I believe that to be an artist you must have a spirit of openness. To be truly inspired, to live and create magically and extraordinarily, we must first be in awe of life, immerse ourselves in wonder, be a friend to imagination, curiosity and mystery and be a lover of rapture.
- a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.
- "Cheryl paints with rapture"
- ecstasy, bliss, euphoria, elation, exaltation, joy, joyfulness, joyousness,rhapsody, enchantment, delight, exhilaration, happiness, pleasure, ravishment; More
Born in Maiquetía, Venezuela, in 1920, Luchita Hurtado has dedicated seventy years of her painting and drawing practice to the investigation of universality and transcendence. Inside her Los Angeles home and studio, Hurtado reflects on connections that exist between the body and its larger context – nature, the environment, the cosmos. Hurtado
Now 99 years old. We are all alone.
I am inspired and amazed by her work and vitality. She paints what she knows and feels. I must learn to do the same. Thank you Luchita
I live where rainbows are in the sky and the trees.
Look to this day,
for it is life, the very breath of life.
In its brief course lie
all the realities of your existence;
the bliss of growth,
the glory of action,
the splendor of beauty.
For yesterday is only a dream,
and tomorrow is but a vision.
But today, well lived,
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow
a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
“Why don’t you sign all your paintings on the front?”
This is just one of the many questions I often hear.
A few reasons: It depends on the painting and if I think signing will take away from the continuity.
Then I prefer the painting to be not-disrupted, I often sign simply Cheri or at other time use my full signature CJohnson or Cheryl Johnson added with a paint pen or with a brush.
Then there are times I think people may like to turn my paintings a different way!
But each one is signed and dated on the reverse and includes the catalog number and a label telling you more about the series and the finish - whether it’s been varnished, sealed or waxed.
Who is Cheri, Cherinow and Cherah Boryl Jaurvaii...? In my earlier career I used nicknames, pseudonym and family name to create a wonderful body of work.
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I LOVE EXPLORING ARTISTS WORK AND I am CONTINUALLY INSPIRED
I love writing and continually prattle, chortle, guffaw.
November 27, 2017
Today I explored Blue. "I have been asked how do I start a painting. First I breathe deeply, and my spirit prays, and then I let my pencil take a walk guided by my mind and I begin to trace the shapes of space and boundaries in my everyday life. I move with intention as my body feels. Then I sit back and look. Intently look. When various senses appear to be woven together with the impressions of my reality, I stop. Shapes and colors appear that my mind has come to embrace, and with each addition of form and universal shapes that my heart longs for, another day appears on my canvas. I'm attempting to create my everyday. Painting for me is essential. It is my being speaking and living. I am painting atmospheres; emotions and actions that can't be expressed by words; perhaps exuberant and then nothing special, but surely existing." I believe abstract art can carry metaphorical meanings.
To me, something is metaphorical when you use it to stand for or symbolize, another thing. For example, a dark sky in a poem might be a metaphorical representation of sadness. Although this world is filled with blue it does not mean I am able to feel blue - No one actually ever feels like the color blue, although many people say they are "feeling blue" to mean they are feeling sad.
But to me in this blue, I am remembering the sky. Exhaulted and never ending, uplifting.
My heart is overflowing with joy.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
I wake up every morning with a song of joy playing in my mind. I choose to look forward in anticipation of all the wonderful things that lie ahead of me.
Making a choice to be happy is not always easy but I know it is worth doing. It sets the tone for everything that is to follow. I commit myself to seeing the good in life. Even if something appears to be negative, I affirm that there is more to it than meets the eye. What seems to be wrong could be just a blessing in disguise!
The joy I feel is so strong that I feel compelled to share it with others. I remind myself that one simple smile or kind word can turn someone’s day completely around. It fills me with happiness to know I can be an ambassador of divine joy and love.
Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy.—James 1:2
You need to be loved
You need to be recognized
People value what you are doing
You need to hear public praise twice
I did not listen the first time
Tell me again
Someone to say
You spent your life well.
Easy does it
Life is hard
Work made by
Work made by the hand
I am an Eternal optimist. I keep going. Keep Painting. Flying.
Kaua'i -based artist, photographer and Imagineer. I paint emotions, people, places and things. I am an American Abstract Expressionist Painter and Photographer.
As Ansel Adams says... “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” And to quote my favorite painter, Joan Mitchell. "Feeling is something more; it’s feeling your existence. It’s not just survival. Painting is a means of feeling ”living”… .Painting is the only art form except still photography which is without time. Music takes time to listen to and ends, writing takes time and ends, movies ends, ideas and even sculpture take time. Painting does not. It never ends, it is the only thing that is both continuous and still, Then I can be very happy. It’s a still place. It’s like one word, one image." I agree...I want my work to exude joy, celebration, measured clarity and a sense of self. Creating art is more about communicating what I’m feeling than what I’m seeing. About me.
Lost in the Finding
days are explored
life is lived
memories are erased
feelings are declared
on anxiety's edge i balance precariously between pause and flow...
Musing Reflection -Prattle
cleavor; perhaps dull.
fear to halt.
sounds of yes
no no no no no
soaring, flying, finding,
delighted in resting
tired of trying
yes yes yes yes yes
Since I was a little girl I’ve anchored in my heart or paired memories with the location and the people who were there, from sisters, Bonnie and Marlene, Auntie Swea or cousin Linda to now my Partner CA. I always subliminally worry about forgetting memories I create with my loved ones, and when I am able to capture some of that I know it will stay with me. Read more.
"I paint because I must. It is my passion and my joy and my release of emotion."
As I continue to explore and learn more about the process of painting I am finding my preference and primary medium is oil paint on canvas. The richness of the colors and ability to glaze influences my choices and enables me to work more freely. Read More
For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I
will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes.-Jeremiah chapter 10. ...I felt it was a word from the Lord just for you. Read More
I came across this article and was thrilled to see it as this Gustav Klimt is one of my favorites. Read all of Artnet News it is one of my favorite sites to keep current
Oprah Winfrey made a pretty penny selling Gustav Klimt‘s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912) for $150 million in 2016, reports Katya Kazakina for Bloomberg. The buyer is allegedly an unidentified Chinese collector, who pulled the trigger on the purchase over the summer. Read more.
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“I am who I am because I’m doing what I want to do, not what I’m told to do.”
Channeling Joan Mitchell
"I am very much influenced by nature as you define it.… I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me—and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would like more to paint what it leaves me with. All art is subjective, is it not?"
—Excerpt from a letter written by Joan Mitchell in 1958, in John I.H. Baur, Nature in Abstraction: The Relation of Abstract Painting and Sculpture to Nature in Twentieth-Century American Art