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Archive for May, 2008

New Paintings

Two new paintings from the last six months:

Below is an oil entitled Islam & Spain, celebrating Spain’s cultural history, enriched by Moorish influences still echoed in modern day Spain. The muted and lightly mottled coloring captures the mystery inherent in the Spanish world, what is hidden or secretive, as well as the profound connection between the Arab and European traditions. TheĀ  painting measures 58″ x66″, is available at $9,600.

This second piece, entitled, Nocturne for Towers and Beasts, was painted approximately around the same time as the one above. It is more expressionistic and playful. It truly mirrors whatever the viewer brings to it. Some people delight in the beasts with those glowing teeth; others feel a slight sense of menace. Either way it is a powerful painting. It is 52″ x 54″, also oil on canvas. Available at $7,000. Feel free to write your own comments on either of these pieces. We’d love to hear from you.

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Two Poems

Two Poems by Alvaro Cardona-Hine from The Curvature of the Earth, a book of poems by poets Gene Frumkin and Alvaro Cardona-Hine, University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

(The blog doesn’t permit the format of a poem, so I’ve used two slashes to indicate the end of a stanza.)

A Woman in the Forest

winters pass

and everything blooms

that had a hidden wish

behind it//

the snow holds tight

onto a crocus

white on white

Italian Wine

in drinking

one knows

a ranunculus

has been pressed

with the grapes

to give a lover’s kiss

an altered mind//

there it sings

tighter than a rose

as young birds

melt away

in praise//

for love is something

like an unbuttoned blouse

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