Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Milestones and Moons

"Moon Discs"
Acrylic on canvas 30" x 40"

Life has been very full recently...of immediate and extended family matters and milestones, short trips here and there, and of course, work.  Producing art and blogging have temporarily taken a back seat, although I continue to visit others' blogs, shops and flickr sites regularly, always eager to be inspired by the creativity and beauty displayed there.  

Our yard is ablaze with rugosa roses and the air is heavy with their lovely scent.   A grown chicken, raised by our daughter while away at college, temporarily resided in our yard.....a first for me.  And yes, within a day, my husband and I were attached to it and talking to it as though it were our "beloved" beagle, Harley

I recently had photos taken of some of my paintings. Some of the resulting images are closer approximations to the works than what I had previously been able to capture, so I have been uploading a few of them to my flickr site.  The above painting was done a few years ago, but I had not previously posted it anywhere. I wasn't thinking of moons when I painted it, but "Moon Discs" seems to fit.  ( And 'discs' rather than 'disks' because I think the roundish "c" looks better than the sharp "k" in the word, especially when it pertains to moons. )

I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the work you are producing!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Patina....on wood, metal and clay

Mixed media leaf with found copper piping.  

Last weekend, I travelled to southern Oregon to visit extended family and watch my cousin's children play LOTS of soccer.  In between the games, we managed to fit in a couple of quick trips to the charming, historic gold rush town of Jacksonville, home of the Britt Music Festivals, and now surrounded by vineyards and wineries. While there, I was delighted to find Lisa Kaser's wonderful illustrations in a little shop, and was even more delighted to hear from the owner that they have a hard time keeping them in stock. :)  I found the lovely green bowl and shoe form in a couple of antique stores and, well, they just seemed to go with the printed pieces, and a few of my favorite things.

How is it that I've never come across a peony in the "Jester's Hat " phase?  My friend's peonies are all sporting these "hats" right now. And where does all that silken fuzz come from anyway? 
We had lovely weather in Portlandia this weekend and I managed to turn my compost twice!  Last year at this time, it was full of thousands (literally, I'm quite sure) of worms.  Today, there were about ten.  And last year, our Gravenstein apple tree was absolutely loaded with apples, but this year, it's absolutely loaded with leaves and only about five apples...But not to worry, our young cherry tree has gone all out in the fruit production department! 

Monday is almost here again.....Hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you!

Cheers :)