Studio Visit With Isabella Kirkland
Eclectix was super delighted to drop in for a studio visit, on our very first houseboat!
Isabella invited us into her glorious little oasis of dreams, being blessed to live a way of life we have only fantasied about. Her studio calls itself home on the beautiful S.F. Bay off the coast of Sausalito, CA. Blue sky meets green water views from the windows and the salty ocean breeze flows through Isabella’s one room floating studio. Heavenly!
Of course, Isabella’s artworks embellish this heaven in an earthy way – paying tribute and honor to many exotic critters of our natural world and calling attention to their beauty, even in the face of threatened extinction.
Not only are Isabella’s paintings perfectly rendered, masterly painted and beautifully composed – but she does her homework, researching and cataloging minute facts about each subject and it’s environment. Each painting is painstaking, scientifically accurate in all it’s details.
Here are the usual oddball wonderments and collections of a life, the curiosities an artist tends to accumulate.
Children’s happy art pinned up, rusted broken antique rifle parts, an imaginary animal constructed out of bones from a dinner, an old teapot of that coveted vintage green, random teeth in a dish, a small branch that Isabella fashioned into an insect “walking stick” (The Phasmatodea are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects, walking sticks or stick-bugs ), an altar of many offerings and a library of wonderful art and science texts.
And the icing on the cake – lots of art by Isabella – little rough sketches, an older sculpture between two “portholes” in the bathroom, journals with colorful bird studies from a recent trip to Papua New Guinea, bigger paintings in progress and complex final pencil drafts of mind-bending detail.
Isabella’s new works will be all ocean based, departing form her previous land based flora and fauna themes. Above is a final sketch for a new piece on brittle stars (echinoderms, closely related to starfish). We can’t wait to see a completed piece, as her other works are wonders to behold (see very top and bottom images).
Eclectix has an interview in the works with Isabella – we plan to publish it next week and it will share a little personal background and much, much more of her art – many from her excellent Nova series (some images and detail shots, below) which we saw at the David Brower center this last year.
Above: A detail from Understory shows the middle level of a prototypic tropical rainforest. A link to the full image, information on depictions and a detailed species key of the flora and fauna – here.
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