Sunday, January 30, 2011

Painted Hearts - Collecting

Last year, I created a post about my collection of milagro hearts. Above are some new additions to that collection - part Day of the Dead, part street art, part mask - they appeal to me with their whimsy and handpainted charm. I purchased these new hearts made from cardboard as pieces of artwork in a local Brooklyn shop. They were created by a local artisan/tv director named Jimbo Matison. Growing up, his family didn't have a lot of money so he would make his own toys from cardboard - action figures, robots, and hot rod cars. He later realized, "this is more than just making goofy stuff with cardboard, it has life and meaning. It's art."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Science Into Art

I've been quite busy hibernating in my studio during this cold weather snap. These pieces were created with my old biological studies in mind. Painted on the pages ripped from an old chemistry book, they depict various compounds, muscle fibers, and a multi-planed formation. From left, "Crystalline Forms", "Peeky-Boo", and "Tetrahedron - Commercial Processes" - all of which are available now in my shop.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chemical Romance

I've been working on some new paintings in line with the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. These were both done on the pages of old chemistry books. Through the candy colored haze you can see the underlying scientific terms - match made in heaven (or the lab)! Now available in my online shop.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Old Man Winter

The ice nestled around every bud and tree limb is pretty, but these single digit temps are rough!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brace Yourselves

New York's Fashion Week is coming again soon - February 10 - 17, 2011.
From the presentation for Project Runway winner (Season 6), Irina Shabayeva's INC Concepts collection for Macy's.
(Thanks, PlaztikMag for the invite.)

Monday, January 10, 2011

And The Winner Is...

Last week, I posted my first art giveaway to celebrate my one year blogging debut, and tonight, I drew a name, the old-fashioned way, from my favorite colorful bowl.

My winner is Audrey! Enjoy your new piece of artwork. It will be mailed to you this week. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment throughout the week. Stay tuned for more special giveaway celebrations throughout the year.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Running Away To Join The Circus

Ever since I can remember, I've been intrigued by the circus and things that involve carnivals. I love the clowns, the brightly colored handpainted signs, the over-the-top graphics, and the typography. It's Americana at its best.

Years ago, I bought this antique ticket (above) that must have been a beloved keepsake to some child. Below are some of my art pieces that rare inspired by the wild colors and shapes under the Big Top.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I Am A Very Stylish Girl Patricia Neal uttered in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Last week, as I was flipping through the tv channels, I stumbled across the iconic film and settled in for a late night of movie watching. Ironically, just down the block from the real thing (Tiffanys, that is), stands a 50+ foot woman - a line drawing in light - who resembles the fashionable fille. Thank you, Dior, for the eye candy surprise as we rush through the busy streets of Midtown.

This line, is also heard in one of favorite songs by Dmitri From Paris...Une Very Stylish Fille. Just click on the little bubble below. It's music that's a good fit for your very own famously dashing party scene. Now, all you need to add is a cigarette holder, some cocktails, an updo, and a feline companion named "Cat". Don't forget the Little Black Dress!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Encounters with Greatness - Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt's colorful sculptures on the roof at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2005)
Several years ago, as a recent graduate from the arts program at Trinity College, I was invited to participate in a special project lead by artist, (the now late) Sol Lewitt and his assistants. The project was to implement one of Sol Lewitt's drawings into the new student center on Trinity's campus in Hartford, Connecticut.
I was part of a team of art students ready to carry out the project. Above are the plans for the space that were sent over by the artist. Mr. Lewitt later came to the site at Trinity to meet all of us and show us in person  how to re-create his design. There was scaffolding, cans of paint with Lewitt's usual bright colors, brushes of all shapes and sizes, and the sketches  you see here. Having plans to travel to Italy for a friend's wedding, I was not able to stay for the entire project. Upon my return from Italy, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to find a package from the Lewitt studio with an original gouache by the artist inside as a thank you gift for my help. I don't keep it with me, but someday, I hope to enjoy it in a real house.

Several months later, we were all invited back to Trinity and honored along with the dedication of the completed space. Trinity's art department compiled a special binder of photographs for each of us. The final project also made headlines in the alumni magazine.

A photographer captured me taking in the finished product at the dedication (1998).

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Blogging Anniversary and Art Giveaway

Today marks the one year anniversary of my being an official blogger. This concept makes me laugh a little since it started as my New Year's Resolution for 2010 - and prior with a singular post from 2008 - into now what has become a full-blown obsession. To celebrate this happy occasion, I will be giving away a piece of my artwork (below - no matting or framing included) to one of you lucky readers.
Golden Mean (in Purple), 5" x 7", gouache and pencil on paper from an old chemistry book, 2011

To participate and put your name in the digital hat, please register as a public follower, and leave a comment below. Don't forget to include an email address where you can be contacted. From the comments, I will draw a name at random on Sunday, January 9th around 8 p.m. ET. Good luck and spread the word!

Thank you to those of you who keep coming back for more - looking forward to a great 2011!