Saturday, August 25, 2012

This n' that

Back to work after my hiatus.
It didn't take long to get back into the routine.
I do miss having all that time to make art.
It's difficult to carve out bits of time,
the dailyness of life is so time consuming.
I'm not the sort of person that can let things go for too long.
Clutter, dishes and laundry can only pile up so much and...
and I become unbearable...poor Paul :(

This is a small piece I finished for an art fair.
5" x 5" on panel
Layer upon layer of encaustic medium, shellac, Panpastel, gesso, there might even be a layer of gouache in the mix.  
It's another in the "River Gazing" series.

Puttered around making pendants.  
This one inspired by a French gate.
Made with copper wire and solder.
Primitive...I like the way it turned out.
All those little pieces almost drove me mad.
At least I can say it has some character!

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Art Institute of Chicago 
with our neighbors, Rick and Wendy.
There was a Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective.
All I can say is WOW!
While he is best know for his comics,
I didn't know all the other things he did.
Spoofs on other artists...

 Monet for example...
Notre Dame Cathedral
The piece in the middle gave me bed spins.
The pieces on either side anchor the center panel.
Seriously cool!

 Awesome how he took one of his paintings,
Picaso'd it
Mondrain'd it.
Room after room of amazing scuptures, paintings, and drawings.
His Chinese paintings were awesome, 
dots, lines and aqua...quite a departure from his use of primaries.

 We took a walk across the street to Millennium Park.
Can you see the Jay Pritzker Pavillion behind us?
(designed by the incredible Frank Gehry)

We had so much fun at the Cloud Gate sculpture.
Nice to see so many people enjoying the park.
I love where the reflection of the sky meets the sky.
We're just about ready to head out for a bike ride.
Enjoy your weekend,
thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 3, 2012


I had hoped to "stitch" these 3 photos together to see
what they'd look like vertically and horizontally,
but I can't figure out how to do that...iphoto doesn't do it.
At the moment these are kind of fascinating me.
I started adding layers of oil & cold wax,
then some muslin.
More and more and more o & cw.
Forgot about the muslin,
started scraping.
Interesting things were emerging.
oops...found the muslin.
Pulled the muslin off.
Sections of them remind me of Mokume Gane.
So for now I may title them,
Home Depot meets Mokume Gane 1, 2 & 3
Each panel is 10 x 30