April 12, 2017

Winter - Art by Sarah Myers

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Winter, Sarah Myers
Charcoal and cut paper

Do you see the cold wind blowing, the comforting ruffle of a great coat collar, the flying feathers clasped to a hat, as the lady glances back across her shoulder? Here is my paper cut-out, or decoupe, of Winter. It was made to be a counterpart to my earlier piece of 'Summer', and I finish it at a time when a mild winter has already fled from the desert. But perhaps my friends on the other side of the equator will see the coming season, and those north of me, who are weary of long wind and cold, will see that even this lady in her warm coat is turning away as if in farewell…

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Winter, Sarah Myers.  Detail of face.

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Winter, Sarah Myers.  Detail of hat and feathers.

April 3, 2017

Lady with Plumes - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in terracotta

     She arrives with a curved basket, full of spring brilliance, and with a cluster of tall plumes twisted into her hair. Her eyes are thoughtful, her head tilted elegantly toward her armful of new flowers.

    My latest sculpture, she is formed from vivid red terracotta and was finished with about a day's worth of work, keeping the spontaneity of her creation through to her kiln-fired completion. Now she is bringing you a bouquet of blooms from the garden – jasmine, bougainvillea, pelargonium, nasturtium and long sprays of lavender.


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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers
Detail of face

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers
All photography and flower arrangement by the Artist

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers
Face

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers

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Lady with Plumes and a Basket, Sarah Myers
Flower arrangement and photography by the Artist

March 27, 2017

Two Faces on Dark Paper - Drawings by Sarah Myers

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Face and Doorway, Sarah Myers

     Creating drawings of this type is very intriguing, as the basic technique is almost opposite that of a usual sketch. Here, the ground of the paper must be used as the shadow, rather than the highlight. It is the density and strength of the pencil that determines the brightness of the glow. Because I have purposefully left the white charcoal unblurred and unblended, you may see in the details the myriad of tiny lines that form the face's shapes and expressions.  

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Head in White Charcoal, Sarah Myers

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Face and Doorway, Sarah Myers
Detail

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Head in White Charcoal, Sarah Myers
Detail

March 13, 2017

Woman with a Small Bird - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Woman with a Small Bird, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in terracotta
She looks at the small bird held lightly, carefully, in the palm of her hand. The bird gazes back, its head slightly turned to catch her in its view.

   The woman sits with one knee drawn up, the other leg bent as she sits on the ground; her long skirts fall in heavy folds around her. Many elements are meant to convey a connection, over the millennia, with the bright, gentle spirit of the Tanagra figures from ancient Greece. But though she is of the same lively orange-red earth – terracotta clay, full of iron, that can be found across the globe – and though she sits so still - motionless, with her tiny finch that never flies away - she is from a much younger world, the one that belongs to you and me...
  
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Woman with a Small Bird, Sarah Myers
Detail


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Woman with Small Bird, Sarah Myers
Left side

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Woman with Small Bird, Sarah Myers
Right Side

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Woman with Small Bird, Sarah Myers
Detail


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Woman with a Small Bird, Sarah Myers
Close-up


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Woman with a Small Bird
Sculpture by Sarah Myers

December 20, 2016

The Christmas Tree - Art and Photography by Sarah Myers

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Christmas Tree, 2016
Photography and paper ornaments by Sarah Myers
“Here in a little crib lies He whose reign is without end,” sings an old carol, and in keeping with the Christmas spirit of the birth, the childhood of God, we often decorate with cheerful, toy-like ornaments. This year I have brought out these again, a smiling star at the top of the tree, a smug sheep, a toy soldier, a camel. But the great amount of the decoration is a snowstorm of cut-paper flakes – each a different pattern, fragile artwork taking time and concentration in spite of its simple technique. Many of these snowflakes have been adorning the tree every Christmastime for years, but an avalanche on the north side of the fir is made up of flakes or medallions created this winter. The tree beneath is real – a six-and-a-half foot Noble Fir, smelling of evergreen needles and resin.

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Christmas Snowfall
Photography, cut paper ornaments and tiny gift-bearer by Sarah Myers
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A Christmas tree covered in whirling snow...
Sarah Myers
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Caught in a Snowstorm
Sandro, the little glass soldier from Italy, and an angel smile amid the huge flakes and starry lights
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Christmas tree and ornamental screen
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North Side of the Christmas Tree
The side facing our kitchen holds the snowflakes I cut this year
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The Christmas Fir
Although the tree is visible through three doorways, this view is essentially its front.
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A Snowy Christmas Tree
In front, my sculpture carries flowers from the still-blooming desert garden.  In the background, a painting I created, and which I bring out for the Christmas Season, hangs on the wall.
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Ornaments on the Tree
Details of the cut paper medallions we call snowflakes - some in patterns of flowers, leaves, fruit and palms.
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East Side of the Tree
Snowflakes, glass baubles, a toy orange
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The Small Angel
An announcing angel I created last year
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Christmas Atmosphere
Christmas 2016, Sarah Myers

December 5, 2016

Still-life with Pineapple - Painting by Sarah Myers

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Still-life with Pineapple, Sarah Myers

In this large still-life are combined a handsome pineapple, an exuberant vase of red clay, a pair of early oranges from our own orange tree, and two solemn red pears. Shape echoes shape and colours mirror colours in smaller and larger forms. The spheres of the oranges imitate the rotund base of the pottery; the outline of the more prominent pear reflects the upright body of the pineapple, though its colour – apart from the brown tones that describe its softer, natural substance - is very similar to the earthenware pot.
This painting is in acrylics. The vase is a rendering of a hand-built ceramic by my sister Amy Myers.

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Still-life with Pineapple, Sarah Myers.  Detail.
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Still-life with Pineapple, detail.
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Still-life with Pineapple, Sarah Myers
Detail

December 4, 2016

Looking Upward - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Head Looking Upward, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in terracotta

She stares upward, head tilted back to look intently. What is she watching for? Who? What is she hoping as she gazes?
Made from a strong red terracotta, this sculpture was completed rapidly and carries the spontaneity of its quick creation. Nevertheless the image had been in my mind for months if not years, and the simple and even somewhat rough form is the outcome of a thought being suddenly imposed on malleable clay. The kiln-firing that turned it into hard earthenware made the thought a permanent image.


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Head Looking Upward, Sarah Myers

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Head, Sarah Myers
Terracotta

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Head in terracotta.  Sarah Myers

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Head Looking Upward, Sarah Myers