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Thursday, January 23, 2020



CURRENT

Just wanted to share one of my latest mixed media drawings with you.   I had such fun creating this piece.  It is part of my exhibition "Roots to Wings"  on view at Hashi's Fine Art Gallery in historic Hanapepe town on Kauai through Friday, January 31, 2020.

As always there is some general idea of what I want to express but the fun comes when I prepare the sheet of archival paper or canvas with a wash of bistre, a pigment made from the soot of burned walnut shells.   

Paying close attention to the process, the work begins.... I see a line, a shape or form  and  I add to the piece using different drawing and mark making techniques to tell the story.

Weave your own story as the viewer:   the movement or "current" is upward....
Earthbound, airborne....  

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Full Circle

Roots to Wings IV, mixed media on paper. 
20" x 12"


How serendipitous it is for an artist to receive the gift of "full circle" for his or her work.  This happened to me a week ago when I was doing my turn of 'sitting' the gallery and this very alive woman, about my age, I think, walks in and is really touched by my work.    She was a collector from the San Francisco Bay area and we made an instant connection on different levels... Not only did she "get" the work but was moved by it to the point of making a purchase of the last drawing I had finished for this new show "Roots to Wings".

The piece, like most of my art work, tells a story about the cycle of life and transformation.   Here expressed with the movement from earth and darkness and roots to air, light and wings.  From cocoon to butterfly.... not an easy, painless journey....

I felt the joy and reward of experiencing my creative gifts "gone full circle".

   

Monday, January 6, 2020

2020 A NEW DECADE and NEW WORK!!!


A new decade!  A new normal and some of it expressed in a showing of new work, my first solo feature show in almost a decade...

This last decade was a tough one:  I walked the Lewy Body Dementia journey with my husband of almost 30 years and stopped really being in the creative flow for a while.... But I am back!!!

The above piece is called FREE.  Inspired by several things; meditative labyrinth walks,  the cycle of life, the breaking of the bonds of suffering,  the Hawaiian witch moth (ascalapha odorata) purported to appear after the death of a loved one to ???  And that is indeed how it happened in our case!

You can see this work during the month of January at www.HashisFineArtGallery.com
I will be at the gallery on Thursdays 12-4;30 pm or email me for more info.




Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEWS TO SHARE!!!






No, I have not vanished but life is simply soo full that I do not get around to keeping up with blogging...

Here, however, is news to share:  From May 16 – June 5, 2014,  three of my original, mixed media orchid paintings will be featured in Contemporary Perspectives, a collective exhibition at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York.  14 Artists from all over the world are included in the show.

For more information go to

I am really excited to have the work seen in a different environment by new eyes!!!

Sorry for those folks out there who don’t do flowers.  They are in my roots and the moth orchids continue to put a spell on me every time they bloom again… Just last week I finished a couple of new pieces that I had started when the same old ‘hot lips’ that inspired the earlier morphing work, burst out into bloom again…. 

Check out the new work “The Green Fuse”, at Halele’a Gallery in Poipu.


Now I am packing my bag for a trip to the Big Apple and the show opening reception on Thursday, May 22, 6-8pm.   Can’t wait to get a whiff of big city life and reuniting with some old friends!  Memories of times past for this Kauai artist, once a young woman growing up in another big city, Amsterdam.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Our Human Condition


ECCE HOMO  2003-2010
Collage, oil stick, bistre pigment wash on Stonehenge paper
28" x 20" (image size)



I am battling the tail end of a cold virus that has lingered for weeks.  The good thing is that it has allowed me lots of down time and time to play with my website and even attempt to write a blog for the first time in about a year...

Also, time to reflect.  It is the time of year for remembrance:  10 years since America was filled with war cries and started the Iraq war.  It is the time of Passover and the time of Holy Week.    A time to contemplate on our human condition...

I created the above piece over a period of 7 years.  I started it at the beginning of the Iraq war.  We were living in a community were most folks were very pro war.  So this was a way to process and deal with my own feelings.  I would collect the newspaper pieces and put them into a file then pull them out as the Spirit called me through the years to work more on this.

As you look at the bits, you can see a photograph of a 'mended' veteran's face, Abu Graib, a grieving woman dating back to the Haiti earthquake, and on and on.  As I finished the piece when our troops left Iraq in 2010, I became aware that what had started as an outlet to process the beginning of the Iraq war, over the years evolved into a statement about our human condition. 

I do not know how the quote "Love is the power behind non violence" ended up right at the place where the human heart would be in the crucifix figure...  "Ecce Homo".

May this week be a profound time for Christian, Jew and all of us searching for Divine Mystery.




Monday, March 5, 2012

ORCHID MANIA








                               SKYWALKER   2010,  original mixed media work by Liedeke Bulder


Almost spring on Kauai. Winter winds and rain are still pounding our rock in the middle of the grand South Pacific but soon it will be time for the annual spring orchid show. This feast for the eyes is put on by the Garden Island Orchid Society  at the United Church of Christ in Hanapepe, Kauai.

The title this year is SPRING FANTASY SHOW. Show times are on Friday, March 30 and 31, 2012.  Hours are from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 30th and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the 31st.  There is no entrance fee.

I am pleased to have been invited to share an art booth with the society's resident photographer Ada Koene.   Ada will be selling her magnificent orchid photography.  I will be offering cards and prints of my Orchid series especially created for this occasion. It will be a great opportunity for you to purchase images of my work at very affordable prices.

In addition to the show, there will be orchid plants for sale, and, of course, great food!  Part of the proceeds from all sales go to support the programs of the Garden Island Orchid Society.

There will be an Orchid Doctor, Dennis Olivas, on duty on Friday the 30th at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.  Bring your sick plants!! There will be no charge for this service. 

May the weather gods cooperate and bring us dry and sunny weather by then!