Walks with Grandfather, talks with Grandmother 

The 2015 Holiday Open House and Art Exhibition for Alzheimer’s Orange County is happening right now.


Color and vibrancy are what drew my to Dr. Justin Call and Marilyn Clifford’s pieces. Their bold use of pigment fired memories of my own childhood and grandparents, igniting a creative response kindled by The Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County and the ideas of Memories in the Making.
Walks with Grandfather and Talks with Grandmother began with similarities in subject and placement. Dr. Call’s vivid boats are reflected in Walks; Ms. Clifford’s Fall Leaves become a garden illuminated by sunset. Behind each primary image are the layered ghosts of memory, hand-drawn in wax, pencil and ink pen. These nostalgic images are from family history, triggered emotively by the original subjects.

In Walks, early-morning, lakeside walks with grandfather are mingled with the image of him holding his grandson’s hand for the first time. The narrative around the images are thoughts and phrases from both grandfather and grandson.


Talks began with the idea of grandmother’s garden and the colors of sunset. A favorite image of “Jenny” is drawn in ink beside the near hidden image of grandmother holding her granddaughter for the first time. As in Walks, the narrative of Talks mingles the thoughts and phrases of grandmother and grandson.

Both paintings ask the frightful and loaded question, “Do you remember?” Each answers with a line of poetry, challenging the question by answering with vivid passion. Walks expresses frustration and powerlessness with the lines from Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Day after day, day after day,

We stuck, nor breath nor motion;

As idle as a painted ship

Upon a painted ocean.

While Talks concludes with the tragic and simply forgetful line from Rilke’s “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes.”

Who?

Memories in the Making provides an opportunity to explore creativity and emotions through art. The struggle and stigma of Alzheimer’s can invoke fear. However, those affected, either directly or indirectly, are filled with as much richness and vitality as those who are not. I am honored to haveWalks with Grandfather and Talks with Grandmother as part of the growing legacy of the Memories in the Making program. These pieces reflect constructs of memory by emphasizing the vibrancy of now. Like the lines of poetry, the paintings, though concerned with ideas of memory, are simply constructs upon the present.

Walks with Grandfather and Talks with Grandmother are watercolor, wax crayon and sharpie pen on 140lb paper. Each painting is 18 x 24 inches.

Walks with Grandfather, talks with Grandmother 

  
Color and vibrancy are what drew my to Dr. Justin Call and Marilyn Clifford’s pieces. Their bold use of pigment fired memories of my own childhood and grandparents, igniting a creative response kindled by The Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County and the ideas of Memories in the Making. 
Walks with Grandfather and Talks with Grandmother began with similarities in subject and placement. Dr. Call’s vivid boats are reflected in Walks; Ms. Clifford’s Fall Leaves become a garden illuminated by sunset. Behind each primary image are the layered ghosts of memory, hand-drawn in wax, pencil and ink pen. These nostalgic images are from family history, triggered emotively by the original subjects. 

In Walks, early-morning, lakeside walks with grandfather are mingled with the image of him holding his grandson’s hand for the first time. The narrative around the images are thoughts and phrases from both grandfather and grandson. 

  
Talks began with the idea of grandmother’s garden and the colors of sunset. A favorite image of “Jenny” is drawn in ink beside the near hidden image of grandmother holding her granddaughter for the first time. As in Walks, the narrative of Talks mingles the thoughts and phrases of grandmother and grandson.

Both paintings ask the frightful and loaded question, “Do you remember?” Each answers with a line of poetry, challenging the question by answering with vivid passion. Walks expresses frustration and powerlessness with the lines from Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  Day after day, day after day,

  We stuck, nor breath nor motion; 

  As idle as a painted ship 

  Upon a painted ocean. 

While Talks concludes with the tragic and simply forgetful line from Rilke’s “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes.”

  Who?

Memories in the Making provides an opportunity to explore creativity and emotions through art. The struggle and stigma of Alzheimer’s can invoke fear. However, those affected, either directly or indirectly, are filled with as much richness and vitality as those who are not. I am honored to haveWalks with Grandfather and Talks with Grandmother as part of the growing legacy of the Memories in the Making program. These pieces reflect constructs of memory by emphasizing the vibrancy of now. Like the lines of poetry, the paintings, though concerned with ideas of memory, are simply constructs upon the present. 

Walks with Grandfather and Talks with Grandmother are watercolor, wax crayon and sharpie pen on 140lb paper. Each painting is 18 x 24 inches. 

  

One of Eight Artists Chosen

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I’m pleased to announce that I am one of eight artists that were chosen to create partner works for The Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County’s 2016 Open House & Art Auction as part of the Memories in the Making program.

“The 2016 Memories in the Making® Art Collection features artwork created by program participants, as well as local artists.
Eight artists were chosen to create a paired companion piece in their preferred medium. Each artist selected a painting created during a Memories in the Making class, which will serve as the inspiration for their own work of art. Both pieces will be displayed and sold together in order to raise funds and community awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. All art will be debuted at the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association Holiday Open House on December 16th, 2015.”
Stay tuned through November to learn more about Alzheimer’s, the amazing things happening in the Memories in the Making program, and the art.

Memories in the Making, 2015 

I’m honored to be among the paired artists for this year’s Memories in the Making Art Exhibition for the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter. Artist are paired with works by program participants to create unique works inspired by Alzheimer’s Disease. 
In the coming months, I’ll choose an inspiration piece, hopefully have an opportunity to create with participants and will create an original piece for the December exhibition. 
Stay tuned.