Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Raku Heart from Jan

I am still working on thank you cards from my birthday almost a month ago. (School's out and I've been busy)  Jan sent me a beautiful raku paperweight.  It is heart-shaped and has a dragonfly---very meaningful to me and my friendship with Jan.  Jan also sent a card to color with a dragonfly.  My granddaughter Sophia spied and and thought it would be fun, so I let her do it.  She did a great job!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Birthday Sunflowers from Jen...and more!

It was a special treat to get sunflowers in a ceramic jug on my birthday from Jenifer.  So pretty....and so unexpected.  I can keep the jug and will use it!

But wait, there's more!  I also got a very pretty beach glass-type necklace.  It is very delicate.....kind of the opposite of the strength of the sunflowers.  Jen got to me in the note with it...."beautiful and natural.  It was gift-wrapped from Amazon.  Lots of fun.

Thank you Jen.  The card will soon be in the mail.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Daffodil Friends"

This is a recently completely painting.  The medium is watercolor and pastel.  It is on canvas treated with absorbent ground.   The format vertical (8" x 24") because I painted it especially for a show called "Vertical" at Capitol Hill Arts League.

It was quite a challenge, and the painting didn't even get into the show!

I like it anyway, so I am posting it here.  I will put it on my website, too.

Instead of being under glass, it is varnished.  Another unusual thing for me is that I painted the sides of the painting and presented it without a frame.

Taking on something that I wasn't sure I could "pull off" helped me get into a creative zone, but I will probably stick with more traditional watercolor.  This was a lot of fun for me, even though it evideently didn't appeal to the juror.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Homage to Ruth Asawa

Recently my stepdaughter Catherine visited.  She was on her way back from a residency at Vermont Studio Center.  It gave us a few days to visit, but one of those was a snow day.  We had a great time even then watching "Mozart in the Jungle" on the sofa bed.  Another day, we made it to the "Wonder" show at the Renwick Museum.

Catherine brought me some fun gifts. One was a box of cards with some of Ruth Asawa's paintings.  I knew I couldn't copy Asawa, but decided to do something in the spirit of Asawa and so thought of some with repeated, bending forms and layered effects.  This is a painting of a silver bowl....repeated as a freeform, and a candle in the shape of a garlic head.  The background is loosely based on a is the color of the scarf, at least.

Oh, the best thing about the Asawa cards is that Catherine got them at a show of Black Mountain art, Ruth Asawa went to Black Mountain and so did Catherine's father and my beloved Howard.  Howard was actually more a faculty brat than a student, but he did take drawing from Josef Albers.   The show is over now, but it was called "Leap Before You Look."  It was in Boston.  Black Mountain College closed in 1957.

It was fun to try something a little different....quite a challenge, too.  Thanks, Catherine, for the great visit and the inspiration to do something different.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Heart Labyrinth

Here's a new labyrinth.  The size is pretty large:  27" x 30."  It was complicated, but it does work as a labyrinth.  It took several attempts, though.  I am in the process of framing it.

I already posted it on Facebook...on Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 29, 2016

"Appetite for Art"

The painting above, "It All Started With Raspberries" was juried into the Capitol Hill Arts League Show.   It is watercolor, 11' x 14" and I am framing it in a gold frame with art spacers instead of a mat.  Ut was a lot of fun to do, and getting a range of values was a challenge.  The price is $175.

The show is all about food and should be interesting. There will be food for eating at the reception on March 5 from 5-7 pm.  The jurors will give a talk at 5;30 pm, and that is always interesting.  The exhibition closes April 15.  Hope my DC friends can make it.  It's at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 7th St and G St SE.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Christmas Flowers from Virginia

It's always a treat to get flowers, especially from Virginia B Grabbe, because she sends great bouquets....they are complete centerpieces for festive holiday meals.

I really enjoyed the ones I got this year, and did start my thank you card painting while they were fresh.  Life got busy, though, and I had to finish from a photo.  They did last over a week.  I opened the card and painted front and back to make this painting.  It is fun that way.  This is how the card looks when it is closed:

Thanks, Virginia, for those beautiful flowers and for the other gifts you send.  The card is on the way!