Sunday, January 30, 2011

inspiration-Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson is best known for her monochromatic, abstract expressionist assemblages. She used found objects and discarded things to make shallow "crates" at are grouped together to make larger works.  

"When you put together things that other people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Art is You - Early Registration Drawing

Did you know that I am teaching at ART IS YOU this October?? 
Art is You is a fantastic annual east coast art retreat that takes place Columbus Day weekend in Danbury, CT.  It is jammed packed with internationally recognized teaching artists who come together to celebrate and create mix media arts. 

I am so excited to be able to lead two new workshops; Ghost Stories and Soul Houses. It's an honor to have an opportunity to share my process and techniques on at such a large venue.  I will be blogging about these course offering in the weeks to come.  So, stay tuned for more information and inspiration.

Most importantly, you should know that Sallianne and Ellen are hosting an amazing giveaway. If you register BEFORE January 31st, you will be entered into a drawing to WIN BACK YOUR REGISTRATION! - I wouldn't waste another minute. Imagine it, the possibility of attending an Art Retreat, for free!  Click on the link and secure your place today.  Last years turn out was huge and this year is expected to be even better. Don't miss your opportunity! 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

what was, what is, what will be

what was...what is and what will be...

what was...
oh so many challenges
and resolutions
surprises and happy accidents
started the artist's way and never finished it
No new clothing challenge
Suzanne Vega/Lebanon Opera House/Can't believe I got to meet one of my musical muses/Thank you Phil!
QCCB, best craft show i've done to date
Xcountry with Nini, Dave and the kids
Hanging with Debbie, Moose Lodge and Light Beer
Grown up cousin Nicole walking down the aisle, say I do, Alice and George beaming
Spring time in NY, snowboarders on long island, museums in nyc
Flooded kitchen
Down trees, power's out
Garden tours
Memorial Day haircuts from Capt'n Sean
Brimfield treasures, antique warriors and onion ring for Jesus
Scotch and cigars with Edwardo
Ferries ride across Champlain
Tahawus, Fort Ticonderoga 13 stitched for Jacko
Allentown: this is my rifle, mad world, sorry Blue Devils, but Cavi's rule
Hershey's chocolate and amazing roller coasters
Gettysburg you touched my soul forever
Art walks, Ghost stories
Find Beauty Everyday
photoshop class, postcards and banners
press kits
lots of etsy love, treasuries up the wazoo (thank you all the etsians, who i have never met who featured me in their treasuries)
Burlington Free Press
Seven days four weeks in a row
nickgammaphotography, master of light and mood, i heart you.

zombieland (the remember the little things)
doctor parnassus
lovely bones
boardwalk empire (oh the 20's)
walking dead
while i was gone
mermaid chair
drive from clausen's pier
ahab's wife
adventure's of sherlock holmes
in the tenth house
ursula, under
daughter of fortune
mrs dalloway

yards sales, estate sales, and auctions
Ethan Merrill, the best looking auctioneer in New England
Stacking wood and bon fires
fake it till you make it
lay-offs (grrr...)
dog and pony shows
Market feedback, skittle kids, park rats
new hires
mentors, coaching, a to b model
what do you want? how do you get it? what stands in your way?
some things are better left unsaid
spooky doll house
bird houses with soul
man in a shoe
Captain O my Captain
Charlotte O Charlotte,
I lost the tip of my finger
(small price to pay for an amazingly productive, creative day)
angels and demons, mdm (aka tom waits) you still inspired me and i learn something from you every-time

hop, hop, hopping... first year showing in a the juried show at the Art Hop
much love to the folks at SEABA
solo shows, group exhibit
Art of networking
Art of horror
77 Reasons
what remains
so many memories that linger in my mind, i will not forget you.

what is-NOW
Opportunities, opportunities, opportunities
find beauty everyday
everything she touches changes, everything she changes touches
we've got magic to do
hugs and thanks to you

what will be....
oh... so many things... come along for the ride and see the sites with me.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Proportions of a Man's Heart

You may have seen a few glimpses of this piece in the fall, when I posted it as a WIP, before it went to the Art of Horror show. I wanted to share a few more photos of the finished piece. 

I'm currently in the process of photographing all my work and adding to my Etsy shop. So you will be seeing some details on pieces you might not have seen before, or only viewed as a work in process.

Also, I have some great news to share; I will be teaching my techniques and process of making box assemblages like this at East Coast Art Retreats. The class is called "Ghost Stories." You will learn how to I pull together the story from found objects and create your own narrative from artifacts.
Stay tuned for more info on this as registration is opening soon

Title: Proportions of a Man's Heart
Materials: Mixed Media Assemblage (created from found objects, vintage tool box, plastic classroom anatomy figure, key hole, key, old paper, book cover, barbed wire, army men, gel medium, acrylic paint)
Size:14 1/2" across x 10 1/2" tall x 4 1/2" deep

 This piece is for sale. See Art Section or my Etsy Site for more info.