Saturday, January 10, 2009


" There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. "                                               -Edith Wharton 

Sometimes there is an absence of inspiration.  I think we've all been there. On the other hand, there are those times when you go on .........I.O. or what I'm calling "inspiration overload".  You've seen and heard and felt so many things that inspire you to CREATE SOMETHING....hallelujah!!!!....raise your hands up and shout, hallelujah!...and then WHAM.......which direction are you going to take?

The pieces I've been playing with the last few days are a combination of many things, some of which are the copper drawing and carving I've been doing ,  seeing the work that Seth Apter has been working on ( taking found objects and creating amazingly beautiful simple compositions), the holiday windows I mentioned in my last post and their beautiful monochromatic color scheme and texture,  the paper I bought at New York Central Art Supply,  the heavy acrylic gel medium I started using in a Michael Demeng workshop and I could go on  but I won't because I know people do not read long blog posts.

Here is a very  abbreviated version of  the process. Cut a piece of copper to size. I used a 6"x 6".

Chose objects to attach to the copper (more inspirational stuff I have been sitting on forever!!).

Start attaching. I used eyelets, brads, hole punchers copper wire and glue.

This one turned into a face. .......duh!

Draw and emboss into the copper using the shapes of the items you attached as inspiration for the design.  I then paint heavily with a dark color onto the copper, let it partially dry and then wipe it off carefully leaving paint in the creases.

I am still not sure if I am going to finish them separately or combine them into one piece. I'm also contemplating adding a bit of color. We'll see.......oh, and maybe some fabric......and stitching...and.......too many options. K.I.S.S.........keep it simple stupid. Not when you are I.O.

Monday, January 5, 2009


" Better keep yourself clear and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." - George Bernard Shaw

Yes, I know the holidays are over......Happy New Year, BTW. 

I finally felt that my knee was ready for a little stroll around New York  (I had arthroscopic surgery way back at the end of October). I love everything about New York during the holiday season.....yes, even the crowds, and I HATE crowds, so I met up with some friends and had a short visit. Lunch, Rockefeller Center, chestnut smelling and  looking at the magnificent windows at Bergdorfs.  You could spend days trying to see ever detail.

The theme was "the seasons". Winter was a favorite of mine. An artist painting. Her brush collection was nothing short of miraculous. The fact they the reason for this whole display was a coat, completely went over my head. I didn't even notice it until I got home and looked at the photo.

Another sweet display.....and a gift...... my wish for you to have a year that is "clear and bright".