Pieces scattered in the wind-or are they?

cm72Do you ever feel scattered?  This piece does a pretty good job of highlighting the various parts of my life that don’t seem to line up.

This is not always a bad problem to have, unless you want to know just where you left some important paperwork or something.  Quite possibly this Pop Art Piece is a way to see the various richness that makes up my life.  Have you ever given thought to these conditions in your own life?  I have just the opportunity for you to make art from a full life.  Join me on August 1 at Schoodic Arts for All during the festival.  We’ll work from 10-2 and make a wonderful rendition of your life strengths!!!

Can we all look at ourselves for a minute?

When you look in the mirror who do you see?   I hope that I see a woman who views people as individuals with hopes and dreams, challenges and road blocks, but who persevere nevertheless.  I believe that we have the right to make decisions about our own lives and to strive to be the best we can be.   It is so sad that hate can drive someone to murder innocent victims, to leave families and friends devastated and to judge someones lifestyle.

Today was yet one more reminder of the hate that lives in some folks minds.  When we glorify these behaviors in any way or denigrate a population it plants seeds of allowance in some minds-  These seeds fester and grow and continue to be nurtured by hate, making future events even more likely.  When I look in the mirror I hope that I see someone who supports and encourages difference and individual choice.

Leonardo's Penumbra 36 x 54 mirror frame in Acrylic Paint

Leonardo’s Penumbra
36 x 54 mirror frame in Acrylic Paint

Challenging Work Brings Opportunity-Throwback Thursday:Hometown Memories

The mirror is the challenge presented to artists this year as a fundraiser.  We were given a mirror in a 26 x 54 frame.  Every year we have the chance to make a piece of art from some everyday object that can be used in the home.

I usually get the information in early June and have until October to pick the piece up at the museum and take it home for transformation.  The real transformation usually happens within my thought processes and skill set.  Usually an idea comes to me quite soon but then I spend all summer taking and teaching classes, making the work for the Gallery to sell and spending as much time as I can with the Grandchildren.    All of a sudden it is mid September and I have not yet begun to actual work on the project.  You see, after I have made the decision about how to transform the piece, my mind thinks “It’s finished”, but of course it is not.

I confer with my husband about how to physically transform the piece in some way.  This year we added approx. 10″ to one side of the mirror frame and a cradle to support the whole piece.  When I say we, I mean he did the work, I just sanded, primed and painted the product he produced.  Thankfully he is very generous with his talents.  I begin to create the final painted piece.  Somewhere along the line there is a new product, new design idea or new technique that takes time to be incorporated.  Then I need to add time for accidents that might occur, ( I know this after 10 years of experience) setting the finished product back by sometimes as much as a week.  Then to top it off this year I went to reinstall the mirror and realized it was cracked-so a new mirror had to be ordered.  Luckily the folks at the museum are patient and gracious.

The auction is being held on November 13th at 6pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.  It is always amazing to attend this auction.  I love seeing all of the creations in one room, seeing the atmosphere of good times for a good cause and the very supportive crowd who attend and buy the art.  Check out the website at MaineDiscoveryMuseum.org/Auction  to see the beautiful work folks have done.  Bidding will be possible in person or online.

Leonardo's Penumbra 36 x 54 mirror frame in Acrylic Paint

Leonardo’s Penumbra
36 x 54 mirror frame in Acrylic Paint