Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Waiting For a Kiss

"Waiting for a Kiss"
So, I got this unfinished bowl, from a wood turner friend of mine. Apparently the bowl was a 'reject' from her shop, as it had a small crack on one side.

The bowl sat in my studio for months . . . then one day, I started drilling holes into it and adding rusty nails and screws and paint and bits and bling and images, and this is what happened. . . .
Because the bowl was uneven on the bottom, I had to figure out how to stabilize it. I fitted a vintage 'baby moon' hubcap to the bottom and magic happened.
This added movement to the piece.
The frog on top, well that's the Prince who is "Waiting for A Kiss"

It waddles.   It's lovely. . . .what do you think? ~SOLD~

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The photos below, give you an idea of how it began.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Silver Wood Duck


 
 

 "Silver Wood Duck"
In nature, the silver wood duck is a color mutated variant of wood duck. Like wood ducks they are extremely hardy, easy to care for.

In this mixed media assemblage: a wooden duck form, has been embellished with silvery bits and bling to create an elegant representation of a Silver Wood Duck . . 


Silver Wood Duck male.

 

An American Quilt



"An American Quilt"
for this piece I found 2 10"x10" wooden frames. In between the 2 pieces of glass you will find 165 dice and other dice-like game pieces. The dice are free-standing, adding an interactive quality and movement to the assemblage.
 Includes a wooden stand, for table top/shelf display.

This piece reminds me of a quilt my mother made for me many years ago, which I still have.

Here is a photo of the original quilt . . . .

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

She's Not The Girl I Used To Know

 "She's Not The Girl I used To Know"
This is an experimental piece, recently juried into the Sebastopol Center for The Arts show titled "Marvelous", an international show of Assemblage and Collage.  Over 600 entries from all over the world.  97 pieces were selected, and I must say, I am honored to be in such good company.

About the piece:  She started out as a wooden fruit bowl found at a garage sale.  Immediately I saw a  heart in the shape of the bowl ~ and that was the direction I had planned to go. . . .


When I started working on this piece ~ I used text and images from a Greek art book I found a few years before.  My idea was to embellish the piece as a heart, but soon "It (the piece) seemed to be telling "me" to go in a different direction.  It became a face, instead of a heart. . . .funny how that happens.

In 2015, my husband and I spent a month in Spain, visiting several cities. As is my custom, I will often see things laying on the ground, and if they look interesting to me, I pick them up, thinking they will some day be part of an art piece: pebbles, bottle caps, keys, coins, and the like.
For some reason, that summer in Spain, I was attracted to rusty nails, screws, washers, wire and other bits of rusty metals.

I don't often work with 'rusty-things, but these just seemed to work well with this bowl.

I finished the back with a very thin piece of wood, more text from the found book, and wired it for hanging.


What do you think? I think she's quite lovely . . .
Thanks for stopping by.   See you soon.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old Growth, New Growth

"Old Growth, New Growth"
Vintage and newer wooden kitchen utensils, arranged on an oak barrel stave.

Would be great for a home kitchen or restaurant decor.
This is a wall hung piece.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Games

Over the last year, I have been 'playing' with several different found objects to create my assemblage work. I have a rather large collection of game pieces and rulers, dice, dominoes, jacks and other small plastic toys and I wanted to incorporate them into my art. 

When people see these assemblages, with these bits of game memorabilia randomly attached onto wooden game boards, they will often comment of the fond childhood memories that the finished piece will often evoke.

Here are 4 game assemblages I have made over the past year. I'm sure if you look closely, they will 'stir up' some childhood memories of your own.  Enjoy!
 
 "Game Changer"
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"Games"
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 "The Games We Play"
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"Fun and Games"

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Few New Pieces

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 few months.



"Baby Moon"  
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.

"Reflections"
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.


"Sometimes"  
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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What's Your Point?


"What's Your Point?"

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.

Write On!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Eternity Is A Long Time. . . .

FRONT and BACK images
"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:
PRAISE THE LOWERED
The rest of the story is up to you!
Happy New Year Everybody!