Good morning. It is currently 3:10 a.m. in San Francisco and I am profoundly insomniated (that is not even a word, but adequately describes my current state of affairs). I have been painting for most of the evening and wanted to share my updated photos on the progression of my “Fractured Nude” painting. It still has a long way to go but for those of you who saw the initial photographs, I thought you might like to take a peak at what I have done thus far. I am still unsure of where this painting will ultimately end up; however, I am relatively content with its’ journey as of this morning…relatively.
At the risk of sounding redundant, have a wonderful Monday and upcoming week. The way I see it…we can ALL use a little extra positivity in order to better endure Monday mornings.
Ciao for now….
k i m b y
I photographed these pictures of my profile, as a shadow, the other evening in my home. I was in a melancholy state of mind at the time. I am happy to say that I am feeling vibrant and alive this evening!
Have a wonderful Monday….remember: Today is a completely new beginning to the entrance of your future! If you need a “do-over” TODAY is your day!!!
k i m b y
Hi there! I wanted to share my latest completed painting. I need to say first off that I have had some technical difficulties with this post. I am still learning how to use WordPress, as I am still a newbie, so I apologize. I wanted ALL of these pictures to be in a descending order; however, for some reason I had ‘issues’ with this particular post and there are two different formats for my pictures.
I have been working on this piece for several days and just finished it very early this morning. As I began….starting with a sketch…I took progression photographs so you could join me on the journey of this piece. I always find it fascinating to begin with a void…a white, blank canvas…and then progress systematically from sketch to final work. Often, I will complete a painting and pause to ask myself, “How did I get here?” It is perplexing and sometimes strange to me that I can produce any scene at all. I wonder if many other self taught artists feel the same way sometimes? If you are self taught, perhaps you want to share your experience regarding this ‘phenomenon’ with me? I would love it if you did. When I have photos, such as I present below (and above), it provides me with the answers that sometimes evade me. It is interesting (to me at least) and helpful to see the steps that I took in order to reach what I view as a ‘finished’ painting. I hope you enjoy the journey.
Have a super Weekend,
k i m b y
I just wanted to post a favorite picture of my most cherished flower: the purple hydrangea….specifically for the “Theme of the Week” WordPress photo collaboration. I took this picture a couple of months ago as I was walking in downtown San Francisco. It was too beautiful not to capture on film. I am contributing this photo to a Friday photo competition open to bloggers on WordPress. I actually posted this picture in an earlier blog; however, I just could not resist giving it a little more ‘face-time’ yet again. The hydrangea is important to me for many reasons but most of which it is because this amazing flower reminds me of my father, Dick Faires, who left this earth in on April 22 nd, 1999.
I had a vivid dream over 13 years ago that I have never forgotten. It was about my father. I had the dream a few months after his death in April of 1999. The details of this dream have never left me. It was as if it was not actually a ‘dream’…it was as if the ‘dream’ was in actuality reality. I honestly felt his presence that night. I felt the warmth of his skin. Perhaps it WAS real…perhaps…
The dream went something like this:
I was walking in my father’s backyard, at the base of the White River in Indianapolis, Indiana, when suddenly the river began to overflow in the form of a flash-flood during a summer storm. The river’s water began rushing up onto dry land where I was standing. I was frantic because I was quickly being overcome by the rapid and turbulent river water as it began to suddenly rise. The mouth of the river began to pull me into its’ clutches ever deeper into more dangerous currents as I frantically tried to swim to safety towards the shore. I was trying to claw my way back to the shore to the safety of dry land; however, I was becoming more and more exhausted and fearful that I would soon succumb to its’ fury….when suddenly, out of nowhere, my Dad appeared. He put out one of his hands and I immediately grabbed onto it as if a magnet was forcing our palms and fingers together by an invisible force. The moment I felt his skin, the violent river instantly receded and turned to an expansive field of flowers….a vibrant, purple field of hydrangeas. It was at this moment that I was safe.
When I awoke the next morning I felt a sense of peace that had previously eluded me since my father’s illness and subsequent death. Somehow I knew that he was with me, perhaps in another dimension, but still with me….always, no matter where I went or what I was struggling through.
Every time I am blessed enough to be able to look at, smell, or touch a hydrangea my memory softens around the fact that I know my father is still with me….and always will be.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend my friends….new and old and yet-to-be-known.
Blessings from San Francisco,
k i m b y
Hello fellow bloggers. I have not posted in awhile and I am sorry about that. For some strange reason I have been rather scattered and discombobulated of late. I do not know why; however, I am trying to get back on track. Regular blogging and sharing is good for my soul and helps further my creative energy. You see, even my paintings are somewhat random in their scope and appearance. I have my mind and goals on something that could potentially be an amazing experience and event and perhaps that is why I am not super-focused. I am only in the initial stages of brainstorming and planning…but I think I may have something here. Time will tell. I am not ready to reveal my plans; however, they have to do with curating, art, and someone famous. You will have to wait and see. The great news is that I sold another painting…my largest to date and I am beyond thrilled. My client lives in Connecticut and she saw the painting on my website. I had it hanging in a local San Francisco couture baby clothes boutique. It was great exposure for me but Ms. Connecticut bought it before someone else got their hands on it.
Below is a random posting of some of my recent little paintings and photographs….scattered though they may be, I am happy with the way they turned out. Let’s just say I have been in a bit of a floral state of mind.
And if you get a moment I would love it if you checked out my relatively new website, if you haven’t already: www.FairesFineArt.com.
Peace and love,
k i m b y
Hello friends! It has been several days since my last post. I have had a lot going on and all is wonderful. I went with a good friend to visit the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing museum in San Francisco, on Sunday. I took some photos and I wanted to share with you the highlights of my visit. If you are ever in my beautiful city, I highly encourage you to visit this unique and interesting museum. Yesterday was my first visit. It was impossible to see all that this amazing museum has to offer. Consequently, I am already looking forward to my next visit. I hope you enjoy the following pictures…supreme evidence of our genius creator. I hope you have a super week!
Good evening! Below are several pictures from my newest painting. It is oil on canvas and the dimensions are 18″ x 14″ inches. I am pretty much finished with it however I may do a little glazing when it dries more. It is entitled “Emanation.” I named it this because I was thinking about where we all come from….the source of humanity…which is from the one true light of the universe and for me that is God. The small pieces in dark colors and various reds surrounding the central light represent pieces of our spirit before we come into this dimension and inhabit an earthly body. These pieces also represent the subsequent fragmentation that we as humans endure…..the mistakes, the failures, the sadness, the fear, the joy, the happiness, the hopelessness…..basically all that encompasses the ‘making of a life’ while on earth. The center core of light represents that which we ‘come’ from as well as that which we ultimately ‘return to’ thus the title: “Emanation.” I hope you enjoy viewing it. Have a super rest of your weekend.
Sending you peace from San Francisco….
k i m b y