Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Well, it was! The crazy weather from Hurricane Ike reminded me of this photo I took of the sky from my back yard during a strange storm. Nature is beautiful, but she can sure pack a wallop. Just when we arrogant humans think we have everything under control, she puts us in our place.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Yes, another in the Buddha series- I'm sort of obsessed with this piece and all its permutations. I hope you're not too tired of it, because I'm not finished yet, so stay tuned for further developments! By the way, all of these will be for sale as soon as I can figure out the cost.
Some very nice things have happened in the past couple of days, one of them being that I found out I won a first place award for this mixed media piece, MOON SHADOWS, at the AGNWG 1st Annual Online Art Competition. There is some very nice work in this show, and you can still vote for the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD until the end of the month. (Shameless plug: Vote for me! Vote for me!)
Another nice thing is that I was juried onto the Artists Who Teach site; you can find my profile here.
And, last but certainly not least, I finally got my electricity back after 6 days. Even though I'm in Kentucky, Hurricane Ike was able to reach out its long arms and knock down countless trees and power lines, leaving 90% of Duke Energy's customers in the dark. You have no idea how wonderful hot water can feel- and my computer still works, too!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A little more Photoshop fun. I took this photo of a statue at my friend's house, and have been playing around with it to see what I could come up with. This is the 3rd of 5 or 6 versions. Which do you like best so far?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I was honored to be accepted into the juried alumni exhibit at Northern Kentucky University, where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993. The reception was Thursday night, and it was sort of strange, but nice, to be in the gallery again. If you're in the neighborhood before September 25, stop by and check it out. I'm sorry this invitation didn't upload very well; I think it had to be shrunk so much that most of the text does not show up.
Is it just me, or does this kind of remind you of a seventies blacklight poster? Of course, those memories are a bit fuzzy, so I could be wrong. Let me know what you think.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I'm sure this piece comes from a place deep in my twisted subconscious; after I made it, I realized that it reminds me somehow of one of my favorite childhood pastimes. In fact, it has occurred to me that much of my imagery grows out of these experiences. (Hey, who needs psychotherapy when you've got art?) I used to love making dolls from natural materials I found in the yard or woods, though I had little interest in store-bought dolls. I'd find a twig for the body, attaching a tiny apple or grape as a head. Of course she needed something fashionable to wear, and upside-down petunias made gorgeous dresses; a strand of thick grass tied around it served the dual purpose of holding the flower in place and serving as arms. Snapdragons were perfect as hats. For the little people to live in, I constructed houses of sticks and mud (I invented adobe, who knew?), and fed them birch-seed pies baked in the sun.
This probably comes as no surprise to those who know me well, while some of you may be thinking, "Wow, no wonder her art is so strange..."
Medium: monotype collage