Friday, July 31, 2009

Some Kind of Purple Wild Flower

I took this photo last fall in Delaware near the shore.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I'm still working on getting those pink spirals together. This image from last fall seems like a good inspiration.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rose of Sharon

Some of what's dropping off the trees these days. My zucchini plant has succumbed to some pest. Very sad although we did get a bunch of great zucchini from it before it died. I promise not to scan the droppings of whatever creature is entertaining himself in our garden. It looks like an enormous rabbit so I think it might be a ground hog. Today we are off to the studio so perhaps I'll have some updates from there soon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I seem to be in a sluggish blogging period. This is primarily a result of lack of camera activity. (Maybe some absent mental activity as is summer after all.)
Our 14 year old lab doesn't seem to be able to smell very well anymore. He's now operating on deductive reasoning. Plastic often contains food, therefore all plastic must be removed to the cage and inspected for possible morsels. He has recently "inspected" the cardboard bottom of a 24 pack of water (with it's plastic of course) and my little baggy of pieces. I had to fish my graphite holder out of the cage as well. Just more evidence that getting old sucks.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Student Work

This is a collage made by a student from movie posters.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

First Painting

I took slides today, including one of Olivia's elephant painting. The pink spirals are making me crazy. I'm hating them at the moment. But most of the time hating a painting is better than loving it, at least mid process. It puts you in that "nothing to lose" place that is so important in making art.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


One of our garden neighbors deadheads her marigolds aggressively. The kids were thrilled to find the still fresh "heads" tossed about the edge of the garden. They gathered them all up and took them home. I always wanted to do this as a kid but never had access to so many flower heads. Of course now I could barely breathe around the marigolds. I had to satisfy myself with taking pictures and stringing needles.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Yesterday there was a flurry of activity at the studio. I'm working on figuring out how to put these guys together and making more of them.

Olivia was making her first oil painting.

And Gwen, my fabulous new intern, was helping with all kinds of things. Here she is tracing more spirals for me to cut and sew. Thanks Gwen!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Every time I make one of these constructions I plan to paint over it. That is WHY I started making them in the first place. I REALLY want to paint on them. However, it often turns out that I like it so much as is that I can't paint on it. One solution is to make the structure out of raw canvas. Then even if I like it raw I know I can remake it which allows me to go ahead a paint on it. This time I tried something different. I gathered the ugliest assortment of whatnot and sewed them all together. And wouldn't you know...three people came in my studio after that oohing and aahing about how cool it was. Well, what the hell. I am not one to be deterred from my mission. So I went ahead and ignored them and slapped paint all over it. It's not done yet so this is just a tidbit. It needs more painting and maybe more sewing but I doubt I'll get to work on it much until I'm done with the pink thing below.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer in the Studio

I finally remembered to bring my camera to the studio. Here's what I've been working on. I have to figure out how to join the pieces. My initial attempted failed. This might be one of those days where writing a blog entry at 6am is a mistake. But essentially I'm making a bunch more of these and experimenting with how I want to join them.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

Fireworks from Philadelphia.