To record the long and wonderful history of Jack's company Waltron (was Bull and Roberts), I needed the little house, the tall building the house sat on, all the pies (I use pie images for blessings and gifts), and the large sink. As I would run out of space on one object for writing, I'd send you to the next object I was going to continue the history story on, so that you wouldn't get lost, as the reader. When I make my pieces, I know some people will never read any of my small airpen writing, but I also know some will try to read it all eventually. It has to work both as a design element and as the information I want to share. Even those who focus in on only one small story here will enjoy this vital life tale of a very caring and noble person.
In the detail shot above, you see a little water pump, given to Jack for his volunteer help in bringing fresh water to countries in Africa. My favorite part of this piece is my "magic realism" trick of making the water (Tarot symbol of love and kindness) flow from the pump, through the sink, out the faucet, into Kathy's cup, into Zoe's cup, and then Zoe's petting her grandfather, giving the love back to Jack. The cycle of life and love continues, and Jack is very much a part of making the cycles strong and growing.
I also thought the Two of Cups, the card from the Tarot deck I'd already chosen to work with next, was a good fit for making a piece for Jack, because Cups in Tarot is the suit of water, symbolizing love and compassion, and its interpretation has to do with people working together in kindness. In my Kitchen Tarot deck work, which Jack was already familiar with, I had completed the 22 major card artworks and had begun working with the 56 minor cards. This is my third minor card piece, after "Salt of the Earth: Ace of Potholders," and "First Lady: Queen of Paring Knives."
Starting in 1998 and probably working the rest of my life on this project, I love putting politics, social commentary, specific stories like Jack's, and my own diary into each piece, besides its Kitchen Tarot theme. In the Kitchen Tarot, Cups are specifically green Pyrex measuring cups. Coins are potholders, swords are paring knives, and wands are wooden spoons. I chose the kitchen for the focus of my tarot deck, because I feel it symbolizes nurturing and working together in giving each other love. You can pre-order my 22-card Kitchen Tarot deck, published this summer by Hay House, on Amazon now. I'm really excited about that!
Note: Sunday, Jan. 24: Today's New York Times Metro section art review is about Jack's John M Walsh III Art Quilt Collection show at the Morris Museum, and it includes Savannah!!!! I've only seen it online, but I heard that it's a full half page article! It's got the BEST title: "The Quilt as Canvas"!!!!! WOW!
The iPhone takes really nice pix, considering that it has no flash. When I try no flash with my digital camera, the picture is terrible. You just have to have enough light to get a good iPhone picture. But if you get the lighting right, you get really nice shading, very natural looking.
Cleveland Museum of Art. In this picture, my daughter Gretchen Shie Miller is showing the huge model of the museum's construction project to Candice and David, before we saw the show. On her breaks, Gretchen was a very gracious tour guide to us, tho her job is Registrar for Loans. The museum's building project is massive, started in 2004 and going til 2014! But some of the new galleries are open now, so that we could see a lot more than just the main event show. It's amazing, and the museum will be so stunning, when it's all done!
"Obamaland #3: Nobel Peace Prize," which I finished on January 6th. It's 48.5"h x 35.5"w. It's the last piece in my three-part Obamaland series. You'll find my gallery pix and story on this piece in the 2010 gallery on my site, and the gallery info on the first two Obamaland pieces in my 2009 gallery. They are "Obamaland #1: The Inauguration," and "Obamaland #2: Speech in Egypt."
see all of my installation shots from the hanging day. The show opened on Jan 14 and will be up through Feb 19. See the art center's site for more info, including the list of artists in the show and hours for viewing "Earth Walk."
And now I'm going to start sketching for some Haiti artwork.
I'll try to blog shorter blogs, more often, like normal people, for a while.