May 8, 2017

Creativity abounds

I love when I unexpectedly find myself surrounded by creativity.
Just recently I went away for a weekend with my husband to Vermont. We were to stay with friends one night, then tour around a bit and spend a second evening at a lovely B&B, the Henry Farm Inn.
The plan for that second day had us heading to the town of Chester. After driving through numerous barely there little towns...Chester was an unexpected and very pleasant surprise. Yes...still small, but just big enough to have charm oozing from the quaint shops and darling homes. It had a lovely little "common" area. We parked there and strolled about the shops. What I saw in one shop, a fabric store called Country Treasures, would have put to shame any large "chain" fabric store anywhere!!! Never in my life had I seen such variety, and because it was housed in what would have been a "home" otherwise, it rambled on from room to room. No surprise to me there were many ladies in this store having the time of their life.
Along with a great bookstore there was another sweet shop I discovered called Country on the Commons. I found the most beautiful shawl there made by the owner herself, Sharon. What a delightful lady...and such beautiful work. I thought right away..."if I lived here I just know we'd become friends". 
My husband and I then had a nice cup of tea at the Moon Dog Cafe and made plans to have dinner later that evening at the local Scottish pub. Yes...a Scottish pub!!
Once at the B&B I believe we discovered the ladies who had been enjoying a grand afternoon at the fabric store. Most of the inn was taken over by an amazingly talented group of quilting ladies!! Turns out that they gather together every year for a week of quilting & creativity and from what we saw, a lot of wonderful laughter. What a pleasure it was to meet them and hear about their time and their work. Each of them were thrilled to show us all the beautiful creations they'd been working on. Wow.
Looking at all this beautiful quilt work actually reminded me of my Torn Paper Paintings, only in fabric. The details and accuracy that went into creating these works of art were quite impressive.
These ladies were working when we went to bed in the evening and already back at it first thing in the morning.
Traveling, even for just a short weekend trip can present you with such fun and amazing surprises.
Keep your eyes and mind open. Meet new people and enjoy new experiences.
Whenever you can....travel.



Feb 11, 2017

Vegas inspiration

How could you go to Las Vegas and NOT come back inspired in some way??
I'm not a person who gambles at all and didn't have any interest in that regard. But the colors, lights, over the top themes...they all invite the imagination to work overtime.
While my daughter and I were there we toured through at least 15 of the biggest hotel/casinos on the strip. Each one was an adventure with an entire theme built around it.
The hotel we stayed at was the well known Flamingo. An icon of Vegas history. What I didn't know was that they also had a flamingo habitat on the grounds! It was like a small tropical forest with beautiful flamings along with other colorful birds and ducks of all kinds. I would not have expected to find such a thing in the middle of this city.
So, as you might imagine, some of the first pieces of Torn Paper Paintings to be done since my return are of Flamingos! One complete and another in the works.
Don't be surprised to find other colorful images coming up based on other hotel themes.
Hmm...I think I feel a series coming on!

Jan 18, 2017

It's time

Just a quick note.
Starting to catch up on my time at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Vegas this month.
Didn't really have an opportunity to do it during the show, so updates will keep happening on my other blog, The Official Consumer.
Just posted about the setting up of the show, but much more will be coming on the robots, VR, augmented reality, and more. Check it out, and yes, there will be plenty of pics!

Dec 15, 2016

Inspiration travels the miles!

Having been an art teacher at one time, I love when I receive letters from young people who are inspired by what they see in my work.
Most artists hope that what they do sparks something in others. I have been fortunate enough to have this happen many times, and it always delights me.
Well, I recently received an email from the UK. This was from an art student working on a project, and her work was inspired by several artists, one of which was me and my Torn Paper Paintings!
I felt honored. It always seems soo surreal when you realise how small the world is. Along with this acknowledgement came a request for an "artist's statement", which I was happy to provide.
After several emails between us, I was sent some lovely pics to show what was being worked on.

The first is a pomegranate. It was painted with acrylic then collaged with tissue paper and newspaper. Stitching was added into it in the end.
Soo much lovely texture on this one!

(click the pic for larger image)

Next I received a pic of something that looked more than a bit familiar.
It was that of my "Balance" painting which had been published in the "Incite 3" book . Using that painting as the model it was re-created using the text in the background as I had and the cups and saucers on top were acrylic painted.
I think she did a wonderful job.

I've been told that there are several other pieces in the works. I hope to receive pics of those one day and maybe I can share them as well.
Thank you Ceri. 
Hope you find many forms of inspiration along your journey!

Dec 2, 2016

As winter comes...

I hate to see the beautiful flowers in my gardens meet their end as winter comes in.
Looking at them fade, I found that I simply had to do something to keep their beauty alive in some way.
Yes...why not create a Torn Paper Painting of them!! So I did.
I had created an earlier piece with daisies, so decided to create a smaller daisy painting with a bit of metallic gold additions. Love the effect.
The next one I did was an assortment of the remaining garden flowers.
I have a cobalt blue vase. It's round with little holes all around it to insert flowers into.
I now have a lasting memory of the last blooms of the season.