Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Chair is Not a House, A House is Not a Home...

The house has been a visual image that reappears in my paintings as well as assemblages. Ann Broadaway's paintings have inspired me since first seeing her work in Santa Fe years ago.  I found out that she passed away (in 2008) just a few months ago.  In her bio, she writes that our childhood homes allow us to develop into our true selves, and if we are lucky, it is within a place that fosters a sense of safety and "home." She writes:  "However, as adults that home no longer exists and we must look for and create another home for the present moment. The places we live in and create are reflections of our process of becoming wholly ourselves."  I love that! 

This assemblage was made out of a bird house found at Goodwill. I am always surprised the way recycled pieces seem to serendipitously come together.  It is like you are a temporary conduit for these found pieces and they tell you subconsciously what to do. I don't believe we are meant to be the permanent holders of these things. This assemblage may end up back at Goodwill after the recycle show, and from there, on with its journey.

Ann Broadaway painting

A Chair is Not a House

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Recycle Show 2010

Two weeks to try to come up with something for the EAPMGallery's recycle show.  I have always had fun using recycled materials.  And since I am drawn to houses, I went thrift store shopping  last Wednesday to look for a bird house.  My first stop was Goodwill where I found a nice house for $5.99; minus the 10% Sr. discount; some advantages to 60+.

So where am I going to go with this project?  I always hear myself repeating, artist/teacher, Ron Pokrasso's mantra when I'm about to start a new project:  "If I knew where I was going, I'd be lost."  I'll just dive in and see what happens.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Recycle Show 2009

This was the piece I submitted for last year's recycle show.  It was a bird house that I covered with Monopoly pieces, the game was found at a garage sale just the week before.  I named it "Don't Pass Go and Don't Collect $200."  I was motivated by the 2009, mortgage crisis and the recession. Artist/Collector, Renee Richetts purchased this piece.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tall Pines & Red Rock Country, summer 2010

Mike and I had a wonderful three days at Garland's (used to be Todd's) of Oak Creek, where we spent our honeymoon in 1965.  Our cabin was canti-levered over the creek.  The food was fabulous!  Hope to go back for our 50th.
Cabin #4 at Garland's Lodge

45th Annivarsary, in Garland's Lodge

Sedona, at Grasshopper Point

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Found Object Assemblages

"This Little Piggy"

The base structure was an old, broken barometer; most of the other objects are bits and pieces found at thrift stores, rummage sales, and from a favorite store in Escondido, called the "Grab Bag."

"The Painter's Mother"

My first assemblage made for EMG's "Black & White" exhibit, 2003.  The container was a woman's nylon stocking box found at AmVets thrift store, probably from the '50s or '60s.
"The Painter's Mother"
"The Painter's Mother" (outside)
The outside of the box was a M. Keane (sp?) painting on silk or satin fabric.  This was my first art piece to sell.  Victoria Estacio Huckins, a mixed media artist and collector, purchased it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Star Was Blue

SDAI Regional Show, Opening July 30, 2010

18" x 24", mixed media
Very happy that The Star Was Blue got into the San Diego Art Institute's upcoming regional show.  The Juror was Drew Hubble.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Medium

"A Stitch Out of Time"
10" x 10", Mixed Media
I did this piece for the Escondido Municipal Gallery's Fiber & Book Art (West Coast) show.  It is completely different than anything I've done before.  The piece consists of six machine stitched nude figure outlines on muslin strips with a center fabric photo transfer of my maternal great grandmother.  A faux encaustic medium was applied over the entire canvas.  Fiber & Book artists working in Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington were encouraged to submit work (via CD).  Juror, John Marshall.
Keeping my fingers crossed...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Keep it Narrow

First Place, Escondido Municipal Gallery, "Keep it Narrow"
"Victoria's Secret," found objects, assemblage

"Victoria's Secret"