Monday, April 7, 2014

Give 'em a Hand ~ The Eyes of March 2014: in the eye of the beholder

It is time to give a round of applause to all the talented artists that helped create the magic for The Eyes of March this year.  These talented folks are the ones who have made this years "in the eye of the beholder" theme possible.  Thank you all.

Andrea Walker
Benjamin Emory Larson
Benjamin Edwards
Brittany Morton
Cathy Watson
Caitlin Morton
Casey Kindler
  • Eye (in two mediums)
Christina Niccum
D. L. Morton
Esther Watson
Karen Williams
Katie Tuma
Laura Wong
S. E. Mendez

Monday, March 31, 2014

adaptability ~ Esther Watson

"adaptability" - Esther Watson
36"x36" acrylic on canvas

The reactions to this painting have always been fascinating. Among those who enjoy the piece, the conversation follows a script:  
"Oh, that's so [insert adjective here]!  I see ________."  
The blank is usually filled with one of a handful of options, sometimes two or three.
Up to a few years ago, I was (naively) convinced that "good art" was planned out to the nth degree.  The artist had a grand theme, sketched the subject, planned the location of every brush stroke, and determined the ultimate end before the "real work" had even begun. Too rigid to gel with my strengths, this framework was always daunting.  And then this piece...happened. 
The only thing I was sure of were the colors- and even those were flexible.  The paints were applied directly to and mixed on the canvas, no palate was used. The brush was less than pristine.  All I had as a guide was the shape of the initial brush strokes in a sea of blank canvas.  In short, the process was primitive. It was terrifying.  And organic. And freeing. 
I (again naively) thought the work was complete once the paint dried, but that notion has been proven wrong time and again.  Every time another person says "I see _____," creates a frisson of possibility.  They may see something new, creating an entirely new layer of ideas tied to the image, invisible, and yet just as powerful as what can be seen.  Each conversation can change the perception of my own work and will inevitably crawl into conversations with others down the line, coloring theirs as well.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Heye ~ Benjamin Emory Larson

"Heye" ~ Benjamin Emory Larson

I wrote this piece specifically for The Eyes of March, so from the beginning my plan was to build it around a vocalist saying the word "eye." Once I had the vocal sound I wanted, it sounded to me like an alien saying "hi," so that's where the title came from. 
I rarely get to write music like this for fun, so it quickly devolved into a parade of techniques that I never get to use in commercial film scores: huge distortion, bassoon parts, driving strings, melodies, fast moving harmonies. Weird aliens saying "hi" over and over. You know, the usual. 
In any case…heye, and thanks for listening.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Top 5 Posts from The Eyes of March 2013

So far this year, The Eyes of March has had the first ever textile art in "Yarn Eyed" by Christina Irene Niccum, a bit of Geek brought to us by Megan Welch's "Every Villian is the Hero of His own Story" and skylarhawk's ASCII art "Open Horizon", Andrea Hamblen returned with a new sculpture in "The Weight of Seeing", new words have been added to our vocabulary with Caitlin Morton's "Orenda", and the collaborative efforts of Edwards, Tuma and Walker rocked it with "Skirts of the Earth."

Today, however, we are going backwards to celebrate last year's collection: The Eyes of March 2013: Only Eyes for You.  I present to you, the most popular submissions from 2013, in no particular order:

"Roots" by Andrea Hamblen

"So Eye Heard" by Cathy Watson

"Portrait of a Fox" by Michael Chilcoat

"Dragon Eye" by Esther Watson

"I See You" by Elizabeth Fischer

Friday, March 28, 2014

Skirts of the Earth ~ Benjamin Edwards, Katie Tuma and Andrea Walker

"Skirts of the Earth" - Benjamin Edwards (Photography), Katie Tuma (Model, Hair & Makeup) and Andrea Walker (Dress Design)

We see evil; it rages dark and raw and angry. But within us exists a beauty deep and glorious and the Spirit of power to defeat the darkness. We have the opportunity to stand against evil, to grab hold the skirts of the earth that we might shake the evil from it. (Ref: Job 38:12-13)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Untitled ~ S.E. Mendez

Untitled - S.E. Mendez

Editor's Note: S.E. Mendez is a 16 year old artist who has been awarded the honor of having one of her pieces displayed in Bend, Oregon's Red Chair Gallery for the Month of April, 2014. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Toward the Sun ~ Esther Watson

"Toward the Sun" - Esther Watson

Up, down, sideways?  It's all relative with abstract art!  This is one piece displayed in four different orientations - is there one that "just seems right" to you?  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Trees Look Back at Me ~ Christina Niccum

"The Trees Look Back and Me" - Christina Niccum

Christina Irene Niccum is a lover of all things arts and crafts, especially knitting and crocheting. This is possibly the strangest thing she has ever created with yarn, but it's up for debate. Her favorite projects are those with detailed cable designs. She lives in Bend with her husband and two kitties.
Editors Note: Does this remind you of last year's Mother Nature is Watching Us... by Michael Chilcoat? 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Perspective ~ Erika Larson

"Perspective" - Erika Larson

Do you see what I see?
Each of us goes through life with our own ideas - our own personal mix of nature and nurture. In the eye of the beholder lies our own perspective.
Our own insight.
We fill in the blanks with the story of our whole history.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

In the Eye of the Beholder ~ D. L. Morton

"In the Eye of the Beholder" - D. L. Morton

I observed that the English word "behold" contains in it the idea of holding, grasping, clinging, might I suggest, cherishing. What in a sea of images that flood our eyes in a lifetime is worth holding and cherishing? Surely purposeful discernment can guide the looker, and hence the five questions: What beauty did I see in nature today? What beauty did I see in art today? What beauty did I see in words spoken or read today? What truth did I learn today? What good and meaningful work or play did I do today? The answers to this handful of questions contain memories of beauty, truth and goodness to cherish. With a heart full of gratitude, join hands in prayer as an individual or family, since we are relational and dependent beings.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Keep Your Eyes on the Road ~ Andrea, Nick and Esther

"Keep Your Eyes on the Road" - Andrea, Nick and Esther

The Eyes of March crew had some heavy lifting to do in an effort to redeem the the Ides of March - otherwise known as March 15.  History buffs may know that today is the anniversary of the day Julius Caesar was assassinated by his friend Brutus.

It is a tradition for the The Eyes of March crew to commemorate the day by painting The Eyes of March car, and this is the result of this year's fun. While we appreciate any adoration you may wish you heap upon our branding, please don't stare too long.  And as always, please keep your eyes on the road while driving.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Do You See? ~ Andrea Walker

"Do You See" - Andrea Walker

Do you see just another desert?
Arid, wind-weary, practically lifeless.
I see land pregnant with life, hiding places, magnificent texture,
You may see just another tree, brother to the one next to it.
I see a home, reaching its strong arms toward the endless sky, welcoming friends from afar.
You may see another boulder, another acre of flat, dull sand. I see a refuge from an enemy, a cleft of safety and comfort, a soft blanket in which to burrow.
You may see whatever you choose, unless you stopped amidst that busy, important moment and breathed deep; oxygen soaking blood cells, igniting the mind.
See what really lies within. Look long and hard with your soul.
What then, do you see?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Weight of Seeing ~ Andrea Hamblen

“The Weight of Seeing” - Andrea Hamblen

The full meaning of this piece came to me when I saw a broken pair of sunglasses on our kitchen counter. I had been playing with the idea of what we see through our “lenses” as I carved out the music note, but kept feeling like there was something more that I wanted to say. The abandoned, dilapidated glasses inspired me to think beyond what I see to HOW I see. Are there things that break my usual way of seeing the world? Are there ways of seeing that hold me down? In this particular instance, music is something that tears away at my world view, changing my perception of life. As I methodically carved away at the piece of Juniper I was constantly meditating on the weight of seeing and would invite you to adventure into your own lens-breaking experiences.