Prints

We have ten prints available from a few of this year’s paintings.  

US Letter size $50 + mailing. Any other size available upon request.  More detailed pictures on the /paintings tab. 

 (L) “Betty Hunter”  • (R) “Hesquiat”

(L) “Betty Hunter”  • (R) “Hesquiat”

 (L) “Ba’as” • (R) “After Midnight” 

(L) “Ba’as” • (R) “After Midnight” 

 (L) “Taos/Pueblo”  • (R) “Tan-Nah”

(L) “Taos/Pueblo”  • (R) “Tan-Nah”

 (L) “Akimel Au-Authm” • (R) “Mojavean” 

(L) “Akimel Au-Authm” • (R) “Mojavean” 

 (L) “Nakoaktok” • (R) “Apache”

(L) “Nakoaktok” • (R) “Apache”

Hands Of Old

This lady of the Basque, Andramari, came out of left field for me this week. I wrote the poem decades ago and she decided she wanted to be painted five days ago.  

 'Andramari' (4'x3'2) 

'Andramari' (4'x3'2) 

She encompasses Justice, Water, Sorcery, and Divination, and punishes liars and thieves. 

 

•Hands of Old•

Remember all the ones you carry

that one for kindness, another for learning

one for caring, for giving, for feeding

for thanking

for burning.

All those hands you have worn in other times and places.

All those hands you will wear in other times and places.

Dare on,

for you never walk alone.

 

Illustrated Poem for LUNA ARCANA Magazine

A new publication for this old Californian Desert.  

 Photo by Editor-in-Chief Rohini Walker

Photo by Editor-in-Chief Rohini Walker

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STILL

Naked skin across the dunes and all you can see are the snakes waiting, your eyes wide open still cannot reach that far behind the rocks. 

Prickle heat crawling up your legs. 

Cannot move

Will not move

The straw hats have long ago shredded your thoughts, still attached. 

Lay there imagining waters so blue and shiny, to drown the crickets. But they get louder and the magic refuses to happen. 

'Where to?'  I hear

'Stand still... Take me where I can stand still".  

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9 year old Bon

Once upon a time, a 9 year old Bon was bullied into a two week coma. Afterwards, while my facial bones healed, I painted to kill the hours. My mom stopped me from finishing the black layers* on these because I was going to mess up the hospital bed and they ended up in the trash can unfinished. 

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Little I knew my cousin sneaked the little paintings out of there (then forgot all about them). Skip forward 30 years to a month ago. They were clearing up space in the attic, came across them and my uncle thought it would be a great idea to mail these to me to commemorate 30 years since my face crash. 

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They do smell weird and they are making me cringe a little, but thank you crazy diamonds family of mine, you saved me then and you save me now. Also, thank you 9 year old Bon for waking up, what a ride has been so far, you little hard nut. 

 

(*I have now filled in the block black layers as originally intended)

HER

I think I may have mentioned my grandma before, she was a force of nature. Since I moved into this new home, she's more present than ever, something tells me she would have loved it here. Maybe it is the atrium in the heart of the house that she would have filled up with giant geraniums or the fact that there are a lot of yellow hues. She used to say "Yellow is the colour of crazy people" and golden gems like that aside, she taught me so many things, so many important things, that I am still working most of them out 20 years later. 

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This painting is her, how I remember her. The Picasso it is based on was her favourite calendar page that hung in her kitchen no matter the month, year after year. 

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The duality in her face is a nod to that old chestnut about "eyes in the back of every woman's head" and in her case, also her uncanny ability to see a person throughout. 

The Gernika bull head in her skirt, because that's where she lived for many years. The blood tear to a horse in her heart is the horror of the Spanish civil war that scarred her bones, not that she would have ever admitted to it. The many hats she had to wear, the red lips and nails to her last breath, her magic silver hair, so full of fire and her eyes, golden, for she had seen beyond.

"Indarra adeitasuna bidez" is the last thing she ever said to me knowing I was about to run away to never meet again.

"Strength through Kindness"

 

'Take Me or Leave Me' by Bonnie Montgomery

I spent a lovely half morning with Tammy Sioux, scouting her horse ranch in Joshua tree, CA.

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We have a new music video coming up for the very talented Bonnie Montgomery, all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Catch them if you can on their tour's California leg:

Wed April 22 'The Wayfarer', Costa Mesa

Fri April 24 'Pappy & Harriet's', Pioneer Town

Sat April 25 'The King's Inn' Los Angeles.

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Blood Moon Rising

After the full moon eclipse last night and collecting over 500 pictures we went for brunch and got talking and then we made a little experimental short to one of Mesquite Treason's songs.  I promise you not people staring at windows were involved. 

To Sing Like Chavela Cries

There's no doubt in my bones that Georgia O'Keefee, Chavela Vargas and my grandma hang out in some kitchen cooking with roses and singing and dancing and painting each others' bodies, half drunken and howling at the dark. I know because when the Moon is fat, she howls back. 

Sweet dreams this morning with the three of them talking softly over each other and laughing like hyenas.  

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POETRY VIGNETTE

I thought I would introduce my ways of poetry with a vignette. My words are uncomplicated and automatic. Short stories and poems mainly, 20 years later I have compiled around 200 pages of poems in a book titled 'Fear the Poet', which will be available soon.

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These are my daily charms. Verses from Neruda seem to always sneak through my daily crevices. There are a couple of bracelets, one given to me by my family a few yules ago, made with Mauritanian stone beads, which I had as a necklace I never took off as a kid. What I love about those is that no matter how (if) you crack them, the inside follows the outside pattern throughout. It's not just little ripples, it's bright coloured full circles, stars, rhomboids and dots and parallel lines, all perfectly made by nature, which sort of explains how I see inside my head.

The other bracelet was given to me by a friend of mine I very much admire, the brains behind Soze Gallery in dtLA, the bracelet is by Onyx and Chains and everytime I glance over to check my non existing watch, it reminds me that it is 'Time to Shine', as her saying goes. A green beetle in my pocket, allegory to the Heart chakra and my link to California. His & Hers 'soulmate' rings and my golden double necklace holding a sparrow, a clock marking 10 minutes to 2 and a feather. The latter for the pagan/native-American beliefs of connection to the skies, the spiritual plane, the sparrow as a homage to the first poet (Gustavo Adolfo Becquer) that got through to me (at 13) and saved me from 'undying love'. The poem rang true because I could see sparrows out of my bedroom window and his opening line referred to how they would return year after year. Glad I was only a teenager for only a few months. And finally, the clock. It points exactly my time of birth, which was 5 full days later than expected.

And down the rabbit hole and forevermore, 'I shall be too late!