Monday, June 29, 2015

Another Little Book

I have made another little mixed media book about my emotions and thoughts as I go through this time.  This one has fewer words, only the embroidered words "endure", "hope", "gratitude" and "peace". I'm not sure what this book format is called, but it's basically an accordion book in which you glue every two pages together, thereby making more traditional "book" format; this one has only 8 pages total.  I then made a cover and glued that on, making each page 2 papers thick. It is constructed of Rives BFK.

 front cover (page 1)

 pages 2 and 3

pages 4 and 5

pages 6 and 7

back cover (page 8)

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Once again we are searching for Roy G Biv (the colors of the rainbow) with our hostesses Julie B. Booth and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen.  The color for June is indigo, which is described as, "One of the colors of the rainbow, indigo — a dark purplish blue — gets it name from the indigo plant used to create the indigo dye."

I found this chart of shades of indigo on this site.  It goes on to say:
"Indigo appears between blue and violet in a rainbow. Purple grapes and blueberries are indigo. The deep blue of dark denim blue jeans is indigo.
Indigo is a deep, purply blue with some indigos having more blue or more violet."

I had trouble finding real-life examples of indigo, so I therefore turned to some of my artwork for help!

Dimensional Shift


Crow Creates the Night

Ancestral Ground

Chrysalis II

Please go to Julie B Booth's and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen's blogs for links to see more indigo.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekly Quick Collage: Uncertainty

collage, 6 x 6 inches

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.”
― Gilda Radner

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. in the question.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

 “I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.”
― Richard P. Feynman

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SOS ART 2015

SOS ART 2015
a community art show and event of creative expressions for
Peace and Justice
May 29 – June 7
@The Art Academy of Cincinnati,
                                  1212 Jackson St, downtown OTR Cincinnati

A piece of my art is included in this exhibit  at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Here is part of the article about the exhibit from River City News:

"More than 200 regional visual artists, literary artists, musicians, and performers will participate in the 13th annual SOS ART, both exhibition and a series of events that provide a forum for sociopolitical expressions of peace and justice through art. It features paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, installations, poetry readings, movies, music, performances, and discussions on current issues of peace and justice.

Look for powerful and diverse statements in support of justice and peace locally, nationally, and globally – and a serious artistic conversation from Northern Kentucky artists.  

Sharmon Davidson’s mixed media calls attention to the inadequacy of out mental health care system. The Taylor Mill artist’s starkly titled “Mental Illness in America” addresses, she says, those suffering silently and others who are now homeless."

Unfortunately, I did not have time or the opportunity to take a photo of the piece, but will post it as soon as I get one.  This exhibit is well worth attending if you have a chance.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Palimpsest: Words

Palimpsest: Words
ingredients: vintage book cover, vintage book pages, image transfers, found objects, rice paper, vintage mail scraps, bamboo, vintage dress pattern, stitching

palimpsest -
 :  writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased
:  something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface

I'm not sure how I came across the word 'palimpsest', but since I love to layer things in my art, I found it to be inspiring. So much like life - things covered up but still barely visible underneath.  Events, emotions - anything that has affected us is still there beneath the surface, though it may be hard to see. I began to see the word as a metaphor for our lives, particularly where it concerns communication. So much is hidden beneath our words.

“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's All About BLUE

Once again, I'm participating in Julie B. Booth's and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen's blog hop, "Searching for ROY G BIV", and the color for May is blue.

... an antique blue tractor...

... some embroidery floss of various blue hues...

 ... bluejays...

... hopping around my yard...

... in search of seeds...

 ... a very old church in Richmond, Virginia, with a blue roof...

a large blue sculpture outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Art...

Happy blue day, everyone. Be sure to check out Jennifer's and Julie's lovely blogs for connections to more on the blue spectrum...

Monday, May 18, 2015

You Can Fix It II

You Can Fix It II
mixed media, 8 x 6.5 inches

I'm not really sure about the meaning of this one - it was just kind of one those that came to me suddenly and without much thinking. Is it a guardian angel standing ready to give me aid, or does it represent me, half-stitched together and trying to make something of myself? Perhaps attempting to contact that higher plane? I can't really say, but I do find it somewhat intriguing.

W. E. B. Du Bois: The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.

When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and are opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally realize.
~ Madeleine L'Engle