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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Night Garden - Intuitive Painting

Two years ago I took a Flora Bowley class on intuitive painting that has changed they way I look at creating art. The process begins by creating a glorious mess, messing it up some more, and more again -- and then finding the art inside that noise. The challenge is to go at it without preconceived notions -- not to impose what you want to see on the canvas but to find the image hiding there.  

Here is the final painting, which I titled Night Garden.



It started out looking very different.

First it looked like this...

And then it looked like this

And after a while it looked like this

You can see the underpinnings of the final painting in the above stage.



 The details 


They remind me of little ecosystems inside a larger one


Just waiting to be found. 




Saturday, January 31, 2015

Five Things


Do you have numbers that are special to you? In my life, the numbers 22 and 222 come up frequently.  I grew up near Route 22, my parents lived in a home with 222 in the address, and my mom was born in 1922. My husband's dad's burial plot number is 222, and his mom was born on 2/2. (Interestingly, she died on 11/1.)  It makes me wonder whether these repeating numbers happen all the time and we just notice them when something calls our attention to them -- or whether there really is something to numerology.




I'm signed up for another MOOC (massive open online course).   Usually I take classes through Coursera, but this one is at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and it looks like it could be a fun class for anyone, anywhere to explore art in their area.  Let me know if you sign up, too.



I don't know how these two parents, with three babies less than a year apart, get themselves to the gym five times a week plus and ongoing schedule of online college classes at night, but my morning walks are looking very sluggish compared to their initiative.












A recent art journal page (theme words with friends) with the Beatles song All My Life in the background.
 My favorite kind of sewing - the messy, shabby kind - recycling jeans into a doorknob hanger with a pocket inside for secrets and treats.

That's my five. What have you been up to?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Five on Friday

By now anyone who regularly reads this blogs knows that Five on Friday is seldom five and often not on Friday.  I thought of changing the name, but why change with a good thing?

And in that tradition, the following is a list of more than five words and phrases I’d like to see retired in 2015.

In no particular order.

Robust – politicians, realtors and investment people seem to like this word.  A robust market, for example. 

Transparent – often used with robust.  A robust and transparent investigation

With teeth - a robust and transparent investigation, with teeth   This particular investigation is meant to do more than just look pretty.

I can’t even   well then, please don’t

----porn  (as in food porn.) 

BAE – unless you are Pharrell, you probably shouldn’t call your beloved this acronym for Before Anyone Else

Sorry not sorry – oh so clever. Reminds me of the previously-retired "what part of no…"

Hashtag -  it’s #Annoying #Ridiculous and #Distracting and says more about the person using it than they might ever imagine

Twittersphere – where is this place?

Hipster - you know, that guy who looks like he should be featured on a Smith Brothers cough drop box


Selfie – No surprise here. We all absolutely know this word must go. The funniest selfie moments for me this year were in Disney, seeing people standing in front of Cinderella's Castle, smiling broadly in the “I’m having a wonderful time” position, then clicking off their phone and immediately returning to their usual scowl.

I shall try diligently to retire my two favorite - and completely exhausted - words: awesome and amazing. #Resolution #New Years #Buffoon

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas in New York 2014 - Tiffanys

Come and trim my Christmas tree with some decorations bought at Tiffany's;
I really do believe in you;
Let's see if you believe in me...


The exterior of Tiffany's looks like giant topaz surrounded by cascading diamonds.











Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas in New York - Bergdorf Goodman

It's the gold standard for windows all year long, but the Christmas displays go beyond the imaginable to breathtaking.  The 2014 theme is "Inspired," and each window is based on a major art form.The main windows reflect literature, architecture, theater, painting, music, dance, sculpture, and film.  Smaller windows are also themed -- see "Photography," below.  It's hard to capture these windows on film due to the reflection of the glass, but I tried to include some of the best images for you to enjoy.








Monday, December 22, 2014


An assortment of images from Midtown.

Trump Christmas tree is always elegant

And the Trump store is all about -- you guessed it -- Mr. Trump.

A Bendels Display


The Peninsula Hotel has some of the most beautiful decorations, including these two golden reindeer prancing over the entry.

St. Patrick's Cathedral Towers over Midtown, right next to Saks.

The Lego store at Rockefeller Center features a vintage display of ... Rockefeller Center.

Windows at Anthropologie are always my favorite. This year birds are a theme.

These ornaments in front of the Chase building always look like they are floating in the water.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas in New York 2014 - The Annual Kids Visit

One of my favorite days each year is when my kids come in to Manhattan for the annual Christmas visit. 

Nothing makes me happier than having my son on one side, daughter on the other, and grandson in the middle!

Liam loved the doggie hat, with flaps that kept it securely on his head.


I've been calling the twins "Thing 1 and Thing 2" in these Christmas stretches.

The Annual Holiday Fair at Grand Central transforms Vanderbilt Hall from a place to pass through to a place to stop and meander...



Fun for the man who loves his ties...

...and the lady who loves her hats...

...and for the child who loves toys on wheels.

My grandson's favorite part of Grand Central Terminal - riding the giant escalator.

At the annual Holiday Train Show at the NY Transit Museum, miniature Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains depart from a pint-sized Grand Central Terminal.

Speaking of pint sized, he didn't let the bigger kids push him out of the way when it was time to get a view of the train.

And it's not a complete visit if you don't get a train of your own, complete with push-button light and train whistle.

And afterwards our friend Rosie brought so many Crumbs cupcakes that we had a wonderfully difficult time choosing.
Three little monkeys under the giant Rockefeller Center tree.