Sunday, February 27, 2011


Take pieces of an antique quilt from the 1800's, torture some Tyvek on top of the woodstove, open the door to let out the cookin' Tyvek fumes, fray some cheesecloth, acrylic paints, pigments and finally lay down some stray fibers. Earth - renew thyself!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Can't See the Forest for the Trees

I live very close to this great artist friend and every once in awhile, when the moon is right and all the stars are aligned, we are able to spend some creative time together. This afternoon we messed around exploring mixed media art. I created this piece from part of a failed textile piece, modeling paste (please don't ever take this away from me), other fibers, a shell fragment and a healthy dose of paint. Can I spend every Sunday afternoon like this? Please?

Abstract Painting Class

Yesterday I gave an abstract painting class at the Wallkill River School. The participants were great and, even though I was exhausted at the end of the day, I had a wonderful time. Sue and Linda made some great mixed media pieces. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Jessica, the two teenagers? They just flew into combining different elements and techniques with a freedom that was awesome to watch. Next time I must remember to bring my camera so I can post photos of the class and the art that is created by the participants! All I can show & tell is the piece above that I made during the class.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

In the Thick of It

Right now I'm coping with quite a bit of stress and turmoil that can be directly attributed to my day job. It is not fun and, after 5 years, I believe it's finally dawned on me that life there is not going to change no matter how idealistic and optimistic I choose to be. Soooo...while I'm figuring out what my next steps may or may not be...I began work on a very personal assemblage. While this is not finished, the guts have been decided. Was nice to spend a bit of time doing what it is I love to do.

Can you read the title of the vintage little leather book?


Saturday, February 5, 2011


I seem to use the image of hearts often in the art work I create. They can convey so many messages...there are purple hearts, blue hearts, passionate red hearts, gold get the gist. This abstract was created with acrylic paints, modeling paste and cheesecloth on 140lb watercolor paper. I think I'll frame it and bring it to hang in the hallway gallery at the Wallkill River School for February....ummmm....the theme of the month being 'love' (surprise, huh?).