Emissary

Emissary Corinne Geertsen

Emissary

When I was small my Christmas wish was for a horse. Always for a horse.  Now my wish is for peace on earth. I deeply wish for that. May this Emissary bring us peace on earth.

Photoshop note: to give this peaceful rider an iridescent skirt I photographed a large soap bubble, selected it as a transparency and applied it to the skirt with a blending mode. I finished with a bit of digital painting to make sure the colors were in the right places.

I’m hoping someone chooses this picture to write a poem about. If your poem is selected you get the picture! See this post.

CALL TO POETS!

I’m busy assembling an art show of your poems and my work.

Choose a work from the pictures on my two Portfolio pages that speaks to you, whispers to you, yells to you. Write a poem relating to the picture, word limit 50-200 words.

I am quite excited to see your work. You can submit two poems if you like.

If your poem is selected, your poem and the corresponding picture will be displayed together in a show titled The Footnote Chronicles. Each selected poet will receive a work from a small edition of the picture that they wrote about.

Submit the poem by email (see contact page for address) along with a short bio (no longer than 50 words).

The cut off date for submission is June 30, 2016.

I’ll be writing posts about how this poetry project is coming along. Sign up at the top of the column to the right to receive the latests posts by email, so you don’t miss anything.

You may want to look at the portfolio pages later on. As poems and pictures are matched I will be adding new pictures.

Here’s a picture I recently finished. Someone wrote a wonderful poem about it and has already received their artwork.

Smolder Sisters Corinne Geertsen

Smolder Sisters

Black Friday Offer: Squirrel Moon!

To the first five people: Purchase Squirrel Moon for $50 + shipping from Arizona.

This print is not offered by my galleries. It will bring you the good luck of fortunate voyages throughout your life!

Squirrel Moon by Corinne Geertsen, digital art, digital collage

Squirrel Moon

Squirrel Moon is printed on 8.5″ X 11″ archival paper. I print them myself so they are exactly right. Edition of 150.

All you have to do is sign up to receive the latest posts by email if you’re not already signed up (in the column to the right, at the top). Then email me from my contact page.

If you are one of the first five to respond, I’ll send you purchase information and Squirrel Moon is yours.

Behind Curtain Number One

Behind Curtain Number One Corinne Geertsen

Behind Curtain Number One

Many thanks to the Tempe History Museum, which offered me astonishing source photos for this new work.

Of course, we’re all wondering what’s behind Curtain Number Two. And Curtain Number Three! I don’t even want to go there.

Here’s a Library of Congress photo showing the train from a different angle. The caption is: 1902 VIEW SHOWING TRAIN WRECK ON MARICOPA AND PHOENIX RAILROAD CAUSED BY BRIDGE FAILURE RESULTING FROM FLOOD DAMAGE – ASH AVENUE BRIDGE. Hmm. A few years ago, but not far from my house.

1902-VIEW-SHOWING-TRAIN-WRECK-ON-MARICOPA-AND-PHOENIX-RAILROAD-CAUSED-BY-BRIDGE-FAILURE-RESULTING-FROM-FLOOD-DAMAGE---Ash-Avenue-Bridge-_ Library of Congress

Phillips Gallery Winter Group Show

Phillips-Gallery-Salt-Lake-City-UtahI am quite delighted to join the Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I’ll first show in The Winter Group Show from December 21st to January 9th.

The Phillips Gallery is the oldest gallery in the intermountain west. I’ve liked the Phillips Gallery and everything in it since I first walked in in 1971. We have two sculptures, a weaving and several lithographs we’ve picked up from the Phillips over the years. They have what you want.

There are three floors, outdoor sculpture spaces, and many happy surprises in nooks and around corners.

Please come enjoy the show!

Gamers – by Jenny Pace

Game Corinne Geertsen

Game

I am so very amazed and delighted that Jenny Pace has written the poem, Game. Could there possibly be a better name for a rhino than Rhynette? Enjoy!

Gamers

Sadly, Lizabetha lost again,

Out maneuvered by her one-ton friend.

Bravely putting on her gaming face,

Lizabetha tried to lose with grace.

Hoping for a rematch, she inquired,

“Shall we play again, or are you tired?”

Rhynette, quite embarrassed, could retort

Only with an agitated, “Snort”.

So, knowing that she was the thicker skinned,

Took the disadvantaged spot downwind.

Lizabetha, strong in arm and fist,

Could not match Rhynette’s suppleness of wrist.

This respected skill was legendary,

But she knew it was hereditary.

Springville Exhibit by Amber Foote

Party Game Corinne Geertsen

Party Game

See Amber Foote’s wonderful Herald article on my Springville show here. Or enjoy it right on this page:

The Springville Museum of Art’s latest exhibit pulls viewers into a world of dreams and whimsy mingled with history.

“Beyond Memory: The Daydreams of Corinne Geertsen,” opened this month and explores the imagination of Arizona artist Corinne Geertsen. Inserting old photos of ancestors into digitally assembled images, Geertsen creates pictures that blend fact and fancy and tell visual narratives about her subjects.

“Her work is magical, it draws you in,” said Rita Wright, director of the Springville Museum of Art. “We called this exhibit ‘Beyond Memory’ because you feel like you should recognize these pictures. They feel familiar, but you can’t quite remember where you’ve seen them before.

Geertsen, who lives in Mesa, Ariz., was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in Great Falls, Montana. Her roots, however, go back to Springville, where several of her ancestors lived. It was her ancestors who launched her on an artistic journey to create stories that went along with their vintage photos.

“I have always enjoyed our large collection of old family photos,” Geertsen said. “I would study them and wonder what this or that person had been doing before the photograph and what he would do later that day. I wondered what they were thinking right when the shutter snapped.”

In 2006, Geertsen took a Photoshop class at a local college. “My idea was to learn to restore my old family photos,” she said. “A few weeks into the class I began to see the people in the photos as characters in dramas. I’ve been making these pictures ever since.”

Geertsen starts with a photo of an ancestor and after digitally removing the person from the photo, places them on a white background and moves on to what she calls the “Yikes Method.”

“I add in another person, a violin, a hippo, a fish,” Geertsen said. “It‘s very random. I call it auditioning. If the new addition doesn’t look good with the person I began with, it’s “yikes” and I move it out and try a new one. I’m looking for something or someone that looks quite good visually with what’s already there, and perhaps suggests a story. The story gradually materializes out of thin air while I’m choosing objects for the picture.”

Using a digital brush, Geertsen then paints layer upon layer of color, texture, light and shadows until there are over a hundred layers in her picture.

“It’s photoshopping at its most glorious and inventive,” said Wright. “The feeling you get with these photographs is that you’ve entered a time machine and you’re looking out the window and seeing contemporary landscapes or subject matter, and yet the vintage photographs she uses are warm and inviting and take you back in time.”

Geertsen expanded her availability of photo subjects when she received permission from Brigham Young University to work with the school’s George Edward Anderson photo collection. Anderson was an early photographer who lived in Springville and was also at one point a business partner of Geertsen’s great-grandfather.

“I feel like I’m completing a circle by being partners with George Edward Anderson now,” said Geertsen.

She also hopes the people in her pictures — who she places in surreal and often humorous predicaments — can appreciate their role in her artistry.

“I hope all these ancestors have a sense of humor,” Geertsen said.

Springville Art Museum Show Now thru April 26, 2015

Beyond Memory Corinne GeertsenMy solo show, Beyond Memory – The Daydreams of Corinne Geertsen opened the evening of October 8th. There are 30 pictures grouped in four rooms: The introduction above, Hide and Seek (games), Along the way (travel), and Déjà Vu. The pictures are elegantly spaced with a nice vertical rhythm.

Lots of people came. We were all happy. Rita Wright, the director of the museum, used the word “magical”.

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20141008-Springville-Show-Corinne-GeertsenThe museum was built by the WPA in the depression. It’s huge and gorgeous. Wonderful floors. Springville has always had a strong arts presence. I have lots of relatives there I’ve never met. I just say I’m a Crandall and they go, “OHHHH” and I’m left to wonder what that means.

Play Along Corinne geertsenThey laminated George Edward Anderson photos, so people could pick them up and walk around the museum, comparing them to the pictures they are in. My great grandfather and George Edward Anderson were business partners for a while. I have special permission from Brigham Young University to use their collection of George Edward Anderson images. BYU has a portfolio of my work using the G.E.A. photos in their special collections.

Clouded Corinne Geertsen

Clouded

The Museum hung Clouded on the wall, found a rug that closely matches the flying carpet in the picture and laid it on the floor in front of the picture. Be sure to check that out if you go.

20141008-Springville-Show-tableIf you would like to see more of my work, have a seat at the library table. There is a book on it of most of my work and also books about George Edward Anderson.

There is plenty of time to come see the show. It’s up until April 26, 2015. Come on down!

The Borrower Bird

The Borrower Bird Corinne Geertsen

The Borrower Bird

Sometimes I make pictures of things I would like to see.

Questions come to mind: Is he moving his home? Why? Climate change? Wait, wait, if he’s borrowing it, is he going to bring it back?

Come see my show at The Springville Museum of Art (now through April 26th) and see The Borrower Bird in person.

Showing at the Springville Museum of Art

Corinne Geertsen Springville Museum of ArtHere is your official invite to my show at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah. There will be 30 works.

The reception is next Wednesday, October 8th from 7:00-8:30. The show runs through April 26th, 2015. As you can see, there will also be a display of children’s portraits from the LDS Permanent Collection. We would love to see you there.