Monday, July 5, 2010

Art Festival and Butterfly Musings

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July
and all you Canadians had a Happy Canada Day!

Well, Hurricane Alex went into Mexico
and not much wind was felt here at home.
We gots lots and lots of rain....
10 plus inches total over a period of about 3 days.
Now the ground needs to dry out a bit.
But I tell you....rain is so good for you know.
We left early Saturday morning for a trip to Houston,
and when we returned on Sunday afternoon,
the grass had grown 4 inches I believe.
 Today it has already dried out enough
for me to plant some new plants.
They have been waiting to get into the ground
since before Alex.
While in Houston I saw the most beautiful
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.
I took this photo in Mark's garden,
in Houston.
He is my daughter's soon to be
brother in law.
He is a wonderful gardener
and I can't wait to see his garden's progress.

The Giant Swallowtail butterfly wings
can span to about 6 inches
and I think this one was pretty close to that.

There is a Native American legend about the butterfly
that I thought you may enjoy...
According to an American Indian Legend -
If anyone desires a wish to come true
 they must first capture a butterfly
 and whisper that wish to it.
Since a butterfly can make no sound,
the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit
who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom,
the Great Spirit always grants the wish.
according to legend,
by making a wish
 and giving the butterfly its freedom,
the wish will be taken to the heavens
and be granted.

After leaving Houston we drove back on all the backroads.
We stopped at the 41st Annual Rockport Art Festival.
I didn't take pictures but here are some links
of some of the artists that I loved.

Anne Heinrichs,
Mixed Media Collage

Arbor Castle Birdhouses
These are beautiful, unique and functional
plus longlasting...
artist Joseph Hopps
mixed media, collage, assemblage, painting

There were over 120 artists,
mostly from Texas,
and most of them were amazing
Fine arts and master Craftsman.

Amado M. Pena,
a Pascua Yaqui Tribal Artisan
was there also. 
He is from Santa Fe, NM
and you can find him here.
I purchased one of his
storyteller prints.

 Another favorite was Steve Hunsicker
He creates fine art paintings
and sculpture.

This is what he says...

"Sometimes I am asked how long does it take for me to create one of my pieces?  The answer I give might be a few hours, days, or years.  For me the creation of a work of art is not linited to the time it takes to create the physical piece.  The process of creation is a manifestation of a person't life experience.  Often the process is a search; a search for something mystical, sacred, mysterious and personal.  The search is what is most important and is continuous.  The time from the point of conception to completion of a piece is different then the time it takes to create a piece.  For me the process of creation is a culmination of works and involves many pieces of art.  The concept or spirit of a piece or series of work may come in a flach or might be drawn out slowly while working.  Often the ideas or images are revealed to me during that semi-conscious state between being sound alseep and fully awake.  The initial vision is usually fleeting, like a glimpse of something at the edge of your vision.  Once I have had a glimpse of the image my search begins.  Through the creative process I find what I am looking for.  I find it in the wood, the shape, the form, and the texture.  I find it in the color of the paint, the stone, and the metal.  I find it in all of these things.  I make an effort not to overwork a piece, to keep it simple.  I want the work to be clean and un-cluttered.  Often I stop work on a piece before I feel that it is completed.  I do this to leave open the door to the next piece.  I think of each piece as a link in a chain, each link being a step in the search.  I think of the chain or all of the pieces as being the completed work.  Religious icons, primitive petroglyphs, and symbols from a variety of cultures ancient and modern influence my work.  The influence that the viewer sees is dependent on his or her own experiences. "

I love to read what an artist feels and thinks.

Savor the Day!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

As always, I have learned something Yvonne. I love the butterfly and the legend too.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Thank you for the wonderful fleeting photographs of "flutterbyes" as my grand daughter once named them. I too enjoy reading about how other artists process and think. Thank you dear friend. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

La Dolce Vita said...

I was thinking of you and your tumultuous rain on the 4th because we had an unusual storm that dumped a ton of rain on us, it was the first time I have not watched fireworks due to rain! but oh the gardens and doing so very well!! the art show sounds wonderful aand I will check out your links!

Kimmie said...

I love that you took "all backroads" on the way home .... that's my favorite way to get around up here .... I think I'm developing a phobia of the freeway :)

I do hope you join us for tea today ... I'll check back later and add you to the tea blog roll if you'd like :)

Happy T today! Kimmie