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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Dove has come back to play

What's that you say? It's Tuesday, today? I think it was about this time last week I donned my hermit hat (it happens to be rather fuzzy and orange) painting apron covered with delicious smears of oil, tights layered with knee socks layered with leg-warmers (I like a toasty sort of day) and closed the door on the rest of the world to live in the ebb and flow of my brushes. I also ate too many Club crackers with avocado, but that's a whole different story.

When I finally emerged, sometime around 3pm yesterday, I brought with me a whole family of new paintings.

I'd like you to meet them.

I think you'll get along quite well.

They sing the river song, the tale of dew in the morning and rain come down. They know the quiet secrets of the field after dark, when the city lights fade and the grass blades morn the sun. They remember the fallen, not in sadness but in respect and appreciation, for in nature none go to waste. They know the rhythm of the season, the bounty of the earth, the resilience of the wild. They mark the days with an eye to the barren aspens and the creeping fingers of snow on the mountain. They are Deliberate. They are Purposeful.




Click here to trot on over to my Flickr site and see the individual paintings in all their glory!

Individually they stand alone, each a solitary chapter in the greater narrative of this last month I've spent living in North Bend. Together they tell the tale of my observations, the epiphanies I've had while walking though these forests, the sights that have caught my breath and caused my heart to skip a beat.
They feel Important.
They feel like me.
They are exactly what I want to say right now, right here.

Oh friends, I can not tell you enough how necessary paint is for my soul, how I would simply implode if I could not put these thoughts down on canvas, thus honoring the messages I receive.
It's so good.



And that's the understatement of the year.

- Umber

* If you live in the greater Seattle area I'd LOVE for you to come and see my work in person! This collection of paintings will be shown at La Familia Gallery in December, with the official art opening on December 3rd from 4:30-9:00 (oooh an extended opening! come for art, me, and snacktivities!) *
** To answer the question (as it's been posed) yes, these guys are available for purchase! If you'd like more information on any of these pieces, please feel very free to contact me at umberdove[at]gmail.com **

20 comments:

BC said...

Wooooo Hoooooo!!! Lovin' the Smallies.

MrsLittleJeans said...

I would have to say Wooo Hooo too! Love these adorable paintings...I do have several favorites one o them being little Frank, and the other, the bird who was finding the way. I can imagine how important it is to create, to express, and we thank you for it.
I also love your apron.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and family! : )

UmberDove said...

BC - thanks suga!

MLJ - I can't even tell you how high pitched my squeal of delight was that you saw and noted my apron. It's the new sewing frontier, but naturally I had to keep the very first one (and I've just been wearing it about town). Happy Happy Thanks to you and yours too!

mme. bookling said...

How much for the whole set?

MrsLittleJeans said...

Are you telling me that I can own one of those aprons...are you teasing me? I want the first one, well, the second one!

UmberDove said...

Mme. - For you? Oh it's gonna cost you...

MLJ - Yes mam' I think there may be one with your name right on it! Just taking a few more pictures before they debut...

she said...

well i'll be. if this is the result of your willing hermitage, i might have to encourage you to disappear more often...only that's no fun. hmm. we'll have to find a happy medium. in the meantime, beautiful beautiful work. so proud.

MrsLittleJeans said...

she has a point but then we'll miss u

UmberDove said...

Don't worry, I won't go too far - I'd miss you all too much! Plus the internet has this addictive power I'm unable to resist!

thewindhover said...

I wish I wish I wish I could come and see them in person. I love them so! Ferns and fawns and feathery friends!

The Noisy Plume: said...

Dearest Apronista:
I love the work of your filberts.
XO
JSL

Bisquit said...

Great work! Sooo, I need an apron and at least two of those paintings...I was thinking the fern and at least one skull. However, the grouping makes me covet the whole bunch. Oh yah, and I am going to get at least two pillows. Yes, it must be then. Those aprons would sell like hotcakes on ETSY, and you know it :) Happy Thanksgiving, Umber.

Good Girls Studio said...

they are quite lovely indeed! I need tht little birdy in my life! Will they be up for grabs in your Etsy shop any time soon'ish? I may need to treat myself to a bday present next month :)
PS:
I {heart} your apron

Nancy*McKay said...

...quite the magical...mystery tour...your TALENT is deliberate...purposeful...individual...unique & utterly captivating...


...& i dig your apron too...i like where your needle is going...

RosyRevolver said...

I'm new here . . . these are amazing. Thrilled to have found you, and so inspired by your passion!

UmberDove said...

Ladies of the fields - you are quite fantabulous indeed! thank you Thank You THANK YOU for your kind words!

p.s. aprons are a' coming...

thewindhover said...

APRONS!! I was just thinking about how beautiful and lovely your apron was in your new blog header. Oh boy, oh boy I'm excited now.

inaluxe said...

Oh Kelly, they are beautiful - and so much more. I loved reading how you describe them as much as looking at them, and yes, where are they for sale? Curious minds need to know. :) xo

FlippyHippy said...

These are beautiful

UmberDove said...

Inaluxe - They are for sale either through me directly (via umberdove@gmail.com) OR through my gallery, La Familia. And OH! I want to mention the whole other trick-up-my-sleeve that I've got 'a working BUT it'll have to wait just a few more days... EEK! But I want to tell...