Monday, November 24, 2008

Heading North

The family is about to head north to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends. I'm not sure that I'll have access to a computer while we are there, so I wanted to take a moment to share my thanks with all of you ... I am truly thankful for this most amazing community of creative spirits. Through you, I have been able to share a part of myself with a wider audience & this sharing has made me a braver creative than I have ever been before. I often find myself in awe of the incredible art that is being made, inspired by the beauty and originality that I see & encouraged by the generous comments ... you all have etched yourselves upon my spirit and in my heart ... for that, I am truly thankful.

May you and yours enjoy a most wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cigar Box Shrine - A Call to Artists

Last week I learned that our local smoke shop sells empty cigar boxes for $.50/each, so I stopped by to see if they had any and walked out with five boxes. For years I have been intrigued by the magic that can happen to a cigar box & just a few random art supplies, odds and ends. How fun it would be to try my hand at making a little of that magic myself?

The boxes have been sitting in a stack since I brought them home. I keep looking at them & sometimes grab one to open and close it a bunch of times before returning it to the pile ... where to begin, right? As the fates would have it ... I have a starting point and a purpose now.

I know that most everyone is knee deep, in holiday planning/creating/shopping, but if you have a moment, check out the link above (the image) and read all about the Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit & Sale (or click HERE). There is also the Cigar Box Shrine Gallery located HERE that has pages of inspiration ... AND the final deadline for recieving them is January 10, 2009.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I thought I would share a few of my paintings:

"Jim" - 3'x3' house paint on 1/4" plywood; mid 90's

flower doodle - 12"x16" acrylic on wrapped canvas; mid to late 90's

"Hero" - 24"x16" acrylic on wrapped canvas; 2004

"Gibson Girl" - 16"x24" acrylic on wrapped canvas; prior to 2005

"Sea Turtle for Antonio" - acrylic on wrapped canvas; 2008

hmmm ... what's next?

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing" ~ Helen Keller

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Anyone curious?

About whatever happened to the umbrella painting for the Red Art Project?
Did you think I forgot?
... I did set it aside for a time, but there was that looming deadline, sooooo


... and here's a detail ...

and don't forget about:

If you are seeing this piece for the first time and are interested in seeing the progress, click

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dia de Bloglandia

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

I am happy to celebrate this very special day by taking part in Stephanie & Susanna's Dia de Bloglandia uber-Grande par-tay extraordinaire!

I had a very strong desire to create an ofrenda (altar) in honor of the people I love that have passed, but must admit I had a hard time getting started ... I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to come up with anything worthy of the emotion I feel for those I hoped to honor ... that is until this morning.

I knew I wanted to include at least one traditional Mexican craft & realized I had everything I needed to make paper flowers (most of us do have these items on hand - tissue paper & pipe cleaners), so that's where I started ... the rest, well, it just seemed to fall into place ...

There are six people I am remembering today. The two candles sort of center right are for my Grandfather and my Omi.
My Grandfather Pitcairn passed on October 12th of this year; he was 95 and died in his sleep. I can't think of a more gentle way to go. When I found out, all I could think of is that he and my Omi were finally together again. Theirs was a love that not only survived World War II (in Germany, no less), rations & two daughters that both married American men and left their home country for the United States, but thrived. They were more in love in their "golden" years than they even were in the beginning. I loved both of them dearly & was blessed to have been able to spend quite a lot of time with them considering the distance between us ... plus, there was always the letters back and forth.

The four candles clustered to the left are for friends of mine who's lives were tragically cut way too short (in my humble opinion, at least) - John, Brian, Mac & Bill - all on separate occasions. I still miss them dearly and think of each of them often. They are in a very real way responsible for the woman I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful; they will always occupy a sacred space in my heart.

I learned that it is traditional to light an extra candle for forgotten souls, so I have added the larger white candle to the left of the raised portion. See if you notice other traditional items that I included in this ofrenda.

The simple papal picado (banner) below includes "flags" with the names of those I've mentioned.

Special Message: To the lovely gals that won one of my mock sugar skulls from Vanessa's party way back when, you might see your little gems in these photo's ... my sincerest appologies for the delay, but their presence here today is very appropriate and greatly appreciated. They will most definitely be on their way to you come Monday.

Building this ofrenda was truly an amazing experience for me. I felt such a joyful peace in creating it & my heart actually new when it was complete. Once I lit the candles, I sat in silence for quite some time before taking any photographs. I offer my sincerest thanks to Susanna & Stephanie for hosting this beautiful event.

... and on that note, I am off to visit all the other participants ...

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

(ps - click on any of the images for a larger view)