Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SUMMER IS EASY AND THE FISH ARE JUMPING

ASHEVILLE IN THE BLUE RIDGE AND SMOKEY MOUNTAINS

A BLUE MIST HANGS AND THE CLOUDS DRIFT LOW

Family Farms Leicester, North Carolina 

SUMMER FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING, THE CAROLINA LILIES, THE 

RHODODENDRON IS FLOWERING IN WHITE CLUMPS ALONG THE STEEP 

MOUNTAINSIDE, COWS ARE LAZILY EATING ABUNDANT GRASSES, CROWS SIT 

AMONG THE CORN STALKS THAT WILL LATER BE FEED FOR ANIMALS FOR THE

WINTER, TRACTORS ARE PLOWING, ROWS ARE MOUNDING, SEEDS PLANTED 

AND THE SUMMER CROPS ARE FLOURISHING

Carolina Lilly as I call it  
 


It is easy to be lazy in the summer as the line from "Porgy and Bess" says.  Summertime, when the living is easy.  I have posted less because I have been under time constraint to finish a major piece for an art show.  It is now done and shipped.  It is in my mind to expand the theme I started working with in this last piece.  I have been working with assemblage and high relief collage in themes that revolve around immigration, difference in cultures and cultural blending of people and nations.  Another area of interest is communication.  My Mother for the past 11 years has lived with the effects of a stroke that left her with sever communication problems and aphasia.  I have learned so much from my Mother's condition these past 11 years while I have been intensely involved in her care and her adjustment to her situation.  Also having worked in special education half my career as an art teacher has given me experience with severe handicaps of all kinds that effected their ability to communicate.  These themes are fascinating to me..how we communicate, how we perceive communication, how we use parts of our brains and not others, and what happens if part of your brain is damaged, but you can communicate with what is working?  We also communicate differently depending on our up bringing, experiences and our culture.  When I taught overseas in the Philippines I had to take a course in culture communication and how to understand cultural sensitivity.  So this is the areas I am going to explore in my art this summer and fall while at the mountain studio.  That is if I don't get to lazy while the fish are jumping!
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