Friday, May 18, 2018

aloha!  having recently returned from the 

lovely hawaiian islands, it has been a slow start 

back into doing some art but I'm back in the full swing

with some drawings and travel photos today.

he would be much happier if he turned 

to see the color in the world.  instead he

only looked down.

marbled drawing 

a friend gave me a vintage simplicity pattern.

it brought back memories of my tailoring teacher, 

her red cheeks, powdered face, tabu perfume and 

pearls.  a tad overdone for a high school teacher but 

she taught me how to meticulously make tiny stitches

which no one ever saw but molded  jackets to fit perfectly.

i went on to win tailoring contests.

one of the main reasons to go to honolulu was to visit the 

disney resort.  our friend was asked to paint the mural depicting

the history of hawaii.

it graces the entry.  our son was the model

for one of the warriors.

the pictures i have seen of the mural does not measure to

seeing it in person.

we stayed at the iconic

pink royal hawaiian hotel on waikiki beach.

so much of waikiki has been built up so

that you cannot see the beach from the street.

it has years since i have visited this island.

the royal hawaiian was a treat and a retreat 

back into a bit of old hawaii.

on my morning walk were japanese tourists doing 

yoga on the beach, their designer bags lined up

in back of them. 

we stayed in poipu for the remainder of the trip.

in a sweet house owned by a family since the 

early 1900s.  the view was unbeatable and the 

weather perfect. 

there are leaves that look like a world map

and feel like leather.

i miss the waves lapping on the shore, the soft breezes,

the slow pace... a sign of a good trip.

thank you for visiting today.
wishing you lovely weekend!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

today  you get a tour of the amazing mosaic tile house in 

venice, california.  gonzalo and his wife, cheri, have created 

a site to behold in their home.  every inch is covered

in tile.  i was lucky enough to attend a tour with one of my art groups.  

also, are two of my recent charcoal portraits on paper.

here we go...

i couldn't stop taking pictures!

the side wall!

a little bench for your weary bones.

it all started here when the bathroom wall needed patching.

 instead, 4 x 4 white tiles were broken and patched the area.

but it didn't stop there. 

they continued on to the wall,

covered the tub!

while working in their studies.  both are artists and each has their own space

to tinker in.

then back outside again. 

 oh, every house needs a  working kitchen!

the sink!

i think these pictures say it all!

have a lovely weekend.  mine will be taken up

with fixing -- technical issues, home repairs, the

continued decluttering process (going very well, by the way).

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

hello, I have been experimenting with gelli plate magazine transfers

 after watching  brigit koopsen's  youtube tutorial.

i experimented with various paints, different magazines,

images and amount of paints.  here are three examples. 

the actual transfer was a failure here but what was left of 

 the magazine image turned out intriguing. 

one of the eyes did not transfer so I collaged a face 

that I had previously drawn on a vintage dictionary page.

more paint was added after the transfer was made to complete this print.

in summary, so far in experimenting with gelli transfers, I found the results to be hit or miss.

I have not been able to determine what the factors are that make a successful print.

one transfer from a magazine would not transfer at all, while another

would.   the one thing that is consistent is that a thin coat of acrylic 

gives best results.  it is a fun and relatively easy process and I will continue play with. 

while I visited my son and fiancĂ© in chicago last week 

I finally was able to visit the center for intuitive and outsider art where I 

found one of the exhibits to be absolutely fascinating.

henry danger was a gifted and obsessed artist who never

told anyone he created art.  his art was discovered by his landlord 

after he died at the age of 81.  fortunately, his landlord was a photographer

and recognized the talent of this reclusive hospital janitor.

henry's small room was filled with magazines, a large sized manuscript of 

mixed media art and writing.  the contents of the room was donated 

to the center and is on display.  

the manuscript in process was over 1000 pages and became 

so large and  unwieldy that the only place henry could put it 

in his room was on the bed so he would sleep on a chair .

his work sells for thousands of dollars and is collected by museums

and galleries throughout the country.  there is also a book published

posthumously on his life and works.

  he is considered an outsider artist because of his lack of formal training.  

this was a full week.   I also visited the chicago art institute, 

an egyptian portrait exhibit at northwestern and another 

fascinating exhibit at the center for intuitive and outsider art and 

the mosaic and tile house in venice.  I will share pictures of these next week.

thank you for visiting today.  i always appreciate your

comments and am interested in your feedback.

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