Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted new work,
but I have been busy making art. I have lots of new work, just haven’t had a
chance to post the new work.Over the
next few weeks, I will try to catch up with everything I’ve done over the past
A vintage VW hubcap is the focal point for this piece. A 24"x24" wooden frame embellished with lots of interesting bits, bling and other pieces of interest.
"On The Hook"
A wooden fish covered in handmade red tissues, contained in a box lid. Ready to hang. The big glass eye on the fish is from a taxidermy deer head that someone gave me.
A wooden heart framed mirror, covered in a 1973 edition of the Press Democrat, and embellished with rusty nails, screws and other hardware. By the way, the rusty nails, screws and other hardware have been collected over the years by me, on long walks or short walks, in the US and abroad. I just can't resist picking them up.
A new Scrabble piece, set on a wooden board covered in vintage papers and framed with a mini-blind rod frames the scrabble tiles.
The quote: 'Sometimes I take baths because it is more difficult to drink wine in the shower"
"Nibbling On Queue"
The title is a play on words, 24 fishing lures hung on a pool cue, with a cue ball added for interest. The second image is of the piece in it's new home.
Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of these new pieces. I will post more soon.
Where have all the pencils gone?
Electronic devices seem to be eliminating the need for pencils, or pens, or books or newspapers or phone booths, or so many other things that were once comfortable and familiar. . . . things keep a-changing'.
A colorful arrangement of a collection of vintage and newer leaded writing instruments neatly accommodated inside a simple wooden frame.
"Eternity Is A Long Time" A couple of months ago I was invited to submit an art piece by Graton Gallery, in Graton, CA for their Cigar Box Show. This was my entry. There are many stories that could be told by this somewhat complex piece, but I think it's best to let the Viewer (you) decide where the story goes . . .
There is one thing I would like to bring to your attention, and that is this detail: The background image is from a magazine found at a coffee shop in San Francisco. The words read:
"A Monkey On My Back"
An electric guitar body found at the flea market without the 'electronics' has been altered to tell an alternative story.
The "neck' of the guitar was shortened, and the entire piece has been covered in vintage sheet music
and bits and bling, front and back.
Although the guitar can no longer be 'played', the 'desk bell' attached to the front can!
#7-Legend of the Golden Duck ● A few years ago, my husband and I were at an estate sale, where he spotted a wooden duck form that was plain, no color or other detail. He asked me if it was something I might be interested in for my art work. Although I had no immediate inspiration, I liked the wooden duck form, it was well made and the right size and the right price, so I said yes.
The wooden duck sat around my studio, somethimes he would be sitting on a vintage roller skate, other times he would be sitting on the window sill, patiently waiting his turn at the worktable.
Those of you who follow my blog, know that I make a lot of "memory" pieces. Memory pieces are art pieces typically start out being a recognizable wooden form, a frame, a box, an an animal form, then I will usually 'paper' the piece with a selected color, and then I begin to 'embellish' it with bits and bling. I typically work with silver-toned bits and bling, for no real reason except that I like the way the silver looks. Looking back on when I was working on this piece, I realized I was working on 3 pieces at the same time, a mirror, a mannequin head and this duck . . . and all three were in gold tones.
"Champ" ● This is Champ, he is an show winning Irish Setter. Actually, Champ represents several, in a long line of show winning Irish Setters.
This piece was commissioned as a birthday gift for a dear friend's step-mom, Wendy. Wendy shows Irish Setters in shows, competitions and obedience trials. From what I understand Wendy has had a long history of "Champions'.
Not only are Setters beautiful dogs, they are energetic, intelligent,
affectionate, loving, high-spirited and full of energy. They love family time, whether indoors or
out, and they get along famously with children and other pets. They have no real
guarding instincts, however.
"Champ" started out as small wooden dog form found at a local antique store. This is what he looked like when I first saw him.
After few weeks with me, he transformed into a pup full of boisterous energy and whimsey. It turns out that Irish Setters want to be
involved in everything you do. This one apparently got into a few of the 'stashes' in my studio when I wasn't looking . . . when he came out he was all "bling-ed up and fancy". Champ sits on a silver trivet. The trivet sits atop a smaller silver tray, which sits on a mini turntable lazy susan, so he even spins!
The birthday celebration was this past weekend, and from what I understand, "Champ" was received with open arms, and he won the heart of the birthday girl!
"Pearls of Wisdom" ● We discover the 'pearls' as we go. We collect them, one by one. Precise and succinct ideas about what is right and what is truth. We discover our own realities, we acquire our ownindisputableprinciples. We pick and choose the bits of internal advice that fit. These are the things that develop our character. These are the Pearls of Wisdom that guide us as we journey.
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, (Marin MOCA) will be holding their 6th annual altered book fundraiser, to include the work of over 100 Bay Area artists who re-construct and re-work books to produce a highly entertaining and remarkably varied exhibition. The exhibit and silent auction will be open for bidding from April 18-May 23. "Pearls of Wisdom" is my entry to the book show.
I would love it if you would stop by my FACEBOOK art page and LIKE it.
Several months ago, I came across this wonderful vintage mirror, The mirror appeared to be handmade by someone many years ago, lovingly sculpted out of a piece of fur, or possibly pine. A heart shape design cut-out was fitted with a 1/4" thick mirror. The fine sanded wood frame was painted silver. Truthfully, the piece was beautiful as I found it.
But, alas, I had to bling it up. A thin layer of tissue was first, (you can see it in this closeup photo).
Then I began adding the hardware. Mostly silvery bits, and baubles and bling.
I have included several photos which will hopefully provide you an opportunity to take a closer look at the many pieces included on this memory mirror.
Bottom half of mirror
Lower left hand corner
The finished size is 16"x16". And I think it turned out spectacular.
I finished the piece a week before Valentine's Day, and although I felt I was a bit late for the holiday of hearts, the piece was sold a few days after that.
The sweet couple, Tom and Carol, who took "Reflecitons" home with them, sent me a lovely email telling me how much they are enjoying the piece. The also included a photo of the piece in their home.