Catherine Foster Retiring from Metal Artwork!

When Change Happens- Do you let it stop you cold? Or do you follow your intuition and move ahead?

 

I am moving ahead in my life. With recent changes in the health of my husband, we can not continue to create the frames and the metal artwork.

Pictured below are the two last, except the Peace Kimono (large) that I have unfinished in the studio #148. There will no longer be any more kimonos like these.These are artworks that I developed and Fred, the engineer, designed the support system. It was so much fun to be doing this together as a team. 

Kimono #146 31"Lx30"Wx3"D

Kimono #148

 

The very last in the series that I will create will be another large one numbered #148. I am so excited to be doing the last in this series.  It has been an exciting adventure creating artwork in metal. I am so honored to have my work in hospitals, medical buildings, and private collections all over the world. 

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of my artwork over the 40+years of my career. I am deeply grateful and thankful and hope you will continue to keep in touch as I serve to help guide people to find their creativity. 

Nothing ever stays the same right? So when change happens I move with the energy of that change. I am excited to be doing some heartfelt artwork, coaching and serving in the world in a new way. 

My husband Sold our house in Poulsbo WA and moved to Rio Vista CA to be closer to our children and other family. 

Weaving Series by Catherine Foster

Throughout my whole career the theme of weaving has intertwined with my  paintings, sculpture and beliefs driving my creative process. 

Even though I have explored many modalities of expressing myself throughout my career, weaving has been a common thread in nearly every piece of art I have created. Why has it had so much meaning to me?

Peace Weaving

Our lives are a golden woven tapestry. Each person's experience here on earth is a variety of threads of feelings, experiences, and emotions. We are all connected in this tapestry along threads of these varied qualities. Sometimes there ar vibrant colors that relate to what has happened our life experiences. Sometimes there are holes and loose threads and knots tha thave caused stress into the tapestry. But still we are connected in the golden fabric of life along with every plant,, rock, piece of sand, animal, insect etc. Included in this fabric are threads of various religions, politics and a variety of beliefs. It represents the ever evolving weaving in this golden blanke we call life on earth. 

Each of us has our own separate tapestry that is connected to the larger fabric of life. What happens for one of us is also  connected to the whole.  The threads are interlaced with an event, person and each associated with an emotion. It is these emotions that connect us together in body, mind and soul. We can travel on these threads to connect with everyone and everything for we are all one. 

My friend Anne Sano Keller expresses it very well in her book: " More than a And Whisper- One Woman's Journey Through Pain To Grace".  When I read her words I felt as though she had been reading my mind. Thank you Anne for expessing what is also in my heart.  I could not have expressed it better. 

The Flute Player

 

"Weaving  tapestry with threads of varied colors and textures creates a beautiful picture that tells an interesting story. Some of the threads are dark and rough, perhaps frightening, and often sad. They bring depth to my life's story. Others are light and silken, brilliantly colored, bringing, joy, love and light to the image. Some threads are short and only briefly used and some are lengthy, meandering throughout the whole picture, from one end to the other. Without each and every thread, the tapestry would be incompete." 

Other artworks with images of weaving here Pitcturetrail and : Fine Art 

Fabric of Life Series- "Dancing with the Fabric of Life" by Catherine Foster

This art peice was the last in this series before working in copper and the start of the Kimono series. It has been a favorite of mine and in my personal collection.   Often pieces in my collection talk to me and say "It is time to go to someone else".  So I am putting it out to the world for someone who feels like it belongs to them for them to enjoy the healing Reiki energy that was placed inside the art.  
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The piece is 36"Wx 54" Lx 2"D with the exception of the fabric at the top that goes over the side 2 .5 inches.   I often leave fabric, threads hanging down or take the collaged pieces outside the boarders of the artwork as a symbol that the "fabric of life" is never completed. 

It is on canvas with collaged fabrics, trims, rope, feathers, sand etc. for texture and painted in oil paints.  I let the artwork tell me what it wants. Whenever I try to control the artwork, it does not work for me. There is an interaction of energetic conversation that happens when I create.  I listen and follow how the art wants to be expressed through me. Often it feels like the artwork is an entity of its own. It is such a joy to be an artist. I cannot ever see me not creating art. I love to sing and dance and it becomes a part of the energy of my process of creating all artwork.

 I find it interesting that there is a Kimono shape in the piece. Maybe that was the start of the Kimono series coming through me?  Sometimes images that I did not remember putting in the artwork show up years later. Maybe it is just that I am looking at the piece from a different perspective in life?

Since the beginning of my art career, I have always worked in Series. In future blogs I will talk about some of the other series and how they started and ended.  I have found that when a series is done it is done! In a way it feels like whatever wanted to be said through me was finished talking. Much like the feeling of the end of a book. There is a beginning, middle and end. 

Through almost all the series I have created, there is one symbol that always seems to be expressed in my artwork. Weaving! Weaving the energies of life, people, animals, plants, insects, sea life, politics, history and religion.

Weaving is an example of how people throughout my life have come and gone and come back again woven in my experience. There is a weaving of family where the fabric is strong and where there are holes and knots when a family  member dies or decides to not be a part of the clan anymore.

Life is so interesting to me in how our life experiences show up in the Golden Fabric of Life.  As I close the door on the Kimono Series, I expect that the symbols of weaving will find another expression in the new modality I am currently beginning.