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?