Friday, December 28, 2007
Soar, acrylic painting on brown mailing paper, 35.5 x 40"
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
My favorite found object is a vintage honey pot my mother in law was about to toss out.
Something really cool happened while I was doing the encaustic painting, a very large honey bee flew through the altar and buzzed around each of the melting encaustic color pans then left.
I told my sacred geometry professor that it must have been Artemis coming to bless the project...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
these two images are my compositional ideas for the woodblocks I will be carving for the Magician cards. I like the composition of the magician juggling the implements of his craft.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
La Llorona, The Weeping Woman mourns eternally for in a moment of madness she drowned her poor babies and upon realizing what she had done ran screaming back to the river to join them.
...children, hurry home before dark and kiss your mammas who love you. If you should hear the wailing --"¿donde estan mis hijos?" (where are my children?) -- run, run home quickly for if you tarry under the full moon she may clasp you to her breast and then you will see her empty eyes leaking tears of blood. And then if you don't die from fear then you will die when she takes you with her -- back to her watery grave.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I did some digital collages for the Fool card and I'm presently mulling over the Magician. One will be transfered to 4 - 4x6" blocks. I'll carve the blocks, 1 keyline & 3 color, then print them hanga style.
I also designed the image for the back of the cards. I did a few digital tessellations of bees. I like the hexagonal one with the periwinkle background the best. I'm thinking of having an aquatint intaglio plate made for this. I will have the black parts etched into a 9x12" plate with the 4x6" image repeated 4 times I can print 4 cards at once with. I will use Akua water based intaglio inks. I'll apply the black ink into the etched areas, wipe the plate then roll periwinkle ink over the plate then print it. I'll drop in the yellow with a hand made block.
Monday, October 15, 2007
this year at the Altares del Mundo: A Celebration of Remembrance exhibit Carol is celebrated by a team of artists. In the same room I expanded the vision with an imaginary memory of Carol and my Mother dishing over coffees...
Exhibit from 10/12/2007-11/2/2007, Phantom Gallery, 920 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5:00 PM
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Sunday, September 30, 2007
So sad this week. We had to put down our little cat Buster Catitude. His kidneys suddenly and completely shut down and despite treatment his blood counts were rising rather than lowering. As we visited him at the vet hospital Buster had a violent seizure. It was definitely time to let him go.
Buster was immortalized in my artwork, our son's professional graduation photos and my husband's photography. Buster was also the protagonist in an art book I created last year about the backyard wildlife.
My friend Carol was especially fond of Buster and loved to hear stories of his latest escapades. She loved the art book he was in and read it often aloud to others.
Buster used to amuse us with his playfulness and spunky character. Every morning he would attack Jeff's shoe laces as he dressed for work. The night before he got sick he had snuck a rodent into the house (did I mention that Buster could open doors). I walked into the kitchen to discover that he had pulled a rug over to make a tunnel in which he trapped a small field rat. He saw me and ran out of the house leaving the rodent for me to deal with...I put a box over it and waited for Jeff to return home, letting him dispose of the creature as he saw fit...Buster gave us one last amusing memory to carry with us and once more proved to us of how much he earned his keep.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
You are The Star
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised
The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I had a very successful oral presentation in San Francisco yesterday at the Academy of Art University. My proposal for my Masters Thesis project was approved. The abstract will be posted in the next paragraph to be followed by the written proposal. It will be the first steps in creation of a
The Major Arcana in Woodcut
This will not be a set of cards for divination but rather a nonlinear fine art book for meditation and growth, or simply for artistic appreciation.
I was babysitting in the mid 1970s and the kids were asleep; seeking to relieve the boredom I scanned the client’s bookshelves and came across a book on Tarot. The cover image was intriguing and a quick scan of the contents compelling so I sat down and read it while the client’s children dreamed. The client was surprised on her return to find me wide awake. Realizing I’d been inspired by her library, she pulled out an unopened Rider-Waite Tarot and gifted the deck and book to me. I treasured that gift and practiced with it for over 30 years. Finally in the late 1990s I re-gifted the book and well worn cards to another artist who was developing her own tarot deck. At that time I was experiencing life changes; my only child had left home for military training and I quit my job to use his unused college savings to resume my own interrupted education.
These cards will not be laminated so they will not be appropriate for divination, rather they will be a non linear book that can be used for meditation, self reflection and artistic appreciation. I intend for each card of this Tarot to stand on it’s own as an individual work of art and still be able to cohesively fit in with the rest of the collective as pages in a loose leaf picture book.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Here is the keyline plate in progress and then a proof. The proof was printed on acetate to transfer easily to my other blocks.
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Sunday, April 01, 2007
Here is my previous project for my silkscreen class. Nora's Daffodils have been completed for several weeks, I just felt more like remembering Carol than posting my artwork. There will be more remembrances of Carol through out the year, but I want to get back to the artmaking...
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The next image is a collage I threw together for my next project. I'm combining my print for the Iraq Print (an exchange with some BarenForum.org artists) and the next project in my relief printing class. The 9x12" assignment calls for drama, symbolism and a blend. The duststorm represents doubt and uncertainty, the tank fear and danger and the wagon represents the vulnerablilty of childhood. We are all vulnerable children in the monstrous face of any war. There have been so many unanswered questions regarding our leaders' political intentions that we Americans have been in a surreal cloud of confusion about what to think and who to trust. As a country we have been divided by those who question what's going on and those who question nothing out leaders do...some of us are just frustrated with a government that thinks nothing of sacrificing our children to this political quagmire while their own remain safe at home in ivory towers...
This last collage is for the next project in my silkscreen class. This assignment calls for a 10" x 12" print done in 8 runs, one of the runs must involve a blend and one of the runs must involve a vegetable oil stencil and one of the runs must involve a photo halftone. There must also be an element of symbolism in this project. (I think these classes sometimes follow a formula). Well this project is just rife with symbolism...but the main theme is transcendence and the title is "The Traveler."
Friday, March 30, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Julio asked me for a report on my videotaping odyssey so I will share it here and I hope you all enjoy it, thanks-I'll get quiet for a few after this long post and try and do some carving,.