Saturday, June 24, 2017

San Giovanni St John Summer Solstice Rituals

Dear Art Lover,

I love Nature’s holidays.  And while I am moving slower than usual these days, I tend to post and share stuff on Facebook.  Here was part of my Italian lesson today:
Kelly Borsheim
5 hrs ·
la mia vicina mi ha appena detto, se ho capito bene, che quando lei era giovane, c'era qui, nella nostra zona/paese, una tradizione per il giorno di san giovanni. se non piove, ma gli erbi nel campo sono bagnati, la magia esista [come oggi?] le persone chi sentano male devano prendere le fiori di san giovanni [gialli?] in vaso con olio di olive. poi riposano nude fra gli erbi bagnati in campo [non lo so per quanto tempo]. un giorno dopo, mettano questo olio sopra il corpo dove sta male e un miracolo, guarisce! e vero? pero se non funzione, sembra un giorno divertente, o almeno .... diverso. ma vorrei sapere se ho capito bene da lei e anche se questo tradizione continua. grazie e buona festa di san gioanni!
Giovanni Pescatore Mio giorno
Mariacristina Aranel Fëaloss È l'olio di iperico, Kelly.
Un fiore giallo che cresce nei campi in questo periodo. Lo raccogli, lo metti in un barattolo coperto di olio di oliva o riso o altri e lo lasci al sole per un mesetto.

Ilaria Corno tratta dell'olio d'Iperico, si fa macerare olio e fiori freschi al sole per 15-20 giorni, poi si filtra, ottimo per scottature e problemi di pelle

Mariacristina Aranel Fëaloss La tradizione delle erbe e i fiori di San Giovanni (che deriva dalla celebrazione celtica di Litha, il solstizio d'estate) è una cosa diversa.
Durante la notte si raccolgono nella campagna erbe e fiori, si mettono a bagno con acqua e la rugiada, si lasciano riposare, e con quell'acqua si lava il viso e si fanno riti. Si dice abbia proprietà belle per la pelle... E un pizzico di magia. ;)
October Ottobre Non importa, qualcosa che faccia con ""l'olio d'oliva""". . . molto BENE !!!


Then, my fabulous friend and Italian cooking teacher Judy Witts Francini shared this gem with me [and it is in English], so enjoy especially with a Waterhouse painting heading up the text!


Now to share with you my own little Pagan-esque  painting:
nude woman, weeping willow trees and a turtle oil painting by kelly borsheim

Reflections of a Studio Model

60 x 50 cm [about 23.6 H x 19.7 W]
Oil Painting on Canvas
© 2015
AVAILABLE $1800 - contact Kelly Borsheim


Kelly Borsheim, artist

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Progress on sculpture and La Pausa

Dear Art Lover,
     After two months in the US without creating anything, I had so many plans to get back into gear again once home.  I am angry with myself for not healing my knee and now adding the broken wrist into the mix.  I find that washing dishes and cleaning my teeth the hardest daily tasks.  Although cutting my hair was a time suck, but I could not get the longer do to stay in the hairclip with one hand.
    Anyway, I am happy to alternate my computer work with this new art project, however slow.  Here is latest progress pic.  Also, my sculpting friends who live in Firenze [Florence] went to the quarry last week to choose stone for our next project.  Since I could not join them, they came over for a short visit after they left the quarry.  Lovely of them to each sign my cast, too!

    Lastly, I want to share one of my pastel drawings on black paper.  It is appropriately called “The Pause” [or ‘The Break’].  Inspired by the staff at Quattro Leone, a popular restaurant in Piazza della Passera in Florence, Italy, he is available.  The original artwork will ship from Hickory, North Carolina, USA.  Contact me if you have a calming place in your home or “around the water cooler” at work and let us see what we can both do to get him to you!


Kelly Borsheim, artist 

P.S.  Happy Father's  Day to the great DADs in the world, including my own.

Slow, slow, ma  AVANTI!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cast Signing New Sculpture

Dear Art Lover,

     Every cast should be signed or decorated, yes?  Share the love for faster healing and all that jazz!  I was fortunate enough to have two Italian children that I sometimes get to have fun with visit [they live in a different village from me] and show me the colors!  They came over with their parents and my landlord to pick some of the latter’s cherries.

     The next day I woke with an idea for a new sculpture and got started on the 5th of June.  I only share the date since people often ask me how long it takes to make one of my artworks.  I usually do not know since I rarely work consistently on one piece at a time.  Anyway, my handwriting with my left hand is legible, but not always pretty or controlled.  I think painting and drawing are out for a while.  Sculpture tools are too dangerous, even if just dropping them.  Plastilina is an oil-based clay that never dries out.  3-dimensions is quite complicated to do [building the armature], so that left bas-relief.

     I pulled out one of my larger drawing boards and the sand bags I made for my stone carving.  I used wood and a wooden palette to trace shapes on my board for the outer edge size of my future composition.  And applied the clay with my left hand.  It may never be great, but at least it is progress on a foundation.

     We did the cast signing on Nori’s tractor.  There was nowhere else for the kids to sit or me rest my forearm for them to draw on. After that and cherry-picking, I had to show them the proper ways to enjoy passion flowers, such as enhancing one’s eyelashes.  You have done this, too, no?

Kelly Borsheim, artist

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bees Passion Flower Broken Wrist

Dear Art Lover,
     Have you ever seen so many bees at once on a flower?  I snapped several shots of this passion flower near my home, so cool.  Also, tucked in among my landlord’s lemon trees is an aloe vera plant.  I had no idea that aloe makes a flower!  WOW, just look at this beaut!

bees love passion flower
Enjoying so many busy bees at my home.
     And finally, just when I was looking forward  to fewer distractions and working on paintings and sculpture again, another fall.  Obviously, my knee is not healing.  This time, I also hurt my left ankle and broke my right wrist in two places.  At least my cast maker was/is still cute [although not fond of being photographed]!  Time to properly study Italian . . . at least one month in this cast!  Shorter blog posts, as well, jaja.


Kelly Borsheim, artist

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