June 17, 2022 Weekly Musing

Christine Alfery

Posted on June 17 2022

June 17, 2022 Weekly Musing


Muse 5 Exhibition

The artwork, Pink, by Johanna Buwalda and poem, Chant of Hope by Victor Barnuevo Velasco is being displayed as part of Christine Alfery's new gallery called Christine's Gallery. Its first exhibition is called "Artist Muse 5." For this event, poets and artists teamed up to be each other's muses. There will be approximately 40 artist and poet pairs. It is a wonderful opportunity for Wisconsin Artists and Poets to share their works to the public online - especially with all the art gallery closings since COVID. 
Chant of Hope
-by Victor Barnuevo Velasco
Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca

Pink, how I love you, pink.
Pink mist over a hill of white cogon.
Pink heron on a mud-caked carabao.
A boy and his dog, pink.

Napping under a guava tree,

Ripened by yellow sun.
Pink, how your hope aches.

Pink clouds, Pink rivulet racing
By golden rice field. A pink
Ribbon tying the hair of a brown
Woman balancing harvest on

Her head. The pink machete
Of a farmer humming as it clears
Thistles and vines. Pink smoke
Rising from the kitchen of a nipa hut.

Day is done at last; rest is earned.
Pink. How I dream of you, pink.




Featured image: Circle of Life

Circles appeared in my work for as long as I can remember being serious about art, myself and my life and how I live it. I visualize the circle in many ways, open, concentric and open, lopsided, fat and skinny.

The circle has symbolism attached to it from online websites:

“The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, God ('God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere' (Hermes Trismegistus).”

“A circle represents evolution as a process of transformation from death to birth, ending, and beginning, as a circle has no beginning and no end. In this sense, a circle represents eternity. In many customs and spiritual beliefs, a circle represents the Divine life-force or Spirit that keeps our reality in motion. It is symbolic of vitality, wholeness, completion, and perfection. “ https://crystalclearintuition.com/symbolism-of-a-circle/

For me, circles contain energy and are the heart of all things, the beginning and the self. If the circle is concentric with or without breaks within the circles themselves, the outer circles represent my friends and connections. I think of my life this way – as a radiating circle.

Today the sun is gloriously shining on my face. The trees in the woods are budding and the sky is blue and vast. The circle of life is beautiful today. 
I am linking the image I painted in about 1990 called the Circle of Life.


Glorious Peacock

Glorious Peacock

Featured image: Peacock

Peafowl is a common name for three bird species in the genera Pavo and Afropavo within the tribe Pavonini of the family Phasianidae, the pheasants and their allies. Male peafowl are referred to as peacocks, and female peafowl are referred to as peahens, even though peafowl of either sex are often referred to colloquially as "peacocks".[1]

The two Asiatic species are the blue or Indian peafowl originally of the Indian subcontinent, and the green peafowl of Southeast Asia; the one African species is the Congo peafowl, native only to the Congo Basin. Male peafowl are known for their piercing calls and their extravagant plumage. The latter is especially prominent in the Asiatic species, which have an eye-spotted "tail" or "train" of covert feathers, which they display as part of a courtship ritual.

The functions of the elaborate iridescent colouration and large "train" of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate. Charles Darwin suggested that they served to attract females, and the showy features of the males had evolved by sexual selection. More recently, Amotz Zahavi proposed in his handicap theory that these features acted as honest signals of the males' fitness, since less-fit males would be disadvantaged by the difficulty of surviving with such large and conspicuous structures.

Scientific classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Pavninae
Tribe: Pavonini


Flowing Like A River

Flowing Like a River

Featured image: Eagles Nest, River and Terns

Your life as an artist is like a river. The river is like flowing paint on a canvas. When artists seek to understand their world and themselves, they need to allow their river to flow.

When I paint, if I seek for something to happen it usually doesn’t. It is only when I untangle the ‘rights and wrongs’ and the ‘good and bad’ within my mind that things begin to manifest. Once untangled, the river begins to flow again. As I let the paint ‘be’ and allow myself to flow with the work like a river, then and only then am I able to step back and say that it is good. The work flows, like a river, it is free.


My Girl or The Dreamer

My Girl or The Dreamer

Featured image: Dreamer

Is she really anyone’s girl? Or is she her own girl? Dreamers usually are their own person. They are called dreamers because they frequently think differently than the accepted norm. They are the paradox to “my girl.” The dreamer in this painting asks the viewer to consider the assignment of identities to who she is. She, The Dreamer, celebrates the full spectrum of life’s processes, not just a single identifier. The Dreamer thinks deeply about the complicated relationship between, perception, subjectivity and objectivity, and hopes the viewer will also.

Perception is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Subjectivity is the quality of being based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions and the quality of existing in someone's mind rather than the external world. (Oxford online dictionary).

On the other hand, objectivity is the quality of being objective or not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts and not dependent on the mind for existence; actual. (Oxford online dictionary.).

Dreamers experiment, change, explore, discover subjectively and challenge the paradoxes of objectivity.


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