Saturday, April 28, 2012


contrast[ kuh n-trast, kon-trast, kon-trast ]

verb (used with object)
1. to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the political rights of Romans and Greeks.
verb (used without object)
1. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
2. to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings: The sounds (p) and (b) contrast in the words “pin” and “bin.”

I find the contrast created by certain events, people, and moments in our lives both curious and enlightening. The ease with which the status quo can be completely upset and what once was good enough rendered anything but acceptable is sometimes shocking. And I am always amazed at what I find I have allowed myself to accept when I lack these points of contrast. So here's to those moments when contrast changes our view of everything.
Now if only changing the contrast on my TV could improve the program content in the same way.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Light at the End of the Tunnel

First the good news (it’s always better that way):  I have been experimenting with a drawing process once used by the late Paul Klee.  Klee (pronounced Clay) is among my favorite super-hero art figures.  ……and I’ve been obsessed with his “Oil Transfer” method for weeks now.  See photo for current experiments. (Tutorial to come in the next few weeks.)
…..and now for the bad news: Finals week is upon me & as if that wasn’t enough to sink a girl, I have a show deadline for Monday!  In my world, that is usually a HUGE, “YEAH!!!” …….but this week just means less zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s.  ……but there is a light at the end of the tunnel……errrrr…..wait, maybe that’s just the light at the end of the hall in the library.  Ugh! 
43 Paintings due in the next 10 day!!!  Can she do it?  Only 5 more to go!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dwell On Design

Around here we have a particular appreciation for things that are deigned in an interesting, unique, or just plain fun manner. And if they can be practical at the same time so much the better. With that in mind I thought I'd share with you a few pieces which are among my recent favorites from around the web. Today will be smaller home objects. Next time fashion. And then last but not least architecture and other large scale designs. Oh; and all the photos will be linked to the sites where I found these objects so click away for more details on each. Now without further ado and in no particular order... Here... They... Are!!

This appeals to me for many reasons. First because I love vintage industrial styling. Second the number of books an object of furniture can hold is a primary criteria to determine how useful it would be in my life; this is purpose built to hold a plethora. It is in fact a veritable cornucopia of books. Lastly, at least for our purposes, I love to see ordinary objects repurposed in new and interesting ways.

As Steve Carell would say, "I love lamp". You may have noticed that I find light an exceedingly interesting topic and my interest extends to those objects which function as sources of the aforementioned light. Here I love the simplicity of design leaving nothing superfluous; form following function and beautiful for that very reason. And if you're noticing a trend the answer is yes I do spend way too much time on etsy.

If I have to explain why this is truly excellent you have no sense of humor. That is all.

This UXO, google it I can't do everything for you, is so simple and yet stands out from the crowd of boring glass vases that seem to grace most homes. Modern and retro at the same time this pieces bridges the gap between two of my favorite design styles.

Most useful bookmark ever. I feel the need to have one in every book and I'm still kicking myself for forgetting to preorder some of the initial production run. But I'll most certainly be ordering a not insignificant number of these once they become available at retail.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Figuratively Speaking

This semester is drawing to a close and I find myself working feverishly to finish up several (six-ish!!!) paintings in the next two weeks. Here are a few of my "projects" from this weekend. Enjoy!!

I've been experimenting with painting over other paintings I've already done.  I'm enjoying scratching back down through additional layers of paint to what lies beneath. 

.....the painting on the right was originally a Japanese style flowering tree painting....which isn't much my really that interesting. : (  .....but I'm liking it much better with the figure painted in on top. 

 These two are for a project I'm doing on the work of Paul Klee.  I'm experimenting with black gesso instead of white on the left......which inspired the painting on the right.  Many of the backgrounds in my paintings tend to have darker backgrounds to begin with.  This "under-painting" makes for an added dimension to the "Klee"-style squares as a background.  The possibilities for this process become endless. to fix the size of her right leg.....

For more exciting drawings from other artist, check out Sunday Sketches.

Friday, April 13, 2012

All Quiet On The Eastern Front

Writer's block is something with which I have little experience.

Primarily, I suspect, due to the fact that I have not been a writer of any sort for all that long.

As you may have noted my previously limited experience has become far less limited in recent weeks; much to my dismay.

But I have a plan. Which I will share with you upon its completion tomorrow.

In the mean time I offer you the classic internet content placeholder; adorable kitten meme.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Where it all began.....

This week, my photography instructor asked us to do a presentation on other photographers that have inspired our work.  Some of my favorites are Edward Weston and Philippe Halsman .....although the one that has most influenced my work is Matthew Carden.  Carden does tiny still-lifes using figures from train sets.....& since I've been featuring my more recent work with my "army dudes", I figured I'd do an old throw back and feature the original "story" I told with them.....

The Mysteries of the Sock Monster's Lair: REVEALED!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Just a thought.....

Have you ever had one of *those* days where you feel as if you hit the ground running and haven’t slowed down…..& yet still haven’t accomplished anything of significance?  …..and the last thing you were able to accomplish was taking time out to relax & reflect on how you could bless someone else’s life?  THAT was precisely my yesterday.  I typically greet each person I pass on the sidewalk…..but yesterday, I made phone calls as I commuted across campus and ran errands that put me in my car by myself longer than it took to accomplish the errands themselves……and in my haste, I stopped to grab “fast food”…..after all, I was in a hurry……but it was there that I found myself stopped in my tracks & reflecting on how selfish my day had really been.  … the blue mini-van in front of me pulled away, I handed my money to the clerk, he waved it away….he said the lady in front of  you bought your meal and wanted me to tell you to “Have a Blessed Day.”  WOW!!?!?  Amazing….I’m not certain I’ve ever felt so honored or even unworthy to have a sandwich from Chick-Fil-A.  What a simple act of kindness!  It didn’t even require a huge quantity of effort or time… was simple…..and the message was simple…..Be Blessed….
…..but it’s gotten me thinking about missed opportunities to bless others….in simple….even anonymous ways.  What’s five dollars?  ….or five minutes in the grand scheme of life?  She didn’t know me…..she doesn’t even know what I look like.  How often do *we* decide what others “deserve” based on our perceptions of their actions, choices, words, looks, etc.  I’ve done it!  It’s easy to think about some wild African tribe as a mission field, but what about the people in our neighborhoods?  What about that person at work or school that’s annoying or awkward?  After all, this is a blog about *mundane* things…..can we forgive mundane offenses too… being cut off in traffic?  …poor service at a restaurant?  ….or my own person beef, the mail carrier that inconsistently picks up my mail?  …..or will I continue to reserve *my* right to be angry, upset, etc.  In the south it’s more passive-aggressive.  People’s “hearts get blessed” and they are “wished the best.”  The Bostonian interpretation of this is more direct and begins with the letter “F.”  …..but what would happen if each time we were tempted to say….or even think these things, we instead hit our knees and asked God to change our own hearts in a way that allowed us to see others through HIS eyes and prayed that HIS best be done?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Playlist, Chapter: 1

As I walk with Emilie autumn winds whistle through the neon trees; a haunting chorus to the gaslight anthem played by the antique streetlights; their tiny flames flicker. The shadows cast by entangled branches dance and writhe across the ground; like clashing armies of monsters and men. And I flashback; we're watching a different flame as August burns red on the horizon with the fire of summer; the memory seems like yesterday yet here we are on the doorstep of winter. The crisp clear air reveals a starry sky so close you feel your soul could ply the heavens with angels and airwaves; so high you're only 30 seconds from Mars. While back on earth we walk among the forest. Frost covered trees glisten like tin soldiers with their shiny toy guns...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Figure "drawing" favorite way to "draw" is with a brush. : )

Always love checking out the "Sunday Sketches" with Blue Chair Diaries.