Make a Statement


 

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When I first began seeing the COVID19 sweeping across the globe, I noticed that country after country showed oceans of people wearing uniform white masks (when they weren’t practicing social distancing or in quarantine). I was kind of curious as to what kind of face parafernalia our people of the U.S.A. would come up with. I just knew Americans would come up with everything from outrageous to hilarious, and they surely have. This is not to say that I am not also deeply aware of the suffering and strife involved in the COVID19 Pandemic which is truly sad indeed. But American originality and thinking outside the box has not failed us in this situation.

True to form, our resourceful Americans came up with every kind of face contraption you could imagine. I saw a post on Facebook where someone had taken photos of all the hilarious mask get-ups people around in our country had assembled for themselves. There was the photo of someone strapping an athletic shoe to their face, their nose and mouth pressed into the shoe interior and the outer tread of the shoe sole facing the menacing virus.

Then in another post I saw someone with an umbrella strapped to their shoulders and a large transparent plastic bag draped from it’s opened coverage. Or there’s the one of a birthday party hat strapped to the face, point out to the world and round hat rim covering the mouth and nose.

So I began to wonder what other kinds of innovations would emerge in mask design here in the U.S.A. And of course I wanted to try the challenge myself, which you can see displayed in my new mask collection.

The first part people don’t like about wearing a mask is that it covers their mouth and nose. While the purpose of the mask requires this, I resolved to have my masks make a statement of uplifting hope to allow people to voice their statement and to provide a counterbalance to all the fear and despair many are feeling at this time.

 

I chose flowers as emblems of the feminine goddesses of love, peace, nature and beauty. These designs are all taken from flowers from my yard this Spring. The Iris were planted last Fall when a dear friend of mine retired from professional Iris gardening and gave me my choice of bulbs from her great Iris collection. I can’t wait for the next bloom so I can photograph it and create another mask design. I am also making other items as well as you can see on KIRSTEINFINEART.

And I also wanted the mask to make a statement. That way, even though the mouth is covered, you are still showing your voice.

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Dress from The Iris Collection.

Any questions for me? Any kind of mask you’d like to see? Maybe a different flower? Or color? Let me know in the comments below!

Collages by Lee McKenna


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The collages by Lee McKenna are imbedded with a sense of the passage of time and the compression of memories as if from a dream. From the field of torn shapes emerges  the hopes and memories of a love drifting through time.

Jan Kirstein

 

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“Mystical Poems of Rumi 1”, A.J. Arberry
The University of Chicago Press, 1968

This is love: to fly to heaven, every moment to rend a hundred veils;
At first instance, to break away from breath — first step, to renounce feet;
To disregard this world, to see only that which you yourself have seen6 .
I said, “Heart, congratulations on entering the circle of lovers,
“On gazing beyond the range of the eye, on running into the alley of the breasts.”
Whence came this breath, O heart? Whence came this throbbing, O heart?
Bird, speak the tongue of birds: I can heed your cipher!
The heart said, “I was in the factory whilst the home of water and clay was abaking.
“I was flying from the workshop whilst the workshop was being created.
“When I could no more resist, they dragged me; how shall I
tell the manner of that dragging?”

 

 

 

The work of Australian artist Lee McKenna can be found here:     http://leeamckenna.bigcartel.com

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated in Our Classrooms


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Dawn Smith’s Spanish class and my Visual Art class joined together for a week long unit on creating paintings influenced by Mexican Alebrijes this week at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Painting and creative writing combined together for a learning experience in Social Studies, Spanish and Fashion Design.

To learn Global challenges of how to resolve conflicts, students had to work in groups and combine at least 2 animals from 2 different continents. They had to paint the animals, list their conflicts, how the animals could resolve those conflicts and capture these conflict resolutions in their choice of creative writing from poetry to dialogue to narrative writing. The writing portion was inspired by the book “Fantasy Animals” by Janis Kirstein, where a South American anteater and African lion are joined together and have to learn how to get along. This book was inspired by Mexican Alebrijes from Mexico, created with bright floral patterns in the 1930’s of conglomerations of various animals all in one being.

To see lesson plans for this unit,  go to:  https://kirsteinfineart.com/2016/07/27/lesson-plan-for-fantasy-animals/

To see the book written by Janis Kirstein inspired by Alebrijes,  go to: www.amazon.com/author/janiskirstein

 

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This Painting was inspired by Mexican Alebrijes, by Janis Kirstein in Mercedes Harn’s art class this summer. This class was for a teacher Inservice given by The Academy with the Kentucky Center for the Arts, combining the teaching of Social Studies, Visual Art and Spanish Language.

 

 

Fantasy Animals Paperback by Janis Kirstein Hits Createspace Today!


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In three to five days:  www.amazon.com/author/janiskirstein

 

 

Take a look at this inspiring book by an amazing artist whose every word and design is done with loving, witty intention.”- Judy Ann Sato


“Deep in the dark jungles of the Amazon a most highly unusual birth took place in the animal kingdom of Balta. Two animals were born as one on a tremendously humid day in the middle of August.” 
By Janis Kirstein

 

Jump on in and see this beautifully illustrated children’s story about two animals joined together in the Mexican tradition of the Alebrijes. Born in the Amazon jungle, these two animals, an African Lioness, and a South American Anteater are joined at the hip and are forced to learn to get along with each other for survival.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Debora Stewart


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Debora Stewart

Artist Statement

For most of my life my artwork was very realistic. I devoted most of my time to rendering figures, portraits and flowers representationally. I became frustrated and stuck and wanted to go beyond realism. I entered into a period of searching and experimentation.

 

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I had always been drawn to abstraction so I began to experiment. I cut images apart, looked at things differently, drew from intuition, began to use color more expressively and tried new materials. I took small steps and grew more excited as I began to develop my own process of abstraction. Early works were mostly charcoal and pastel. I combined various underpaintings to create an abstract composition for my pastels. Pastel soon translated to mixed media acrylic paintings. Now I am in the process of teaching others and am excited that so many also want to go on the same journey.

 

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My current theme is titled Return to the Garden. I am revisiting themes of my past which include plants, flowers and figures. I have returned to drawing from life and am combining these drawings with my abstractions for a new vision. My new paintings and pastels are based on drawings created in gardens. Plants and flowers are drawn from life. This is truly a meditative experience for me and allows me to center myself. I take these drawings back to my studio and they are used as the foundation for subsequent works. I follow their lines, remember the day and recreate garden impressions in my abstractions. In many ways I am creating an inner garden for myself. The garden is symbolic of emergence, growth, change and the fleeting beauty of life.

 

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Pastels en Perigord

Event Dates: 7/1/2016 – 8/1/2016

St. Aulaye, France
I have been invited to exhibit three of my pastels paintings in the upcoming Pastels en Perigord which will be held in St. Aulaye, France during July and August of 2016.

 

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Everything I do is just an excuse to play with line and color. It doesn’t matter whether it is non-objective, bouquets, figures, animals or most recently these abstracted landscapes. Making lines with charcoal is probably the most fun I have in my art. I love the act of taking a stick of charcoal and creating lines on paper. I love the tactile feel and even the sound of charcoal on paper. Some lines may have some reference to something I have seen and others are lines I feel need to be there. Some are also internal surges of energy (too much coffee).

 

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Color is always an experiment and challenge. More subtlty is what I am after now. More variation in hue and value. These abstracted memory scapes are an excuse to play with variations in blues and greens. Those colors do lend themselves to landscapes. I’m not a landscape artist but I am inspired by all that I see and experience. I am surrounded by fields, water, sky, trees and earth. I can allow this daily experience to influemce my line and color choices. Last year I was inspired by the rocky coast of Maine and did a few abstractions based on that experience. The Arizona desert has inspired more subtle color choices. I want to let nature inspire me and influence me. I don’t want to render anything I see in a realistic way. I allow it to enter into me, mix with my own emotions and experience and come out onto the paper or canvas.

 

 

I would like to give special thanks to Debora Stewart for allowing me to feature her art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Catherine Redmayne


Above image:  “Little Red Riding Hat,” by Catherine Redmayne. ‘Found subject’ on random monotype .  Below: “Spotted Boots,”  by Catherine Redmayne. Sharpie drawing and gesso over collage.

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Catherine Redmayne

London, England
“Colour really excites me and colour next to colour is endlessly amazing. When the weather is cold, I feel warmest working with colours.

 
People often say of painting as a pastime that it must be so relaxing. Well, not really, as it can be very frustrating and make whole days vanish when you meant to do something else. But it is gripping and exhilarating on good days – we will not mention the failures!

 
I won a painting competition at school when I was about 9 and I have just one picture I painted at that time (squirreled away by my mother and found in her treasures) which I could not achieve now – paintings done by children have such a freshness.

 
Since those distant days, I have played with all sorts of different techniques, been to many workshops, exhibited many pictures, sold quite a few, bought hundreds of books, run workshops for fun and for cash, visited dozens of exhibitions – and generally been interested in art.”   Statement by Catherine Redmayne

 

Green-Bridge-Redmayne“Green Bridge,” by Catherine Redmayne.  Collage, sanding, gold leaf.

 

Floodlights-Redmayne“Flood Lights,” by Catherine Redmayne. Paint and collage.

 

Cheerful-garden-Redmayne“Cheerful Garden,” by Catherine Redmayne. Drawing over ‘patchwork’ collage.

 

 

 

Catherine’s love of making art stems from her childhood, when she found her true gift of expression through the visual world. Upon looking back at a work of art she created at age 9, she recognized the joy and power of the creative child, and looks to this spirit to empower her works to this day.

 

 

 “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,” said the master artist Pablo Picasso. I would say that Catherine has definitely maintained and nourished her creative inner-child artist, by looking at her current creations. The joy, simplicity and child-like wonder of a story-tale world surrounds us as we look at each of the images shown here.

 

 

 Spontaneity and exuberance dance across the surface of each image, from “Cheerful Garden,” to “Little Red Riding Hat.”  Most definitely not contrived, these original pieces bring to the foreground all sorts of childhood memories that were once lost to a layer of rushing adulthood demands.

 

 

 Look at these pieces and you may remember your own joyful childhood moments, and feast on the joy of all lost childhood, found once again.

 

 

Written by Janis Kirstein

 

 

 

Little-landscape-Redmayne“Little Landscape,” by Catherine Redmayne. Paint and collage.

 

Paradise-gardens-Redmayne“Paradise Gardens,” by Catherine Redmayne.  Monotype layers.

 

 

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