E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sneak peek

If "they" would come- what would YOU build?
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Kalae will be performing at the Art Show in Chinatown debuting the first public exhibition of my belly dancer portraits, October 1st 2010 at the Chinatown Courtyard in Downtown Honolulu. So I thought I would use this inside knowledge to make a painting that could act as a memory of this particular event.

A friend of mine gave me a mobile of little paper umbrellas that my loving children destroyed.
Once again I have redeemed their destruction by turning the fragments of it into collage elements for a painting.

Kalae was born and raised in Hawaii so I have thrown some subtle palms into the background of my painting to highlight the tropical island essence of her background.

Metallic paint, of which I have always been a fan anyhow, seems to pair nicely with the Oriental aspect of including Asian elements to set a tone of place.

Finally found an appropriate use for these Chinese coins my dear friend Braylene gave me a while back. I tried several different methods to clean them but they were oxidized beyond repair, so no good for a dance bra (which had been my original intention for them)...
covered in metallic paint however... they are perfect.

Here you can see I have used origami paper, orchid silhouettes, the trim from an Indian sari - the umbrella bits could be fans the way they are arranged... so I hope these bits and pieces bring together the bits and pieces of influences that we see Kalae fusing into her dancing.
I really think mixed media is the most appropriate way to illustrate belly dance because like belly dance- it brings together many different objects & influences to create a new & unique whole. This new creation composed of bits of old.

I'll show you more tomorrow!

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