When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

Archive for December, 2010

Practical design

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Oak Leaf End Tables, set of two 24H x 12W inches with a 20 inch glass top  Oak Leaf End Tables, set of two 24H x 12W inches with a 20 inch glass top

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
Aesop’s Fables

Oak Leaf bedside tables, 24H x 12W inches with a 20 inch glass top, crinkled paper mache over heavy cardboard tubes. The tubes are available in a variety of dimensions, sold in hardware stores as use for cement pouring re: fence building.
I’ve had this idea to make bedside tables for a few years now, and selling the house, prepping it for viewing has motivated me to finally make them. Faux suede effects were the intention here, and I’m pleased with the results. A brown circular woven mat covers the glass and hides the space looking into the tube.


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Framing on Northern Delights 02 update

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


Northern Delights 02, acrylics painting 24 x 36 inches with 36 x 48 inches canvas frame

Northern Delights 02, 24H x 36W inches acrylics on canvas, adhered to a 36H x 48W x 1D inches canvas. Mask/resist medium was used to maintain white spaces and pure colors in both sections.

The central painting was started in 2006, with the framing resolved today – a perfect example where some paintings just need to hang around for a while before they are well and truly finished. The scene of the central painting is extended onto the larger canvas, initially intended to have the same style, but stopping for a coffee break, then coming back with fresh eyes, decided  I actually like the clash of styles. I always say that art is the best place to exhibit any rebellious tendencies! Besides, formal frames can sometimes cut off the energy of a composition too abruptly. Every painting does not need a frame, but finishing the edges should always be considered.

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Comforters and Joy

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Patrick Roy hockey card, fabric paint on 100% cotton twin size comfortorWhile organizing and packing for the big move to Oregon, I’ve been uncovering (so to speak!) things I haven’t seen for a very long time. Ed Belfour hockey card, fabric paint on 100% cotton twin size comfortorIn 1992 our boys played hockey and collected hockey cards, so they each chose their favorite to be recreated on a comforter for their beds. My thinking was that if they had stuff they liked in their room, they would keep it tidy. Hey, it did work for a while! Pillow cases, lunch bags and toy bags were made from left-over fabric, and they painted on some too. I’m saving a few of these things to hand down to their children.

At the time these were made I was working freelance, mostly for interior designers. There were outside on-site jobs, but the work I enjoyed most was designing or matching and painting fabrics at home. I’d be given a fabric sample, a room theme, or sometimes only one word as inspiration, and a limited time to come up with an original idea, then produce it.

The standard business advice to keep professional and personal life separate might work great for companies buying and reselling someone else’s products, but does not really apply to artists. For me at least, work and home life flow as one. Creativity is always there buzzing around, and when professional work is not switched to “on”, it’s looking for something else to do!