Thursday, January 29, 2015

Atmospheric Effects

Winter in the Mountains

Lenticular Cloud Scientists

In This Picture the Wind Blows from Left to Right.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ladies With Issues

 LA Noir, South Alvarado, 2 am

Truth, Lies and What It Takes

Stockholm Syndrome (Tonya)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Work in Progress: "Dear Mary"

Last week the mail brought my most recent eBay purchase -- a batch of small college photos in little photo holders with different hand-written messages inside each one, all addressed to a girl named "Mary."

Dear Mary, It seems I've known you for ages
tho it's really been a short while.
I'll never forget our discussions and
little secrets in homeroom
and home-making class.  Love, Nancy

I'm altering each one with ribbon, embroidery thread, seed beads, ribbon, etc. to add some sort of mask or statement over each face (masks seem to be the essence of the high school/college experience!).  I plan to bind them together accordion-style to make a little artist's book to be called "Dear Mary."

Here are some of them:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Exhibits

Several pieces on exhibit during these gray winter months...

River Triptych
(paper collage on old book covers)
On exhibit at the 2015 Annual Washington State Juried Art Show
January 24 - February 28, 2015
CVG Gallery, Bremerton, WA

 Red Rivers, An Embroidered Book Page
(red silk embroidery thread, paper) 

The Needle and the Sword, A History of the Early Women's Movement in 24 Hankies
(unique artist's book, vintage hankies & doilies, heat-transfer images, fabric & lace applique, buttons, beads, ribbon on calico and cotton fabric pages)

Both on exhibit at Women's Caucus for Art, St. Louis Chapter, "Contemporary
Women Artists XVII Reimagining Femmage," Feb. 20 - April 3, 2015
Foundry Art Center, St. Louis, MO

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Magazine Advertising, Re-Arranged

 Their Relationship Was a Form of Predatory Poetry.

There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.
(Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010)


Creepy Sex

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Array" n. An ordered arrangement of particular things...

The theme for collage on Kollage Kit this week has been "array," and there are a whole collection of lovely pieces posted there.  Some of them look like homages to the artist Peter Blake (well-known for his pop-art arrays) and some are curiosity cabinets waiting to reveal their oddities.  My approach was to mash-up some strange little images for the viewer to de-code:

 The Enigma Machine

Victorian Twister

Friday, January 9, 2015

In Which I Disrespect Several Japanese Woodblock and Painting Masters

 The Great Wave

The Warrior Kato Kiyomasa Gazes at Synchronized Swimming While Campaigning

Li Bai Admiring a Waterfall

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Umbra Sumus

Umbra Sumus (We Are Shadows)

The title is taken from the inscription on a sundial erected during the 1740’s on the wall of a chapel in Fournier Street, East London, UK, perhaps based on an earlier line by Horace -- pulvis et umbra sumus, or "we are dust and shadows").  The chapel is now a mosque, and is located not far from the Ten Bells public house, notorious for its connection to Jack the Ripper.  One of the Ripper's victims, Annie Chapman, may been drinking at the pub shortly before she was murdered; the last known and most horrifically mutilated victim, Mary Kelly, a 25-year old prostitute, is thought to have regularly solicited her clients outside the Ten Bells. Dust and shadows...

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year, New Journal

When I retired from the practice of law, I began keeping art journals.  The first entry in the first journal was dated 9/30/08 and it was several pages of ranting against the Orwellian administration of George Bush and Dick Cheney.

And now, here's the cover for my 13th volume, and the first page is still blank...what to do, what to do...