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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Stones Speak

I'm on retreat!  My colleague and friend, Fay Picardi, and I have dedicated two weeks in the mountains to make progress on our collaborative project 'The Stones Speak.'  Fay is an acclaimed poet and when we worked on Transformations two years ago, another collaborative venture, we vowed that someday we would work together.  Well, 'someday' is here and we are working from our mutual love and fascination of stones to produce poetry and art.  Our work will take off from the stones we have known, the stones we hear and the stones of our imagination. 

Every worthy project needs a debut and this one is scheduled to open to the public over Labor Day in the Avery County Arts Council Gallery in Linville, NC.  Not only will we stage an opening reception but we will produce a book sharing the fruits of our labors for those who may not be able to attend and see the real mccoy.  We'll let you know how and where to get your copy.

Meanwhile, wish for us the presence of the poetry and art gods, the muse of creativity and enough wine to see us through.  I took the photo above of a painting I did of a cairn I built on Roan Mountain in TN.  It was a warmer-upper piece and you can see a few panels ready to go behind it.  Projects like this usually take me far from my usual style and give me an excuse to try a lot of new things.


  1. Wow, I just love this, especially the canvases stacked as stones, brilliant!
    Can't wait to hear and see more developments with this project. What media are these done in? Thanks for sharing, you've got my gears turning...

  2. Hey Kel, thanks, these are cradeled birch (?) panels with a 2.5 inch width....gessoed a bunch and then put acrylic on with palatte knife and penicl on that. I get a lot of wild hairs on these special projects...wait til you see some of the others. Most are on panels that are only 3/4" deep.

  3. Fantastic... so thrilled to hear about your project. Can't wait to see the book.


  4. That is a remarkable image, Cindy.

  5. Cindy, this is fabulous! Your technique is wonderful. What a great project.


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