Responding

People are influenced by what they experience. The current pandemic has many of us even more focused than usual on what it is we want to do with our time, and what we want to say.  I will share with you my newest artwork (created February to mid-March), and what I was thinking about. This is my way of writing an OP-ED.

I took many reference photos last summer, showing the obsession of so many tourists to photograph everything in sight. I have been itching to use these images of photographers as models for many months, and in February gave myself permission to do so. I selected white noise fabrics for the backgrounds, and used alien skin colors. Cartoons are an enjoyable way to poke fun at this activity. The name of this piece is Ridiculous.

 

 

Ridiculous 30 X 34

 

 

OK Smile 16 X 20

 

I am happy with OK Smile, because I figured out how to make the figures see-through, and I used a lot of fabulous fun zebra fabric! Will we see each other in the crowd, or be lost in the static?

Vacation implies that a crowd of people exists in all directions. (Even before COVID-19, the close proximity of people was oppressive for some of us.) I used summery colors and added a road, because much time is spent on a bus.

 

Vacation 20 X 16

 

I wanted to create an abstract artwork using some of the gold flecked fabrics found in the hair, shirt and coats of Ridiculous. I was following the scary WHO news and wanted to comment on it. I know that the pandemic will get far worse in the United States before it gets better. This artwork is a projection into the future, and an acknowledgement that this too will pass, in time. The name is Better Days Ahead.

 

Better Days Ahead 16 X 20

 

On March 13th, just as I was coming down with a cold, and the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wyoming, I created Your Pretty Umbrella Will Not Protect You. Even though this person examines the news with her camera, she is probably not ready for what is ahead. I included the steep curve of infection in Italy.

Your Pretty Umbrella 11 X 15

 

I have become aware of the alignment of family and friends spending time in the kitchen. When my daughter was a baby she sucked her thumb to sooth herself. While staying at home and away from groups, it appears that baking is our national thumb sucking activity!  This abstract piece is called Savor the Aromas From the Kitchen. Can you spot the fresh bread, spiced tea, and garlic chicken soup? Don’t you wish that you could save those lovely smells in your pocket, and retrieve them later?

Savor the Aromas 30 X 15

 

Fast Concoction for a cold day:  Saute (in extra virgin olive oil) a small amount of burger with garlic and red pepper. Add small amount of left over banza noodles, black beans, a small can each of mild chili peppers and black olives. Top with cubes of Montery Jack cheese. This recipe can also be a cool concoction for a warm day. Just serve cold with a little dressing added. Do you have some salad or fresh fruit for the side? 

 

 

Keep Going

In any creative activity, whether it be gardening or building an image of a donkey, it is not easy to know when to stop. Creators in every medium are often warned about this. Art: If you go too far, the paint will become muddy! Poetry: The freshness of an idea might be lost. Cooking: The… Read more »

Just Right

Goldilocks tried out bowls of porridge, chairs and beds, to find the ones that were just right. When this child wandered into the home of the three bears, I assume that the bears were out doing work, or getting their exercise, or attending choir practice. Maybe baby bear was climbing trees or swimming with a… Read more »

Two Gems

This blog is just a quick show and tell, to share with you two commissions completed recently. I am showing you the reference photo given to me, next to the artwork I created for a friend. Notice all the things that are removed (background and shirt logo) and the things added (bottom of shoe and… Read more »

Abstract Art Quilt

I recently visited the art room at an elementary school, as a guest speaker. I was at school all day and talked to 7 different classes of all grade levels. I brought along three examples of my artwork, two abstract and one figurative. I explained my ideas and why I had made the choices of… Read more »

Art Plus Location

I have recently returned from a wonderful visit with my girl (old lady) cousins that took place in Lexington MA, near Boston. We did a great deal of talking and eating and seeing artwork. My dream vacation realized!  So even though some of the conversation had to do with aches and pains of old ladies,… Read more »

September in the Studio

    Above is the small mock up version of “Long View”. I have been working on the large version that, when complete, and remodeling to the building is done, will hang in the State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. It is 38 X 54 inches . I was able to use my usual ironing surface… Read more »

What to do next?

We grapple with this question over and over in our lives, year to year, day to day, and hour to hour. There are some big questions about what to do next, but there are the simple prioritize-my-time sort as well. Because it is summer, I’ve had difficulty smashing-cramming-condensing four hours of exercise and gardening into… Read more »

Adventure Abroad

In June I traveled overseas, and for twenty-five days was away from the safety and boring routines of home. The countries visited were Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary (cities – Zurich, Prague, Olomouc, Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest). I was with my traveling cousin and the Gillette Chamber Singers. The experience was good, great, delightful,… Read more »

Weed Sort Plan

This blog is part two of a discussion about photographs. Do they bring you joy? If you didn’t read last month’s installment, you may wish to do that now. If weeding and oranganizing is not your thing, you can wait until next month, when I’ll be talking about who knows what, but it won’t be… Read more »