Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sumo Series 06

Sumo Series 06
The circles with the logo are all Japanese family crests.  I especially like how the fabric X and the dendretics in the upper right corner work together.  Please note the war design on the sumo's skirt. It is pre-WWII and I image a statement about war.


Corner of a Cafe-Concert | A Thirst for Art

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sumo Series 05

Sumo Series 05
In each of the works in this series I used some form of cloth.  In this one, it is the red plus or red cross sign.  Recently, I found some miniature sumo wrestlers that I will work into a few pieces soon.  I also received some great wrapping paper on a gift that will work into a collage, too....not polka dots this time but read and white squares. :-)


Bes, the Egyptian 'god of boozing' | A Thirst For Art

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sumo Series 04

Sumo Series 04
I am always on the lookout for ephemera.  The large splotch of burgundy on the upper left came from the Sunday NY Times.  Evidently the printer for the newspaper over-inked and thus provided me with a huge splotch of inked paper.  It worked perfectly in this collage.


Gin Lane | A Thirst for Art

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sumo Series 03

Sumo Series 03
Many of the backgrounds in this series have parts of a Toyko map and white polka dots with red surrounding.  That ephemera was on gift wraps given to me by two dear friends, Michele and Jan.  I love using something that gives it a second use not originally intended. :-)


The Ancient Greece Symposium | A Thirst For Art

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sumo Series 02

Sumo Series 02
In each piece in this series I used dendritic papers that I made.  There are several YouTube videos on using this process to create mono prints.  Basically one puts drops of paint on glass or Plexiglas and then lays another piece of glass or Plexi over the dropped paint.  You press down on the glass pushing the paint out from the drop.  When you separate the two pieces of glass dendrites form.  Then the mono prints may be taken.  The dendrites look like coral but get their name from nerve endings and look like tree or bush branching.


Nova (PBS) - Mystery of a Masterpiece - 3904 Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sumo Series 01

Sumo Series 01

In my new series, Sumo, there are 18 pieces, nine back-to-back.  The sumo wrestlers are Menko cards again and they stand up.  Some are full body and others are just the head and part of the torso.  They are all vintage.

We are fortunate to have an Andrew Wyeth exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum until mid January.

BBC Michael Palin in Wyeth´s World

Monday, December 11, 2017

Urgent C24 - A New Shabby Chic Series

This is another two-fer day.  I felt that since there was only one more piece in the series that I would publish both number 23 and 24.  Enjoy! :-)
Urgent C 24
This is the final piece in the Urgent C series.  You can view the series in total in the animated gif below.


Urgent C23 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 23
I have used this woman in a piece or two previously.   Sometimes I keep the alcoholic beverage and sometimes I use Photoshop magic to remove it.  I do like the repetition of the plus marks matching the large "embroidered" paper yarn plus in the upper right corner.


Caravaggio: Man & Mystery

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Urgent C22 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 22
I usually do not center a focal point but this time I did.  I had to decide whether or not to keep the constable's arm in the piece or let the view finish him off knowing that the arm was there. You see what won!


Roy Lichtenstein. The Art of Pop: Soup Cans & Superstars Documentary clip

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Urgent C21 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Today is a two-fer again since I missed posting yesterday.
Urgent C 21

Creating backgrounds is my all time favorite part of creating a collage or mixed media piece.  For each of the works in this series the backgrounds unify the total series of 24.  Several people have commented to me on the richness of the color.  Holding the series in a hand feels good and perhaps that richness helps that feeling be created.


The Power of Art - Mark Rothko


Urgent C20 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C20
Urgent C 20 has a happy feel and yet the cat seems to be fussing about something.  So there must be a little danger lurking.  Perhaps there is a secret reason for the cat’s disturbance??

Sorry I missed publishing yesterday, Friday.  I was enroute home from Oregon and totally got caught up in last minute walks on beaches and traffic.


Constable: A Country Rebel

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Urgent C19 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 19

In Urgent C 19 the colors in the background and of the man in the coat seem to perfectly match.  Thus complimenting each other.  There is considerable depth in this piece.  It moves into one of my favorites category.

BBC Alastair Sooke: Treasures Of Ancient Greece - Aigai (Vergina) Macedonia 2015

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Urgent C18 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 18

I just love the look of these two women who seem to be from different backgrounds but are they really?

By the way, you may have wondered why so many of my additional cultural entires like the one below are narrated by Alastair Sooke. Well, I am in love with his accent and approach to art.  Do they call that a bromance?  I guess so because I am fascinated by most everything he has to say.  :-)

LPompeii exhibition: Alastair Sooke on the volcano

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Urgent C17 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C17
I used paper yarn on each of the pieces in this series.  I first learned about paper yarn a few years ago when visiting Donna Watson's house and studio.  Then I attended the fiber arts sale at a local event and discovered a great source for paper yarn, Habu.  Habu specializes in Japanese yarns.


Botticelli Reimagined at V&A

Monday, December 4, 2017

Urgent C16 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C16
Just what do you think that these three women are being investigated for?  Or were they witnesses to some crime?

I love the raggedness of the shabby chic journal.  Rough edges are in! :-)


Commercial...... I belong to an Artist Trading Card group who has been trading cards for about four years.  This past year we lost a member to our group and we have an opening for the coming year.  Since it is an international group we are looking for someone from Latin America, South America, or Africa to participate with us.  If you are interested and from one of those areas of the world please contact me at  for more details.


Alastair Sooke: the JMW Turner painting that launched modern art

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Urgent C15 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C15
Today is another two-fer since I did not blog yesterday.
We all grow up.  Perhaps the photograph is an image of the woman as a baby?  I think you can come up with a great story for this one.


The Art of Seeing : David Hockney

Urgent C14 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 14 
Yesterday totally flew by and I totally neglected to post a blog entry.  It is funny for me that every once in awhile I do forget because I have many posts lined up.  Oh well, we do get busy in life sometimes!  In my case, I went to Vashon Island just southwest of Seattle to attend an open house for an artist that I love.  Her name is Morgan Brig.  I collected a piece of her work some time ago but yesterday I went crazy and bought four new pieces.  OMG!  I was like a kid in a candy store and had to force myself to say "Enough".  Click on her name above and you can see several pieces of her sculptural work.  She also does collage and mixed media pieces.

I also found an estate sale that had the very best prices and so I spent a bit of time selecting those just have to have items.

Urgent C 14 above makes me laugh.  I think the cowboy must be a cowpoke by day and a gigolo or dancer by night. :-)


Claude Monet's Personal Collection

Friday, December 1, 2017

Urgent C13 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C13
Balance.  Movement.  This piece, to me, has both.  The triangle made with the three focal points balances the piece as well as draws the eye to the right.  Movement to the left is drawn by the large puffed chest and the nightstick not to mention that the constable is facing to the left.  Perhaps since the photograph has white in it and since it contrasts with the rest of the piece my eye is drawn left as well.


The progression of Joan Miro

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Urgent C12 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 12
This piece is one of my favorites of the series because I just love the masked man....yellow shirt and hat.  Yellow is not my favorite color normally.  I have very few yellow flowers in my garden but I do like mustard yellow.


Rembrandt exhibition: Alastair Sooke goes behind the scenes at The Late Works

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Urgent C11 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 11
Unfortunately there was a bit of jealousy in this multi-grade classroom.  Mary could sing like a songbird and was on her way to stardom.  Don't you love to narrate a story?  What is your take on the story?



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Urgent C10 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C10
Do you think a flamenco dancer has been invited to the committee meeting at the local women's group?  Is the women's responsive facial look one of desire to learn the dance?  Thoughts?

I love listening to any documentary that Alastair Sooke narrates.  The art of a suit of clothes!

BBC The Perfect Suit. part 1of 4

Monday, November 27, 2017

Urgent C 09 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 09
I like using cheesecloth as it adds a great textural quality to a piece of art.  I am all about texture.  I have a friend who loves to run her fingers over my art work because she is into texture as well.


Gauguin at the Tate Modern

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Urgent C 08 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 08
Why does it seem so decadent to light a cigarette using a candle?  Just a feeling I have.  I am pleased that the background and the dressing gown compliment each other.  There is a warmth with this piece....color of the background, color of the hair, the candles...warmth!


C├ęzanne Portraits: Alastair Sooke goes behind the scenes

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Urgent C 07 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 07
I love the richness of red in this piece.  Just what is the story behind the old woman in the photo.  How is she connected to the woman in the life preserver?


Inside a Damien Hirst exhibition

Friday, November 24, 2017

Urgent C 06 - A New Shabby Chic Series

Urgent C 06

Can't you just imagine that the singer is a bird watcher who also gets exercise in the boxing ring? :-)


Alastair Sooke on Brancusi’s La muse endormie