Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Week #18 Time Project

The end of 2009 is upon us.  It's been eventful.  Being part of the Time Project has been one of the positive events for me.  It has made me much more aware of time in its different aspects.  As I said in last weeks blog the aspect I'm feeling currently is how fast is moving.  This image is a combination of cell phone shots of a very satifactory amaryllis I bought for the holiday season.  Best wishes for all the New Year to all who read this.  Kay Dolezal

Monday, December 21, 2009

Week #17

I can't believe another Monday has rolled around.  This is another piece from my walks, between snow storms.  It seemed somehow to make me think about global warming and consciousness of the planet and how we've treated it.
Kay Dolezal

Monday, December 14, 2009

Week #16 of Time Project - Indigo Angels

The doll is one I made and dyed with indigo about fifteen years ago, maybe more.  The background pattern is also dyed with indigo and is actually all blue, but I modified the color with Photoshop.  As usual I was trying to make use of material I produced in the past.  The haiku is current and related to the holdays which are all around us.  I was reacting somewhat to the degree of focus on holiday buying which has risen to new heights this year - at least in the media.  Kay Dolezal

Monday, December 07, 2009

Time Project Week #15 - A different direction

This week I have shifted gears.  This piece is from a drawing I did in 1991 when I was commuting to Worcester and finding myself often behind trucks.  I found myself fascinated by the pattern of their back ends and made some sketches -not while driving.  With this piece I printed it on fabric and embroidered it.  I like going back and forth from the computer to hand work and I hope that I can do more of this.  This may be a work still in progress as I may do more embroidery on it.  At this point it is an exploration I'm excited about.  Kay Dolezal 

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Time Project Week #14

This week instead of writing a haiku I took a holiday and have used an e.e. cummings poem which I found and loved.  I love its expression of loneliness and it's experimental nature.  For me it addresses the absence that is always part of holidays - the absence and sadness that are there for most of us along with the celebration.
Kay Dolezal

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Time Project Week # 13

Since Thanksgiving is approaching my Time Project piece was influenced by holiday memories, not from a moment observed in the present.  I think of my mother especially because the meal preparation was so important an expression of who she was - or wanted to be.  And I love this little picture I have of her which was damaged by a cigarette burn, but thankfully her sweet face was spared.  Kay Dolezal

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Week #12

                                                                                                     Here is what I did for week #12.  This is a seed pod from a clematis plant I have by my side door.  A couple of days after I photogaphed it I noticed it had gotten fuzzy so I decided to include that image as well into the design.  The Time Project is teaching me to see what I have not really looked at before.  Kay Dolezal

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Week #11 piece

This is a collage of cell phone images as I take walks through the fall landscape.  I had said I would try to get a grid in each week for the Time Project and a soccer net came in handy to provide that.         Kay Dolezal

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Week #10 piece

This haiga was prompted by the return to Standard Time mandated this weekend.  It seemed like I had to use that event.  And I had some left over images to collage and play with in Photoshop.                                   Kay Dolezal

Monday, October 26, 2009

Week #9

This weeks piece is again using cell phone shots from my walks.  The haiku is a version of a poem I wrote for a course I'm taking having to do with using life as a source for poems.  It's a terrific course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education taught by David Semanki.                         Kay Dolezal

Monday, October 19, 2009

Week # 8

Here is my Time Project piece for week #8.  Saw this goldenrod on one of my walks and was struck by it seeming a bit out of place.  Again my cell phone camera helped me record the moment.     Kay Dolezal

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Week #7

This is my piece for this week.  It's the image I came acroos that had an image I used in two previous pieces.  It's the net-like, cellular structure that I find so compelling.  It was just there while I was taking a walk.  The haiku wasn't just there with it - took a long time.    Kay Dolezal

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Week #6

This is my haiga for this week.  It doesn't express a momentary impression, but some of my thoughts and impressions about time and life.  I had heard this information about dogs on an NPR program and it stuck with me.

The visual element I've used before.  It was originally a potato starch based print I made some years ago.  I find it fascinating, full of resonance to nets of all kinds.  Yesterday I took some photographs of a similar phenomenon I came across in a puddle while on a walk in the park.  I hope to use one of them soon.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Week #5

September 25, 2009

Here is the haiga I made for the fifth week of the project.  It is an effort to describe my experience of time.  Being a part of the Time Project was very well timed for me.  I just turned 75 and so I'm thinking about time and memory a lot these days.  The project has given me a way and a place to express my preoccupations.  Some of my effort is to express what seems inexpressible - vague thoughts and feelings, some from the past, some from the present and some from dreams. 

I have chosen the Japanese poetic form called haiga which is a combination of a haiku form and a visual expression which may or may not complement one another. Photoshop Elements gives me ways to combine bits and pieces of previous artwork I've done in a kind of digital collage.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Week #4

September 20, 2009

This is the haiku for the 4th week of the Time Project.  I don't know what to say about it.  I'm in hopes it speaks for itself.

I can say I'm looking forward to today's monthly meeting with the other artists who make up the time Project.  In case I haven't given credit to Sandie Fenton for launching this effort I'd like to now.  She had the idea and has gathered us together.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Week #3

Sept 13, 2009

Attached is my Time Project piece for the third week.  Again this is a tanka (a haiku plus two 7 syllable lines) that has to do with time - or so it seems to me.  I have loved morning glories since I was young and was interested to learn that there are Japanese haiku written about morning glories. 

I have found myself using images I photographed with my cell phone camera.  This camera came to me when I had to replace my cell phone.  It has been a great toy and very practical, since I have it always with me for those times I see something I want to record. 

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Week #2 is week of 9/7/09; then Week #1 is 9/1/09 and has two haiga for Ted Kennedy and two earlier efforts

Week of Sept 7, 2009
This piece is more personal.  It's my effort to pin down a hazy memory of when I first understood about aspects of time. 

Sept 1, 2009
Did two this week because I was so moved by seeing the Kennedy funeral.  In addition to the loss his death is for the country it certainly brought back memories and underlined the passage of time.  And it brought to mind the concept of redemption which needs time to take place.
Haven't posted in over a year, but am prompted to resume blogging by The Time Project. Inspired by Joan I've decided to post my images to highlight the sense of community I feel as a part of the Time Project group. Also it turns out my particular artform seems to be fairly digital as I find myself tempted by my Photoshop Elements software. So here are some images of earlier experiments.