Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Now, today, MY bird's live mulch (chopped oak leaves) was spread in their winter palace... I am going to move them in from their summer portable, over the weekend. Suddenly, last Sunday we got an egg! New beginnings? I can only read into it what I want!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Though this is a big shopping spree day- remember to take time to be thankful for those non-monetary things we possess. I like to make a list...
This nest-egg could be yours for $50 plus shipping.
Real goose egg and straw nest, wire, glue, paint.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Max and Kent, my lovable sons, are living examples of living in a bounty of blessings. I am so grateful to be a part of their lives, to learn from them and to nurture them.
I also am grateful to all my blog readers, and wish you an inspired, creative, and tasty holiday.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Faced with the 40-page document that defines the end of my 24-year marriage I was both skeptical and shocked that it took so many and so little words to cover it. For me there was only one way to process it.
In the days that followed I created 40 small paintings, one each day, to mirror the pages of the document in poetic narratives. Using found headlines (text) and an encyclopedia of personal images, I painted and blogged about the process of loss, grief, anger, denial, and acceptance. The commentary I received, both privately and publicly, took me by surprise. I can't thank my viewers enough. The insights shared sustained me through out the process of acceptance.
I am now offering my 8 x 8 inch hardcover book with 40 paintings in it for an art lover's collection. I have a very limited quantity right now. I plan to ship the books the first week of December.
Cost is $30 dollars plus shipping. Shipping is $7.99 US and Canada, and $13.99 international.
PLEASE ADD $6 to shipping on top of the $7.99 the button charges for shipping IF you need it shipped overseas. Sorry for the inconvenience- I can't seem to figure out how to successfully automate this button!
The dailypainters.com national group have created several beautiful themed calendars for next year. A painting of mine is featured in three of them! I have my Nest Hair lady in the Figurative calendar, a chicken crossing the road in the Bird paintings calendar, and Shaker bed painting in the Still Life Painting calendar. Some of the money goes to charity. Most goes to spreading the word about daily painters. So your purchase helps a lot of people. Please consider it. Thanks.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
With the daylight leaving us earlier each day, I've become fascinated by the new 4:30pm hour.
Five pm on Sunday I found myself atop Skunk's Misery Mountain at a tee-pee cocktail party. It was otherworldly. On Monday the center of Millerton, on the way home from work, was aglow in a mixture of rain and artificial light. Tonight at 4:22 the sun just tipped the trees... Isn't it all beautiful and inspiring?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
It's the last week of my temporary job providing ten weeks of coverage in the art department at Berkshire school. It has been a very wonderful experience. The faculty and staff are so nice and the students really have heart!
This is Eli's heart. It's amazingly put together with fabric, paint, and putty!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This is how the painting I posted a few days ago started... What would have happened if it had stayed that way? If the effort I put to it was cut by 75%?
We can only imagine. Without the arts, artists, composers, dreamers, we would be left with bleak, confusing, and barren worlds.
Here is the point: The arts in Dutchess county NY are facing a budget with draconian cuts. A year ago the funding cost each tax payer .67 cents. With that low figure artists were able to partner with school teachers, performers were able to mount shows and screen films, artists were able to work with the under-served and the hopeless, to give voice and hope in the inner cities and bring music to the far reaches of the country. The current cuts proposed are 75% less than last year. The funded arts in education will be eliminated for the county and more programs, as well as the small staff at the county arts council, will be reduced. It is terribly sad. If you are a taxpayer in Dutchess county I urge you to contact your legislator and express your concern, as there may be time to restore some of the funding... lets make our beds, and color our worlds by supporting the arts at home!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
These are just a few of my students happily at work painting their likenesses. Such a lovely Monday it has been. They came in and immediately got to work.
Outside it is sleeting and dark and howling... but art keeps the flow and warms the place up!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
looking down on my own house. It's part of a new part time job and/or part of a dream... whichever... The vantage point is fantastic. A bird's eye view of my neighborhood. Paint and collage maps on wood panel 8 x 10 inches.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
who can easily get overwhelmed and look to hide in the covers. I am fighting the urge right now. My head aches, my eyes are stinging, the mail piles up and I am off to another organizational meeting (or production or class).
I haven't been painting enough to think clearly.
So tomorrow I will rise up and make a plan that keeps the optimism palatable.
This is a bed from art history...any idea whose?
6 3/4 x 9 inches acrylic on wood panel