Being a follower of National Geographic in instagram, I admire the works of natgeo photographer Aaron Huey. He featured the works of an old artist named Leonard Knight in his photography book, Where The Heaven Flowers Grow. And based from Aaron’s photos & updates in IG, I didn’t want to let this beautiful art be a thing of the past where I could just only see it in photos. Since the death of Mr. Knight in 2014, I think it’s quite a challenge to have someone continue to maintain his legacy. Thankfully, there’s a non-profit organization that helps preserve his artwork.
Salvation Mountain is more than 2 hours drive from San Diego but my husband and I were determined to go. Not sure though if my kids would be very happy about it since they have no idea what they will see. But grandma is here and they’re suppose to show her around.
Located in Southeast corner of California, Salvation Mountain was a product of hard work, passion and love for Jesus. This mountain artwork is an expression of the artist’s inner self and love for God that it took him more than three decades and devoted most of his remaining decades to do his creative preaching. He must be a cool, patient, free-spirited guy who lived his senior life playing with paints and dirts in the free city called Slab City.
My take on what my eyes had seen is that we can be creative and all-out in expressing our love for God. Some may find it to be just a cool “graffiti” or a hip place. Some may find it unusual and weird. But hey, the guy is preaching God’s love for everyone. Repent and invite Jesus into your heart. That’s what Mr. Knight wants to tell us.
Quoting him from an interview with LA Times, he said, “We’ve just got to start loving God more, and these things like wars wouldn’t happen”. What if we start loving Jesus more today?
Depending on the mood of the day, a quiet time of relaxation from all the cares of this world, one can find an inner release of self-expression through paint & brush. It’s my first ever drawing of a zebra. And I never thought that I’ll get confused along the way, which is really black and which is really white? I was copying a picture, I didn’t realize there was an ear in my painting. Zebras have ears! lol
It was harvest time, and the colors of the season are orange and brown. I want my pumpkin to be so unique so here it is!
I went to the market that day, and bought a pineapple. I used to be intimidated by pineapples. If I have one, how can I cut them like the pros from the fruit stands? Not anymore, now I can cut them and even paint them my style. We love pineapples!
Finally, poinsettias! I never expected that the pot of poinsettias I bought will really stay up to this day and be ready for next Christmas. Haha! Battle of poinsettias next Christmas season.
A little time set aside for art appreciation for girls bonding while the boys went to Japanese town to check out some anime stuff, thus maximizing our drive to LA. I was really hoping to see Henri Matisse’s works displayed but it turned out it’s Warhol’s works on exhibit. There was confusion somewhere. I became curious before going there to see Andy Warhol’s controversial Shadows because of the reviews.
Now, the critic, looking closely and examining this particular canvas and processing what makes it an artwork. Imagine 102 canvases bigger than Michelle in size, displayed in the main hall. She didn’t say a thing.
The show was big and bold. Bold in the sense that a famous and influential artist like Warhol, would create something like that, humongous monochromatic series of silkscreen paintings. He likes to awaken people’s curious minds. I read somewhere that he likes boring things. That makes it interesting.
A pile of glass with broken pieces on display.
This generated a look that only a mother could understand what’s going on in her mind and prompted a response from a mother that only a daughter could comprehend. Another piece of controversy?
She asked me to buy this book from the museum store. A watermelon lemonade ended our trip to the museum.
It’s during one of those days where mother and daughter bonding happens in between chores and homework, over messy counter and dining table. Part of the daughter’s homework is to practice playing violin for at least 30 minutes. She was complaining of how difficult for her to do her recital piece. I hope she won’t give up on that Vivaldi. Anyway, I encouraged her to repeat after me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). She then continued and finished her routine practice with some (playing by ear) Jason Mraz songs. I offered her some Ferrero chocolates as a booster. We decided, we want to relax and relieve some stress so we started painting. We’ve done fall painting last time, so we thought of doing different seasonal painting. We came up with these:
Mich painted this using our tiniest paint brush, 5/0 Princeton spotter. She wants to torture our brushes, you know. And she wants to use the newer ones. Anyway, she combined different neon and metallic acrylic to produce this artwork. She called it “Winter Leopard.” So those are leopard footprints.
One season ahead than Mich, I did this “Spring Flowers” using a big brush on an 11×14 watercolor paper. I need more brushes! That concluded our bonding moment. We love to paint not only our nails, but also using different media.
Earlier that day, I painted some triangles inspired by the challenging geometry homework done by Mich with the help of her uber patient tutor, her dad. Haha! Common Core! This is for you, father and daughter tandem! Solve my triangles.