Last week I was with my guy Kevin in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visiting his daughter Andrea. We had a great time with her and grand doggie Jasper. We helped spruce up the yard for the upcoming summer season. I forgot how much I liked gardening, as I’ve been an apartment dweller my entire adult life.
About this sign – these signs are posted on the lawns of many of the homes in Andrea’s neighborhood. It warmed me to see this support for fellow humans, as we navigate a very challenging and divisive time in our political history. I believe it is important to let our neighbors know we care, no matter the differences between us.
Thanks for the great visit Andrea!
“Squares at Play / No. 4,” 8″ sq., mixed media collage, © 2017, Wamala
“Squares at Play / No. 4” is one of several mixed media collages I’ve recently created in my California studio. This piece, made for the simple pleasures of exploring textural mediums, yummy papers, and the challenge of balancing an asymmetrical abstract composition, may one day be a study for a larger work. While creating we just never know where a thread of an idea, experiment or line of questioning may lead. I find that process of discovery and innovating most thrilling.
Happy Playtime to You!
“Colors by the Bay: No. 5,” 10 1/2″ sq., mixed media collage, © 2017, Wamala
Collage work is one creative process that helps me find my way between larger projects.
“Colors by the Bay: No. 5,” from a recent suite of 17 pieces, incorporates papers I have been making for years. Encaustic wax papers, hand made papers and hand painted papers each found their places in this new work.
What practices see you through transitions?
Book Note: I found Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, “The Big Magic” – https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/ to be a supportive reading experience regarding transitions and the creative process.
There is a growing body of science showing that time spent in nature heals, soothes and restores humans. Taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature prompts us to be in the moment. Clearing our minds in this way helps make space to work out solutions to challenges we may be facing and helps us restore energetically.
Yesterday I enjoyed a 5 mile walk through my neighborhood. Accompanying me was the purpose of gathering images to share with you. This slideshow https://www.facebook.com/pamela.wamala captures the colors and textures of trees, flowers, bees!, foliage, rocks, moss and, near the end, an art treat by Jane Kim.
Music Credit: “Drown in Pale Light” by Andreas Vollenweider
“Spring Still Life with Forsythia & Lemons,” anonymous artist / shared with permission © 2017
Celebrating Spring with Elders
“In psychology, meaning-making is the process of how persons construe, understand, or make sense of life events, relationships, and the self.” (google search definition)
This is an apt description of the calling I feel regarding making art with senior citizens. I am fortunate to serve several elder communities by providing various art activities. Thanks to friends Nancy Wormwood and Carol Boileau who often join us.
Yesterday we celebrated Spring with nature inspired watercolor painting. I so appreciate knowing these beautiful people and facilitating their art experiences.
“City by the Bay,” 10″ sq., mixed media collage, © 2017, Wamala
California Studio / “City by the Bay”
“City by the Bay,” from a suite of several collages I’ve been working on in my California studio, is the only piece (so far) that asked to be a cityscape. Yes, as many creatives of all stripes (musicians, writers, visual artists, etc) will tell you, we feel, hear, sense, our muse leading us, often times, away from an intended direction.
With “type A” personality tendencies, it’s one of the more challenging aspects of being a creative. The outcome of my work is not all about what my mind originally conjured to accomplish. I find the process magical and captivating, with a dash of the elusive, and a smidge of vexation to keep me on my toes!
What Simple Things Cheer You?
Painting: “West Coast Joy,” oil on canvas, 24″ sq., © Wamala, 2015
When spending money on things I am fairly frugal. I reserve larger expenditures for travel and quality art materials. My favorite things of daily life are found at grocery, thrift and art supply stores. I discovered two dear, “new to me” authors, May Sarton and Caroline Knapp, at the local used book shops. Yellow polka dotted glasses and white china coffee cups from second hand shops make me smile. Spring daffodils and fragrant citrus soap were made even sweeter by the treat of my sweetheart purchasing them for me. And, the previously loved blouse from Savers is a comfy new favorite.
What Simple Things Cheer You?
Many a walk has been slowed by the gorgeous colors and designs I discover along the way. I just can’t seem to walk past a blooming flower without admiring it and usually capturing a photo for later enjoyment. A power walk in Spring is nearly impossible!
Shared here are some of the blooms from my Sunday walk with my sweetheart through Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Redwood City, CA.
Spring is definitely in bloom. Enjoy!
Plein Air Adventure with Dru, Plum Island, Summer 2015
Dru, a painting student and friend, gifted me with the loan of her Plum Island home last summer. What splendid generosity!
I love the sea and gathered many treasures during those precious days. The shore was the perfect place to write, reflect and spend time with my children and sweetheart.
I am deeply grateful for Dru’s friendship. Thank you Dru!
Dru Davidson & I currently have art in the Instructors & Students show at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, MA.
“Afternoon Snow No 2,” 12″ x 22″, pastel, © 2013, Wamala
Snowflake Bentley would be delighted with this blizzard!
Seeing the world through the beauty and rich storytelling of children’s picture books has been a life long pleasure. My collection began before I was married with kids. In 1998 I discovered “Snowflake Bentley,” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. At that time I had 3 amazing children – 2 sons and a daughter. We shared a nightly tradition of bedtime reading that I believe helped inform their intelligence and passion for learning. Snuggled up with my kids and a stack of bedtime reading is a treasured memory that I happily reflect upon as I watch the blizzard outside my window.
For your pleasure: “Snowflake Bentley” – video of the book read aloud and illustrated by Mr. C’s Fourth Graders.
Image: “Afternoon Snow No 2,” 12″ x 22″, pastel, © 2013, Wamala