Painting as an Act of Independence

'Untitled' 14"x18" Acrylic on Canvas
‘Untitled’ 14″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Paul North Waters linked elements in this painting to Delacroix’s, Liberty Leading the People:

“Reminds me of the French Revolution!  There’s even the French flag (albeit colors reversed) in your painting!”

I consider my painting, “An Act of Independence!”

I Love Delacroix… I think we share strong emotions and freedom of expression. I have been tortured in my approach to this canvas, and surprised to see much gray tonality show up, but it’s balancing the brighter hues.

The composition has gone through so many changes since a dream I had months ago initiated this work.  Breathing in angst.

Dream recorded while 'sleeping'
Dream recorded while ‘sleeping’

Vic Vollrath wrote:

“Beautiful piece Nicole! Three words – life, order, chaos. One can see these three words in any order referenced by your painting. One can see order in what might at first appear to be chaos and within that order is life emerging. Or, as order disintegrates into chaos, life is extinguished. The viewpoint is dependent upon the optimism or pessimism of the individual.”

My thanks to both Friends for their interest and response to my work… it’s very much appreciated.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

Willy Nilly Pee

On my way to a Memory

'Rorschach' style ink splot
‘Rorschach’ style inkblot

What’s Going On…

  • A smoking dog
  • An acrobatic balancing act
  • Silhouetted profiles of conjoined twin girls with almond-shaped eyes
  • Black sheep
  • Coal dust
  • Oil spill
  • A rodent exodus
  • A large bird in flight with his landing gear down
  • A blackened baguette
  • Black tears sprouting
  • Pelvic structures
  • White bright star
  • Big frog leap frog
  • Black fractals
  • Animal tails
  • Fragments

See where it takes you… … and trust you won’t be tested.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Erasure

©2015 Nicole Rigets

“… you can go back into it and find something else…”, someone said.

“Ripping out a page steals the silence.” N.Rigets

Found Poems go back to the time of T.S. Elliott

 

“Launch each Moment”Sita

 

 

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Dream VII

Fully developed

fantasy vision life.

Can’t sleep

dream.

Demoralizing inward

strength to go,

have your tongue and swallow anger,

Embark painful self

I envy.

Thrilling people

turn the page.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

Many chapters had been roughly torn from a paperback… I received three pages.  I searched to find a poem by connecting an assemblage of words between, above, and below the printed text in front of me.  This is how ‘Dream VII’ was written.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

This Ink is Bugging Me

Journal Entry October 22nd, 2014:  I’m not expressing myself well today.  This ink is bugging me – it’s too strong and all wrong for my mood.  I remember I purchased it to write up a condolence card.

This insightful poem is from a series I wrote called:  “Eat the Whole Bag”.  It was written well before K.A.’s end came, in the sad form of Divorce, and a Forced Sale.

“The Katherine Ann House”

Her house was as jumbled as a junkyard,

"The sun's leaving the day with a hard, cold kiss."
‘K.A.’                                                                             The sun’s leaving the day with a hard, cold kiss.

as warm as a tea cozy,

as old as her Grandmother’s thimble,

as worn as a Sterling locket,

as winning as a war,

as engaging as a lock…

and as fatal as an affair.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

The Way of Fashion Moves with the Times

Authentic Hand-Made Original Beauty
Authentic Hand-Made Original Beauty

Did you know that identical merchandise can be sold under different brand names, marketed in different packaging, and sold to shoppers at different prices without their knowledge?

Yes, it’s legal… and done all the time!

Here is a link relating to Branded Products, Private Labels, Pricing & Quality.

http://www.inc.com/encyclopedia/private-labeling.html

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

Paper Hearts along the Sill

Happiest of times

before they kissed you goodbye

never grew long roots.

"Impressions IV"
“Impressions IV”
"Impressions VI"
“Impressions VI”
"Impressions V"
“Impressions V”

A Document of Light and Expression.  My camera is a buffer:  a shield;  it sits close to my heart.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

The Old Lady’s Red Velvet Opera Coat

I’ve collected another twenty-five Things I Love!

  1. Hanging laundry outdoors to dry.
  2. Browning leaves collecting in the corners of stairways.
  3. Small birds exploding from the treetops when the train comes down the tracks.
  4. Home-made butter.
  5. Dreams that support the life you want to live.
  6. A visit to a friend’s studio.
  7. Found money:  the penny you pick up for luck.
  8. Paying bills early.
  9. Finding a parking space downtown.
  10. Postcards from New York.
  11. Little dogs with big shadows.
  12. A train whistle far in the distance.
  13. Yellow roses with their petals curling back.
  14. A simple old-fashioned rose reminding me of an old lady’s red velvet opera coat.
  15. A black and yellow Bumble Bee peering into a flower.
  16. Old stepladders; better yet when splotched with paint stains.
  17. Ikebana; Japanese flower arranging.
  18. Scaling paint on walls or furniture.
  19. Dog portraits.
  20. Dorothy Draper interiors.
  21. Wisps of smoke lingering in the outdoor air.
  22. The new “Sea to Sky” Highway on the way to Whistler, B.C.
  23. A ‘hurricane’ of crows.
  24. The transition between Summer and Fall.
  25. Discovering precious pieces of etched glass while beach-combing.

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Eat & Chew Overdone Laughter

Limes & Gladiolas

Sitting by the Limes

Hockey on T.V.

Left Side (L.S.)

Dark-haired Man

in black turtleneck

Far Right (F.R.)

All shapes & colors

of glass bottles

in between L.S. & F.R.

“Domes of Glasses”

Man with dark

hair, white golf

shirt & trendy

eyeglasses at

opposite end of bar

(O.E.O.B.)

and out past O.E.O.B.

a heritage brick

BLDG 6 storeys

high with 3 trees – light green dark green yellow-green mix

Woman with

long hair

Heads thrown

back, mouths

open wide:

showing strong

white teeth

Laughter, loud,

overdone, new

relationship

excites.

Hands waving

up, back & forth

up & down very

fast, now steadied

by a glass of wine.

He manfully

eats & chews

his meal as if

he has taken

big bites of her

and is digesting

this encounter.

His hard &

punishing body

language softens

with his “kitten”

next to him &

he begins to

settle into an

interview by

learned response.

The line is the

same well

rehearsed,

mandatory prelude

to a loving interlude

Her finger waves

& points, he leans

forward, appearing

interested.

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Realtor’s Diary… Crack & Peek

“Urban Development”

Captured by Cricket, Shafik navigates his way through the concrete jungle narrowly ecaping greedy sellers, leaky buildings, and a psychotic gekko.

Moving cautiously among the listing agents he and Cricket inspect the showrooms disguised as living quarters throughout the urban core; dodging, drooling, and dominating the scene.

They stop for water at a Starbucks.  Cricket calms Shafik while eating the ‘good’ doughnut.

The search resumes.

See U Saturday @ 11 AM at the Breadgarden,

Love,

Cricket

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Coffee Alert…. Alert… Alert…

June 10th, 1999.

3:55 p.m.

I followed the path through the backyard to the solarium, and before unlocking the door I spotted a white mug with a spoon in it sitting beside a crumpled paper towel.  I now knew that Max had been home and found this to be a welcoming sight.  Good, I thought, he made himself some coffee and it looked as though he finally found a little time to sit down and relax in the “glass garden.”

I picked up the mug and the first thing I noticed was how DARK the remainder of the coffee was and how straight the spoon was standing.  Hmmm… I guess he wanted a strong cup of coffee.  By the look of the dark oily substance inside the mug this was as close to liquid coffee bean as I had seen.

Having set the mug down on the kitchen counter, I opened the top of the coffee maker to throw away the Melitta filter.  One, to one and a half inches, of ground coffee poured into the bottom of the cone filter and combined with 4 cups of water is the capacity of our coffee maker.  Upon swinging open the top I was greeted by a filter filled almost to the brim with ground coffee at least six inches deep – enough for about eighteen cups of coffee.  No wonder there was still some inside his cup.  He has always told me I make the best coffee!  Should I or shouldn’t I tell him my little secret:  it doesn’t take a cup of coffee to make a “cup of coffee.”

“More than a cup… “

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets