Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lofty Goals

Turn the things I love into music, art, poetry, 10 minute play, book, a thought.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

My Best

My Best

To hold hands in silence
To stare with sweet gazes
To kiss your forehead lightly
To sit in the park feeling breezes

To hear me play sounds in A minor
or C sharp
To hold my waist slightly
To caress your neck lightly

To watch the children play
and to hear their amazing voices
To help each other cope with past pains and
noises...

Requires my best that is given 24 seven...
Why do you think my best is given after 11?
PM

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alien Garden - Poem

Celistial being abound
earthbound at best
seeking to relive a relative nature
developing a higher calling

your consciousness is absent
closed off from benevolent tasks
create the being from the source
of us one comes..... back

Seek out what is missing
grasp the universal sign
life
it lives....

Let live.


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Prehistoric Birth - Art


Prehistoric Birth is an imaginative piece that captures the intriguing quality of fossils, imbuing the image of a cold, stone fossil with warm color and life. Its shape borrowing from images of fossilized remains of prehistoric animals, the figure featured in this painting reveals an ancient creature during its moment of birth. The young creature appears to be emerging from the shell of an egg, its encasement broken and warped as the newly born creature struggles to escape.

The colors in this piece are beautiful and give life and energy to this image of an ancient fossil. The colors scheme is quite warm and indicative of life, a natural brown shade and a warm pinkish-peach flesh tone making up the image of the prehistoric animal. These warm colors make the creature’s existence seem immediate and real, the heat of the colors a reflection of the body heat of a living thing. Prehistoric Birth gives new life and energy to an ancient, prehistoric animal preserved in the fossil record.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Noise - Art


In Noise, a dark, menacing cloud evokes the jumbled, overwhelming power of noise, and its disorienting effects on the human psyche. Human nature responds naturally to sound. Music can evoke emotions in people ranging from elation to despair. Indeed, the sound of music is one of the most emotionally effecting stimuli to act upon the human nervous system. This understanding of the power of music indicates that sound is one of the most significant of the human senses, having great potential to affect mood, personality, and emotion.

However, if sound has a great potential to lift the spirits and inspire, so does it have the ability to cause confusion and depression. Noise, a type of sound that has no order or form, is quite distinct from music. Noise is a disorganized set of sounds that disturb human emotional states. The stress and disorganization of the human mind that can accompany high levels of noise is captured in the formless, shapeless black cloud that is the central focus of this painting. The dark cloud in Noise is the embodiment of the stressful effects and aggravation caused by meaningless noise.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Monday, January 9, 2012

5 things


Write down five things that you are grateful for. It could be the same things everyday. This is a good healthy habit to think about even if you don't have something new to add to your list.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Untitled screenplay

I have another screenplay idea. A horror story set in a library. Websites for Artists

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, November 12, 2010

Drivers - Art

In Drivers, a muddled mass of broad lines invokes confusion and chaos, yet a simple, monochromatic color scheme sheds light on the painting’s meaning. The lines of the painting, upon closer inspection, bring to mind the image of a driver behind the wheel of a small, almost comically proportioned car. Here in this image is the driver alluded to in the painting’s title. Yet this shape alone does not hold the painting’s purpose and meaning.
The painting is dominated by the color green, a vibrant shade filling the painting’s landscape. The painting’s title, Drivers, evokes not only the idea of a car and its driver, but also the motivation that drive people to do what they do. Green is a color associated with many things, including nature and money. Nature is often a driver of human actions, for our genetic makeup is the strongest determining factor in our identities. The desire for money is also a common drive for many people. This painting is a clever examination of the motivations that drive all people.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Friday, October 8, 2010

More art to come

I am finally finding time to catalog more of my art and poems to post on my blog. I would love to see comments and suggestions. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

M.I.A.

I have been Missing In Action for a minute, and I plan to correct that soon. I have a lot of poetry and new paintings to put up and will have an enormous amount of time to work on that next week.

Unitl then..... namaste.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

1000 Strangers project

I am beginning to get some very interesting people to participate in this project.
I would like to take a roll of film of you just being you and then I ask that you write a brief statement or thought about yourself or the universe in general.

Your photo and writings will become part of an art exhibition and video collage this summer. THIS POSITION IS NOT PAID, AND You will receive an invitation to the opening and also a copy of the photos and finished product on disk.
You can participate by giving me a call to take photos of you at work, at play or just having lunch. You can involve the whole family. The more people, the better.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Slacking on my photography project

I had decided to begin 2 photography projects in December and I haven’t quite gotten it started yet. So I am committed to beginning the projects by February 1st.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tom tom club - genius of love

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Waiting for Death - Art



Waiting for Death is an abstract, freeform painting with a striking complementary color scheme. The foreboding title fills the viewer with a sense of dread that is reinforced by the strong contrast of the colors and the cryptic figure that is featured in the painting. This dark, abstract shape seems to be moving slowly across the painting’s surface, slowly encroaching into the orange field that makes up the painting’s background. This impression of slow, steady movement is a representation of human anxiety at the impending reality of death. Each of us is aware of human mortality, and the frightening nature of this knowledge is captured in the figure’s slow progression across the painting.

The color scheme of the painting is also significant, for the figure slowly encroaches into a field of vibrant orange. This orange is a warm color, representing heat and energy – perhaps even life itself. This vibrant, lively color is slowly replaced with the dark shades of the figure. In this way, Waiting for Death shows the slow inevitability of death and its eventual triumph over energy and life.
©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ways of Life - Art


Ways of Life is a monochromatic painting that uses simple shapes to make a profound observation about the nature of life. The shape that is most prominently featured in this piece is the circle. A series of circles overlap in a linear configuration. These circles represent the cyclical nature of life. Life regenerates itself in a circular fashion, and the overlapping circles in this abstract piece reveal the way that life unfolds in time. The circles represent the repetitive cycles of life, while the linear arrangement of the circles represent the continually forward-moving passage of time.
The orange monochromatic color scheme used in this painting also reflects the nature of life. A color associated with warmth, the orange color in this piece reflects the heat and movement of life. This warm shade creates a visual image of heat, a natural characteristic of life. The combination of a well chosen color scheme and an uncomplicated arrangement of simple shapes creates an impression of life’s warmth and natural continuation.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Family Links - Art


In Family Links, interlocking segments of color represent the intrinsic connections between members of a family. This painting features vibrant colors, including pink, coral, periwinkle, blue, green, gray, brown, orange, and yellow. The many individual and unique shades used in this piece represent the individuality of the family members. Though they are a part of a larger entity, members of a family maintain autonomy and individuality. This wide range of colors represents the diverse types of people that can be found in a single family.
Yet the segments of color have an interlocking appearance. The interlocking shape of these color patches reveals the interconnectivity of the family and its members. Each color block has a unique shape that interlocks perfectly with its neighboring block. The segments are unique complements to each other, and one segment completes another, the edges lining up to make them both whole. Family Links is an intriguing look at family dynamics and the important balance between the individual’s desire to be independent and to be a part of a larger societal group.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Monday, January 4, 2010

Flash - Art


In Flash, the warmth of yellow is contrasted with the cool, light absorbing qualities of black to produce an intense juxtaposition of a fiery flash of heat with the cool darkness of the surrounding air. This sudden, intense flash of heat and energy could be anything – a spontaneous fire, a flash of lightning, or an electrical spark. Yet the sense of surprise and danger is the same in each of these. This surprising interspersing of heat in the surrounding air is the experience captured in the broad strokes and dense color saturation of this painting.
The mixing of black with yellow reveals the way that the electrical and heat energy of the flash is mixed with the air around it. This produces a sense of immediacy, as though the flash is an instantaneous event. This instantaneous quality is more suggestive of a flash of lightning or an electrical spark, which can disappear just as quickly as it appears. Soon after the flash, the air will be cool again, the black overtaking the yellow, but for the instant captured in Flash, the air is teeming with light and bursting with energy.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Gardens - Art

This piece is an abstract still life that gives a common object a closer look. A triangular shape dominates the painting, and it appears almost three-dimensional. The object shown in the painting is the abstracted image of a piece of chocolate pie. The triangular slice of pie is a common object, recognizable to many, yet this painting gives it a closer examination. In fact, the pie is celebrated in the painting, set in a background of vibrant, party-like colors
Depicting common objects in an abstract form forces the painting’s viewer to take a closer look at the objects that make up his or her daily world. For these mundane objects do make up the main substance of our lives, and a closer examination of them can lead to a fuller, more completely realized life. Paintings such as this one help bring the viewer into that close examination.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Passing - Art


Passing is a colorful piece with almost blurry, impressionistic lines that seem to bleed from one color to the next without any distinct boundaries. Indeed, each color’s force and energy seems to be passing from one patch of color to the next. The textural look of this piece is quite intriguing, given the indistinct lines and patchy coloring. The color is almost transient, as though it is prepared to move from one spot to another at a moment’s notice.
This texture reveals the transient nature of the color, because it appears patchy or rough at certain points, as though the smooth vibrancy of the colors has simply passed away. This fading color gives an impression of life and energy ebbing, receding into nothing. This painting deals with the fleeting nature of life, for it too can pass away without being noticed, such as the color is slowly receding in this painting. Passing is a beautiful, mysterious piece that treats in an indirect way, the fleeting nature of life and the mortal certainty of death

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 1, 2010

Stand Still - Art


Stand Still is a painting comprised of a series of thick, green lines across the canvas. The lines are stacked on top of each other and fill the canvas; there is no other image in this painting. The simplicity of this piece belies its important meaning. By choosing green for the thick lines of the painting, the artist has created a specific impression in the mind of the viewer.
Green is a color associated with nature, vegetation, and natural growth. The painting’s title, Stand Still, suggests that the viewer stop for a moment and consider the painting without movement or distraction. Similarly, the painting is urging to viewer to do the same with respect to his or her natural surroundings. Just as the viewer must stop for a moment to consider the painting, so must he or she spend time looking at and contemplating nature. Thereby, the viewer will be regenerated, for green is also a color associated with regeneration and rebirth.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stolen Farms - Art


Stolen Farms is a visually appealing painting with a strong, clear message. Painted as a multi-color aerial view of farmland, the property lines marked by a change in color. The colors used are very bright and appealing, yet the title suggests that these are stolen farms, a distinctly negative connotation. This title leads one to ask, who stole these farms, and from whom?
A potential answer lies in the historical reality of the aftermath of the Civil War. Though freed slaves were promised a parcel of land to assist them in making their way as free people, this promise was never fulfilled. Therefore, these plots of land were stolen from their rightful owners, the slaves who had worked them during in the Antebellum South.
Yet the picture is not all bleak in this painting. One strong, vibrant black patch remains in the piece. This represents the continuing ambition and perseverance of African-Americans. The power and strength of this force is indicated by the intense color saturation of this block.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fortune Flower - Art


This painting is a monochromatic image on a white background. The image appears to be a type of fruit, perhaps a cherry. However, the image is purple, which is not naturally a color of cherries. In fact, few foods that occur in nature are purple, so it is interesting to ask oneself why the artist might have chosen this color for this fruit.

It follows logically that since few foods are known to be purple in nature that the artist does not intend for the cherry to appear appetizing. In fact, purple is known to be a color associated with weight loss and appetite repression. Purple is used in color therapy for patients who suffer from weight control problems. The painting accents the fruit’s healthfulness, not its appetizing flavor. Fruit leads to healthful living and weight loss, and this is its primary benefit, as reflected in this painting.


©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Stolen Terror - Art


A strong column of color is the focus of this piece, a solitary figure in the painting placed just slightly off-center in the painting’s frame. A wide range of colors is featured in this column, which calls to mind a Native American totem pole. The colors featured in the column are very naturalistic colors – browns, a deep midnight blue, and a flowery pink. The brown and blue segments have very distinct borders between them. By contrast, the pink seems to blend into the blue segments, their edges blurred and overlapping.

Pink, which is typically thought of as a feminine color, is only a small section of this figure. Yet it is present, and slowly blending with and encroaching upon the rest of the column. If this column represents a totem pole, then the pink segment’s encroachment indicates the female power that was quietly present in cultures that were primarily patriarchal, as many Native American societies were.

The painting’s simplicity lends power to its meaning. A single, colorful column in placed in a stark background of white, the figure in the painting quite striking. Visually, the painting is simple, yet forceful, and it prompts the viewer to further contemplation.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Death Flower - Art


Death Flower captures the wilting of a flower in a profound study of mortality and death. This painting, with its naturalistic color scheme of muted neutrals, is very simple in composition. It features a single flower shown in a vulnerable, weak state of deterioration. Slowly, the flower wilts and dies, as its time as a living thing on this planet elapses and ends. The flower finally collapses on the hard ground, a victim of time and nature.

The flower’s death becomes a metaphor for the nature of death itself in this captivating piece. The flower dies humbly and alone, as we all must at some time in the future. The artist could have chosen to depict the flower in the context of its surroundings, providing images of the surrounding flowers, the sky, and other vegetation in the area. Yet in the end, death is a solitary experience and a personal one, so the flower falls alone, the lone figure featured in this evocative painting.

©1998-2009 Claretta Taylor Webb. All Rights Reserved