Spiraling Toward the Lights

This postcard is composed of a photo my husband took in New York.  I wish I could remember what building, but I can’t.  In any case, I printed two copies of it and glued them to the base to create a spiral.  I love the architectural feel to it and the monochromatic rendering.  Which window will the spiral take you to?

Abstract Self Image

A friend of mine, Leslie, once suggested that I do an abstract self-portrait that reflected the true me through color and shape.  That is what I have done with this piece.  It is done on a watercolor postcard in cray-pas.  I started with the color blue as I love that color and started to draw curvy lines because I love shapes that move and swirl.  I added green as that is also a favorite color.  The those colors and the swirls made me think of the ocean.  I grew up very close to the ocean and hate to be far from it.  I don’t think I could live happily in a state that didn’t have a coast.  I added a yellow center, sort of the sun and brightness and then added bits of red.  I like the color red but it also represents the fiery Irish in me that sometimes surfaces!  Then I started thinking about Autumn.  I love Autumn and so I drew in a bare tree on the right side and began adding fall colors to the bottom to represent leaves that had fallen.  I was swirling the orange and a pumpkin-like shape appeared.  The center looked almost like a rainbow so I added purple.  Who doesn’t like rainbows?  I smoothed the entire piece with a white cray-pas to soften and blend the colors together.  The “sky” portion looked a bit lonely so I added a bit of color.  I thought of all the sunsets I’ve enjoyed over the years.  And there you have it.  A piece of me  – not recognizable – but “me” just the same!

Time Slips Away

Time has certainly slipped away from me as has the wonderful summer.  My daughter is back at school and the nights are getting cooler.  Of course, that wasn’t the case last week.  We had tremendously hot weather and our A/C failed.  That meant that the second and third floors had no cooling.  So sleeping was difficult and art was out of the question.  My studio is on the third floor and it was an absolute oven.  So, no new miniatures or other art tidbits.  But, the A/C is whooshing behind me right now, my studio is cool, and I spent the weekend organizing my space.  My table is cleared and ready for me to jump into some new projects.  Can’t wait.  Stop by again to see what I get myself into!

New Fall Exhibitions!

 Post Road Art Center

Figures Show

September 7, 2010 – September 30, 2010

My digital collage, Shadows of Youth, is on display at the Post Road Art Center’s Figures show for the month of September.  The opening reception for the Figures exhibit is on Tuesday, September 14, from 5:30 until 8:00.  Stop by and join us for some refreshments, great conversation, and beautiful art.  I hope to see you there!

View the show online at: http://www.postroadartcenter.com/Figure_Show_2010_Page_2.html

Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, MA

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Cambridge Art Association

66th Annual Fall Salon

September 10, 2010 – September 20, 2010

The Cambridge Art Association presents its 66th Annual Art Salon in honor of Mary Schein.  My collage, the Children of Lir is on display for this exhibit.  Please join us at the opening reception on Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Artwork will be displayed at both the Lowell Street and University Place Locations in Cambridge.


Zullo Gallery

16th Annual Juried Exhibition

September 18, 2010 – November 7, 2010

My collage, Hopes and Dreams, will be on display in the Zullo Gallery 16th Annual Juried Exhibition.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 25, from 7 – 9 pm.  Please join us and enjoy the lovely artwork.  There will be refreshments, wonderful conversation and new people to meet.  See you there!

Zullo Gallery, 456 A Main Street, Medfield MA 02052