16″ x 16″
Chimes and Bubbles
2016 has landed with a resounding thud, there was nothing quiet about it: the deaths of David Bowie and Glenn Frey, whirlwind political debates and snowy blizzards. Time marches on and hopefully, you’ve gotten a good seat on the parade route.
In the 1970s, I spent many summers with my grandparents in the Basque region of France. An important feature of the house was a large pendulum wall clock that chimed every half hour. The acoustics in the house were such that if you were quiet, you could easily hear the clock ticking and chiming in any part of the house. I found the sounds very reassuring. Many of us grandchildren loved watching the weekly ceremony of my grandfather pulling out the magical key to rewind the clock!
My sister and I shared a bedroom upstairs. Occasionally, I would wake up in the middle of the night wondering what time it was. The room was pitch black because the shutters were closed tight and in the 70s, there were no cell phones by the bedside to check the time. Getting up wasn’t an option because of a large wooden beam in the middle of the room, (the room was an attic room in the corner of the house) and I would inevitably bang into either the beam, or my sister’s bed, waking her. Neither choice was ideal.
My solution was to wait in bed and listen for the chiming of the clock. Often, I would hear it chime once. Okay, so either it was something-thirty, or it was 1:00 am. That meant I had to wait 30 minutes for the next set of chimes. If I heard another single chime, then I could narrow it down. Either it was 1:00 am or 1:30 am. When the next set of chimes would ring, I could finally figure out what time it was. One chime: 1:30 am. Two chimes: 2:00 am. Finally, mystery solved and I could go back to sleep!
As my grandfather’s clock celebrated the passage of time with its ticks and its chimes, my goal is to celebrate each passing day with paintings that are joyful. This piece is titled Bubbly 2. (The first Bubbly found a home in Marin County, CA, thank you Shirley!) It’s effervescent and fun. It’s my sincere wish that your 2016 includes many moments of joy and fun.