It is officially 2016 but the Chinese Zodiac New Year is yet to come.This year it falls on February 8, and will be welcoming in the Year of the Monkey.The Chinese New Year always starts between late January and mid-February and each year is represented by a different animal.There are 12 animals in total and this year is the Red Fire Monkey’s year.
I painted this fella, years ago, in oil on canvas from my imagination during a difficult time in my life! I always said that this painting represented my “getting the monkey off my back”!!! The word Singe is French for monkey and Queue is French for tail.
I Hope all of your monkeys leave or have left your back this 2016 and you have a fabulous year!!!!! CHEERS!!!
It’s All In The Family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, my husband is not the only photographer in the family…Ah yes, I did receive my fair share of recognition this year from IPA and that announcement is to come! Besides being so excited for my husband, I couldn’t be more happy for my son!!!! He was the master mind behind Water Flowers and our collaboration of photographs were awarded two separate Honorable Mentions for Seasons category and Flowers category! As a mother and artist, I can not tell you what this means. My family puts up with my mess of art projects, stopping to take a photo, the many requests to help out, be a model or hold a prop. Instead of resenting my endeavors, they have embraced the art and taken it as their own! I have inspired two people to explore their creativity…. THAT is what this is all about!! Sharing passions, sharing art and inspiring others to explore a side of themselves that they didn’t know existed!!! Congratulations A. Krumpelt!!! xoxo, Mom!
Art is contagious…. given a little encouragement!
Since my involvement in photography started in fall of 2013, my husband’s interest in capturing moments via his iphone peeked. His day job requires him to travel the world. Throughout his times away from home, he would send me iphone shots that he would capture on his way to a meeting or lunches with captions that would say “What do you think of this picture?”, “I like this one” etc. It was apparent that he was” in-to-it!” The… funny thing was, the images were really quite good-I was shocked! He took it a step further when we would go places, and I would stop to shoot a picture, he would try to art direct me-“Look over there, that would be a cool shot!” I kept telling him that he should take photography more seriously as he has a great eye! Of course he pushed back! But, me being the wife, I insisted and we bought him his own camera to take with him on his trips away. As he would bring photos home, I would go through them and tell him that he should to try submitting to a competition and what better way to get your feet wet than start with one of the most well regarded International competitions in the field!!! I finally convinced him/made him submit two images to the International Photography Awards 2015 (IPA)….and look what happen!!! Congratulations Andy!!!! Not bad!!!
Soooo, the moral of the story, if you know someone who has an artistic flare or talent that is not being used, encourage them to develop it and use it! They don’t have to quit their day job, but there is much satisfaction when you create- whether it is photography, a painting, a poem or story…the act of creating is magical and can be therapeutic … good for the soul!! I encourage all of you to find your creative side and share it…because it is contagious… go for it!! Good luck!!
Revisiting my Artpoetography The Take Over photography series inspired by my two poems, Rising Coup and High Coup, speaking to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in China (The Chinese government military, with assault rifles and tanks, inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance towards Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing)and the economic take over of China over the U.S. in recent years. Still working on developing the series and currently fine tuning this image in Photoshop.
Update- changed poem from “to contempt to from contempt”
A Thousand words not spoken.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Images can speak volumes for those who can not speak for themselves and it is the photographers/artists job to recognize these instances and document them no matter how painful or risky. Experiencing these scenes made my stomach turn and I was angered… angry at the human that allowed this to happen…angry at myself for being feeling so helpless. And after awhile I thought more about it and realized that the horses weren’t the only victims, the human who caused this is a victim as well. I am sure that this person loved the animals but something must have happened in the person’s life to have caused such travesty-but what I saw was pain. Pain that unfortunately carried over to innocent animals. Please rest assured that I am looking into this situation… it is our duty to identify and help as best we all can in this crazy world!!! God bless!!!!!
A Thousand Words Not Spoken
from exhaling breath
heard only by lens
the image that speaks
for the unspoken
a thousand words
across a visual
where daggers pierce the soul
and unkempt, unfinished fiery break
broken by broken beings
a mess of things untangled
and manifest like parasites
on to the obedient
from voiceless space.
The thousand words are not enough
to lull the master
as drums in heaven
announce the sins of neglect. -CEK Nelson(Cheryl elich-krumpelt) copyright 2015 Cheryl elich-krumpelt