Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pele Reaches Into My Blog

As many of you know, my husband and I lived in Hawaii for two years several years back.  I painted many pieces about the volcano we were living near, Kilauea. My abstracted landscapes were an important part of my artistic development. At that time the lava was actively flowing into the ocean, making for some very dramatic scenes, which I'd photograph and later use as inspirations for my art.

I was fortunate to be represented by the Volcano Arts Center in the Kilauea National Park, where my art sold quite well. But when we moved away, I closed my connection with the gallery, as well as ended my volcano series.

Back in 2010, an elementary art teacher who has her own blog, featured my blog post as a reference for teaching art using a volcano theme: Over the years I have noticed quite a few blog hits on my blogspot through her site. but since the latest eruption is heading toward a town on the Big Island, the traffic has greatly increased.

Recently, Pele has changed the route of the lava flow, endangering Puna and the small town of Pahoa, Hawaii. Interest in teaching about volcanoes has increased, consequently, there has been a lot more activity looking at my 2010 post.

I am fascinated by what this says about our internet interconnection. I have had so many people looking at my art and my words, indeed my life, through this connection with Holly B., art teacher in Maryland.  I love knowing that my blog and Holly's blog are still active and I hope all these wonderful teachers are inspiring students to weave science and social studies with art.

I still have a number of my Volcano Series paintings. Contact me if you would like a little Pele on your wall!

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