Although I have painted professionally on furniture for ten years, my heart had a strong desire to work with canvas and oils. I closed my retail shop to allow for a proper focus of time and space and dedicated myself to this exploration with fervor. I painted with the spiritual intentions of infusing the images with healing qualities for all who view the work. Any Feng Shui enthusiast will tell you that adding the energy of serenity or joy through art to an atmosphere is holistically beneficial.
For next week’s Infinite Union Show, I am including the works that explore the connections with Earth and the great “All That Is”.
“Serenity” oil 40×36″
While concentrating on healing energies, I also focused on the idea that we are all connected, and the universe is more vast than we can imagine. I looked into the deepest seas for creatures of which our scientists are continuously studying.
What is our connection to the Earth, her seas, her oceans, her tribes, her history? Is she really just a rock floating through space? Three artists explore the cosmic connection with our planet and beyond.
I recently discovered on my Midwest summer tour of creativity that I love live painting and I have continually proved that it is a special skill and mission of mine.
Using meditation, a creative vision comes to me, channeled from that great “Field of Potentiality”. I work in a live environment, incorporating the energy of the event itself. This is made in a very neat, concise 4 foot square space or an impressive presentation mural size of 10 x 5 foot space.
Hire me to bring a show that your clients and colleagues have never witnessed as a large blank canvas is beautified with energetic action!
Akron has been good to me. My whole outlook on the arts in Midwest towns has changed. I see that me having been mostly gone for 13 years has not left Ohio without growth! (Insert wry smile here.) Attitudes have shifted to understand that supporting the arts is essential to revitalize depression, not only on personal levels, but for macro-city-wide improvement as well. There are so many more venues and actual art sales happening in Ohio these days; it lifts my spirit to have witnessed the new growth.
So join me in my last hurrah here this Wednesday, October 9th, at Lil’ RedPresents on 30 South Maple Street in Akron, Ohio. I am inspired by, dedicating, and donating my live creation to Lil’ Red and Joshua Page for their determination to bring more arts to Akron’s Nightlife. Watch my vision unfold on 36×96″ of blank board as you savor a mid-week drink, socialize with like minds, and shake it to the sounds of musician Derek, Dj’s Encyclopedia Brown and Secret Sauce.
Here’s the rest of my Akron story: the live paintings and reflections upon Ohio past, present, and future.
Live painting with oils at Angel Falls Coffee Company in Highland Square: This was a second session from live painting of a tree on Lake Erie at a private party featuring the Mo’Mojo zydeco band.
Join myself and artists Doug Meyer of Rustbelt Rebirth and Eartha L. Goodwin this Saturday, September 28th at The Earth Fare Block Party in Fairlawn, Ohio. We’ll be showing art furniture, photography and more! I’ll be demonstrating live painting from 12 to 4pm. This may be the last opportunity for viewing my work in action before I head back to San Francisco in 2 weeks! As always, you can get a piece for yourself here in my shop, but I will be offering special deals to Akron buyers!
The Block Party will also feature a bouncy house, crafts, give-aways, and many local artists!
Here’s a few photos of what to expect:
“Rubber City Story” 24×48″ acrylic on sustainable board by Yabette
“Crab Claw” Oil by Yabette with Rustbelt Rebirth Cart
Table by Rustbelt Rebirth, photo by Eartha L. Goodwin
“Shark” 30×40″ oil by Yabette Alfaro
“I’ll Take This One Please” acrylic on OSB by Yabette
“Hometown Heartstrings” acrylic 20×16″on stretched canvas by Yabette
“Space Angels” 36×56″ acrylic on sustainable board by Yabette
Now be entertained by Juggler Ted and hire Eartha to make a stop-motion video of your special talents or party today! xxoo Yabette
Unexpected inspiration in downtown Canton happened yesterday. This place is known for The Football Hall of Fame, not public art. However, public art and a district of galleries and locally produced goods was a refreshing surprise tucked away in another industrial city of Ohio.
Upon my Canton visit with local delight, Jenny Spencer, I witnessed the art of Joseph Carl Close with this poignant metal and painted sculpture on a parking deck in the arts district alley. Executed with precision and depicting scenes of metal factory workers, political rebellion, native American traditions, and musical expression, this work speaks to the heart of rust belt residents. I was not immune to its energy of truth and beauty.