December 17, 2013 by smithartonline
Safe Harbor is the title of my most recently constructed box which I finished this week. The main exterior of the work came easily for me. I used a slightly lighter color so the texture shows a bit more in the light. The insert section (now with a black base) became rather problematic. The insert was originally colored identically to the rest of the box – in fact I had applied the various components and was about ready to call it complete. It didn’t sing.
I put the whole thing aside for a few days. Meanwhile, I looked at my painting Kitsune Wedding and determined the insert worked best using the black base color. I returned to Safe Harbor, stripped out all the applied pieces and changed the color.
Now the piece seems better, but the jury is still out as to whether or not it sings.
On a new tangent, USC Pacific Asia Museum will be closing their exhibition “The Art of Continuity: Revering Our Elders” on 5 January. It is a wonderful show presenting various ways Pacific area cultures revere and celebrate ancestors and reinforce a continuity with their past traditions. I just happen to have a family photo included on the wall presenting ancestors of members and staff. This photo dates from late 1949 and was taken at the famous statue of the Buddha at Kamakura.