“mystery”

"mystery" @ eva wojcik 2011

Usually we feel more comfortable with all that we can see with our eyes in the daylight hours. But what of all we never see now just because it’s the dark of night or the deepening gloom of storm skylines? Joseph Conrad wrote of the darkness of the heart–but what of darkness of the mind and spirit? What of the darkness of the world at large that is often ignored or hidden?  Why hide what we’re proud to accomplish? There are “sunshine laws” regarding political work for reasons. One reason is that politicians do not always act in the best interests of anyone except themselves and the people who fund them. Yet many other nefarious and questionable actions are often played out during every day’s sunny times. Mysteries are not universally negative affairs. Much goes on during the nocturnal hours that is useful and positive for many animals and plants. Some of us are more creatively productive in the between times of twilight and dawn. What’s in motion during these transitional periods of light? It seems we are in a one such time of change and how we deal with the need to evolve to live in balance with other people and natural world of which humans are a part will decide how much longer our species gets to enjoy day and night.

Do you thrive in the in between light and dark times?

Spring chatter a la “squirrel talk”

"squirrel talk" @ eva wojcik 2011

Here’s a touch of whimsy  for all us squirrel lovers. Yes, indeed there are those of us who enjoy the antics of the furry tailed rodents that many others despise for chowing down on birdseed like greedy children devouring free samples in a candy store. Hey, are there still such things as “candy stores” as in shops devoted solely to offering candy in a multitude of flavors and varieties? Come to think of it, I have not been in such in a long time. Anyone out there in blogland know of a candy shop? If you’re a squirrel then black sunflower seeds may be candy along with peanuts in the shells.  My grandfather once “addicted” a squirrel to an oreo cookie a day.  Long ago I wrote “Mugged by a squirrel for plum”–a true adventure on the campus of U of Cal, Berkeley.  Yes, MUGGED was the correct word for that little gangster’s antics. Care to share your close encounters with some of our oh so adaptable high wire scramblers deluxe? Or are you just wondering what they’re plotting above?  

Original 6″ x 18″  140 lb cold press watercolor

Yasutomo Sumi- E watercolors

Isn’t it odd how some paper ‘sizes’ just lend themselves to certain image inclinations? More of this landscape play is in order methinks–for moi and the Sumi-E s delightful pigments.

What’s thriving in your petri dish?

petri dish @ eva wojcik 2011

 Original 6″ x 18″    140 lb  cold press watercolor

Yasutomo Sumi-E  watercolors

Yes, folks, what’s thriving in your very own kitchen science projects residing in your refrigerator? Oh don’t deny that  interesting unknown entities are multiplying , dividing and reproducing profusely in some remote section of your fridge–or kitchen cabinets. Everyone  is farming some sort of biological life form somewhere in their personal environment–including the invisible to the human eye varieties.  If you don’t agree with my choice of title and word allusions for this watercolor, please do suggest whatever title seems most appropriate based on your engagement with the image and colors.  You are encouraged to “freely associate” at will.

City Market Coffeehouse Hosts “snow blue” & energyscapes at the River Market

snow blue @ eva wojcik 2011

If  you’re out roaming the Kansas City River Market for food and fun mid-March to April, catch “snow blue” and other energyscapes along with a cup of great java at the City Market Coffeehouse.  Show opens on Friday, March 18 with a reception 6-8pm. 

Click to view the City Market.

“bleed”

“Bleed” @ eva wojcik
 
Original 6″ x 18″  140 lb cold press watercolor paper
Yasutomo Sumi-E watercolors
 
 

Dragon Breath

Dragon Breath @ eva wojcik

 Original 18″ x 6″ , 140 lb cold press watercolor

Yasutomo Sumi-E watercolors

serpent dances

sings heat

trembles all

cool embraces

A cat-ing we shall go….

Cat-tails @eva wojcik

Yasutomo Sumi-E watercolors , 140lb  cold press Strathmore

original 6″ x 18″

Oh a cat-ing we shall go. A cat-ing we shall go.

Tails swinging high, a cat-ing we do go.

For Leslie.

Free to Dance? NOT!

We Will Dance! @evawojcik

In 1890 a religious concept called the “Ghost Dance” travelled from one Indian reservation to another to another.  I have no intention of discussing the merits of this religious exercise. Rather my focus is on the RIGHT to practice one’s religious beliefs in this place called “America.” In 189o this right was denied, and continued to be denied long thereafter, to Native Americans. First the right to freedom of religion was denied to Native Americans by every representative of  every white european religious doctrine that made its way onto the reservations in order to get a slice of the Native American population pie for conversion to its congregation.  This religious invasion was not about the saving of souls but the procurement of government school contracts–in other words, money.  Oh yes the all-powerful motivating force of money.  This is not to say that there were not some well-meaning compassionate people amidst these religious invaders. The point is the fact that the Indigenous First Peoples already had their own religious beliefs and those were not only not respected but were denied them. Hence, I find it no stretch of the imagination to comprehend why some would engage in a practice of “faith” in order to find some hope of relief from the ongoing destruction of their culture on all fronts.  So, “We Will Dance!” is a small effort at representing the will to defy overwhelming oppression via a view of  the Ghost Dance as defiance on the most fundamental spiritual level.

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