Catch My Drift?

Posted by: Sharon    Tags:      Posted date:  March 8, 2012
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Catch My Drift?


Apparently, some have, and others are bringing their drifts to me.  Let me explain what I mean by that.  Seems my artwork has acted as a muse for a few people claiming they could build a horse sculpture like the ones I have.  What matters most to me is the intention of the person.  Is it that they can’t or don’t want to pay the artist for the original work – or are they also artists inspired by the piece and decide to create something of their own?  The latter of the two could not thrill me more.  All artists are catalysts for each other’s works.  We are normally influenced and admire artwork done by icons of the past and present.  If you know art history you can recognize the artist by the style and medium.

I will never forget a sculptor whose work and story captured my heart and hands.  His name is Michael Naranjo, an American Indian from the Santa Clara pueblo in New Mexico.  Michael became blind due to an explosion from a grenade during the Vietnam War.  He immediately lost both his eyes and the some use of his left hand.  I discovered his work and watched a short video about him in a gallery in Santa Fe.  I made regular visits to the gallery to look at his sculptures over and over again and wished I could afford to buy one.

Finally, the gallerist called Michael and arranged for us to meet at his house and studio on the pueblo.  There he showed me more of his bronze sculptures and a work in process.  Most of his figures are of his memories of dances and life on the pueblo he remembers as a child growing up.  He shared about the materials, methods and techniques he was using and some things to have in mind while working forms blind.  A couple of years later after volunteering in galleries and museums in Santa Fe I began to sculpt.  The following year I was offered my first solo show at Michael’s gallery on Canyon Road – a night I will never forget.  As I said before we all have been influenced and will continue to be by other’s work.  I just never even thought any of my work would inspire someone to try sculpting like Michael’s did for me.

As far as the drifts I’m grooving on, we have some new acquaintances offering their unusually shaped driftwood finds.  They all have found these river beauties traversing the banks of Sardis Lake.  There is much joy in being the recipient of such a thoughtful act of kindness.  I thank them for their spirited hearts toward my art and I thank The Southern Reporter for connecting us by way of the Chat ‘N’ Chew.  I have already begun carving and smoothing a tangled, very complex root system of a cypress tree given to me by Suzette Murphy of Harmontown.  I am trying to articulate what feels to me as two large dragons and three smaller and all are intertwined in one strong continuous root that measures 16” wide by 46” long.  As a kid I was introduced to the Chinese zodiac on a paper placemat.  I found out I was born in the year of the tiger.  Curious about Chinese Dragon folklore I asked David to help me access the internet and read about it.  To our surprise and delight we found that this year we are in the year of the dragon.  If you were born in 2000, 1988, 1976. 1964, or 1952, or 1940, you are a Dragon too.  People born in the year of the Dragon are said to be: Innovative, Enterprising, Flexible, Self-assured, Brave, and Passionate. You can follow the progress of my project on Facebook at McConnell Dickerson Art.

The Como arts council is closing its winter show and preparing for the next opening “Two Women and a Brush”, planned for March 22nd through March 30th. The works of Grace Henderson and Ann Hughes Sayle will be on display. Grace’s colorful canvases often with contrasting colors are dramatic, frenetic compositions that convey energy, passion and are in the moment.  They appear contemporary; however there is a historic reference or influence I feel in them. They are comparable to Jackson Pollack’s abstract paintings from the sixties.    Henderson has developed her own unique expression with her works. David and I are excited to have one of her paintings gracing our walls now.   I can’t describe Sayle’s work because I haven’t seen it. I am told that she creates wall hangings – tapestries- using quilting, her own silk screened paintings, and other media to project some of the most incredible art.

Spring break is nearly here for those attending school.  This week I’m including a recipe shared with me by Rebecca Hooper. Her cookie dough dip is one that would fool any kid into thinking it was the real thing, Junk Food.  But it isn’t. When she told me the base ingredient was chickpeas I couldn’t imagine it tasting anything near the memory of spoonfuls of my mom’s toll house cookie dough.  I tested the healthy imposter with a blob of it on a graham cracker.  All I could do was snicker with it still in my mouth. I tried to think of what kid or adult I would try and fool with it.  Even if it doesn’t seem the same, it’s still better for them.

Another humorous experiment for the kids’ entertainment is one I was told about last week and have already spoken to some about.  It involves the common kitchen broom that will stand upright on its bristles without holding it.  No kidding, we have one that has been standing by itself for three days now.  I first heard about the broom thing from our friend Mary Dustin in Florida. Others have now posted pictures of theirs standing around on their Facebook pages.  Is this a phenomenon due to the upcoming equinox or a fake and just a matter of the center of balance in a broom’s design? I wanted to believe it was something special that only happened because of some gravitational atmospheric pull going on.  David and Goggle shot it down.  He told me I could make one stand up anytime.  I had to think, “When was the last time I tried to stand one up?”  Bummer, never, but I didn’t care.  I had fun and so did those I called and their brooms are still freely standing, liberated from the corners they once leaned against.  Still, I haven’t experienced that feeling of wonder since Peter Pan.  I was on the phone with Rebecca Lipscomb she stood hers up. Betty Pressley is staying with her for now. When the broom stood up, their laughter sounded like that of two little girls.  Then at my urging, David went to the Dollar General and had four of them standing in the broom aisle, and another store broom that was in another place.  He called for Kim, one of the store clerks, to come to the back by saying, “Kim, you’ve got to come back here.  There’s something going on with your brooms”.  She thought maybe the rack had fallen. When she saw the brooms all standing up, she exclaimed, “On that note, I think I’ll leave.  I ain’t working in a store with all that going on!” Nevertheless, she did stay, and was leading others to come and witness the phenomenon. Some were taking pictures of the installation with their phones, and some just stood there dumbfounded. All these standing brooms indicate that is time for spring cleaning!



Cookie Dough Dip

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained) (250g)
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
  • tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (You can get away with using only 3 T. If you use peanut butter, it’ll have a very-slight “PB cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this, you can sub oil.)
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice (Start with 1 T, and add more as needed)
  • Sweetener (see note below, for amount)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips or Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
  • 2 to 3 T oats (or flax meal) (You can omit, but also omit the milk if you do)

Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor (not blender), and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips.

Clean up needed on aisle seven!

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