Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
- Please put the logo on your blog.
- Link the person from whom you received your award.
- Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
- Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
- Leave a message on their blogs to tell them!
There are so many blogs that I love and visit regularly. This list of nominated blogs includes some great blogs that maybe you haven't discovered yet. I nominate:
- jeane at art it...because of her hilarity and the documented progress of her amazing artwork
- uschi at papierwelt...because of her gentle approach to art and life
- thinker online...because of his thought-provoking quotes on art and philosophy
- kathy at waking up...because of the inspiring way she delves into self and art
- arnold at the butterfly effect...because of his sensitive and compelling black and white photography
- jo at J°...because of the beauty and spareness of her images and text
- diana at please sir...for her evocative studies of art and science
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Lately my favourite tool is an angled spatula, typically intended for cake decoration. I have no problem re-inventing the function of tools as a means of experimentation, often with really pleasing results. To that end, I’ve been ‘icing’ Styrofoam cakes with various wall compounds to appear as if iced like a traditional cake. This is the initial construction step of my latest sculptural works. The fact that I’m using building materials blurs the lines between cake decorating and renovation and the traditional roles of male and female therein. The spatula has the right amount of control and spontaneity to muck about in order to achieve a look that isn’t too contrived. The fact that I’m a cake decorator as well helps me push the techniques beyond buttercream. I find that using a familiar tool as a jumping off point to play around with some not-so familiar materials is a comfortable point of entry for creative exploration.
Monday, August 18, 2008
And don't forget to drop by Seth's blog, The Altered Page, for something very special today. There are 90+ artists participating and I am excited to be one of them. Quoting Seth: Join The Altered Page on Monday August 18th for the third edition of The Pulse: an artist survey. This month long (!) project will introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
gentle breeze wafting
textured sun grazes white sheets
perfect laundry day
...now if technology could only allow me to share with you the wonderful smell of fresh laundry right off the clothesline.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
And while I'm enjoying my potluck, Jerzy will be eating the mushrooms he picked earlier today on his walk with Luka.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
My favorite tool is this pair of hands. They work quite well separately but they are at their best together. I got them 57 years ago and I am amazed how much they have changed in size and appearance over time. Right now they are stained, calloused, tanned and warm. In the winter they are pale, soft and cool. In the last 10 years or so they have gradually become covered with veins, wrinkles and “age spots”. They will probably last for another 30 years or so even if they get too worn out for the really heavy work they have been used to for many decades.
Here is a photo of my favorite tools resting on a cashmere sweater. Their main function is touching/ feeling/ sensing and they do not work well in soapy hot water or icy liquids, so I protect them with rubber gloves. I need industrial strength garden gloves when they are used to rip weeds and roots out of the ground or to carry wood and rocks.
Why I love this pair of tools? It would be easy to take them for granted because they are always there for me. Thanks to Kate’s Tool Tuesday submission request, I was inspired to write an ode to these hands. I love them for their ability to create a bridge from my inner world of imagination to the outer world of reality. My hands are never at war with each other. They can think for me when I am confused, self repair with time when burnt, cut, or bruised and I’ve been told they can heal.
There is not enough room here to tell you what I do with these tools. One day, I promise, I’ll write a book about it. They are so incredibly multi-purpose and versatile that I need them for just about every waking minute of the day. Wow, what would my life be like without them? Yes, I could use my feet for some jobs and my voice for others, but they are just so perfectly crafted for my needs that I would be an altogether different person without them. As a child I had nightmares that my hands were swollen like balloons and I couldn’t do a thing with them! However, I will be happy to place my hands in my lap one day when they are retired from active service.
Here are some of the things I make with my favorite tools: bouquets, cakes, clothes, collages, cookies, drawings, gardens, gestures, hairdo’s, headstands, journals, love, movies, paintings, photos, presents, sandwiches, sculptures, suppers and rock walls.
Monday, August 11, 2008
the Silica Garden, where broken ceramics are recycled in metal "cages" which form a maze
and quiet places of contemplation...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Aren't they rather elegant looking just on their own?
Here is one of my paper hanging solutions.
And here is another, for my more drapable paper. Blatantly stolen from s.kaye. It's a simple system of eye hooks and wooden dowels. I like it because you can actually see what you have. Before, all my paper was kept in a giant box that I had to dig through and I really didn't know what I had and things got munched up. I'm not completely sold though. The paper is quite fiddly to drape, especially when you are layering many sheets on one dowel. And although you can easily see what you have, getting one out without messing up the others, may be a challenge. I'm giving it a try though and it's definitely an improvement on my old system, which wasn't really a system at all.
Hooks for the bathroom and furnace room doors, inside and out. Extra coat space. And umbrella space!
I've had these two floating shelves from IKEA for about nineteen months and have been too intimidated to put them up on my own. Now they are up! You can barely distinguish them from the wall with all the white on white. I put my plaster bandage masks on them for Jo! I like organizing stuff as much as I like making stuff so don't be surprised if sometime in the future I share my favourite shelving and storage solutions. Hint: IKEA.