Took a walk today along the canals and saw this sign for the first time.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
These canon balls, the fruits of the Couroupita guianensis, are heavy and can knock you right out or kill you if they fall on your head. When they hit the ground they sound a loud bong, and often break open to reveal a smelly fruit full of seeds that animals eating it will spread.
The flowers are beautiful, intricate and hooded.
It is native to South America but common and revered in India.
I think of all the war heroes and all the war victims in our past, as well as current, and offer my own prayers for peace. My grandpa and grandmother's lives were altered by WW2, and were both ...heroic, and long suffering. My dad was in the parade today. He will always be my hero.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Enjoyed an early morning walk with a girlfriend in the dewy wilderness that is part of what makes Miami suburbia such a fascinating place. Every backyard is brimming with scented blossoms, laden with juvenile mangos and, ...now, adorned with the banana spider queens.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Ruben Sadot Fernandez of Mexico City, the students created aerosol spray paint art while talking about politics and the frustrations of the current cultural conditions in Miami.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
|fabulous drama people|
|my trophy and flowers|
Monday, May 16, 2016
How to Bury a Friend
Artist Talk and Art-making Workshop
Join artist Tilly Strauss in this transformative workshop exploring love, loss and the healing journey of time.
Saturday, May 21, 3‑5 p.m.
March 11 - August 12, 2016
Starting with a phone call one autumn day, Strauss, an artist and mother, embarked on a journey dealing with the impending and then actual death of her close friend. Painting a painting every single day for six months, Strauss navigated her way through the spiritual grief, the heart‑rending loss, and the personal transformation that followed. For this show, Strauss has paired paintings with excerpts from her manuscript. Her story is both personal and universal.
Tilly Strauss recently relocated to Miami after living and working for more than two decades in Dutchess County, NY. Having been a painter her whole life, (she exhibited in her first show at age 5), Strauss loves teaching the joy as well as the history of painting to others. She currently teaches at a private high school and paints regularly at her studio, the Arthouse in the Falls warehouse district in Miami. Last January Strauss won first place in a plein aire event at the Deering Estate and had her work nominated by students to be part of “Teachers who Paint,” a juried exhibition at the Miami International University of Art and Design. She has won two separate month‑long residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and five of the works created there last summer were taken by a curator for exhibition at the Akin Natural History Museum in Pawling, NY last fall.
After over a half dozen daily watercolor exercises inspired by the book, One Watercolor a Day: A six week Course Exploring Creativity Using Watercolor, Pattern and Design by Veronica Lawlor, it was time for a challenge. All my painting class students were asked to paint their eye. As the kids grimaced and groaned at the start, I encouraged them with hokey phrases, such as "Eye know you can do it" and "my eye is on you"!
|one student went beyond her eyes to her lips!|
|Outside display cases|
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Bill Baggs Park on Key Biscayne was pretty jumping today too. Being there meant leaving the phone and all my to-do lists behind. Living the Miami dream.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
I have been making small linoleum cuts of things I know to be true. Using each as a symbol within a vocabulary I am able, by altering the order and placement, to tell different stories. Lagrimas means tear in Spanish. These are pages telling a tearful story...