Another year painted…full of new faces, new places, great memories!!! I wish for your 2019 to be full of….surprises; that’s the pepper in our lives: surprises!
They carry their beauty without arrogance or ego. They swim, walk, and fly as if oblivious of my persistant pursue to try to get a proper glance at their elegant black and white heads. In fact, they avoid selfies altogether!
I paint as fast as I can. It is I, after all, the admirer, the expectator! How I wish I were this beautiful! I’m hypnotized by the contrast of their black and white colors, and their long slender necks that, when one looks closely, convert the sun light into a blue/black reflection. In the heat of the moment, almost subconsciously, I see down my paper to find the same golden color of the Arabian sands; that color that covers all those deserts that seem so far now.
A famous quote by the American philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rushed through my head just as fast as that gold color made its way into each water droplet of my watercolor: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Perhaps, I thought, I am carrying the beauty of the desert in my hands, my core: my Canadian geese with the stunning golden sand colors of the Arabian gulf !
Today I stood, and stared…felt the grass between my toes; I smiled as I felt it tickling the core of my soul…
Another moment arose to paint again. It’s been a while. Who would have thought? Such tiny leaves can make one feel so…INSPIRED!
Have you ever had the urge to go back to a place where you’ve left unfinished business?
Inspiration called me this morning to head up to Sharjah, to finally put an end to what seemed to be my obsession since last Friday night. The Friday, when for the first time, I managed to get myself into a taxi and said:
“Where exactly, Ms.?” Asked the driver.
“I don’t know…drive me in that direction till I say stop.” “Please.” Smile.
That warm evening while on Corniche Street, I noticed Al Noor mosque with the most amazing sunset kissing its roof good-bye for the night. The white walls were stained orange and I knew that’d be only for a brief moment. I cried out: “this is my stop, thanks!”
I knew then, I’ve made a big mistake for leaving my watercolors at home….till this morning.
I found myself again, sitting on the spot where I had admired the beauty of this structure. Looking for shade, I sat on a bench. I was in the place I wanted to be. I was once again outdoors, fascinated by the many wonders of the place I now call home.
The end result of my study….
And the final touch….
It is nice to have a day to celebrate the existence of someone (and hopefully more than one!) who makes your life worth…living!!!
A new year has began, and with it comes a new adventure! My new year’s resolution: to learn and enjoy my new home and its culture…
Does anyone know where I could start? 🙂
I wish you all, a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
It is once again, the time to make my annual portrait. This year I wanted to make a study of someone whose face automatically transports me, no matter where I may be, to the core of the place I call home: Ascona.
Without-further-ado, here is the beginning of a few sitting hours so far!
Literally, fresh from the oven, my new work which combines little sculptures with oil painted backgrounds, are pieces many say: “haven’t seen before.” A friend elegantly puts it: “the scenery is not extraordinary, but the emotions these pieces steer, are very complex and meaningful.”
My new works are representations of scenarios I have seen in my very own town, Ascona, Switzerland. They are of kids enjoying themselves on the shores of lake Maggiore; some are playing on the sand, some are writing on the sand, some contemplate life purely by floating on the lake, and looking at the small waves of the water.
Joy is where you least expect it…in my work, joy comes from the most simplest scenarios.
If you are not from Ticino, or nearby area, you would brush off the fact that I have my artwork in one of the most beautiful hotels in Ronco sopra Ascona, “La Rocca.” If you are from here, however, you would understand why I feel so proud to say I am part of the few selected artists in the owners’ art collection.
“La Rocca,” a family run boutique hotel, is situated on the hills of Ronco sopra Ascona. Like Ronco, “La Rocca,” has phenomenal views of lake Maggiore and surrounding mountains. As well as that, the city and the hotel have a lot more things in common, too many to mention. Yet to explain my point in simpler terms, I can tell you that the town and the hotel itself, offer, in their own kind of way, special corners where one can see the residents’ and in the case of the hotel, the owners’ dedication to sharing a bit of culture and history of Ronco, and the Ticino area. Those corners that make the place unique. Those corners full of artifacts you can’t find anywhere else!
It is indeed a great honor to see my new work hanging on the walls of such pristine location. My favorite installation of my work are the prints on glass of my “Morning coffee” series, the ones which depict the promenade of Ascona. This is so because they are elegantly positioned in the corridor leading to the hotel’s restaurant. Yet, this isn’t an ordinary restaurant: your meal comes with the best views of the islands of Brissago and lake Maggiore! Hence, to me, “Morning coffee” in the corridor is like the introductory piece to a symphony’s ending, the grand finale of a visual explosion!
Among “Morning coffee,” the hotel owners have other local images, such as “Morcote,” “Marianne Werefkin,” “Ponte dei Salti,” and the famous “San Pietro,” which has been seen on TV twice: for the Ascona Jazz Festival TV interview, and for the Art Zurich International report in RTV Suisse! In town, you can find my “San Pietro” behind the glass fountain of Passaggio San Pietro.
To say that my last visit to “La Rocca” moved me is an understatement! I realized, as I took pictures of my work on the wall, how grateful I am to the owners, for allowing me to be part of those special corners that make their hotel a special spot in Ronco sopra Ascona. What is more, I thank them for supporting local talent, and art that is born in the towns and valleys of this beautiful canton, Ticino.
My very first visit to site was on May 25th, 2015. I remembered it a warm Spring day. I took some pictures looking for the right angle. With me, my client, and her daughters, were busy talking and taking pictures. We had Italian icecream from the store around the corner!
I returned to site the second week of June, 2015. I got some paper, my watercolors, and a clear image of what I wanted to capture on canvas. The back of the house with its back garden were without a doubt, my favorite spots of the house. I sat on the tall grass and started sketching.
I took note of the tall palm tree and bushes next to the main door of the basement suite. I wondered how many years these silent giants had looked down on the family that used to live there. The garden, although now abandoned, still radiated beauty with its flowers along its edges. The small wooden fence separating the garden from the rest of the house, gave my sketch that „human touch,“ or that sense of belonging. The title of this project became clear at this point: „Dear house.“ I was indeed painting someone’s special corner– a house that saw the coming and going of a family who once lived there, a world of their own.
I didn’t stop sketching till all my ideas were captured on all the sketches I made that day. I started painting onto canvas the following nights in my studio in Ascona.