Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dreams do come true!

WOW!  I just received the most incredible news.......  My book proposal to Northlight Publishing has been accepted!  Yes! I will be writing an art book!  This is a dream come true for me.  I am eternally grateful to Tonia Davenport at Northlight for working with me and nurturing the proposal.  She is an extraordinary person and I am looking forward to working with her and the Northlight group.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mind Chatter...... lots of good things have resulted from this train of thoughts.  The moon and the stars have been in alignment for the creative process.  I finished reading "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga, insightful reading on the social order of India and the caste system.  An allegory of the ways of the world to come.  This book along with Lisa See's "Peony In Love" set in motion  a different perspective in the approach of my work.  There is never an end to the beauty that words can bring.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Details from "Mind Chatter" a collage piece created with low relief.  Selected images are elevated from the background  giving the overall look more dimension.  The full size of this piece is 36" x 24".  I used images from my children's art, vintage books, along with stencils, spray paint, graffiti, paint, and pastels.  The full piece is eye-catching and engages the viewer immediately.
Mind chatter is a phrase my friends and I use to express the numerous thoughts that race through our minds.    

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It is always great to resolve underlying issues.  I received an email from "artistvo" offering to "kiss and make-up" on the etsy sites.  This was wonderful news and I gladly accepted the olive branch.  Understanding..... is a good thing.

Finished this collage, and now I am excited to continue with more in a series.  The images from this piece were taken from vintage "Popular Science" magazines that my son-in-law gave me.  The stories, photos, line-drawings etc are amazing.  I relish each page with great anticipation of what is to come.  Look closely at the art and see the airplane, instrument panels, clocks, graphs and finally the wings.  Reading found poetry written by Annie Dillard has been inspirational, the poems are crazy, funny and beautiful.  Especially the section taken from medical books.  The information in this format  takes on an entirely different meaning.  Another way to look at life......

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wham!  My friend Becky H.  was cleaning out her attic and gave me these incredible wood frames that were used in  "lost wax process".  They are extraordinary!  Distressed burnt edges, some have hardward, others are hinged together.  Of course, I was so excited about creating the "perfect" piece, hence I kept editing myself.  Finally, I relaxed and the first result is quiet pleasing.   Today, I am connecting with my right brain, creating more art and reading Annie Dillard's book of found poetry --- life is good.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I am amazed throughout my life I am continuing to learn the good, the bad and ugly.  Recently I was involved in a transaction on an esty site.  I had tried to purchased a piece of art from artist Victoria O'Neill,  site "artistvo".  There was an amount difference on the site listing and what the final charges were posted, I was trying to work with the artist and resolve the issue so that I could make the final purchase.  Unfortunately Ms O'Neill ran out of patience and decide to post negative comments on my esty site.  When I addressed this comment to Ms O'Neill, she told me it wasn't worth the hassle and she had no control over the shipping cost.  Which brings me back to the topic of this post, understanding.  Why is it necessary to become a person that wants to evolve negative energy and not positive?  The beauty of art is in sharing, reflecting and mostly understanding.  

Seeking advice from my youngest daughter, she gave me words to live by, "Let it go, she (Ms O'Neill) has other issues and you are better off leaving this alone.  I agreed, and have promised to treat others as I want to be treated.  

Now that this negative aura has left my space, I am ready to bounce back and create some great art.  Everyone please remember to be understanding.