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
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
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