Monday, March 28, 2011

Seasons Change

Time doesn't go by any faster in Alabama. In fact most things are done slower. It seems to me however, that the seasons change so quickly. Spring is here in full force, and has been for weeks. I'm actually contemplating putting the A/C on soon. (this thought actually purturbs me) My favorite thing in spring is blossoming foliage. I love how some new flowers and buds can make even the yuckiest area look pretty. My hideous fence can attest to that.
Seeing all these lovely roses on the bush makes me wish I had tended to it (at all) earlier. The same goes for a tomato plant I left for dead after never getting a tomato last year. Of course it's got one now, so I've begun watering it again. The tree in our front yard is pretty awesome too.

As much as it may seem that I love spring right now, no season could ever take the place of winter. It is definitely my favorite season. In fact, I just finished another chair lift painting! It's one I've had for a while and am just now completeing.

This is a nice big size. I think I was a bit intimidated by the size and that's why it took so long. For anyone not familiar this Chairlift Series is one I've been working on building for a while. This painting (from The Canyons in Utah) is third in the series. I'll be starting on one from Steamboat, CO next. If you are wondering what the other two look like I can post them now.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Indigo Monday

I hope everyone had an Ab Fab Monday Morn. I did. Mondays are so tough when you've had a great weekend. My husband and I went to an airshow in Georgia. The weather was awesome and so were the performances. We saw his old boss, Patty, and got to drool over her airplane. That wasn't the only vehicle I drooled over. Check this out:

This past Saturday was also the opening for the Fusion Show in Ozark. (See previous blog post) I didn't make it since I was in Georgia, but Sarah was there to represent us. Thank goodness she was because we won Attendees Choice! This could be the start of a career as recycling sculptors for us. Stranger things have happened. Maybe we'll start making scarves out of old art magazines. Just kidding.

Below is another etsy treasury for your indulgence.

'Indigo Monday ( Rainbow series: Indigo - Part 6 of 7 )' by girlwitharadiomind

You gonna have a blue Monday that ain't so blue after all - A little more complicated, a little more intense, a little funkier, a little more fun. ;) Part 6 of my 7 rainbow series. This treasury is made up mostly of the good folks of IFSteam and EPL. :) Do drop by my Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue treasuries too. I'm planning to make 7 treasuries to each shade of rainbow eventually. Stay tune. :)

Leafy Hemp Earrings...

Vintage DEEP PEACE ...

Hanging Blue Hydran...

Blue Gypsy Bracelet

Vintage Lace Earrin...

handwoven indigo ch...

Bright Purple Wool ...

Glass Beaded, Brass...

Handmade Black and ...

Peacock Large Trian...

Royal Blue Satin Pe...

Ocean Chrysanthemum...

Blue Knitted Cat Re...

Tibetan silver Tass...

Playing Cards

Classic Elegant Roy...


Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Meet-Ups

This week I hosted the questions for the Meet-Up on the Homefront Team Blog. See the results here:

You will be particularly interested in seeing some answers if you are looking for places to eat around your installation or looking for places to get craft supplies.

Also worthy of mention is the next art show at the Ann Rudd Art Center in Ozark, AL.
I collaborated on an entry with a friend of mine. (Sarah Wickline, maybe you know her) The two of us designed and built a dress out of pages (we loved) from OLD Art in America Magazines. It was such a cool way to breathe new life into the images hidden among pages in a dusty pile of mags from the 80's and 90's. Here's a little slideshow on how we did it.

If you live in the area I encourage you to attend the opening. It's an exciting time to view the work.

Friday, March 4, 2011

I Like This Painting

I love this painting. It's very surreal and messy. It reminds me of my brain at the end of a creative day. It's forcing me to tell you about my new projects. It happens to be representative of the two with which I'm currently involved. This will probably make for an incohesive blog post, so I'm appologizing now. I hate the word "blog." It sounds like a word for involuntary regurgitation. (If you know what I mean)
Speaking of involuntary regurgitaion, back to this awesome painting I found in an Art in America from 1995. Archival, huh? (Like Ann Hathaway's awesome, red Valentino she wore at the Oscar's that I'm still fantasizing about) Where did I get a magazine from 1995?
I'm going through a bunch of old magazines at my local art center. It's part of a spring cleaning initiative/art project collaborative. A friend, also named Sarah, and I are ripping out our favorite pages of artwork and building a dress out of them. It's awesome. The dress will be worn by a mannequin for an art show opening in the middle of the month. Anyway, this page is one of many that I have loved. Each new page makes Sarah and I love the dress more.
Enough about the dress, there'll be more of that iun future posts. About the painting, I love how the branch comes out of a sea of nothing. And this sea has boats coasting along in it. Life goes on. The branch even has a reflection in nothing. This nothing has depth even though there is no perspective. I think the top of the branch looks like a deer head. This is particularly poignant since I spent the larger portion of yesterday at the woodshop on post slicing deer antler on a ban saw. (For the record, I did not hurt a deer. This antler was saved from becoming garbage.)And I do appologize to Carl about the smell. Deer antler makes a gorgoeous button. (provided you don't have any issues with hunting.) I just hate wasting. And I love finding a resource in an unexpected place. I would much rather see a characteristic from these creatures continue to be enjoyed and admired. I also find some of the colors in this palette to be similar to the deer antler. This work of art that I have shared with you is making my life feel so sensical right now. I only wish there was no creepy figure in the background. Although, I think we all have a creepy man lurking in the background of our lives.
P.S. here's Ann's dress in case you missed the Red Carpet.