Sunday, November 23, 2014

wip, mixed media on board

if you look hard enough you can see a face off to the left.

in gathering up paintings for my upcoming show i found 

this little painting.  i was about to have it framed when 

i noticed that her head that i thought so charming was way off centered.  

my workshop teacher, frank minuto, said that when

his mentor wanted to change apart of a painting

he glued something on top of it and repainted.  hmmmm,

i could do that.  so i glued tissue on top of it.

but before i got a chance to paint a new face, i framed, matted,

delivered and helped to hang over 40 paintings and there are 

more to come.  almost everything else has taken a back seat

to impending deadlines.  this painting is a reflection of my state right now...head on a 

little crooked and wanting to right itself.  my wonderful friends, 

evie and joann

are creating a stunning solo show.  their  efforts and enthusiasm has filled my heart.

if you live in the area, i'd love to see you on december 7.

wishing you a wonderful weekend.

posting with ava and kristin and the creative folks at paint party friday.

Friday, November 14, 2014

a peek at what is on my easel

acrylic on bristol paper

"life is not a straight line.

life is a zig-zag."

maira kalman

i am a maira kalman fan, her wit, her eye 

and her sensibility and humor. 

her  a new children's alphabet book 

is irresistible....except for the fact

that i am still decluttering, a bag out 

of my house a day, minimum and i am not

adding anything to until i have 

completed the process.  but i just wanted you

to see how charming her pages can be.  maybe you 

can buy the book and tell me about it :)

 i tend toward the obsessive in the sense that whatever

i do, i do it one hundred percent.   things get

confusing when several important events or activities

coincide.  as it does now, where i am decluttering and

have an upcoming solo show.   i do my best.  

thank you for visiting today.

i would love it if you had the time to drop me a line.


today i am posting to paint party friday.
an online community of artists hosted thanks to
 eva and kristen.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

not all

who wander

are lost

j.r.r. tolkien

have a lovely weekend and

thank you for stopping by


posting today with the lovely folks at paint party friday.
i am grateful to our hosts, kristen and eva for their
continued dedication to developing community and 
to all of the friends i have met here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

journal page


i will spill 
the dust from my lap,
climb the great
wide trunk

inspiration from anthropologie displays

of an ancient tree
fingernails embedded
in the bark,
scramble up the 
most elegant branch,

and drink sloppily from the luscious juice
from the ripest vermillion fruit.

painted canvas

i met rosanne while we worked with sharon olds on a small workshop

at esalen.she was a promising poet and talented musician as well.

i don't know how i got the nerve to apply but  was honored 

and so nervous to have been accepted to  the workshop.  

i will never forget the experience working  with other poets in the 

garden landscape along the big sur coast,

the scrumptious vegetarian food grown from the gardens and

the lively conversations with people from all over the country. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

acrylic, pencil, oil pastel, wip

one of my first painting teachers was jesse reno.  he 

starts paintings with colors you love, applying with his hands.

then looking for any images or visions within the paint

i have been revisiting this style of painting in preparation 

for an upcoming show in december.

the palos verdes art center currently has on display

photo by the palos verdes art center

the creations of mark newport.  he hand knitted these 

super hero costumes, extra large in size.  very dramatic.

also showing are these mixed media costumes by

photo by the palos verdes art center

kerelle levy.

photo by the palos verdes art center

and an interactive living room.  i wish i had time that day to

sit and reminisce all of the hours of holding knitting needles 

in my hands.  i will return for sure!

a note to visitors,  
blogger deleted this post which i had posted earlier.
my apologies if you commented earlier.

posting today along with hostesses eva and kristin 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a wee packet of papers

stuffed to the brim

with unique papers, each a delight.

a perfect gift for a mixed media artist sent to me from

my friend jacki long, collage artist extraordinaire. 

 i can only imagine how long it took to compile these treasures.  

i take this packet to coffee shops when i collage 

in my journal.  each time i use a paper i think of her.

“It's not how much we give 
but how much love we put into giving.”

Monday, October 27, 2014

coffee shop journaling takes some chutzpah

(pronounced hoots-pah...yiddish for brazen).

unless you find the perfect shop.  this happens to be in manhattan beach

and is managed by a long time friend.  and you need to have the perfect

journaling friend,  in this case my friend lorraine.  

i visited a local show at the palos verdes art center, 

acquired objects

on display were textiles 

and  accoutrements which has been collected over the years and 

from many distant lands.

i loved the button collection set between 

plexiglass, like a ornamental garment.