Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Found Art Tuesday for 5-29-07: Close

Have you ever met a person or people that retreat into their own world, who believes that everything is fine around them, who won't entertain new thoughts or ideas, whose dreams are dark and foreboding, who believes that they have the answer to everything. They have existed throughout the centuries..and we know them,if not personally, then for the havoc they have wrought on society. My found art piece this week speaks to the closed mindedness that pervades society today. I entitled the piece Closed Mind. It is a mixed media and collage ATC. The stoned faced head has a latch on it to signify the locked up mind. The head is one of stone, again representing how some view the world and problems that exist in it. I have definitely been doing too much thinking!

On another note...tonight my precious daughter graduates 8th grade. We have been running around like nuts trying to find the perfect dress, flowers, getting nails done etc... She deserves it though. How hard she worked through these 8 years of primary and junior high school. I am a proud Mom.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Found Art Tuesday 5-22-07: MOON

My idea for this piece started with another found art participant. Maybe some of you know of the Granola Poet. If you go to the link listed here you will find a poem about me! My husband can't live with me anymore because of the size of my head! LOL:

So I wanted to dedicate a little diddy to the famous Granola Poet. Now granted I am no poet...but that is what I love about the found art movement...It empowers me to try things I normally would not do. Hence the poem about the moon. This little piece is entitle Old Man Moon. The art is just so so. I really just wanted a vehicle for the poem (nice excuse eh)? I used a scrap of water color paper, water colors, acrylics, wax pencil and oil pastels. I actually scritched (is that a word?) the poem on the moons surface. My extra fine black sharpie died when I tried to write the first word. I actually like the scritching. So I guess I meant to do it! In case you can't read the poem, it is typed below. How fun this was!


Old man moon sleeps all day, then at night comes out to play.

He shines his light for all to see, a guided path for a safe journey.

Soon darkness wanes, he yawns and sighs.

It's time for bed, he says goodbye.

He will return of that be sure,

Shining for his nightly tour.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Solo exhibit wrap-up

Well my first solo exhibit is over. I took down the art on the 10th of this month. I was totally humbled by the entire process. But I did get through it. I sold 5 pieces (one was a commissioned piece) and was able to donate 20% of those sales to Greyhounds Only I did make a few contacts and I am going to participate in Gallery in the Garden..which is an annual art show in the beautiful gardens of the an artist residing in Woodstock IL This even takes place in July. Unfortunately or fortunately depending upon how you look at it, my children have a ballet recital on the same day but the artist who hosts the show, Deb Glaubke, said it would be no problem if I left early. How cool is that! I decided I would complete at least 4 new works for this show. I will include maybe 6 of the works from the Conscious Cup solo exhibit.

I will leave you with a work from my first solo exhibit. It did not sell but it is one of my favorites. I created the work after seeing the film "An Inconvenient Truth." Whatever you might think of former Vice-Presidents Gores politics, you have got to admire his persistence. I was so moved by this film and the powerful message behind it, that I created a work based upon my emotions. As a scientist I have no problem with his data. I even did a little research myself because I thought that the way the data was presented was primarily for a non-scientific public. The work is dedicated to his efforts to educate the public and it sells for $95.00 framed. The final size of the work is 16 by 20 and it is a mixed media and collage piece on watercolor paper. The title of this piece is: She Weeps for Us. Take a close look at the Earth, I think Mother Earth would nod in agreement.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Found Art Tuesday 5-15-07: LOST

Have you ever been crazy in love, or really lost in love.... That sentiment is how I interpret the theme this week. I have been lucky in love in that I can say I have been lost in love twice in my life. Once with someone long before my husband and I were serious and of course I am lost in love with my husband.

While working on a special scrapbook for my daughter Kaitie (for her 8th grade year), I quickly made this little ATC. IT was very quick because I had the background done already in a stash of my stuff. This is a mixed media piece I call Lost in Love. Acrylics, inks, found papers and stickers were used. My studio time will be limited for a while because I need to finish the scrapbook and get graduation invites made. I guess I will be busy!

I have finished a couple new pieces but they are studies for larger works. I just wish there were 36 hours in a day!


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Found Art Tuesday 5-8-07: Mother

Mother as a topic made me reminisce about my childhood and all that I loved about my mother. That led to thoughts a bit deeper. Am I a good Mother? Who is my idea of a perfect mother. That is when I thought of the Mother of Jesus. Being Catholic, we were brought up with a statue of Mary in our home. we crowned her every May and prayed the rosary daily (well maybe once a week). Her image seemed to be everywhere. We thought of Mary as our Mother, the ultimate Mother. And so the Madre de Todos was conceived in my very messy studio at 2:10 PM today. This is a transfer from a religious calendar and the work is mixed media, watercolor and acrylics, on watercolor paper. It is about 4 by 9 inches in size.

I am going to leave this at my children's school. IT is a Catholic school and I know there are plenty of teachers who will love this.
I am secretly hoping that whoever finds this does indeed hit my blog!

Thanks for the great theme Rosa!