Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I sometimes feel like that- when we see and hear about innocent firefighters shot to death and the other horrible school shooting tragedy it's hard not to view the world through that lens. I try to switch the lens and know there are many good things that go unreported everyday. I do think that it is important to see with both of those- bifocal if you will.
I hope the holiday season has been a good one for all of you. And sometimes it's OK to follow the Talking Heads... Stop Making Sense.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Happy Solstice- let the longer days begin!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
my partner's mother. She died two years ago this fall. This really is a tribute of sorts to her. She was hard working and very strong in her beliefs. My partner and I have been together for over 36 years and the first few years were hard. His parents did not speak to him for 3 years. Then slowly they came around and both his mother and father loved me. This one is for you Marie.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I am very glad I am over that. I am also very excited as in 2013 I will begin teaching workshops in my home. I intend to make art and to teach as long as I am able.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I have much to be thankful for. A loving partner- a wonderful home- good health-good friends- and a group of wonderful artists that share their work and give support.
Time for a gratitude page in my journal.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I love the whole idea of trading cards- not to be sold but traded. The small size is challenging but yet isn't near as intimidating as other larger art works can seem at times. It really is amazing what one can do in this 3 1/2" X 2 1/2 " size.
I am in two different groups that trade right now. One I am the only male- pretty common in the mixed media world. The other one is new and it is all guys- that's fun for me.
Think I will make some more right now!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I love this quote from Margaret Atwood. I just did a quick digital piece to go with it. Sometimes it's important to just have fun. For much of my teaching career I was in the art room with elementary age students. I have to say that was a real joy- a gift really. To everyday see the world through the eyes of children made my life so fresh. Then when I taught at the university it was not like that at all. I still loved the students but the pressure to make " high art" from the department took the joy out of it. I also saw how some art professors used their art professor status to crush students. Why do some people get joy out of making people feel bad?
So back to the quote-I have been called child-like on numerous occasions and to me that is the best thing to be called. I have learned to have fun in the studio again- making art for fun and for friends is so wonderful. I am blessed to have a group that I share mail art with and we do it because we love to do it. I have a T-shirt from Fred Bab that says "Go to your Studio and Make Stuff". I intend to do just that...
Monday, November 5, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
One of my favorite artists is Joseph Cornell. For some reason this collage makes me think of him. I think it is the color and the map and ruler.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
All the photographic imagery in the collage is my own that I altered and the rest is ephemera from my collection.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
So I have made a new map for my new life that has lots of unknown territories to be explored.