Monday, April 27, 2015

"Flight" Exhibition - Good News

The exhibit at Covingto Arts looked wonderful; curator Saad Ghosn did a great job with placing the work and with the transitions from one artist to another.  The opening reception was well attended, with lots of interesting people to talk to...

Work by Jan Nickum, one of the other artists in the exhibit...

Work by Marsha Karagheusian...

Some of mine...

Unfortunately, the lighting was such that I was unable to get many decent photos of the show. The good news, however, is that two of my pieces sold at the opening!

Lost I - SOLD

Theory of Flight - SOLD

If you're interested in learning more about the exhibit, go here to read an excellent article about it written by Karen S. Chambers for aeqai magazine. It gives good insights into the work of each artist, and some better photos.
Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekly Quick Collage: Above

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
                                                                                                                ~ Edward Abbey

collage, 5.25 x 3.75 inches

Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it's not liable to ever happen. More often than not, work is salvation.
                                                                                                                    ~ Chuck Close

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
                                                                                                                      ~ Marie Curie

Friday, April 17, 2015

Roy G Biv: Green

I'm late in posting my contribution to the Search for Roy G Biv (the colors of the rainbow); it's hard for me to believe the third Thursday of the month was yesterday!  With my exhibition coming up tomorrow, it had completely slipped my mind!

 Earth, Sea, and Sky

 Kinniconick Creek, Lewis County, Kentucky

Olivine Angel

Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park

Transformation 18

To find more green, please check the links at the blogs of our hostesses, Julie B Booth and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I was recently informed that my work was chosen for inclusion in a  a collection on Artspan's homepage entitled, "Found, Fractured, and Fastened".   Here is the link to the page if you'd like to check it out.  You can also find it on Artspan's facebook page here.

Also, my work will be featured in an exhibition called "FLIGHT" with two other artists,  at the Covington Arts gallery in Covington, Kentucky.

Flight: curated by Saad Ghosn
Artist reception April 18, 6 - 9 pm

Artists of the exhibition include:

Flight features works by three Greater Cincinnati female artists who through their specific works reference flight in time, flight in space or flight in life. Exploring the notions of passage, memory and dialogue within the cycle of life, the exhibition includes mixed media paintings, collages and earthenware ceramics

About the curator: Saad Ghosn is an artist, activist, Professor at the University of Cincinnati and the Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He writes Art For a Better World for Aeqai and has curated nearly 200 exhibitions, often focused on aspects of activism and social justice.

2 West Pike Street
Covington, Kentucky

If you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Weekly Quick Collage: Intersection

collage, 4.75 x 4.5 inches

Every man is more than just himself;
he also represents the unique,
the very special and always significant and remarkable
point at which the world's phenomena intersect,
only once in this way, and never again.
- Hermann Hesse

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Drawing Challenge: The Key

The Key
collage,   5.75 x 4.25 inches

The key to my inspiration for making art, for me, has always been the interconnection of everything in the universe, particularly humans and the rest of the natural world.  It seems that far too many people see us as separate from nature, when we are all parts of the same interwoven universe; science tells us that we are made of the same elements and originate from the same place.  As Joni Mitchell said, "We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year-old carbon, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden."

Check out Veronica's beautiful blog to see other artists' interpretations of "The Key".

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Accordion Book

Just for fun and self- encouragement I made this little accordion book, containing some positive sayings along with the images. I used a piece of Rives BFK printmaking paper which already had a bit of paint on it, and added more drawing and collage elements on top of that...

The front (or back, depending on how you look at it)...

 pages 1 - 3 on the other side... image transfers of Avolkitesvara, and my own photo of the forest...

 pages 4 - 6... some collage bits and a little woodblock print, a drawing of a sprouting seed, and some more image transfers of plant parts... (You can't control what happens, only your own reaction to it.)  (Forgive yourself, mistakes are lessons.)

 pages 7 and 8... image transfer of plant parts, a stamped gold frame and cut out of a lily... (Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.)

 pages 9 -11 (the other side)... a combination of acrylic ink painting,drawing, and collage... (You, as much as anyone else, deserve your love and affection.)

pages 12 - 14...acrylic ink painting, collage, woodblock print, drawing, metallic crayon... (What you think, you become.)  (Happiness depends solely on what you think.)

pages 15 and 16... acrylic ink painting, collage, woodblock print, drawing, metallic crayon...

I'm not sure if I'll put covers on it, but probably not, as they would cover up some parts that I really like. Don't know exactly what I'll do with this, but it was fun and therapeutic to make... hope you enjoyed it!