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Day 24 – “Old Photos” 1.24.14

In the midst of chaos, comes this beautiful mother — drawn with Graphite on paper. She reminds me of one of my Boston Artist friends, actually; funny when that happens.

1.23.14 started on a great note, with my friend having a successful surgery with an invitation to attend a show at 2nd Story Theater to look forward to at the end of the day…

An accident — burst pipes above us — made the end of the day unfortunate, with plans cancelled and a litany of strangers walking through our home. The flood damage drenched everything in the storage closet. It could have been FAR worse, as the flooding was limited to that one room; but the work it caused is upsetting… police and firemen with dirty boots on moms white carpets, a set of silk drapes drenched, my cherry chest of drawers drenched, and ALL of my photo albums are soaked through — the worst part. I spread them all out to dry, with more to lay out…

The look on the face of this Madonna is probably telling, as the photos I laid out (to dry) were my day ended with reminders of
Life I had years ago when my children were young.

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Day 22 – “Dreaming” by Jane Dever (1.22.14)

Day 22 -Close up of  Dreaming, Acrylic on Masonite board, 18" x 24", $300 unframed
Day 22 – Dreaming, Acrylic on Masonite board, 18″ x 24″, $300[/unframed 1.22.14
After I painted this Madonna and Child, I thought of the struggles of women and  the challenges to equality among humans on this planet —  disturbing.

Everyone deserves a real chance at fulfilling their dreams, Big dreams. We’ve all had times when we felt oppressed; but there are people among us who are hopeless because they are bound by discrimination, family, or chains of their own making. For those of you out there that suffer the constraints of forces beyond your control, this painting is for you. I’ll dream for you tonight and pray for your release from that which holds you.

I’m tired tonight, and will be up early again in a few hours to take a friend to surgery, so ill share a couple things to close with…

A song for you…

And a speech to inspire you…

And a close up of the painting.

Day 22 - Dreaming by Jane Dever, Acrylic on Masonite board, 18" x 24", $300 unframed 1.22.14

Day 22 – Dreaming by Jane Dever, Acrylic on Masonite board, 18″ x 24″, $300 unframed 1.22.14

Dream on!

Day 20 – “Mary” (sweet and simple) — and the film is a wrap

Day 20 - "Mary",  Acrylic on Masonite board, 24" x 18", $350
Day 20 – “Mary”, Acrylic on Masonite board, 24″ x 18″, $350

Filming went well for an art funding pitch that I’m planning. It has to be edited but I am sure that Halsey Fulton will do a great job. We’ll weed out the best footage soon and I still have to find perfect music to go along with the content… any music ideas you may have will be appreciated! It’s a scary project in a way, as it is entails writing and painting for 365 days straight; but the funding from art patrons will allow me to make this my primary work for a year, if it flies. If not, then ill have a great movie to keep on my site. The only issue I had with it was that I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire (wrong outfit). Then art sales will sustain my other bills.

The photo,here, is Halsey Fulton himself, with his newly acquired “White Hand Madonna” — so glad he liked it!

Halsey Fulton, Film Videographer
Halsey Fulton, Film Videographer
He kept me on task and let me babble when I was on a roll. It was a lot of fun, as was the other film he did last month.

After filming, I settled down to paint this lovely “Mary”, named by my friend, studio neighbor Cheryl Cavalvonte after I asked her opinion. “Mary,” she blurted out. Her gift of a handful of organic cheerio-type cereal was much appreciated, as was the title. A demure Madonna with a doe-eyed baby. Sweet. Cheers were had, over tea at Angelina’s; then home for family time with Mom…

The finishing touches will be on Mary’s lips; otherwise, I like her simplicity…

All is well on this bitterly cold night.

View from Alta Luna Studio
View from Alta Luna Studio
And I’ll close with a photo of the pretty view from my studio window, looking West. It like a dream, painting here. It is a well restored historic site, now part of my Madonna Night history.

That’s a Wrap!

Jane

Day 19 – five watercolors and the Pats lose

Day 19 a Lady in Blue by Jane Dever, watercolor, 8" x 6", $150
Day 19 – Lady in Blue by Jane Dever, watercolor, 8″ x 6″, $140 unframed
SOLD to Joan Janek

What a great day it was, except that I didn’t get to mass at my parish today.  The day ended with five water colors,

Still physically exhausted, still not recovered from the all nighter (painting) on Friday/Saturday. I lounged until eleven, shopped for groceries, had a cup of great coffee at Angelina’s, packed a paint-at-home kit at the Studio so I could watch the Patriots play Denver, prepared our dinner in advance, then settled onto the couch to try my hand at water colors while watching my team get pummeled on the field. Thank God I painted, because I’d otherwise be very upset.

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Red Buoy, watercolor, 8″ x 6″, $125
Tunnel vision by Jane Dever, watercolor on 140 lb paper, 8" x 4", $100
Tunnel vision by Jane Dever, watercolor on 140 lb paper, 8″ x 4″, $100
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Spiritual Path by Jane Dever, watercolor, 8″ x 6″ $125
Day 19 a Upset in the Garden, watercolor, 8" x 6", $150
Day 19 a Upset in the Garden, watercolor, 8″ x 6″, $100

I was going to paint in oils and paint myself into one, as I posed and took “selfies” this morning after seeing myself with my towel — I had the Madonna veil drape going on with my waffle patterned oversized bath towel positioned perfectly over my wet hair. Of course I took photos to go by, if and when I want to paint realistic Madonnas… Or for a mixed media project (Painting over my photos… Or painting and collage). Relating to the holy Mother is what this is about, in a sort of “I honor the god in you and you honor the god in me” way; so one will be a self-portrait soon.

I was irritated this week, after getting harassed for being Roman Catholic by a family member who suggested that it was contrary to pro women attitudes to practice a faith that used Mary as a the poster child for its abuse and disregard for women in a patriarchal hierarchy. While I understand where all that may come from, AND after personally leaving the church for a variety of reasons myself (for years), including the bad judgement of then hierarchy during the Mussolini era and the “conversion” and mistreatment of the Jews (my family). It isn’t that I have been blind — Added to all of that, I’ve also blamed the Church for guilt complexes of mine and others’ (family genetics is responsible on this point, though). I loved it on a purely personal level at age 11 on, my first exposure to it (being raised at the First Congregational Church in Bristol. I was treated so well by the nuns at St. Philomena School, my first exposure (other than my grandmother) . I also loved Mary enough from the get go, that I got ejected from the protestant church my folks attended, after asking the pastor over and over (in front of the others) if he/his church had a problem with women for constantly breezing over Mary.

Later, much later, after college, I found out that my father’s side was Jewish — my grandmother Nunes was a Schumann at birth — ridiculous that nobody knew. Dramatic, she handed the Star of David to my aunt from her deathbed, apparently, after holding it clenched in her hand. I thought at that time, “No wonder I’d been invited to Hillel so many times; it makes sense now.   Mary and Jesus were Jews. I love Jews. And Catholics. And Hindus. And All people. I love God. And I think there’s only one.

I am not and have never been the ideal “church lady” because of my wild streak and my rebellious side;  but if im a good church member, the church will be stronger!  I love the confession — just like the fifth step in detox programs — doing life with a clean slate makes life new again. RE-creation, embracing change, forgiving and allowing people to change is part of life.  So, its the same with a church, made up of people — letting go of past to move forward. I do, for whatever reason, feel comfortable in the Catholic mass, as it is what I converted to at 20, after a nine-year love affair with the church. I fell away later on, after my divorce; and now, after a period of reflection and an annulment my ex ordered, I started going again.

I  also developed a serious affinity with Mary when I started painting Madonnas for no apparent reason… I honestly thought about going to Temple and may at some point, to explore that side of who I am, as I feel a draw to Judaism, too. Is that messed up? No, I don’t think so. I would make a great Jew, just as I think I make a great (eyes wide open’ and trying to be an exception to the rule). Is my current church bad? Not bad.  Has it been? YES, the sex scandals involving children, political corruption, etc. — yes, that sucks! But if I am a member and forgive The art, so we can work toward a healthier future in the church, so be it. The new pope seems better. I have an aunt who is a deacon at her Protestant Church AND is a trustee at the synagogue, so maybe that’s where I’m headed, too. It will be all good, if that happens.

These are the paintings today, in order… I tried watercolor and LOVED it! I seemed to be in a “flow”, although the images are too pale and the body parts are not scaled proportionately today… YOUNG moms and big-headed babies…

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Day 18 (two paintings today) – “Hard as Nails” & “Purple Rain Migrant Madonna, otherwise known as Purple Haze”

Day 18 - Hard as Nails" by Jane Dever. Acrylic in Paper, 8" x 6", $100
Day 18 – Hard as Nails” by Jane Dever. Acrylic in Paper, 8″ x 6″, $100

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