Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tango at the Beach 

Oceanside Pier May 30th,  2014
Night of the Tango...


It is said that Our Heartbeat, our most intimate life rhythm which is the one connected to our Human Psyche, is the most hypnotic when connected to a beat which seduces us. The rhythm of the Sea breaking on the shore, the beat of our child’s heart which is the creation of our loves, the throbbing of drums of the dance. So it is the Rhythm of Tango which has come to our shores of our Beautiful City of Oceanside CA.

My heart was filled last night with joy, seeing the people walking, playing, and Dancing here in the gathering soft night of Spring coming to our shores. The Tango has come, and brings a new vibe to our Ocean waves. It was a night which comes once in a while, no wind, there was no chill in the air, and everywhere you gazed, there was a happiness which overcame me with an emotion new and welcome, gladness. These are the rhythms which our souls respond to and amplify to fill our hearts with a gladness to be alive, here in Oceanside. I have come to this place many times and feel of these new vibrations extending from the children, and most of all the soft Ocean waves coming ashore bringing the Sea ever closer to my final place. For Someday, I will surely join the Dolphins playing with the currents of the Earth.  

The Tango has always seduced my inner being. The throbbing beat which is the same 60 second beat of our Hearts, with the underlying syncopated accented short accent, is completely intertwined with the emotional and the sensual nature of our Humanness. This in concert with the movement starting and not starting of closeness and separateness, of touching and not touching is irresistible in its intensity. Who cannot feel this in their “baja house”* and not succumb to the drinking of this thing we call Tango. More than a dance, it is the very exemplification of our desires, our physicality, and our longing to be "in the moment of the Rhythm".
Solar plexus …  

Tango on the Beach

Thursday, May 29, 2014

 Mural of B.B.Bastidas

The Words of Chief Seattle finish  the Mural of B.B.  Bastidas.

Once in a while, an Artist comes along who brings us a message from
Their Indian Ancestors.  Although I am not of this linage, my spiritual ancestors speak to me through Chief Seattle. We are all of us Children of this Earth, and so will thrive or perish for what we do to our Mother Earth.

Thank you B B, for introducing me to Chief Seattle, and thank you for your Art for our City of Oceanside CA. I read his speech first then listened to the video. They are different, and each touched me from my “Truth Center” the Baja House.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dream Horses

Galloping Horses in the Sky bring us into the World of B.B. Bastidas. His inner world of imagination is filled with skies of all seeing eyes, pyramidal triangles, and figures that move with swirling dots of color. His murals vibrate with effervescence, emotion and saturated color. Unique, his voice is imprinted on walls the world over. We are indeed fortunate to have introduced into our City of Oceanside one of his Murals on the wall of a building, 206 Wisconsin Ave.

A World Traveler and Muralist, his murals are instantly recognizable as B B Bastidas for the style is his own and the Vision of his work resonates with the Young and Old. His Murals on walls in Europe give B.B a world view that most us will never attain. His art travels are at his own discretion and he is unencumbered by the need for the “stuff” of my generation.  My fascination with his work is one of a commonality for the love of the Horse. 
Detail of Mural on Wisconsin

Perhaps my favorite image of his work is a water color painting of an Indian Chief. This painting shows how effortlessly the flow of paint makes an image which breathes it’s own life’s message, one of the past infused with the present.

It was indeed my pleasure to meet one of Oceanside’s emerging Artists whose work will continue to be created before our very eyes here and abroad. Thank you B. B for sharing your world with me yesterday.

More of his work can be seen on his Facebook Page


Monday, May 5, 2014

Artist Josh Marlar

The Force of Digital
May it be with You!

It is scary, this new force in the world of Art. I have seen this perplexing reaction from my art friends who are traditional artists in the world of media which we consider the classic form of Art.  Who would want to do anything else in creating art for the new age of collectors? Remember when Andy Warhol did multiple prints in different colors of the same subject? The dots of Roy Lichtenstein, the introduction of the acrylic paints taking the place of Oils?

When the Oceanside Museum of Art presented the Art of Neville Page one of the patrons of the Museum had trouble considering this exhibition true Art. Never the less, this exhibition set record attendance for the Museum. Does this validate the new digital other worldly as Art? Apparently to the younger generation this is so.

History is replete with changes in the world of the Arts. It has to reflect the time in which it is made either to glorify an idea, or to shine the sun on the times it portrays. We live in the age of “screen”. It has come to many of us uninvited, and in our faces forcing our minds into images never seen in real life, and is made up from the imagination of artists much younger than I.

I have embraced the digital in my later years as a way to cope with the unsteady hands. It really does help, and keeps my art self out there in the ether with the new generation and we share the wonders of the “what ifs” in a way which wan never before possible.

This all brings me to the newest exhibition of Josh Marlar at the Hill Street Country Club Gallery in Artists Alley. Josh an adventurer in the world imagination, brings his creations to the Oceanside venue of Artists Alley.

It is wondrous for me to see the young energy which is transforming our Beautiful City by the Sea, Oceanside. So Welcome Josh, and may your exhibition bring you a much deserved success in the education of our Community to the Digital World of Art.
The Hill Street Country Club Gallery,
the Art of Josh Marlar