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


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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 "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.

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.

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:
The rest of the story is up to you!
Happy New Year Everybody!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Monkey On My Back

"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!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Intentions and Consequences

Thank you for stopping by.  
Take a moment and leave a comment to let me know you were here.
I enjoy reading what you think.

"Intentions and Consequences"
Constructed in a vintage sewing machine drawer, this diorama is full of interesting bits and mementos meant to challenge consciousness and provoke memory.  

Regardless of our intentions, our actions, ideas, proposals, policies all have consequences, some are good and some are not.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#7 - The Legend of The Golden Duck

#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.

The title for this piece is inspired from a children’s activity book titled: “The Legend of the Golden Duck”.

Happy Summer everyone!