Abstract Painting – Flight 416

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, palette purples blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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About this painting

I love paintings that have pears, so this is another in a series. Pears give me an anchor in my abstract paintings. Add a pear and you can add anything else. That’s the beauty of abstracts and pears.

Original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, palette purples blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Flight 416 © Sarah Gilbert Fox 2017

My sister said that the squares looked like airplane windows, which is why the title is Flight 416. (416 was the address of my childhood house and is my default number.)

At first this painting seemed really frenetic and I tried to calm it down. Then I got mad at myself for trying to be so cautious so I said, “You know, go MORE frenetic!” So I added the arrows to help guide folks to look at this and that, and yes, this!

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Abstract Painting – Fly Away

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, abstract painting with bird cage, color palette lavender blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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About this painting

I love paintings that have pears.  Apples are nice, bananas are interesting and strangely shaped, but pears just seem to be the perfect fruit to paint.  My only problem was that when I painted my pears, they seemed to be unbalanced. The painting needed something more.  I was listening to my bother’s song, Fly

Original contemporary abstract painting, abstract painting with pears, abstract painting with bird cage, palette purples blues, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Flight 416 © Sarah Gilbert Fox 2017

Away when my sister called.  I had texted her a photo of my pear painting and said something was missing.  She said, “Add a bird.”  Probably if I had called my younger brother, he’d have told me to add a bagpipe, and it would have turned into an even different painting with a bird and renaissance bagpipes (because that the type he plays).  But for now… how about Fly Away.

(P.S. As an added bonus,Megan Sahara Wood, is on backup vocals.)

More about the painting Fly Away

Fly Away
by Micah Gilbert

Fly away
Let your cares fly
Watch them go
High and away
The wind and trees whisper they agree
The sun illuminates the day
Painted clouds, watercolour skies
And the morning calls us on our wayFly away
Let your cares fly
Watch them go
High and awayDragonflies fly by waterfalls
And they glide in on the breeze
Dew drops shining in the morning sun
And the wind is blowing through the treesFly away
Let your cares fly
Watch them go
High and away

credits

released June 12, 2014
Backing vocals and recorders: Megan Sahara Wood
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Abstract Garden Painting – Jardin des Tuileries

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract garden painting, abstract painting with flowers, painting with green color palette, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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The idea that one day our children will not be able to enjoy the lovely Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) in Paris because America did not join in the agreement this year, astounds me. Astounds many Americans… astounds many citizens of the world. I had originally set out this year to paint the gardens of Paris (my old stomping grounds), but had put those paintings aside to work on some of my animal paintings. Until yesterday.

original contemporary abstract painting, abstract garden painting, abstract painting with flowers, painting with green color palette, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Jardin des Tuileries © Sarah Gilbert

Then I pulled the garden paintings out and began to add the finishing touches. These paintings are dedicated to the French – for continuing to focus on the quality of life – which is what they do best – and to all Francophiles. My hope is that this painting will bring back the happy memories for those who have walked the gardens or cat napped on a bench or sailed a toy boat in the small pond… or for those who have not yet been but one day hope to go. What inspired this work? The French. And the Paris Agreement (Accord de Paris) – the climate change agreement between countries. Plain and simple.

Normally I paint on canvases. But I recently discovered archival paper. As I often move back and forth from DC to France, I needed to have art that was easy to move. Also, the quality of the paint is the same as that on canvas, but the shipping cost is vastly different. Although I can’t give up the canvas completely, the idea that cutting the cost for an art lover is a beautiful concept.

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Jardin-des-Tuileries/987712/3624193/view

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Ghost Songs

original contemporary abstract, blue green color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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This painting is another music-inspired art piece.  It’s based on another Micah Gilbert song called Ghost Songs – particularly the following lyrics:

Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go
And fall away
You can’t carry them

I just love the notion that all of us have the power to just let things go and burst forth to be happier people.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the simplicity of the act of letting go.  My hope is that this painting will make others feel like bursting out into happiness, too. I know. Corny. But hey, if that’s what it takes to be happy….!

original contemporary abstract, blue green color palette painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Ghost Songs © Sarah Gilbert

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The blue horizon
Sees another sun
Rising slow
From ashes into dawn
The pink and the grey
Marching on the day
The humbling wind
Blows across your face


Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you
Make your pain subside
Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go
And fall away
You can’t carry them

The hour here
Has finally come undone
What is it now
That keeps you on the run
A tumbling weed
That cannot find it’s place
Let the horses run
Let go of the reigns

Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you make your pain subside
Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go and fall away
You can’t carry them
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Animal Painting – Blue Note Guys

original raw art, urban folk art, unique animal painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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Abstract Painting – Blue Note Guys

About this painting

I fell in love with phthalo blues (the green and the red shades). Then, by accident, I purchased some Golden interference colors (blue, violet, green, violet green, green bluered). A happy madness took over and suddenly I was breaking away from doing mixed media paintings of my animals (the process of building things on canvas is such a pleasure) and instead began to build color on top of interference on top of color. Suddenly only paint was going on my canvas – a lot of paint.

original raw art, urban folk art, unique animal painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Blue Note Guys © Sarah Gilbert

My go-to paint brands are predominately Golden and Liquitex. Sometimes Utrecht, Blick and Sennelier creep in there, too. The brushes used are whatever is hanging around not covered in paint.

I also use a lot of cotton cloths to blend the paint around. Oh, yes, and my trusty spatula knife.

Almost all of my paintings are finished off with my own painting-framing technique, which allows the paintings to be hung without frames. The process is organic, with me putting a lot of Payne’s gray in the palm of my hands, and then palming the color around the sides of the painting – bleeding over the edge a bit – so the sides of the painting are black. Payne’s gray was the first paint I used to do this, and it’s sort of a good luck thing. I like to think that the luck is passed onto whomever is looking at the paintings. The buyers who have decided to have my work frame, tend to use floating frames.

 

This painting also might fall under the following categories

  • original contemporary figurative animal painting
  • contemporary fine art blue painting
  • original animal painting
  • original primitive raw art
  • original blue primitive art
  • original art brut animal
  • unique animal art
  • unique canvas animals
  • blue expressionism animal painting
  • contemporary fine art colorway blue
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Abstract Painting – Get To You

original abstract art, contemporary abstract art, abstract painting with buildings, urban contemporary art, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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As I was finished this painting, some redbirds came to my window.  They were looking at me.  I was looking at them.  It made me realize just how much time we spend standing outside, wondering what it’s like to be inside… and how we spend just as much time inside, wondering what it’s like outside.  It’s enough to drive us crazy.  

Get To You © Sarah Gilbert

Anyway, I really like the words to Micah Gilbert’s Beatlesque song, Get to You, especially these lyrics:

Outside, standing looking in,
It’s plain to see the shape you’re in,
These walls, tell a little tale,
Your fingerprints have left a trail
It’s clear and well defined,
Still we’re caught surprised.

As an added bonus, Scottish musician Fiona MacDonald, is on percussion and backing vocals. 

More about the painting Get To You

Get to You
by Micah Gilbert

Outside, standing looking in,
It’s plain to see the shape you’re in,
These walls, tell a little tale,
Your fingerprints have left a trail
It’s clear and well defined,
Still we’re caught surprised.

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight, too
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

Desire, standing in the wings,
Wears the hat of a million things,
This glass, hanging on the wall,
Reflects our fever calls
Howling in the night,
Reaching for the light. 

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight, too
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

Living in a giant’s shoes,
On the edge of a crater, too,
But this night is like a kiss,
Didn’t know it could be like this.

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight, too
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

Sift the ashes,
Catch the starlight,
Clutch the moonlight,
too Trying to get to you,
Hear the wind sing,
Feel it linger,
Trying to get to you,
Get to you.

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Testing of the Strings – Calata ala Spagnola

original raw art, urban folk art, unique animal painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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Growing up on Maple Street in Columbia, South Carolina was nothing, if not creative. Everyone played some kind of musical instrument. My older sister, Kathy, played the piano and guitar, as did my older brother, Micah. My younger brother, Adam, played anything he could blow air through – oboe, clarinet, recorder, etc. (Santa Claus gave me a Ukelele one Christmas, which is probably why I went into the hand instruments, e.g., the pen and the paintbrush.)  Our mother, Betty Gilbert, sang in the Columbia Chorale Society – she had a gorgeous voice. And we were always rescuing animals. I don’t think a day went by when I wasn’t surrounded by music coming from one instrument or another, while my mother sang at the top of her pipes.  I would mope around, trying not to trip over the cats or dogs, and write really bad love poetry that rhymed.  

Testing of the Strings – Calata ala Spagnola © Sarah Gilbert

Mom never had us on a strict regiment.  She was a full-time, working art educator, raising four children without a father or a father’s financial compensation. We were four, wild ones – climbing in and out of the windows or onto the roof of our huge house (the old Shandon Presbyterian Church), at all hours of the day and night – always making music or creating something.  It was a chaotic childhood, but there was always love and creativity and play.

When I think back on those days, I particularly remember Adam, always playing his recorder for the old women in our family – Aunt Sally and Great Aunt Ella. One day Adam grew up and became a famous recorder player, traveling the world, where he met and married an Israeli woman (Rotem Gilbert) who played the recorder, as well.  Both virtuosos.  Both now teaching at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where Adam is the director of the Early Music Program and Rotem is a professor.  One of their practice songs – where they practiced with one of their former groups, Piffaro, is Calata ala Spagnola. It’s a happy song that reminds me of the those times on Maple Street, when all four of us – arms and legs everywhere – ran amok during our childhood days.

More about the painting Testing of the Strings – Calata ala Spagnola

Calata ala Spagnola
by Joan Ambrosia Dalza   (fl. 1508) arr. Grant Herreid
performance / practice by Piffaro musicians:
• Christa Patton, harp
• Grant Herreid, lute
≥ Rotem & Adam Gilbert, recorders

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Abstract Painting – Long Time Coming Home

original abstract expressionism, abstract expressionistic painting, painting with buildings, abstract painting with buildings, painting blue color palette, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
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This is a love song painting about a road that leads back home!  

My brother, Micah wrote Long Time Coming Home when his wife, Suzanne had gone out of town for a conference (she’s a James Hogg scholar and professor at Stirling University).  When I first began painting this, it was an abstract. But soon the abstract turned into buildings.  And then Micah’s song came on and the road just happened.  Notice there is no “STOP” on this stop sign.  The road beckons to come on back home, without pause.

original abstract expressionism, abstract expressionistic painting, painting with buildings, abstract painting with buildings, painting blue color palette, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox
Long Time Coming Home © Sarah Gilbert

More info about the painting Long Time Coming Home

  • Title
    Long Time Coming Home
  • Type
    Abstract
  • Movement
    • Fine Art
    • Contemporary American Art
    • Abstract Expressionism
    • Emerging Art (emerging artist)
    • (Possibly considered – Urban American Art)
  • Medium
    Acrylic
  • Canvas Size
    36″ x 48″
  • Inspiration
    Micah Gilbert’s Long Time Coming Home
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    visit the Saatchi Gallery online.

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Long Time Coming Home
by Micah Gilbert

Knock on my door
Come and wake me from my sleep
Your yellow roses have haunted my dreams
It’s been too long for those memories to keep
They’ve been weighing down on me

Blow those cobwebs away
Pack that traveling case
It’s time to chase those blues awayThe winds will always blow
Rivers still will flow
But for now you know
You’ve been a long time coming home

So long ago
Underneath the evening sky
We stood watching for those northern lights
Paints a picture in my memory
Bring those nights on home to me

Shake the dust from my dreams
Send the moon on a chase
It’s time to wash those blues away

The winds will always blow
Rivers still will flow
But for now you know
You’ve been a long time coming home

The winds will always blow
Rivers still will flow
But for now you know
You’ve been a long time coming home

The winds will always blow
Rivers still will flow
But for now you know
You’ve been a long time coming home

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Abstract Painting – Won’t Turn Away

original abstract painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, painting white color palette
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Won’t Turn Away
an original painting by Sarah Fox

This painting happened in between bouts of us going through the photographs of our honeymoon in Scotland.  It was, of course, a magical time. Hence, the inspiration:
 

If the center holds,
Then we will never fall,
There’s nothing here,
but the magic of it all.

original abstract painting, artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, painting white color palette
Won’t Turn Away © Sarah Gilbert

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Won’t Turn Away
by Micah Gilbert
How does the time fall away,
Where does it go,
It’s just like yesterday,
But different, I know

The changing atmosphere,
You feel it too,
I’m sure I saw it written
on the face of you.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
I won’t turn away.

The center of gravity
is where you stand,
If I reach for you,
I’d find a hand.

If the center holds,
Then we will never fall,
There’s nothing here,
but the magic of it all.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
I won’t turn away.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
I won’t turn away.

And here, I’m by your side,
I know it when you sing,
You see it in my eyes,
You won’t turn away.

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Abstract Painting – Walk Along Your Way

original mixed media abstract, contemporary abstract painting, painting with rabbit, painting with unique animal, painting with strange animal, artist sarah gilbert fox, primitive art, raw art
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Walk Along Your Way
an original painting by Sarah Fox

My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Scotland in 2016. We spent the majority of the time in the car with my brother, Micah Gilbert (a musician, songwriter living in Scotland) and his wife, Suzanne Gilbert (a James Hogg scholar at the University of Stirling), trying to chase the Northern Lights.

original mixed media abstract, contemporary abstract painting, painting with rabbit, painting with unique animal, painting with strange animal, artist sarah gilbert fox, primitive art, raw art
Walk Along Your Way © Sarah Gilbert

On the first leg of our trip, we took the car on a ferry, disembarked and drove from the top of the Mesolithic Outer Hebrides to see the craggy rocks of the Butt of Lewis and the mysterious Callanish Stones (much older and less
touristy than Stonehenge
), to the quiet and wild Luskentyre Beach, then to find some Harris Tweed on the Isle of Harris. Whenever possible, we were searching for the Northern Lights. But no luck. So we caught another car ferry to the southern Hebrides to see the rare Eriskay Ponies. Still no Northern Lights’ luck.

Our last day in Scotland began with a car ferry back to Uig on the Isle of Skye, where we explored the gorgeous Scottish village of Plockton (think the Hamish McBeth TV series) and then the equally gorgeous, shore-lined, colorful village of Portree (think Scottish Calmac Ferries and Donovan’s Lochbay Boathouse).

Then we packed our suitcases, had dinner and enjoyed a glass of unpeated single malt scotch whiskey – Bruichladdich, with the funky, cigar-like smell of peat moss burning in the fireplace. (Everyone had made fun of me when I searched madly for – and found – a farmer who gave me a brick.)

After the sun went down, we decided to take one last drive to search for the lights. And suddenly there they were – the Northern Lights – the Aurora Borealis in Scotland – shimmering over the Uig sheep that were scattered about in the middle of the road wondering what all the fuss was about.

Because we had walked so much in Scotland – and we had finally seen the lights – this painting was inspired by one of Micah’s songs: Walk Along Your Way.

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Walk Along Your Way
by Micah Gilbert

 

I’ll walk along your road,
I’ll follow on your way,
Whispering dreams,
singing through the trees,
There’s a turning on the road.

Kick up the dust,
miles ahead of us,
there’s another setting sun.

I’ll walk along your road,
I’ll follow on your way.

I heard your song,
I knew it all along,
It’s forever to be sung.

You can climb
your ladder to the sky.
and I’ll follow on your road.

I’ll walk along your road.

Sing the revolutions churning,
chasing down the day,
rusted signposts in the highway,
we will find our way.

I’ll walk along your road,
I’ll follow on your way,
Whispering dreams,
singing through the trees,
There’s a turning on the road.

Kick up the dust,
miles ahead of us,
there’s another setting sun.

I’ll walk along your road,
I’ll follow on your way.

I’ll walk along your road,
We will find our way,
For another day,
I’ll walk along your road.

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