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                Celestial
Dancers








  
 

dancing on poetry...
a 4 sec video calling card looped


                              








 

                Dancers After Midnight
Celestial Dancer III, 2012, 24"x30", 61cmx76cm, oils, acrylic inks on canvas.  Celestial Dancer III was finished, 7 years after it was begun, with slashes of permanent blue ink (two days ago, she is still fresh). She hangs on my living room wall, where already she has received compliments from visitors. I am fairly shocked, and delighted, that this painting is finished!












    
                    
  



dance/ ...indigo folio leaves









Drumbeat

The palm drops
on the inside
of the skin
animal drumming
beating on the drum
drumbeating the night
beating on the eardrum
drum drumming deeply
drawing the heatbeat drumbeat.

My body is the drumbeat
drumbeating my skin
sweating, hot,
drumbeating my body's
percussion, rub, snare,
pounding, colliding of
musical pulses
lyrical sinewy
or staccato modern
or wild shamanic
hair flying
free.

Red shiny satin clinging,
wet
sweat.


Detail, Cambodian Dancers
4' x 5', 2005-9






The Dancer with the Full Moon in her Throat
sketch 2, 2011, 20cm x 28cm, 8" x 11", India, ink, graphite, 
Moleskine Folio Sketchbook A4.

The djembe hip bag that I scrubbed, suede dyed to emulate Holstein cow naugahyde, in black and cream, with a wild boar bristle brush and saddle soap because of the dark streaks, smells of animal hide.

I hold it to my nose, and smell. Animal. Hide.
The drumming of the jungle.
An animal skin.

Taut.

Primal beat bounding
resonating, resounding.

You gaze at me, though you haven't looked at me.

I am in your gaze without your seeing me.

It is my hunger you remember feeding,
that you want to feed.
Our heat burns hotly.


Fluid Dreams in Green: The woman who is trapped,
trying to break free. Rising. 21cm x 29.5cm, 8.25" x 11.5",
2011, India and acrylic inks, oil pastels, acrylics,
 Molseskine Folio Sketchbook A4.

Drumbeating
the rhythms beating in us,
the African djembes
dance us.


© 2008

 

'Drumbeat' poetry recording

 
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"LANGUAGE IS THE CAGE THROUGH WHICH I EXPRESS MY PASSION", 21
cm x  29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2011, India and acrylic ink, gel pen, oil paint on Moleskine Folio Sketchbook A4 prepared with a base of acrylic matte medium (available at Fine Art America).
 







                        
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Dancer, 21cm x 29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2012,
graphite, India and acrylic inks, Moleskine folio Sketchbook A4.





 
"Noctilucent Clouds," 2007, 14.5cm x 22.5cm or 5 3/4"x 9"; oils, India ink, on paper coated with acrylic matte medium (sold)   

My fingers thick with oil paint spread the paint quickly,  in a lucent state of consciousness, barely aware... I have to be in the "right moment" to paint, and painting is always a fearful act where I throw my emotional life on the line. This little piece is to remind me of dance, movement, freedom, the sky.  Aug 6, 2007





Celestial Dancer I, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas, 2003;
Celestial Dancer II, 31" x 35", acrylic on a loose sheet of canvas
          can hung by bamboo pole;
Celestial Dancer IV, 24" x 30", oil on canvas board, 2004;
Celestial Dancer V, 24" x 30", oil on canvas board, 2004.
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(4:33min -pop up player) 


I have paired a recording of "Light Catches Diamonds" with a beautiful Jazz recording, "
Go Away Blues," from the album, Because, by Buz Hendricks of  Jazz Street Trio, who has licensed this album with a Creative Commons license on Jamendo.


[direct link to Jamendo album where  Light Catches Diamonds is track #2,
or direct link to this poem at SoundClick]







 

Celestial Dancer III

 
This painting, from initial sketches to finished canvas, took eight years. 
It was begun in Vancouver in 2004 and finished in Toronto, Canada in 2012.


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Celestial Dancers, 5' x 6', still unfinished, on a wall in 2007, and Celestial Dancer II on left wall,
Women in Spring in-progress on a table.

      

Working on "Celestial Dancers," the painting (5' x 6', oil on canvas scroll painting) that was a previous background to this website, in my studio in Vancouver in 2004. The figures are from Cambodian art. They are drawings of  relief sculptures in temples from the 12-13th centuries when Cambodia, which was Hindu, was assimilating Buddhism. I've always liked this period of Cambodian art where the sensuality of Hindu art combines with the austerity of Buddhist philosophy.

The world is a richly intwined, a dancing flame.


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