jul 16 2014
Featured Artists: Robyn & Mic Garnet
Notes from the Artist:
Hi my name is Robyn Jean Grace Garnet, hence why I sign and call myself RJG for art purposes My husband Mic and myself are probably very new to the “art world” although we have both followed projects before. Ours is one of those beautiful love stories that you only ever seem to read about. We are each others greatest inspiration and best critics.
Mostly we have worked in wood and played with airbrush and graphite prior to receiving a set a pastels for Christmas 2013 from a sibling. This gift began our concentrated art journey and our journal. M.R.Art https://www.facebook.com/artmrjg
Neither of us are under the illusion that our art will fund our habit of eating each day or even remunerate our indulgent spending on supplies to create our projects. We do however hope that at some point we will make a few sales, as does every artist. Possibly more for the knowledge that someone likes your art enough to pay for it than the actual money :). Mic is very much into the coloured pencils at the moment whereas I am still dabbling across the fields. My preferred medium is wood, but I must admit I am totally enjoying making an “indoor” mess during our winter with graphite, acrylic, water-paint, pencil and anything else I can think of.
We are M.R.Art and we are creative souls enjoying art for the love of art and life.
Jul 15 2014
People told me
She was a nightmare
She had burned men
As if they were bush fires.
Happily I did not listen to them
I followed the advice of my heart
Who told me she was a beautiful rainbow
Just waiting for a man like me.
And my heart was right,
The people were wrong
Our love is now so strong
That it could be the flame of eternal light.
Poem by Lucio Muñoz
Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 15, 2014
Jul 13 2014
Before I met her
I used to love playing with flowers
Removing patiently from them petal by petal
Hoping each time it would end “she loves me”.
Then, when I met her
I started dreaming about
Playing with her hair softly
Hoping she would fall sleep on my shoulders.
And later when she became my sweetheart
I got into the habit of
Kissing her slowly
Hoping she would again push me back into our nest.
First playing with flowers,
Then dreaming to play with her hair,
Later playing with her lips-
And when I did that she looked so happy.
Poem by Lucio Muñoz
Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 13, 2014
Jul 10 2014
Featured Artist: Tess McCoskey
About the Artist:
Tess developed an interest in watercolour about 15 years ago after many years of acrylic painting of ceramics during the holidays. She has taken a handful workshops and a watercolour class at Marylhurst University. She is devoted to watercolour with pen/ink detail and is now experimenting with acrylics. She loves realism and the Renaissance period. Her favorite subject matter are flowers, animals and Mediterranean architectural scenes. She devotes herself to self-study other Watercolour artists such as Birgit O’Connor, Claudia Nice, Susan Harrison-Tustain, and Jerry Yarnell.
Jul 09 2013
Featured Artist: James C. Byrne
About the Artist:
James C. Byrne, born 1974, second oldest of five brothers and five sisters. James is a self taught artist and lives just outside of his hometown
of Fermoy county Cork.Ireland.
He started painting using oils on canvas and has since moved onto acrylic paint with a varnish finish.
After sharing a studio for a number of years with artist and friend Jim Mellis, from who he learned
a great deal about the discipline of painting, James had a number of exhibitions in his home town both group and solo.
Currently working in his own studio his work can be found on display in Ardmore Tea room and Gallery and Torten Fermoy also
in a Jazz Music Venue coffee shop in Prague city center.
A sense of urgency in developing his works for so long alone has at times left him seemingly chasing shadows, but he believes that it
helped him find a balance.
“I want to allow the painting to reveal itself and follow it without fear to it’s finish. Emotions, colours, movement, nature, conversations, experiences, dreams and music are all ingredients to the piece. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is think it through. The painting should be fun and the process of it should leave you happily exhausted and excited.”
James C. Byrne on the Web: www.jamescbyrneart.com
Apr 01 2014
Featured Artist: David Derr
Notes from the Artist:
“Humanity is composed of creative explorers and symbol makers. We have been this way since the beginnings of our existence. This is the cornerstone of what it is to be a thinking human being. My goal has always been to create works that contain the essences of good poetry. A balance of opposites, in a style that is recognizable, yet not necessarily realistic. I find the most effective way of doing this is by using a pseudo primitive style which on the surface seems simple, but in reality resonates deeper emotions.
My studies of children’s and primitive art, as well as symbols, have led me to the conclusion that these types of images speak on a deeper level that completely realistic images. Somehow they reach beyond the surface and touch the very essence of the object represented evoking meanings and emotions that reside deep in our minds and bodies. The use of this type of content allows me to create pieces that contain layers of meaning; meaning which is integral to lasting art.
Content is very important, and by content I don’t mean the objects in a painting but the meanings behind them. I fill each piece with subjects form music, dance, myths, mysticism, science and everyday life. I create pieces that will have the ability to have a lasting conversation with the collector and the public. A conversation that can take different and unexpected directions from my original intent. Do my works tell a story….yes, but I will never completely know or be able to tell what that story is, for when a work leaves my hand it takes on a life of its own, creating a conversation that is between it and the viewer, each of which brings their own mysteries.”
David Derr on the Web: http://www.davidderr.com/
Feb 26 2011
Thanks to SculptSite.com for providing this post.
By RJ Heim
A sculptor creates a new bronze piece after another creation was stolen and chopped into pieces by thieves. Mimi Sammis was devastated when her 300-pound bronze sculpture was stolen from the grounds of the Four Corners Arts Center.
Mar 21 2011
Featured Artist: Ken Cadwallader
Jul 09 2011
Help make a film and it won’t cost you a cent. To attract investors and distributors to the film ‘Breeding in Captivity’ visit this page, hit the like button and then encourage your friends to do the same. This is the first feature film to be made & produced in Tasmania, by Tasmanians – in 25 years. Spread the word!
It is morning. Paramedics wheel a dead body out of the house across the road.
Alice learns that she was the last person to talk with Molly before she killed herself. Alice replays the conversation over and over in her head becoming more and more obsessed by the fact that Molly was a wife and mother like her.
Edie and her husband Andy move in to what Alice’s husband, Owen, dubs, “the suicide house”. Alice witnesses an argument between the two and becomes afraid that another suicide, or worse, will occur. Alice makes it her mission to befriend Edie and in so doing becomes wrapped in their passionate and volatile marriage forcing Alice to question everything she has believed about her own marriage.
Soon after Molly’s suicide Owen is sent away on a routine work trip that quickly “turns”, first, when a teen run-away flags his car down expecting more than a ride and later when he visits his friend, Wilfred, who uses his lover Anna to expose Owen’s wavering fidelity. Owen is forced to face that he, like his father whom he despises, would trade in his family for freedom. Rattled, Owen rearranges his schedule so that he can see Kathy, a client, whose tragic beauty has possessed him since she entered his office.
Owen and Alice must choose between betrayal or commitment knowing that one choice will destroy their marriage and the other will deprive them of the passion they both crave.
Fuelled by a passion for growing the Tasmanian film industry from the grass roots and up, a team of dedicated and experienced Tasmanian arts practitioners have teamed up to spawn an ambitious feature film currently in rehearsal in Hobart, Tasmania.
Utilising a lengthy and in depth rehearsal process inspired by the Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies fame) method of film making, award winning local director Lucien Simon and NIDA graduate Nathan Spencer are hoping to carve out a niche for Tasmanian stories on the international screen stage.
Breeding in Captivity is an intimate black comedy exploring the secret lives of “normal” suburban families much like the seminal American Beauty. However, rather than script the film in the traditional sense, writing team Simon and Spencer have employed a collaborative process that involves the actors developing the characters and working with the writers to create the dialogue. This process ensures actors develop authentic and realistic performances.
Director Lucien Simon’s films have featured in festivals such as Palm Springs, Newfest, Flickerfest and Saint Kilda. His previous short Stripped Bare (another collaboration with Spencer) won best film at the Canberra Short Film Festival, and his documentary Conversations in Kingborough won the National and Tasmanian Local Government Awards.
Says Simon: “The Tasmanian film industry has the talent and resources to make feature films, and we are no longer prepared to wait to tell our stories.”
The Rehearsal Process
Director Lucien Simon uses a unique process of rehearsal for ‘Breeding in Captivity’ known as the Mike Leigh method.
Unlike other films that start with a script, Simon uses lengthy improvisations with the actors which are developed over a period of weeks to build characters and storylines for Breeding in Captivity.
He starts with some sketch ideas of how he thinks things might develop, but does not reveal all his intentions with the cast who discover their fate and act out their responses as their destinies are gradually revealed.
Initial preparation is in private with the director and then the actors are introduced to each other in the order that their characters would have met in their lives.
The critical scenes in the eventual story are performed and recorded in full-costumed, real-time improvisations where the actors encounter for the first time new characters, events or information which may dramatically affect their characters’ lives.
Final filming is more traditional as definite sense of story, action and dialogue is then in place. The director reminds the cast of material from the improvisations that he hopes to capture on film.