Feel the Heat

Feel the heat

Feel the Heat -- 2010

I had already titled this post when fellow islander and friend Bonnie Luria released her most recent blog post titled “If You Can’t Take the Heat…” Either great minds think alike, or summer has arrived and it’s just plain hot! Most likely the latter.

The blue gate at the bottom might help cool things down a bit. It is located along a small shaded street — an alleyway, really — in downtown Christiansted. Flanked by a graceful rusted signholder on the left, the gate guards a walkway that leads to the sunlit Caribbean blue harbor a block away.

These were not finished in time to be a part of my “Local Color” exhibit that just opened Saturday night at Maufe’ Gallery in downtown Christiansted. Although some of the prints that were in the show may be familiar to regular readers of this blog, several have not been seen here before. Click on the link above or the image in the sidebar to view the entire exhibit.

blue gate at the Comanche

Blue Gate at the Comanche -- 2010

17 Comments on “Feel the Heat

  1. Wonderful collection, I recognized a few of my favorites! I hope the show is going well. I’m glad your busy doing shows. Someday I’ll say” I new him when”. Great yellow door. Feeling the heat, it’s just starting to heat up here. I’m finally starting to thaw from a long and cold Winter. Funny how blogger’s can have similar thoughts and ideas. Great minds do think a like.

  2. I love the top shot and it reminded me of the first few quatrains from Fitzgerald’s 1st translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

    Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
    Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
    And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
    The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.

    Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the Sky
    I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,
    “Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
    Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.”

    And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
    The Tavern shouted–“Open then the Door.
    You know how little while we have to stay,
    And, once departed, may return no more.”

  3. Starla, thanks so much for your kind words! The show has been going well, … It is important to show one’s work from time to time, not only to sell, but just to shine one’s light, if you know what I mean. Blogs and the internet offer one outlet. A gallery show is just another more old-fashioned, but more tangible, way of doing that.

  4. Thanks, razzbuffnik! The quote from the Rubiyat suggests some of the many meanings of a door. It’s for that very reason that doors and windows are among my favorite subjects. Thanks for reminding me!

  5. Don- we seemed to have been on the sub or unconscious wave of heat that began in February when we should have been shivering under 74 degree days. ( sorry Northeners, but that’s what happens here…).
    That top blue door looks like it’s about to explode its’ fiery contents ( the way I feel after cleaning the house in this heat ).
    You got great tension in the complimentary colors of both pieces.
    Thanks for the mention here.
    Your show was an impressive array of painterly skills, and diverse handling of subjects.

  6. Thanks, Bonnie… I think if you opened that blue door we might both get burned!
    The response to the show has been very good, including some interesting and useful comments and a couple more sales. Now we’ll see what Thursday brings. Each time I have done this I’ve learned and gotten some new direction by listening to what people say.

  7. I’m glad the show is going well.

    I can see a face in the light blue section of the door. It makes me think that if Tim Burton did a remake of The Wizard of Oz and he’d have the wizard’s image appear out of something like that.

    note: if anyone remakes The Wizard of Oz, I won’t be a happy camper.

  8. Thanks for your visit planetross! Seems like you often spot a face or something hidden somewhere. One time a neighbor of mine saw a ballerina lurking in a picture I had done of a pineapple… I like the Wizard of Oz idea, though. He’s just behind the door rather than a flimsy curtain. In the modern remake they’ll have to use some laser gun to blast the door off its hinges instead of having some silly dog crawl under the curtain.
    Not to worry about the extra and. Your fingers probably just got ahead of your mind — or vice versa.

  9. I went to your website and had a look in your gallery. Nice images and I was struck and surprised by the fact that you don’t make very large prints. Sure enough, the small prints will look like little jewels, but I think the abstract and painterly quality of your work, plus the bright colours cry out for much more presence on a wall.

    I think you should be printing your stuff BIG! Like at least a metre (close to 40″)or so.

    I can understand why you print small so you can sell more to people with limited budgets, but I think you might be missing out on serious money (corporate purchases) and attention.

  10. Thanks, razzbuffnik for giving it a look! You raise an interesting point. I’d love to print some of these at a larger scale, and I did print a few larger ones for the gallery show. Making the art accessible for those on smaller budgets is one issue. The other is the nature of our isolated market here. It is a small island with a relative scarcity of wall space, among other things, and few corporate deep-pocket buyers. I and many other artists hear the “wall space” comment often. I think it has to do with the smaller scale and construction style of many of the homes here. If/when I turn my attention more to marketing to mainland buyers, I think the scale of the prints will need to be larger. Thanks for the input!

  11. Phew yes! I can definitely feel the heat in the top one! Great!

  12. Well I can say it’s Finally! getting warm here too!
    Love how those bits of red and the green balance that strong wonderful blue.

  13. Karen, I bet the folks up north welcome a little summertime warm-up more than we do down here!
    Interesting, isn’t it, how bits of color can bring balance and lead the eye around, in much the same way as the distribution of values. Thanks for your visit!

  14. Top photo looks like those doors are going to blow off from the fire inside! Love the blue gate.

    And the photos in your show are fantastic!

  15. Thanks, Carol! Sometimes pictures like “Feel the Heat” start to speak to me while I’m working on them… and that’s exactly what this was saying: “stand back there’s a fire inside!” Thanks for taking the time to browse the photos in the show!!

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