neutral walls for artwork

I have lived at 206 West Hogeye Dr. for 40 years, and in all those years there have always been colors on the walls. We’ve had yellow, turquoise, blue-grey, cookie crumble brown, peach and moss green. For a long time I really liked the last two in combination. After threatening to make a change for years, it finally happened. And just in the nick of time! For years my daughter has been greatly offended by everything being painted in semigloss and the ceilings being painted the same color as the walls! Horrors!

Thanks to a timely visit from my son, I now have neutral walls in five continuous rooms of my house. There are blond bamboo floors in these same rooms. The visual flow is very pleasing.







The house feels bright and airy with duck white ceilings, alpaca gray walls, and wind-fresh white trim. My daughter does have better taste than I do, but in this case, I think I did pretty well on the selection of neutral colors. The artwork looks great and I am feeling inspired to create a new simple abstract piece, in the Modern style, for over the stairs in the kitchen. (The term Modern is used to describe a quilt style that has solid colors, neutrals, and simple strong design.)




I was very happy that someone else stood on the special ladder on the stairs to paint the hard to reach corner in the kitchen. I am thankful that the warm days were not crazy hot yet, but were plenty dry. My son skim coated a textured wall to make it smooth, and repaired a crack in the ceiling, using joint compound. The Wyoming weather helped it dry fast! 

Changes inspire more changes. In the playroom I added a couch, and table & stools. I subtracted a bed, mirror, and door. There is more artwork in the room.

All of the contemporary art quilts are hung with fishing line from tiny nails about 2 inches from the ceiling. The nails have been painted the wall color. Each art quilt has a sleeve and a stick with holes on the ends. I change these quilts with the seasons. It’s so easy!

The cartoon piece below was created in 2008. It is a self-portrait titled Late Bloomer Learning to Surf. I still have a love/hate relationship with the digital age! Removing the door to the playroom created a wall for displaying art. This piece makes me smile. She has flabby arm fat jiggling and in one hand holds a bar of special dark chocolate!

And now a recipe for summer. I prepare this ahead of time and chill it for a cold slice later. Hearty Cold Fritata: Cook an 8 oz. box of Banza pasta in chicken broth. (I put the uncooked pasta in a large deep pan, cover with broth, bring to a boil, turn down to simmer 8 minutes.) Drain off any extra liquid if there is any. Stir in a large handful of dried sour cherries. Remove from pan and set aside. Add olive oil to the same pan. Saute generous amounts of chopped chard (or/and beet greens), parsley, and basil. When greens are cooked, add pasta to the top of this (no stirring), and then 7 large beaten eggs. Place lid on the pan and cook at medium low temp until eggs are set. Cool and then refrigerate in the pan until cold. Slice and enjoy later.

Looking at Light

Several months ago, I talked to you about art show themes. I also shared three reference photos taken in early morning light. Here they are again. These photos were my inspiration for creating a piece for the Chasing Light show. I combined the three images and used three different sizes, resulting in a compelling composition…. Read more »

New Combinations

  Are you one of those silly people?  – A person who thinks your house can only hold a finite number of artworks?  There are a lot of you out there! It turns out that art can expand and contract and change, just like other things in your house and yard. For example: walls, paint… Read more »

Spring Calling

  I have created an artwork make over. The new piece is Spring Calling. In last month’s blog I shared an image of an applique picture that I created in 1988. I am showing you that image again. Girl on the Slide is 24 X 40 inches. At that time I used trapunto in a… Read more »

March Miscellany

Some of you live in Gillette Wyoming, but you might not know about the wonderful venue for contemporary art quilts at City Hall. Take the stairs, and see my artwork from various vantage points! I change out the quilts in Spring and Autumn. There are four new pieces to enjoy. Evolution, 43 X 53 (above)… Read more »

Art Show Themes

Art shows often come together better if there are parameters. These might be subject matter, concept, color palette, size, medium, or some combination of these things. There are no guarantees that artists will respond to a call for art by submitting strong artwork. A theme that you thought was wonderful, might be greeted by a… Read more »

Show and Tell

In December I had the pleasure of hearing Transendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time, read by the author, Gaia Vince. She follows the story of homo sapiens from their beginnings until now, and her full research and excellent storytelling make this book of non-fiction a real page turner! I was listening… Read more »

Light and Dark Harmony

It turns out that you’re never too old to learn! Five months ago an artist buddy introduced me to the art principle of Notan, which is a Japanese word meaning light and dark harmony. Had I gone to art school, I would already have known about this way of looking at composition. How pleasing is… Read more »