Monday, December 31, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
At this link, you can scroll down and see links to the holiday decorations of hundreds of bloggers! I got there thanks to my sister who is so good at the internet it's scary!
We've used this tree for 24 years. Except now we just use the top half. I love it. It goes into the basement (with the lights still wrapped around it). It gets covered with a sheet and sleeps until we haul it out again the next year. No, we're not a hot chocolate, wander the woods and slaughter some poor pine kinda family. Sorry. It works for us. The good news is, we could have Christmas in July at a moments notice! The Hallmark plastic tree topper w is something we got for 1/2 off the first year we were married- 30 years ago. All the favorite ornaments are on there.
My neice made the wreath for me. I painted the icon (called the Hodegetria) and where the quilt is hanging, there's supposed to be an Advent Starry Night. You'll see it on the table next to the icon. I finished the quilt (which was a big learning curve for me). I made it with a Lenten theme. When I hung it up with the Advent stuff just to look at it for a while, it seemed to fit, so here it is! Serendipitous Christmas/Lent combo.
Now I should go help to shovel snow. My Husband probably looks like Nanook of the North by now. we really got walloped overnight.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Of course , there is a serious nod here to Vincent Van Gogh.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I spent many hours on this at the Fire and Water Showroom between customers. I think I've refined it as far as it wants to go! It's an amalgam of pictures I took and experiences I've had in Northern Michigan. It's 30"x40". It's fun to work that large. It will be included in the solo exhibit I'm having in the St. Mary's Health Care lobby in January.
Monday, December 03, 2007
In the Ninth Elegy, Rilke wrote:
"Maybe we're here only to say: house,
bridge, well, gate, jug, olive tree, window —
at most, pillar, tower... but to say them, remember,
oh, to say them in a way that the things themselves
never dreamed of existing so intensely."
I listened ahead to the Writer's Almanac for tomorrow. Rilke said some amazing and interesting things. His quote about "living the questions into the answers" was an inspiration for me for a series of paintings last year.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"We do God's will whether we know it or not:
where I live the streets end in a river of sunlight."
I long to go there. I long to go anywhere. All in good time.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
AH! and during a coffee break I looked out the window to see snowflakes and yellow leaves drifting to the ground at the same time. Beautiful! And my faithful husband is sweeping them with the lawnmower up as fast as they fall. If I was a poet and not a painter, I'd spend the afternoon bending that into a stanza or two.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
For a wonderful thankfulness poem, Google Jane Kenyon "Otherwise".
Have you been to the Writer's Almanac? Garrison Keilor reads it every day it 10 AM on one of our stations and I always feel like I'm having a good day when I'm able to listen to it. www.writersalmanac.publicradio.org
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Those folks have pretty good taste! It means a lot to me. This painting didn't make it into the 2007 Festival show in GR so you just never know!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I've begun to play digitally with more of the 'blurry' photos taken at the Turning Pointe School of Dance recitals in the past. This one is called 'into the light'. It's a pure joy to work on these on Photoshop until just the right color and composition emerge.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
This painting will also hang in the new living room at Church of the Servant.
It has the answer to the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism imbedded into the painting in pencil. The question is: "What is your only comfort in life and in death?" The answer begins: "That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ..."
Monday, November 05, 2007
This will be the bottom of the large Resurrection banner I'm working on for Park Church. Quite a change from the one I posted further down this page! I resurrected some fabric paint that's been hanging around and it was still good! Createx paint rocks! I used some of the stencil and atomized paint techniques I've used on paper.
I have other pieces cut and laid out on the basement floor which I'm using as my 'design wall', I'm excited about where this is going! I have a meeting with the minister and committee leader today- I hope they like this new direction. More postings as soon as they reveal themselves!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I've given myself a 'painting vacation' from the fabric work and I am enjoying it immensely. These are a couple of the little 6x6 paintings I've done recently. These are pieces that I'm keeping for myself. I've sold 3 in the last week at Fire and Water. Also in the pipeline are some larger paintings of a field in Lowell off Alden Nash Road which I'll post as they get finished. I'm supposed to be painting today but I'm fighting bronchitis and it's left me pretty wiped out.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I have the honor of being the featured artist at the Fire and Water ART Showroom (219 West Main in Lowell, Michigan) for November. Come in and see my work this month (and every month) at this fabulous art showroom!
These are a couple of the mixed media pieces I have on display. I work in a wide range of styles and I enjoy the variety. Some may think my work lacks a single focus, but I like the freedom to experiment! I don't want my work to be confined to one genre or media. There are too many wonderful things to play with in the art world these days!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Anastasis is a title that has often been used on pictures of the Resurrection of Christ. It means "to stand again". That is the theme for this banner which I've been working on for a few months. This is just the mockup. It's a quarter size, but it helps us see what the shapes and colors look like together. Now I need to show it to people at Park Church to get the go ahead for the large one. Then I have until March 23 (which is Easter in 2008- early this year).
Interestingly Anastasis is also the title of a beautiful tapestry at Park made by church women. It has as it's theme the Phoenix rising. I think it was made after a fire destroyed part of the church.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Here is a dresser I found abandoned on the side of the street. It's a Bassett with dovetailed joints and a beautiful walnut veneer. A week of elbow grease, a little bit of $$ and help from my spouse and here we have a dresser suitable for a cottage! Fun to make a change like that! This has consumed my energy for a while. It's nice to have it finished with such satisfactory results. On to other things!