Thursday, September 30, 2010

Art Show - "Faith, Hope, Spirit"

Please come check out an art show I'm in, entitled "Faith, Hope, Spirit." The exhibit is at 4 Central Ave., Albany NY (Gallery Space, 4th Floor) this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2.

It features local and regional artists, and is presented in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen run for Women's Cancer. Four of my pieces (two shown here) are available for viewing and purchase. Come on out!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Piece

I completed a new piece in the last week --
it is my first political piece, entitled Oil Spill. The Pelican represents unselfishness and the ability to rise above whatever life throws at you, while the crab represents self-protection and sensitivity, emotion and nurturing of the home space. With these two animals covered in oil, the piece points out what is really at stake in this disaster.

On another note (because life can't all be so gruesome)... I wonder how I ever get any work done with these little ones on my lap!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Farms and Kittens

I've been doing a lot of gardening,
harvesting, etc. in between working on my art. A few weeks ago we put up about 50 quarts of tomatoes harvested from a friend's friend's farm nearby. There were so many different types of tomatoes!

The farm also had an emu, which I'd never seen. There's a story about how the emu got out one day and crashed a children's outdoor classroom. Of course, the kids loved it...

There were also the cutest kittens in the barn! We took home two, and have now weaned them and are starting them on dry food. Pics of Mabel and Snowball to come...

New Pieces

I finished the communication healing/cosmic memory/foresight/reflection piece... here it is:

This piece is a little different than my others because the animals are slightly hidden in the surrounding colors; usually I work with animals which are more commonly encountered -- rabbits, birds, etc.-- and I tend to highlight them by making them stand out against the background. This time I didn't want to do that -- the whale and the giraffe would be over-exoticized by doing this, when they are already uncommonly seen animals. Each animal I use has a particular meaning, and putting them amidst the four elements shows us that we are all connected in this universe, so to sort of obscure the whale and the giraffe within the image makes them more commonplace and part of the surrounding elements, rather than things to be placed apart from those elements.

I also finished this collaged bag -- I got a little ambitious, and as the bags are all hand-stitched, this one took a while. It is done, though, and contains at least two of the elements! Soon I will incorporate all four into my bags, too, as I do in my paper collages.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September in the City Art Fair - Tricentennial Park

There are only two Wednesdays left for the September in the City Art Fair in Albany's Tricentennial Park (downtown, Broadway & Columbia streets), so I hope you will come out and support me -- you can also buy my art cards, bags, and original collages there! Wednesdays 11:30am-2pm.

I've been working hard to get and keep everything together, and the Wednesdays have been successful thus far. Now I'm looking ahead toward upcoming fairs and exhibitions...