Sunday, July 24, 2016

Conserving Calder's Circus -The Whitney Museum

A friend and fellow artist, Julie Jenkins, made me aware of this great video clip from the Whitney Museum on Alexander Calder's Circus.  It's an amazing, incredible piece of performance art.  In these days where we fling through hundreds of images on Pinterest and Instagram at the speed of light, I'm hoping some of you will be able to slow down enough (it's 13 min.) to enjoy both the original unique and fantastic imagination of Calder and also the care and love of the conservators as they preserve this man's work, mind, and imagination.  Truly amazing!  Long live ART,  I love you in all your forms!!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Red and Gold

Red and Gold


Tessa Got Her Best Baking Insights

Tessa got her best baking insights whilst riding her bike in broad daylight.

Unbeknownst to Carlo

Unbeknownst to Carlo, his ex-girlfriend had just been hired at his favorite barbershop.

This was actually Day 35, "Unbeknowst to Carlo," but remember, I'm still catching up posting about 20 more pictures, and since then, I've posted current paintings, and well, I think I'm just going to give up on the number game--I'm all out of order now, and really, you don't mind, do you?  I fear I've been scrambling your mind by listing a day number then not.  So, I hereby decree, I'm stamping out the confusion, and just posting creations!

Seymour Wanted to Be A Cowboy

Seymour had wanted to be a cowboy even before he had heard of Kid Rock. But he loved the Blues, too. After torturing himself on picking a life path, he put on his 10-gallon hat & decided to be both. He changed his name to Tex, wrangled cattle on horseback, and played the blues circuit like his idol, Albert King, at night. Let's just say he was very lucky with the ladies (oh, and in fulfilling his life, too.)

By the way, I cut out the word "Blues" and the little stars under the handkerchief from strips that were used to wrap up a Hatch Show Print poster that I bought from that famous Letterpress printer a couple of years ago.  Here's a link to their website and if you're in Nashville, make sure you go visit them!


I called this by it's true name, "Debaters" on Facebook and then because it seems like such a political hotbed over there, I changed the name to "Talkers."  Help me!  Nothing was meant by it.  I could have called it "Conversationalists" or "Contemplaters" or "Cafe Yappers." ha!

Anyway, here it is, "Debater."  Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Hardworkin' Cube

Hardworkin' Cube

Have enamel in this one to give it some cool shimmer which the camera does not pick up.  I'm loving this little cold fellow.

Embrace the Shake | Phil Hansen | TED Talks

Here's an excellent TED talk by Phil Hansen speaking on embracing our limitations, not only in making art, but in going through life in general.  Through-proving, inspiring, and heart-lifting.  I hope you like it, too. (-:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Although They Were Conjoined Twins

Although they were conjoined twins, Mimi did NOT share Midge's love of Pasta Carbonara.

Seriously, this is one of my all-time favorite pieces I've ever done.    Makes me crack up every time I look at it.  Yes, my sense of humor is twisted, I know! ha!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Flock of Finches from Nowhere

Flock of Finches from Nowhere

Here's something surprising, even to me, and I'm the person who experienced it!  This particular drawing led me to being paralyzed artistically for awhile.  About a month ago, I had drawn that object to the right--well, I filled it out much more in this final creation--and then didn't know where to head with it.  I liked it so much, I didn't want to ruin it.  Never a good thing, really.  I would stare at it.  I would pick it up and think, where am I going with this?  I wanted to use it desperately, but couldn't move forward with it.  I didn't want to work on anything else, so it just sat on my table.  

I finally did get with the program again and was inspired by other thoughts and ideas and made different art.  But it wasn't until this past weekend when I was walking my dogs that I finally knew what to do.  I was walking past some low-lying purple-flowered bushes in an alley, and they were loaded with yellow jackets.  I wasn't afraid, but rather happy to see bees in this world and at work.  I tried to count them, but there had to be at least thirty.  Their plump black and yellow bodies made me happy.

Later while walking on a sidewalk on a different street, several yellow-breasted finches flew by me in a flash!  I know hummingbirds are way faster, but these babies were MOVING.  Where did they come from?  They were there and then then were gone.  It was almost like a mirage, but I saw them.  I saw their brilliantly-colored chests!  What is it about that beautiful yellow that widens the eyes, and makes the heart jump a little?  Contrasted against jet black, it causes even more of a distraction and elation.

The black and yellow bees and the yellow and black birds of the world--I felt like they gave me a good omen, moving at the speed of light.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Gary Loved A Good Foot Massage

Gary never understood the obsession with manicures. He did however love a good foot massage.

Day 34 The Mystery Dude

Back in May, yes, that's how far behind I am in posting my 100 day project, I was part of an art show that included some local artists and local bands.  It actually was quite a fun night.  At the end of the night, however, I found myself wedged in between a van containing a bunch of guys and other vehicles.  I finally wiggled by car out of that area, only to drive about a 100 feet and find that there was no way I was going to squeeze in between a truck and the venue's wall.  I asked some random guy if he could back me out and he kindly did.  I'm not sure who he was, and he left quite a strong odor of beer in my Beetle after he left, but I was eternally grateful for his driving skills.  Thank you, Mystery Dude!

Some scenes from that night.

 Above, my friends, Peggy Clydesdale (owner of White Trash Peg Art Gallery),
 and Matt Redbeard

Great picture of Jack Nicholson above.

Hmm.  This was a video, but I could only get it to upload as a photo.  Some of my stuff...

Did She Only Want A Summer Romance?

Did she only want a summer romance or was she starting to see the lifeguard differently?  In any event, Gretchen's conflicting emotions were causing her unwanted angst.

(Here's a more recent drawing in my 100 day project - 100drawingsonpaper).

Happy Fourth of July

Here's to a Happy Fourth and to your first sip!  You're free to drink as many cups as you want!