Blocks for Grownups

Big Bang

Big Bang

This is an installation piece for my show Labyrinthine Earth. It is comprised of 6″x6″ blocks that are 1 inch deep. The sides are covered with the same beautiful papers as the pieces themselves. I am calling it Big Bang. I hope you can join my at the opening for my exhibit on June 7th at Galatea Gallery! The show will be on display from June 5 – June 30.

New work…


These are new papers that I created by applying citrasolv to National Geographic pages. They are sitting in a box because they still smell like an orange grove and are not ready to be allowed in the house. This is day three of airing them out outside. When, oh when will I be able to bring them inside?! It feels good to be starting some new work.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation!

So, what did I do?  I participated in a totally great postcard swap run by Kat Sloma.  It was so much fun! I just have to share this funny story about it…

I got all my postcards in the mail, probably at the last possible moment so they would arrive in time for the swap.  The deadline was my birthday and I left two days after that for a vacation in Virginia Beach.  My family and I arrived home a week later and at the end of the week a beautiful postcard came in the mail.  It had some wonderful quotes on the back and a cryptic note.  Both my husband and I were totally confused since neither of us knew the sender.  We both figured that it must be for me since I am the artist in the family.  He asked if I wanted to discard it and I said, NO!  I was so beautiful and it was a mystery that I needed to unravel.  Well, lo and behold, another lovely postcard arrived yesterday and finally – dawn broke!  I figured out that these were from the postcard swap.  I laughed out loud to myself at how “dense” I had been when I received the first one.  Thanks  to Kat for
sending these small gems my way.  It is so wonderful to get some art in the mail instead of the usual junk or bills.  It brings me back to the time when communicating by mail was a common occurrence.

I have not followed up with the artists from who I received postcards or those who reached out after receiving mine.  But never fear!!!  I definitely plan to do it.  It’s just that the end of the summer has been so hectic that I have seldom been on my system.  Let it be known that all of the cards were wonderful and I have posted a picture of them below.  This is the first time I have participated in something like this and I’m so glad I did.  Thanks to Kat and all the artists that made this all come true.  I can’t wait to “hop” around to all the different participants.  Enjoy!!!

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Project Prototypes

Hello all and happy Friday.  We made it through the week and now next week is school vacation.  Yay!  I hope to have some fun with my family.  I have an exciting idea for a new 3D piece that I am starting to plan out.  I am putting together some prototypes to try to work out the details before I get started in earnest.  I worked yesterday morning on the pieces below and now a friend has provided some input that may influence my direction.  Stay tuned for updates and to watch this piece evolve!

Starry Starry Night

A little glitter for the Christmas season!  I was thinking that it was almost a year ago that I started my “postcard a day” challenge.  I did not see it through but I made a lot of art.  I did a good 6-7 months before the chaotic schedule of summer made it impossible for me to stay true to my goal.  Unfortunately, after the summer I found it difficult to get back into the groove.  I haven’t decided whether to embark on that journey again.  However, I will continue to post my miniature collages as they are created  – whether that be daily or otherwise.  Today’s card started with a piece of wax paper that I had used as a palette that was covered in brown paint.  Somehow brown never works for me in these small works.  So, unhappy where it was headed I changed course.  I daubed on some blue and silver acrylic and used another card to press and swirl the paint.  I used a corner to draw some random lines and then pressed and swirled some more.  Once it had dried I coated it with water and applied some India ink.  I used a straw to blow it around and cover the surface.  Finally I added a splash of glitter for good measure.  I reminds me of a cold winters night sprinkled with glittering stars.

Ancient Key

I carved a new stamp of keys to use on a piece I have in progress.  I wanted to try it out so I inked my roller and printed a copy on the back of a postcard.  It looked great.  I had also carved a design on the reverse side and I tried that out too on a watercolor postcard.  I like it as well and think that will go into my new piece too.  Then I printed the keys over the abstract design and added some watercolor to eliminate the white.  Of course, the stamping wasn’t great on the watercolor surface.  Still, I liked the effect because it looked worn or somewhat like a fresco and I like that kind of effect.

One Day Holiday Art Sale

This Saturday, November 6th, I will be having a one day art sale in Southborough, MA.   I know some of you have lingered over various pieces at other venues.  I encourage you to come since prices are negotiable.  Many of the pieces being offered are small works and perfect for holiday gift giving.  This sale is part of the Southborough Holiday Shop taking place at the Southborough Arts Center, where there will be other wonderful items for sale.  Below is the show card with further details and directions.  I hope to see you there!

Art From Detritus

I received wonderful news Friday.  My piece, Angst Unleashed, was juried into a NYC art show, Art From Detritus.  The show, curated by Vernita Nemec, will be on display from November 16th until December 4th at the Viridian Artists Gallery.  The opening is Saturday, November 20th, from 4-7 pm.  An excerpt from the press release, below, describes this interesting exhibit.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this exhibit and would love to see you there!

Chelsea: Viridian Artists is pleased to present “Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination”. Curated by Vernita Nemec, the exhibition opens November 16 and extends through December 4, 2010 with the art of more than 50 artists. There will be an artist’s reception Saturday November 20, 4-7PM.

2010 marks the 16th Anniversary of “Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination” an exhibit filled with the most impressive, innovative and inspiring art made from trash. Unlike many exhibitions about recycling, the art in this exhibit is actually made from fragments of discarded and found materials that have been creatively transformed. Not only do these artists recycle, but they are also upcycling (a process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value) by using trash as their medium of choice for their artmaking.

Viridian Artists Inc.  530 W. 25th Street, #407, NY New York 10001

Buffalo Ghosts Night and Day

I started this piece with a magazine scrap off my desk.  I brushed some matte medium onto it, placed it on the base, and then pulled it off before it could fully dry.  I like the way that this technique leaves part of the paper and sometimes color behind.  It gives an interesting, aged texture.  I did this a few times with the goal of covering the surface.  But as I looked at the scrap of paper, to find a new pace to apply the matte medium, I was fascinated by the design on the scrap.  The shapes left behind reminded me of buffalo heads or skulls.  So, I tore the sheet in half and glued my “buffalo” heads down.  I like that the backgrounds for the two shapes are light and dark – like night and day.  Hence, Buffalo Ghosts Night and Day.  Though most of my miniature collages are designed vertically, every so often one just has to go horizontally.  This is one.

Painted Desert

Why painted desert?  Why not?!  This started with a piece of wax paper that had layers of paint which I glued to my base.  I then colored on it with Cray-pas in brown and yellow.  From there I grabbed my cold wax medium and mixed it with red and brown paint until I had a shade that I liked.  I applied that to the surface with a palette knife.  The combination of browns, golds, and reds made me think – painted desert. Especially since there were some other very subtle blues and greens peeking through.  Well, that’s it for today.  Tune in tomorrow for, ” As the Collage Turns”. Good night!