I met Flo on my birthday, Sat, 22 May, at her art gallery showing. She and her art were both interesting, for me particularly because she was of French origin. My instincts told me she had a story to tell, so I invited her to be interviewed and she readily accepted. I never interview my storytellers before their appearances, sooooo I was completely shocked at Flo’s revelations of what inspired her to begin her creative journey!!!
You could have knocked me over with a feather! In the middle of our very first Color Wheel discussion with Susan and Uwimana, Herschel revealed that he was an artist and created canvases. Not only he, but it was a family commitment which they did together. So…not only is Herschel a musician and music producer – he’s an accomplished artist as well! Imagine that!! Herschel turned a singalong escape that he and his young siblings participated in to escape physical and emotional trauma into a family ritual of love and devotion.
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!
Of course I demanded (lol) that he share his work here with us at The Colorful Raconteur. Happily they obliged.
In this first grouping from top left, clockwise, we have from Herschel:
1. ‘Winter’s Edge’, acrylic on canvas
2. ‘Park in the Woods’. watercolor on canvas board
3. ‘Indiana Lake Shore’, watercolor on canvas
4. ‘A Memory From the Past’, oil on canvas
In this second grouping, clockwise from top left we have:
1. Siren Head’, watercolor on canvas board, Tony Daniels
2. ‘The Kraken’, watercolor on canvas board, Tony Daniels
3. ‘Sunset on the Arctic’, oil on canvas, Amanda Kiaurakis
4. ‘Mountain Oasis’, oil on canvas, Amanda Kiaurakis
One can see the family resemblance on each canvas: the love of nature and the mystical. The color palette is soft, spiritual, punctuated with muted jewel tones.
I find it extremely interesting that Toiny chose creatures from ancient mythology. The Ancients created gods from the mysteries of nature that they didn’t understand and often feared. They believed if they showed these gods their respect worshipped them, built temples for them, their gods, in turn, would protect them from their wrath.
It seems as if Herschel has found a beautiful and loving way to protect and nurture his young family. Kudos.
Thank you for allowing us to look into the soul of your family Herschel…it’s a beautiful soul.
What I love about Susan’s paintings is that they are SOOOO irreverent! LOL! Susan has taken a raucous, bodacious childhood and memories of the playground down the street and has turned them into her bodacious style of painting. The colors, the characters, the dynamic flair of each canvas is, for me, uniquely captivating. The pièce de resistance are the unconventional fairy tales(?), stories that she composes for each new work. THey are so hilarious!!
In her closing, Susan gives us a tour of the artwork in her grown up ‘playground’, her beautiful home, and talks about what lies ahead for her creatively.
Let’s take a look at some of what I love about Susan’s work…
Clockwise from top left:
1. ‘Alice in Wanderlust’
2. ‘List in Translation’
3. The Jeffersonian Women’
4. ‘Memory Tree’
Clockwise from top left:
1. ‘Nosing Around the Tropics’
2. ‘The Road to The Colorful Raconteur’
3. ‘Eloping to Pigeon Forge’
4. Come Hither’
In the next paragraph is an example of some of the hilarious and bizarre stories that accompany each finished piece:
Bertha Bupkiss decided to get her highly esteemed friends together. She wanted to discuss such items as: the life cycle of the toad; the differences between orgasms and organisms; and, did Benjamin Franklin really tell his wife to go fly a kite? She will serve coronets and trumpets with Boone’s Farm Strawberry Wine. Afterwards, they shall skinnydip in her above ground pool. Tsk. Tsk.
Hilarious!! But you know…when I get past the blazing tropical colors and the unique figures posing and dancing across the canvas and read between the lines of the stories, I’ve come to realize Susan is a brilliant satirist poking fun at convention. I knew she was more than just a pretty face!!