Thursday, September 17, 2015
I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Union For Contemporary Arts show yesterday. It was a huge success and it was great to see so many people at the gallery enjoying art.
I have three more small study paintings that I wanted to show that are part of my upcoming show. These monarch oil studies are a mix of ideas from sketches I am working on for larger paintings. The monarch is a symbol for the entire global community. It can represent the stages of life related to our own personal lives as well as growing pains that our world experiences with oppression, change, hunger, vulnerability, transformation and the miraculous expansion at the beginning and end of life
The amazing life cycle that transforms the Eastern Monarch from a striking caterpillar into a magnificent and graceful butterfly has long captured our imaginations. But the Monarch is now facing an uncertain future, with populations in severe decline across North America. A new report that just came out today showed results from last year and the year before, that the population was down ninety percent, which is a lot for the Monarch Butterfly.
The decline of the Monarchs coincides with the eradication of the Milkweed, a plant that the Monarch caterpillars feed on exclusively. Milkweed is cleared from fields used for agriculture, and the few plants that do survive are often treated with damaging pesticides that kill the caterpillars. Every milkweed that is planted across the Midwest does make a difference. I encourage those of you who have time and space to consider planting milkweed.
Our world is constantly shifting and at times feels like we are standing on unsteady ground. Every one of us has a long journey ahead. On this journey we encounter endless turns, twists, and conditions that cause us to morph into ever-finer beings or at least we hope. During the process towards our journey's end we are inevitably changed in so many different ways, and along the way we realize that we are not the same as when we started on the path.