Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A good friend of mine spent the summer in Maine. She came home with this beautiful sculpture for me. I call it my Maine Talisman. The strong granite will protect me from the negatives of life. If it doesn't, so what. I will simply think of her every time I look at it.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Flowers are lovely to have on
the table. It's also pleasant to look at something more personal. A small grouping of favorite things you haven't seen in a while are nice to enjoy in the morning with the cup of coffee.
A book, a souvenir from a childhood trip, photos of those who don't live close, items we used long ago, favorite game pieces are just a few.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Every now and then I get a craving. Not often.
Since I don't have access to a Sabrett stand, I go for a Hebrew National all beef frank with sauerkraut and mustard, and a little chopped onion.
This was sacred food for my dad. He would not approve of the onions, but he'd forgive me. This stand was in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in honor of him, we devoured a few good dogs on the sunny steps of the museum.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Updated post from January 8. The animal mural for Brooke and Collin is coming along. Let's just say, I'll never paint on the ceiling of any church. With that said, I am having a lot of fun keeping it basic, fun and happy. I think the kids will love it.
One more butterfly...........maybe sitting on Gabby's ear.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
"We Give to You Our Worldly Goods" was a series of pieces I created from a variety of found metal, wood and fiber. Some had as many as 25 figures, others only 3. The figures were made with cafe curtain hooks.
Men usually call them warriors, while women see them as tribes women or goddesses.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wish I could say this grand spiral staircase is in my foyer.
It's one of the great views of Chicago looking out of the Art Institute. Hubby and I spent our Valentines Day looking at art, eating and taking photos. It was finally warm enough to walk around the city.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This is one of the first mixed media pieces I did years ago. I gave it to a good friend of mine and she still has it displayed in her dining room.
Looking at art I created in the past is like reading an old diary. I look at it and say "What the heck was I thinking?".
I need to start some new work and I always like to look back before I go forward.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Most of my recent posts have been "visually busy". I thought I'd give you a calm, happy image to enjoy this Sunday.
This is Hotei. He is the god of contentment and happiness, guardian of children. Supposedly based on an actual person, he is widely recognized as the Fat, Laughing Buddah. His origin is from Chinese Taoism/Buddhism.
According to legend, if one rubs the Laughing Buddha's great belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity. I better start rubbing.
For a long time, I had been looking for a buddah. I imagined buying a large stone figure, but instead this small 5" hand carved figure "found me" in a crowded antique mall. He sits on the window sill by my kitchen sink and greets me each morning.
As a home stager and stylist, I'm aways in need of wall decorations. When I ran out of enclosed cabinet space to store them, I found a blank wall leading down to my studio. Now, not only is it functional storage space, it is a gallery of great stuff I love to look at everyday.
photos & quotes
I say, find a wall and hang it up.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This magazine photo of Carly Simon on a swing has been on my inspiration wall for a very long time. There is no date on the pages, but I think it was from an issue of InStyle or Martha. I change the images on the wall often, but I just can't seem to let go of Carly on a swing.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A friend of mine asked me "What have you been up to these days?" (Frankly I tend to hide during the winter.) I started to tell her. Beading necklaces for "Gallery Ten" in Door County Wisconsin, painting a mural of animals, sorting thru years of magazines.... blah, blah, blah.
This is an unretouched, unstaged photo of my worktable. Can you find Waldo?
Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Recently I started looking at the photo, and I began remembering it from childhood books, describing the characters of the stories I was reading.
I find myself needing to be just that - courageous. However until I honestly feel it, I will fake it. My red cape will help.
Monday, January 24, 2011
A fabulous "escape destination" for those of us who live in the frozen land of Chicago, is Garfield Park Conservatory. It's a wonderful oasis of lush tropical plants and flowers that transport me out of the deep freeze and into the warm, misty rain forest. Cabin Fever is not good for the soul and this place is an instant lift. G.P.C. here I come.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This is a mixed media composition of found metal, wood, copper, beads, string and napkin rings. Plywood is wrapped with an old feedbag and I assemble the "tiles" on top.
Because I worked as a graphic artist for many years designing catalogs, it's never my intention to create realistic art. Although these arrangements may remind me of real life things,
they come from purely abstract thoughts.
Instead of buying souvenirs, I usually come home from trips with a Ziplock bag filled with odd pieces of metal I found on the sidewalks.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I noticed there were lots of coffee cans in my studio filled with junk. After they were covered with canvas, and sewn, copper pipe was used for a handle and they were decorated with the junk originally found in them.
They started selling really well at art fairs and I started drinking way too much coffee.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I needed a "Thinking of you" card and honestly I rarely make cards. Sounds silly because I am surrounded by art materials. But this time I grabbed a stiff sheet of hand made paper and a fabric patch and started punching holes. The inside message was printed on the 'puter since my handwriting is unreliable. It's a good idea for me to have a few of these on hand. Lately there are lots of people I am thinking about...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Having a hard time getting stuff done today. It's a sad day. Feel like I want to stuff myself with something decadent or alcoholic. Think I'll stick to decadent...like chocolate and a really good cappuccino. My idea of comfort food.
But them again, a really good Cosmopolitan would chill me out.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
This is a sketch for a mural panel that will hang in the playroom of Brooke and Collin's house, my clients in Iowa. It will be a series of three - animals, a town scene and the third topic is yet to be determined. I am not an illustrator, but I have enough drawing skills in me from my days as a catalog designer to get by. I will post the color version when it's completed. Sorry for the overlap on the right side. This blog site is really the pits.