Wednesday, June 14, 2017

-Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!---------Today, with nearly 2,000 Facebook friends, Hawk continues his relationship with his art admirers and is a valued member of the artistic community there. If this fundraiser reaches you at the right time, would you consider either donating or sharing this post to others? By supporting our situation in any way possible, you will make it easier for us to obtain the financial resources necessary to find a suitable live/work space that will: a) provide a private, quiet space so that Hawk may paint in a home environment, uninterrupted. b) provide ample daylight to view oil colors correctly. c) provide enough space for clients to view artwork. d) provide proper storage for over-sized artworks.

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Because I have been busy I haven't had time to flog the GoFundMe Campaign for one of my FB Friends. I am speaking of Hawk Alfredson. I can't say I know him very well since I only got on FB last year and most of my friends are activists in the middle of lawsuits but certainly I have looked at his art and it is the type of mysterious stuffs that I am interested in. If you have read Emily Dickinson she was always searching for oddities in the world around us and writing poetry about her particular take on the world. This is sort of like taking the self and losing the self in the world. I like this sort of bent in artists and poets very much.
I can't tell you much about any of the artists that I love except to say that they answer something I needed that I did not know I needed until I saw it in their works. All the artists I adore such as Armen Gasparian and Hawk Alfredson have symbols and signs that I wish to learn about. It's important to be more than a visual feast; there has to be thinking and inwardness in the pieces. If you look at Hawk's works there is such a plethora of inwardness in them that you could be lost in this landscape seeking out the symbols and signs. I am not yet sure of this terrain; I am more able to navigate that wondrous world that Armen Gasparian has created-that world that seeks beyond to the other worlds.
In the same way the symbols and signs in Hawk's art is the trigger for other worlds, other landscapes, other imaginative fields. It's a feast of the imagination to view the works, full of alien beings, the drift into the sea of time and the loss of the present to the future.
This is a worthy artist who needs our support both in terms of encouragement and in terms of money. If you can donate, please offer what you can. If you have no money then perhaps share his works as a gift to those among us who love mystical creations.
You can find his GoFundMe campaign here:
Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!
The past two years in particular has been tremendously difficult for Hawk on many levels, most of which has to do with his complete lack of an art studio. The act of painting is vital to his emotional and mental health, and without an outlet for his creativity, Hawk's sense of life purpose is taken away.
For an artist like Hawk, who requires space to spread out oil paint, turpentine, 6 ft tall rolls of linen and cotton canvas, it is disheartening to see such a gifted painter's space for creating art diminish so drastically in a matter of just a few years. Hawk has spent over 40 years honing and perfecting his painting technique. In the past, he was known for his canvases of considerable detail, sometimes utilizing up to a dozen intermittent layers of glaze referencing the techniques of the European Old Masters. Today, it is not possible for him to paint in this manner. We live in a shared apartment and occupy only a single standard-sized room within it. With over 70 oil paintings stored in the room, 25 moving boxes stacked and a futon that serves as a bed, whatever floorspace is left unused that day serves as a makeshift studio for Hawk. He paints on the wooden floor near our futon, hunched over his canvas, since there is no longer space for an easel (his easel had to be donated two years ago with our latest apartment downsize). Despite this impossible situation, he remains hopeful that somehow a solution can be found where he may once again paint with freedom.
This is the year that I am truly hopeful we can find change in our challenging living circumstances for the better since there's no other downsizing option for us left. But in order to do this, we need your help. Hawk and I always have kept our head above water through sporadic painting sales, but this year our optimism regarding this survival method has dwindled. We have come to a time now where we need to reach out for help.
Today, with nearly 2,000 Facebook friends, Hawk continues his relationship with his art admirers and is a valued member of the artistic community there.
If this fundraiser reaches you at the right time, would you consider either donating or sharing this post to others? By supporting our situation in any way possible, you will make it easier for us to obtain the financial resources necessary to find a suitable live/work space that will:
a) provide a private, quiet space so that Hawk may paint in a home environment, uninterrupted.
b) provide ample daylight to view oil colors correctly.
c) provide enough space for clients to view artwork.
d) provide proper storage for over-sized artworks.
From the start, Hawk has thought about ways to thank his donors. Early-on in the campaign he is able to provide certain incentives that we have available immediately to give such as: B/W etchings (only 4 left!) printed on archival paper, original drawings and also original oil paintings.
$100 donation: B/W etching (15x20)
$150 donation: hand-colored etching (15x20)
$200 donation: small original drawing (8x6)
$250 donation: large original drawing (10x8)
$500 or above donation: original oil painting
Hawk yearns to paint the luminous and mysterious paintings that he once created. Together we can help this artist rise again.
We both thank you for your support,
(we can't do this without you) !!!
https://www.facebook.com/hawk.alfredson…
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