Monday, March 27, 2017

Mindful, Day 84, Standing Water

This is a new sculptural piece, Standing Water, that I have been working on. The photos of water reflection patterns were taken last fall in the Aegean sea. Because all of the photos share the same characteristic black, blue, white moving pattern I wanted to create something that had a rhythm as well.  I don't think the concept is there yet but each time I work on something dimensional I learn a lot. In this case what understructure to create, how to stabilize the columns so they wouldn't get tipped over, how to weight them. All things that are new to my work. I need better skills or a handyman! Always something new to be learned.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mindful, Day 83, Simple Things

The 4th Friday event at the Starline Gallery where I have my studio featured this sculpture/light display. It was so simple and fun and reminded me that what is beautiful and appealing often IS simple and fun. It was created with white trash bags, filled with air (or maybe helium) with a string of colored lights woven between the bags. It looked like a marshmallow cloud! It would be fun to have this floating around at the gallery (or in my studio space) for awhile.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mindful, Day 82, Smiling Faces

A stop at the library yesterday to see the art exhibit by the kids from the local schools. I like to SEE how they see. I love the freedom and freshness of their visions. These faces just make me smile.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mindful, Day 81, Spring Sign

Cornelian cherry tree is at it's best right now. Beautiful yellow puffy flowers against the dark limbs. Always an early mark of spring coming. I am more then ready to warm up again.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mindful, Day 80, Sunshine

The sun came out late in the afternoon and was strong enough to show through the blinds! I even got little rainbows. A delight.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mindful, Day 79, Loving Memories

Today we were at the hospital for Larry's knee replacement surgery. He had to remove his wedding ring and I put it on my middle finger to keep it safe. This photo shows me wearing his ring, the diamond ring from my first marraige to Barry and the friendship ring that Barry gave me when we first starting dating long ago.  And on my left hand, MY wedding ring from Larry. I have been lucky to have so much love in my life and these wonderful reminders to look at every day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mindful, Day 78, Beautiful Faces

I spent Saturday, happily, at the studio getting ready for upcoming 4th Friday event. I am going to show a lot of the pieces from my new series, Beautiful Faces. They are based on photos of antique busts, often in their original settings (like a garden). I think the faces are beautiful with the marks created by weather and time and maybe even lichens or moss.  I have created 13 so far - I think I have two or three more that I want to finish to complete the series.  I have learned a lot from doing these - they are all thread painted and getting the right combination of color, thread weight, and movment to create the textured surfaces has taken some time. Each face needs something a little different depending on how strong or delicate it is.  Yesterday was about finishing - mats, wiring, labels, display. Satisfying to seem them all together, complete!