Saturday, October 24, 2009

Three Pears

During our jolly good artists' retreat in North Carolina, we stayed indoors one afternoon and had fun painting these pears. This was in keeping with my personal creed, Paint It, Then Eat It. Delicious.

Coming Soon: The Pleininator.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cassadaga House, 5x7

Cassadaga is the most interesting town in Florida per square inch. It's a tiny little community that was formed as a Spiritualist Camp, and it is inhabited by psychics. There are many Victorian-style homes, contrasting with this modest little house with its deserted air. Many homes have signs saying "Psychic" out front, and there is an old (and creepy) hotel that is reputed to be haunted. The tiny community of Cassadaga has a feeling of being from another world, and another time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cheesesteaks and Prison

We went to Jersey for the weekend for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. We had the whole South Jersey/Philly experience: a drive through an old neighborhood with many Italian restaurants and front stoops where much of the music was born that baby boomers still enjoy; original Philly Cheesesteaks at Pat’s Steaks; a meal in a typical diner; and a tour of the Historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Al Capone and Willie Sutton were housed there, but the place dates back to the 1800’s. Just had to share pictures of the place with you, those crumbling walls were beautiful.

When we arrived back in Orlando Airport we saw a guy in a Zoot Suit, wearing a fedora. He was with a pretty girl with an Andrews Sister hairdo, a 1930s dress and high heels. Her bags were vintage suitcases, the hard brown kind, covered with travel stickers. She said they just like to dress that way. My camera was packed away, darn it.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Point, 5x7

There is so much going on that my head is spinning, and that is a good time to paint an abstract. It looks like I'm going off in all directions, but I'm just having fun. There is a more realistic work still on my easel.

The Masters' Pieces, an exhibit by the Pieces of 8, is in the VanGo Mobile Museum, which provides the Artreach program to children in Volusia and Flagler Counties. The traveling exhibit links original, regional art to world art and culture to create interactive, educational programs. The program has served over 6,000 children since its beginning in October 2008. We are really gratified to be part of this outreach to children.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Old Times, 5x7 collage

This was such fun. Cindy Michaud shared her collage knowledge and this was my result. When I got home I felt something was lacking, so I added the picture of the two little girls (the one with the Bandaid is me). I love collage, looking into the layers and finding colors and values playing against each other.