4.29.2012

WHERE DOES ONE DRAW THE LINE?

VANISHING
pastel + gold leaf
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

A couple of days ago I shared on Facebook, a saying that
stated "Put some whiskey in my coffee for it's Ireland
somewhere. "I'm Irish / Hungarian and found this
quite amusing. But the following day received a message
from an individual wishing me to delete the post for found
it insulting. Now if I was Italian, then I would think it
was being a bit insulting, but hey . . . my Grandfather
was from Ireland.

So where does one draw the line . . .  can one step
over it? And what happened to freedom of speech?

As it is, so many artists are extremely opinionated and create
works of explosive subjects. One such is Andres Serrano's
Piss Christ which was created in 1987, with turmoil following
it to this day. For those that are unfamiliar, Serrano photographed
a submerged crucifix in a bottle of (his) urine. He stated that
the piece was not to denounce however to convey commercialism
of religion. Many said if the written statement had not
claimed the fluid was urine, no one would have known.

I truly believe that after a completion of art, the piece embodies
each viewers individual perception, which may be a reversal of
the artists original intention. Serrano's Piss Christ was awarded
money from the National Endowment for the Arts for it's
brilliance and yet scandals followed with death threats,
injunctions and vandalization.

So do we censor? 

4.26.2012

DOLLS + TREASURES OF MINE

BABY BLUE + MARILYN
wood, dolls, pearls, pins, mosaic, stones + gold leaf

Just love playing with my dolls!

I know, my sister-in-law thinks I'm pretty looney, but . . . 
have to admit they are so much more fun then model airplanes.

Anyway . . . I've been walking a lot and that's when I find 
many of my little treasures that I use to create these 
little pieces of art.

So the other day I was walking down an alley and scored! 
Just so excited that I could just pee my pants!
Lo + behold, I found an old paint brush. Just started 
to envision what appendage that could become and begun 
to happily exclaim - out loud - on how fortunate I was. 
Glanced out the corner of my eye and saw a man of the street
 reclined in the alley. Fascinated, he watched me as he drank 
a "beverage". Told him I love to talk to myself, which
he smiled and exclaimed he did too. I think I made a buddy!

So here's some of my booty:


4.24.2012

BLUE HAIR?!

BLUE HAIR
8"h x7"w pastel on canson paper
12" square archival white mat, no glass nor frame
$55 + $5 insured priority shipping
I just LOVE being an artist, for I can justify
everything I create . . .  and just because.

And who says I can't make blue hair?
Pretty punk, huh?

Actually this was a sample for my upcoming
classes at UCSD Extension. Blue Hair is an old 
sketch which I drew from life, so decided to play 
with it. Previously, the features of the young girl 
were undistinguishable, so I blended, drew, 
washed and stroked for the above piece. 

Oh . . .  for the record my pastels I exhibit are 
never blended. I create them by extensive layering 
and will cover this technique as well.

4.23.2012

TEACHING AT UCSD EXTENSION!

PASTEL CLASSES
sketch                                  blocking-in

It's official!

I'll be teaching a pastel class at UCSD Extension. 
I have taught there previously and so honored 
to be invited back. 

So if you live in San Diego County with a desire
to learn various pastel techniques, then this is the
series to take. The focus will be on the varied 
applications of pastels, from sketching, blending, 
tonals, layering to washes, through hands-on exercises. 

Click here to read more. 



  

4.22.2012

MORNING THROUGH THE CLOUDS - 14 x 18 pastel

MORNING THROUGH THE CLOUDS*
14"h x 18" w pastel
*detail
A fresh day . . . 

 with a new dawn . . .

 as the sun's rays 
burst through the indigo clouds.

So vigorous to one's heart and soul. 

Have a happy week!

4.18.2012

BLUE PAST THE CLOUDS - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 pastel

BLUE PAST THE CLOUDS
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white mat, glass + gold frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping
Stress . . . 

added to turmoil . . . 

coupled with day-to-day aggravations,

take me away!


WINGED FOR THE DAY

ANGEL
4"h x 6"w cradled wood panel
mixed medium

It was a day of experimenting with a little of this
and a little of that. The Angel is in it's primary 
stage, with a bit more to go. 

Looking a bit stoic huh? 

4.16.2012

AND THE ANIMALS ARE MARCHING . . .

IN ONE BY ONE!
See . . . I'm hacking, whacking and having fun here!
Been playing with animals, dolls, fabric, paint and gold 
leaf to create a menagerie of a few little wonders.  

Above are two little sculptures for my upcoming 
solo show at Next Door Gallery in San Diego.
And for you painting purists out there, I will be creating
paintings on glass to throw into the pot with some pastels.

Oh what fun!

4.15.2012

A SLIVER WITH PROGRESS OF SO MANY KINDS

SLIVER OF THE SKY
24"h x 10"w pastel

I have been so missing in action over here.
Appears like I dropped off the side of the earth?
Sure does to me, but I really have been productive.

I have been working on art for 2 shows at Next Door 
Gallery and Ray Street Custom Framing the latter part
 of the year. Sliver of the Sky is a newly completed
pastel to be included within the shows.
  
Pastels are dominant in my artistic life. Yet I do 
have my fingers playing with other different mediums
 and since these two venues are giving me artistic freedom,
 I'm pulling out all the punches.

Feeling static and need a change? 
And inspiration?
Yep . . .  so I have also been on little excursions reviewing 
exhibitions and attended a forum for insight on personal 
artistic growth.  

So this week I'll be around much more - I promise! -
and post many of my other little treasures, as well as
inspirations from my excursions and exciting news. 

4.05.2012

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

FLAG, PALMS + A TURRET
6" x 6" pastel
museum glass + 12" square gold frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

A delightful, petite rendition of Hotel Del's turret. 
Iconic yet something we generally take for granted
here in San Diego. Amazes me that the image is 
so world renowned. And since we're in the middle 
of spring break, Coronado's beach is hopping!

I know I have been pretty much MIA here in 
blogger-land, but had been so wrapped up with 
finishing our taxes. And this year the results were 
not good, but Uncle Sam is pretty happy. Love 
doing my bit with helping the economy!