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I don’t get it

I don’t get it

I have just finished a large abstract piece of art, created to hang in the stairwell of City Hall in Gillette. I am 63 inches tall, so at 68 inches high this pieces is taller than me, and broader also – 43 inches wide. Large artwork looks good in this space, and I have mostly been making small figurative pieces in the last few months. So …. it was time to clear off the ping pong table, and get going.

I had also been given permission to use a gifted pristine linen table cloth in any way that I wished!  (Thank you cousin Alice.) So I began by cutting this fabric in sections and painting some of them with seta color.  It was decidedly not pristine any more. I painted other linen (and linen look alike) as well. After seeing the results, an idea emerged as to what I might like to “say” with these rich colors. Fabrics were pinned to a black background and sewn down by hand.  This is the completed artwork. I have at least one friend who is made uncomfortable by abstract art. Her response is usually,”I don’t get it”.



So I will explain a bit.  We start by looking at the fabrics closely, because they tell a story. Do you see some frayed edges and  some bruising? Do you see passion, spirit, and ethnicity? Do you see dynamic forces and new ideas?  Femininity? Difficult points of history, and also joyful celebration? Maybe you don’t see any of these things, but do see something else. There is no exact meaning to any piece of art, even when it is a more easily understood realistic image. There is no right or wrong answer.





















The title of this piece is Women of Color Rise. Their individual voices join forces to be heard.  Strong women give me hope. I am glad that I have given myself permission to create conceptual artwork of the political kind. I enjoy making abstract art that is about something.

And now…. a reward for having read this blog. Some of my recipes could also be categorized as abstract, especially because of my fondness for sometimes not giving amounts!  It is still very cold this winter, so I have created another soup. About once a month I bake a whole butternut squash – Poke it with a knife, place in 350 degree oven and bake for one hour. Let cool, remove skin and seeds, Use the pulp in Butternut Delight (Jan. 2019) or Butternut Pancakes (Feb. 2018) or use it in Sweet Curry Soup: Mash about 2 cups of cooked squash, add 1/2 t. salt and 1 t. curry powder, and set aside. Saute 1/2 yellow onion, chopped, in chicken fat or butter until browned a little. Put this in a blender with a can (13.6fl oz.) unsweetened coconut milk. I use Thai Kitchen. Add mashed butternut squash, and blend until smooth. Heat and serve with pepper.

Using again in a new way

Recycling is not just for plastic, cardboard, and newspaper. The concept of using something again, in a new way, can be applied to many parts of our life, from letter writing, to baby toys, to recipes, to artwork. Cousing Janet has taken the Facebook concept share photos and stories and redirected it to a letter format. These… Continue Reading

Use What You Have

I am often heard saying “Use what you have.”  I am pretty good at practicing what I preach. I design new garden beds with easy to move perennials in mind, those already in other beds and ready to thin. I take pleasure in finding a wonderful way to use three leftovers in the refrigerator. At… Continue Reading