Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Miniatures

The Buoys Are Waiting #2  Kathy's Barn

Morning At The Lake #2Keene Farm

I have no idea why the Keene Farm (lower right) came out this odd shape in the photo, it is actually the same size and configuration as the two top pieces.  I'm better at painting than at photography.  The three that are similar are 2" and the frames are collaged using New York Times Magazine pages that I have sprayed with Citra-Solv and then given them an Encaustic coating for protection.  The odd one is 1 1/2" and the frame has been collaged with an old navigation chart and coated as the others were.  This one doesn't have a glass or plexi glaze, instead I coated it with an acrylic glaze for protection.

 

Last weekend we celebrated our anniversary by taking a trip to our favorite big city.... Chicago.  We went to see the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago which is beautiful and full of wonderful works.  While we were there we also visited the Cultural Center and I was awestruck by the wonderful mosaic work. 

cultural center mosaic

All of it was wonderful but the crown... the beautiful dome by Tiffany. 

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I'm not only attracted to old and beautiful... things that are worn out also get my attention... here are a few shots of sidewalk.... I think they'll make good starts for abstract pieces.

sidewalk 1 sidewalk 3 sidewalk 5 sidewalk 6

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A new way to post

Thank you Diahn from Ottworks.  My problem is solved and I'm a happy camper again.  These aren't knew but I don't believe I've shown them before.  Prior to my husband's hospital visit I was working on framing and these are two that I finally got framed and ready to go to a gallery.  Now I have to decide if I want to take them across the state for a special exhibit or if they should go to our gallery.  At this point, across the state is winning just because I haven't been able to get much newer done and across the state is only for the month of June.  If they don't sell there, they will be back her in time for the busiest part of the tourist season.   watering cans  Chairs in the garden

Monday, May 18, 2009

Trouble with blogger

Well, I'm at a loss.  I can't upload any images in blogger draft version and I can't seem to get out of the draft version.  Since I'm using this blog for art, not being able to post images makes it, well.... useless.  I'm not giving up yet.  I'll still try and figure out a way to get around all this and if I can't, I'll look for another blog host.  I will try to keep you posted.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Here's the trellis

The entry just before this explains the trellis and my absence.  Now if I can figure out how I managed to get this photo uploaded I'll be a happy camper. 

It's art but not mine

I'm still not able to post the image but this is part of what has been going on in my life....

The past couple weeks I haven't been making art, life got in the way.  First, I had framing that had to get done so a show could be hung.  That's kind of important if one wants to sell anything.  The show opened, all was well, we relaxed over the weekend and I was ready to get busy clearing the clutter I left in my studio so I could move on to more paintings.  I got one day of clutter clearing done and ended up taking my husband to ER.  We still don't know what has caused his problems except that they have ruled out cancer.  That gives some relief but it would be nice to know what caused his problem so we know if we need to be dealing with something.  That weighs as you can imagine.  We're waiting for more test results so I'm back to clearing clutter. 

Meanwhile, we did manage to get a task done that we've been thinking about all winter.  We have a beautiful trellis, actually a piece of sculpture that was made by a local artist.  It's been on the front of our house since we moved here.  Last year we decided it should come to the back yard where we could enjoy it.  Every time we were back there we'd look around for a spot for it.  Meanwhile, it layed on the patio.  Time came to put the patio furniture out and the trellis needed to be moved out of the way.... he propped it up against the top of the pergala to make room for the table and waalaa... we found the spot it was to live.  We called the artist, he came and cut some of the bottom off so it would fit better and here it is with clematis planted at the base.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm having computer problems; I hope to have them resolved soon so check back.  Sorry about this.