Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ode to spring


‘In the spring, at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt…’
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Medenilla magnifica 
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Croton and Australian Tree Fern
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Lemon flower blooms
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pink shell ginger
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Colocasia flower
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Dirt. I tell ya.
Dirt.
Happy sigh.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Silent poetry…A tour of an artist’s home.



                    Painting from nature is not copying the object, It is realizing ones sensations  
~Paul Cezanne

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I had the privilege of being invited to the simple home of  brilliant local American Oil Painter
A tale of old Florida is woven through her art…
that is clearly
in part, inspired by her magical hidden compoundIMG_8406
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I Love being able to piece together how creative genius live.
Theirs is a simple, authentic and quiet sanctum
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led into by a sun kissed sandy road
canopied by old oaks, native palms….splashes of color
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The 1950s structures ramble
and whisper of a partied and playful past….
Inside,tall ceilings allow  air to  play and breathe with light
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riddled with playfulness and whimsy.
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like her art.

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Most of their winding abode is left untouched
from the 1950’s
A bathroom with original sink tile…and jungle view jalousie window
authentic.
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Like her art.
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Pool Party 24x30
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art and tools are everywhere
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Outside… acres of tropical greens part, creating pathways through Florida hammock
And even the ubiquitous object becomes art and inspiration in this place...
like the old patina of a slate chalkboard leaning against a metal workshop
seemingly bleeding color together.
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Or the  ancient cement pool
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still enrobed in peeling layers of cool turquoise paint
cool relief in a sweltering summer
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night pool 8x10
Inside a screened summer studio are doors made with bamboo
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as a matter of fact, much of the bamboo furniture throughout the home was made or designed by Rene
A small apartment on the property houses another working breathing art studio
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rife with pottery and Oil paintings
some finished…
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some in progress
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walks through woods in this magical retreat….
you are bound to encounter families of  hidden sculptures
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that seemingly come to life in their own little green world
They overlook even more old beautiful Florida hammock dotted with grapefruit and citrus trees.
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and perhaps my favorite building on the compound
was an unassuming  air conditioned building
brimming and stacked with life
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seemingly miles of Rene Guerin's
heart and
art and soul.
René's extensive exhibition history includes both solo and group shows at museums and galleries in Florida and Georgia. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Vero Beach Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art,the Foosaner Art Museum and the University of Florida.
Enjoy viewing much of her work here

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