Expressions and Explorations


 Zoe Durante age 7

 

The Point Pleasant Beach Library will be featuring the art work of my student, Zoe Durante, for the month of July 2012 in her show entitled, Expressions and Explorations.

I’ve always been fascinated with, inspired by, and interested in the art work of children.  The aim in mentoring, teaching and exposing children to the process of making art is not for the purpose of producing pretty pictures, but rather to activate the senses, encourage a visual and verbal dialogue, develop relational and cognitive skills through decision-making, problem-solving and visual processing. The result is the beautiful picture of having tried and then continuing on the path of exploring new challenges.  I am very pleased with the progress Zoe and I have made together in all these areas.

While observing her process, Zoe focuses intently on the visual, simplifying forms expertly as children do, interpreting color and organizing space almost effortlessly.  In some cases, she looks squarely at her surroundings and interprets what she sees, editing and adding naturally as she goes along according to her skill level.  She conveys the emotional timbre of what has her attention in that moment, making decisions about her next application, whether it is in the area of painting, collage or sculpture.

This is Zoe’s second attempt at “plein air” painting.  Since her exhibition will be in the the historical Point Pleasant Beach Library, I thought it was fitting for her to take on this challenge.  This is her lovely little painting of a circa 1894 library building.

8×8 acrylic on canvas

 “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  Ecc. 3:11

Zoe’s exhibition at the library:

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Victory Parade

THE ELEPHANT TRAIL

“God invented the giraffe, the elephant, the cat.  He has no real style.  He just goes on trying things.”   Pablo Picasso

Elephants!  They’re popping up everywhere including this lovely sculpture purchased from my next door neighbor’s yard sale.  Oh happy day!

At the end of the day, my neighbor spots another elephant in the mix and decides I should have that one too.

 My daughter “sees” and purchases an elephant necklace in J. Crew for Mother’s Day.  5/13/12

 I’ve gone into Pacific Frame Shop in Point Pleasant, NJ only to “see” at first glance… a large poster of an elephant.  Taylor, an employee, complimented my elephant necklace.  She then showed me her elephant ring!  A double sighting!

 While a few other sightings did not get recorded, another “ele”  shows up on a label of a peanut butter jar in my fridge recently.  It’s something I would have ordinarily overlooked, and actually did.  Then suddenly, I “see” it!  Another elephant :)

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Google – what else?  Elephant

I googled “elephant” early on and immediately found The Elephant Sanctuary  in Hohenwald, Tennessee, the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge for endangered African and Asian elephants.  This finding has been quite the eye-opener!  Their website is full of  information and stories about elephant behavioral patterns as well as the abuses perpetrated on them.  The profile of all these elephants are bittersweet.  Along with countless others, it’s hard to avoid emotional responses to the many stories told, yet it is accompanied with profound gratitude for the work that’s being done there.  There’s so much we can learn from observing and understanding one of God’s most majestic, intelligent and deeply sensitive creatures.  It’s astonishing to “see” how their knees can bend!  Sounds silly, but it’s the first thing I noticed.  This was sent to me on 7/24/12 in the body of an email that confirms exactly the basis for their knee construction-

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums (a part of an animal that serves as a hinge or support) so that it can rise from the ground easily.

Please visit and support –

 

 

http://www.elephants.com/

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“The herd of elephants looks like a parade as it follows its leader (the oldest female) across the plains.”

Starbucks in Atlantic City – an African Elephant Mug – big and weighty – love the colors

purchased – mine!

…Barnes & Noble Bookstore sighting, 6/11/2012

Monmouth Mall,  Macy’s Men’s Clothing display – 6/13/12

I began wrapping a gift with this birthday wrapping paper – 6/17/12

Here’s another discovery in an art magazine article that I came across while sitting in the cafe at Barnes & Noble.  It happens to be about a photographer and his work capturing circus elephants.  How horrible to make elephants stand on their front feet to entertain humans :(  I can’t imagine what they must have to go through in order to learn such unnatural behaviors, all for our senseless viewing pleasure and financial gain.   6/18/12

  

This next “ele” find was spotted in a pile of stuff out on the side of the road for pick up…of course had to pick it up.  I actually think the tusks and toenails (most are missing) are made from actual elephant tusks…sure hope I presume incorrectly!  An African “Ele” beauty.  6/19/12

I signed on to Facebook and there it was…  thanks Dana,  6/23/12

…thought it was a good idea to purchase more flowers today at the local produce/garden center, which I have frequented so many times before yet never noticed this ride for kids – 6/24/12

…speaking of flowers and elephants –  (artist unknown)

…and a beautiful photo  (photographer unknown)  6/24/12

Heather Howell Art (below) – this very lovely painting came down my home thread on Facebook from an artist/friend.  Thank you Heather!  7/5/12

On 7/21/12, I’m told about “Lucy” at a surprise 50th party.   Thanks Gary and Jodi for this one.  Coincidentally, it happens to be “Lucy” that is in the photo at the Macy’s display rack.   (scroll back to 6/13)  I intend to visit-

“LUCY”

http://www.lucytheelephant.org/?presets=preset5

Jaeger Lumber in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ…   7/25/12

The elevated interest in elephants has affected my friends.  During a library sale, my friend Dorcas Chin discovers this book.  She “sees.”   The book is now in my library.  7/28/12

I receive a surprise gift at church from my friend Jodi.  She went to Kentucky and spotted this tiny “ele” made from coal.    8/5/12

 

A little sweetness posted on my facebook wall  (debbiejencsik@facebook.com)  Thank you Donna!  8/6/12

Red Bank, NJ storefront  8/8/12

…and then at Trader Joe’s  8/8/12

I’m lovin’ this!!! and incredibly inspired!  8/11/12

After meeting with a friend Pam, she sees, sends a photo and writes, “:) Seashore Day Camp in Long Branch. It’s a slide.”   8/28/12

My nephew Mark posted these images together perhaps expressing his political views in light of the recent Republican convention.  9/2/12

Friend Donna passes these fabulous images on the side of the road.  A brilliant sighting!  Click on any image to enlarge and enjoy.  9/2/12

Shopped at Marshall’s toady and found this stationary-  9/4/12

Sighted during a trip to Crystal Clay Company in Cream Ridge- 9/19/12

…sent to me by Ann Marie, what a shot :) – 9/21/12

9/22/12 – a friend’s post on facebook

After a great conversation about starting an Art Walk in Point Pleasant, photographer/friend Gerry Vitiello shares this page on facebook.  And what’s on the profile picture?  You bet……   9/25/12

I acquired these from Idionsyncrazie’s Gallery & Gift Shop, Point Pleasant Beach 9/30/12

…a facebook friend’s painting.  T-marie Nolan   10/7/12

Birthday gifts from my friend Mare- an “ele” ring and picture  10/25/12

(reads a gentle soul inherits the earth)

A tiny piece I created with clay  10/12

A Christmas gift/ elegant “ele” scarf from friend  Christina  12/25/12

…another from friend Ann Marie  12/25/12

MY VERY OWN CREATION – “Elephant Dreams” 60×50 oil on canvas

Public Collection,  Newtown, CT

Anthropologie, Shrewsbury, NJ    2/29/14

On “seeing” C.S. Lewis said…”I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

So much of the artistic and creative process is learning to see as well as perceive.  In sharing a vision, others begin to see too.  It’s a pleasurable and celebratory process!

“One eye sees, the other feels.”  Paul Klee

With an emphasis on what it means to “see” in terms of nature, art and love, please read this little blurb about impressionist painter, Claude Monet.

“Monet was one of the world’s greatest landscape painters and purist of the French impressionist movement. His contemporary, Paul Cezanne proclaimed, “Monet is only an eye, but my God, what an eye.” His artist roots began in 1858 when the 17 year-old Monet met Eugene Boudin, who oriented him toward landscape and open-air painting (en plein-air). Monet recalled “All of a sudden it was like a veil torn from my eyes and I understood at last. I realized what painting could be. My own destiny as a painter opened up before me. My eyes were opened and I gained a real understanding of nature, and a real love of her as well.”

Finally,  it’s a good opportunity to introduce my painting Victory Parade and the progression  because as you will “see,” the first of a string of elephants to appear over the past few months started with the one in this particular painting.  In retrospect, Victory Parade marks the beginning of the elephant trail.

After rolling  out a 60″ x 100″ canvas on the wall in my studio, the dialogue began with some Home Depot water-based paint.  The rest is a matter of exploration and intuitive explosion.  Please be inspired.   Victory Parade – 56 x 84 – oil on canvas:

-1- 60 x 100 canvas…underpainting using commercial latex from Home Depot

-2-massed in some color with oils and incorporated line…unsure where this is going

-3-inevitably! odd characters always emerge early on in my work…the dialogue turns humorous... I see an elephant  along with two other silly creatures. they appear to be marching in a procession

-4-and while I would love to stop at the previous stage, there is more that needs to be expressed

-5- next, major editing occurs to push the painting further after turning the piece upside down …blocking in shapes with a mixture of naples yellow light and white

-6- so they were marching in a Victory Parade … and I’m done!

-7-“All Things New”

Victory Parade debuts in March/April 2012, a Solo Exhibition at The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ …scroll down for more installations at this beautiful hotel

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“But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession (victory parade) in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him”  2Cor.2:14

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“God’s work in my life is sufficient to bring me to victory.”  Chuck Smith

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Beauty And Art

Bold   Elegant   Insightful   Reflective   Calm   Beautiful

These are some of the words that come to mind as I study this design concept created for  Genealogy, LLC.  Congratulations and thanks to Cindy Arbiture, Visual Marketer/Designer for nailing this beautiful presentation which incorporates an aspect of my work fashioned with a broader visual statement about theirs,  one that perhaps  transcends even the best choice of words.   It’s an appeal to our inner sensibilities and declares what we aspire to know in this moment about the company, their products, image and it’s Founder, Brian Fox.   

“Makeup is very much an expression of self, not unlike the clothes we wear or the past times we choose.  The style in which we paint our face is a personal ritual that lets the world know a bit more about who we are.”   – Brian Fox

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Genealogy-LLC/250832213120

It’s exciting to see and share the way  Brian Fox Krawczyk, Beauty Visionary and Founder of Genealogy, LLC is utilizing my painting Celestial Celebration in their “Envision Art” campaign, “merging the creative processes of beauty and art.”  The juxtaposition of the visceral process I celebrate along with imperfections inherent to my work commingled with a very polished elegant design and product presentation is remarkable.  It gives one the sense of passages of time- from an unrefined raw past to an evolutionary present projecting toward a golden future.  On a deeper level, one can also sense spiritual transformation, the true colors of radiant beauty and more.  (It’s interesting to note that the word “genealogy” according to Webster is defined as—“an account of the origin and historical development of something.”)

Georgia O’Keefe once remarked, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“Through painting, Pablo Picasso was able to defy logic, Salvador Dali was able to defy reality, and Vincent van Gogh was able to defy emotion. Art has an ability to say things we can’t because it engages the senses. While statistics might engage your head, art can aesthetically access our sensibilities.

Perhaps the same can be said for beauty-

“Of which beauty will you speak? There are many: there are a thousand: there is one for every look, for every spirit, adapted to each taste, to each particular constitution.”  -Eugene Delacroix 

“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem.  But when I’ve finished, if the solution isn’t beautiful, I know it’s wrong.” -Buckminster Fuller

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1Peter3:3-4

“Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance.” – Thomas Aquinas

My thoughts about beauty and art:

There is a synchronizing union that that develops with the heart and head when working with your hands.  It is a desire to transpose these present-moment engagements and marry them onto the canvas as a visible chronicle of unbridled truths.  The veil of uncertainty is lifted with the kiss of belief. Quiet confidence and inner strength are obtained through a trusted covenant which declares, “Never give up, I will never forsake you.” The vow of commitment is to stay the course, despite all obstacles.  In honoring the sacrament to create, a God-granted vision bands together with a determined spirit, wielding into existence, beauty and art.    D. Jencsik 2012

*scroll down to read more about Celestial Celebration and Genealogy, LLC

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Idiosyncrazies Gallery & Gift Shop

Idiosyncrazies Gallery & Gift Shop in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ is featuring three of my funky bird panels seen below in the right window display and inside the gallery.  The three pieces affectionately entitled Little Pink-Footed Flutter Flyer Bird,  Artsy Albatross and Island Pumpkin Bird, are among other works of culturally diverse art as well as crafts. Originally these panels functioned as palettes for paintings.  After being inspired by fascinating bird photos, I took the artistic license to create abstract birds and give those old palettes new life.  They have temporarily found a nice home, however, all are available for adoption!  Birds have also showed up in a few other paintings that have graced the canvas including Little Bird With Silver and Renaissance (see my Gallery).

I was invited to do a solo exhibition at Idiosyncrazies Gallery & Gift Shop for the month of Sept. 2012.  The opening reception will be announced.  Hope to see you there! Thank you Sharon Schmidt!  It’s great to show work in my hometown :)

Gallery owner Sharon Schmidt – “We hope to build on the Think Globally, Act Locally theme by supporting New Jersey Artists / Artisans, Fair Trade products and items made from recyclable materials.”

The store location is:

638 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 746-3492

http://www.idiosyncrazies.com/

 

24″ x 24″  acrylic, oil, burlap on masonite panel mounted on wood

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Take a look at some spectacular birds!

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Spreading the LOVE!

How wonderful to see my work hanging in a college dorm room!

(Filled - private collection of Ms. Breanna Marsh)

 

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Red Bank Art Walk

I was so pleased to be invited to exhibit work for the Red Bank Art Walk Event (May 12, 2012) where 22 participating venues including galleries, studios, cafés, eateries and churches showcased a wide variety of the works of local artists, from painting and sculpture to photography and glasswork.  Robert Langdon, of  Gallery U on Broad Street organized this year’s art walk.  Among the exciting venues along the walk was Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen.  A superbly curated show by Gerda Liebmann at Gallery 135 located on Monmouth Street featured six of my paintings –  A Mother’s Heart, Coaxing Blooms Out Of Shadows, I’m Singing A New Song, Glad To Be Sad, Don’t Give Up and Beach Walk.  Other artists I had the privilege of exhibiting with were Gerda Liebmann, Rick Tierny, Adam Padavano and Deborah Bruno. View the following Press Releases for details:

Press Release

Press Release

click on map for participating venues featured along the art walk

Red Bank was named third among top small towns in America according to Smithsonian Magazine.

Installations at Gallery 135:

I’m Singing A New Song and Beach Walk

From left to right- A Mother’s Heart, Coaxing Blooms Out Of Shadows, Glad To be Sad and Don’t Give Up

 

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Stations of the Cross Exhibition

"You Thought Of Me" 20 x 16 oil and burlap on canvas

“You Thought Of Me” is on exhibition at Gallery 135 in Red Bank.  It is an honor to have been selected for this beautiful show and to be in the company of such fine artists, photographers and writers.   Gerda Liebmann, Artist and Curator, invites the public to an opening reception for the first of two annual art events at the gallery, a group show of works by a variety of artists based on the Scriptural Stations of the Cross.  The gallery is located at 135 Monmouth Street 2nd floor, Red Bank, NJ.  Reception at 3pm, with additional viewing hours throughout April on Wednesdays (6 to 7pm) and Sundays (12 to 1pm).

 

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The Passion And The Promise – PCPC Festival of the Arts!

"Renaissance" 24 x 24 acrylic, oil, burlap on panel

“Renaissance” has been juried into the PCPC Festival of the Arts 2012, Dallas, TX and is on exhibition from March 24-April 8. For more information about the Arts Festival go to www.pcpcartsfestival.org.

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Installations at the Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ

The Oyster Point Hotel

My work is on exhibit through the months of March and April 2012. Special thanks to Kevin Barry, the Oyster Point Hotel owners, their warm and welcoming staff and all who came out to support the opening of this show.

I love this hotel!

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All Things New: at the Oyster Point Hotel

 

 

 

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