March 9th, 2014
The other day on Facebook I saw a news report about two hippies stuck at the Salt Lake City airport because they didn’t have an ID. The photograph drew my attention because I recognized the people. I had taken pictures of them a couple of years ago on my annual trip to the Woodstock Writers Festival. At both the airport and when I saw them in Woodstock, they had a little white dog with them, Hector, I believe, it was one of the things that drew me to taking their picture. That and their unique appearance. Here’s one of the many photos I snapped of them in Woodstock.
March 8th, 2014
And, the winner of Rachel Barlow’s print is Joan from Wisconsin. Congratulations Joan! And, thank you to the rest of you for participating. Please tune in again next month and continue following all the participating bloggers:
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The lucky winner of Rachel Barlow’s print is Joan from Wisconsin. Congratulations Joan! And, thanks to the rest of you for
March 7th, 2014
What I’m looking at: The View Outside My Office Window…
What I’m listening to: Rosanne Cash’s The River and the Thread.
What I’m reading: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak.
Interesting things I saw online today: “This Insane New App that Will Allow You To Read Books in Under 90 Minutes.
My words for the day made with Quozio:
What the pugs are doing right now:
March 6th, 2014
I snapped this photo of my latest collage with my iphone. This is the draft with embellishments and still needs to be scanned into the computer and completed. I started this picture over a year ago and am only now getting around to finishing it. I tried some new things in this one including gluing on actual feathers. Although when the piece is actually finished it will be a digital print. I love experimenting with new materials to give the collages a sense of texture and dimension. A fellow photographer wondered if such embellishments transform fine art into craft. I hate such distinctions. It made me pause and contemplate for awhile what this says about art. How does one define it? What is art versus craft and is one less than another? Not only do I think these additions add texture and dimension, I think they merge the words of digital with traditional collage. There was a time when I would have found getting such a critique devastating, but in this case I didn’t. Perhaps it’s because I enjoy so much what I’m doing here, I wouldn’t stop anyway. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve gotten enough accolades with my collages that I know I’m doing something right. Funny thing is I really respect the photographer who gave me the opinion. She has been inspiring in so many ways. So I thanked her for her advice and critique, and found myself content to disagree with her. That’s a big thing for me.
This isn’t the first collage I worked on this week. A couple of days ago I posted the draft of my latest effort, Temptation. As many of you know I enjoy discovering the symbolic meaning of my art as much as the viewer. A lot of the choices I make are unconscious and I only discover later how apt they are. This often is the case with the animals I choose to include in the collages. I played with several in this one before settling on the goats, which just seemed to blend right in. I added the apples later, playing with the idea of temptation, Eden, Eve, etc. When I finished the draft I googled the symbolism of goats and found some interesting things in the first post I clicked on. Here, are a couple of meanings I found. First, goats can mean spiritual ambition. Second, goats symbolize curiosity and sampling everything around them. Third, the goat symbolizes sacrifice. All three of these themes fit in with Garden of Eden. Man’s own spiritual ambition in being disobedient to God and sampling from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam and Eve’s curiosity in seeking out what they weren’t supposed to know and what is the exile from Eden than the ultimate sacrifice of Paradise. I think the goats fit in this collage both visually and symbolically. Sometimes, you just have to trust your instincts when it comes to art and it comes to life. In doing so you learn to not only believe in what you are doing but to believe in yourself.
March 5th, 2014
I’m late, I’m late! It’s time for the Common Thread Give-a-way and this time it’s Rachel Barlow’s turn. Unfortunately, I got confused and thought we were holding off until next week, so I’m a little late in getting Rachel’s beautiful print up on the blog. That shouldn’t deter you though. You still have time to visit her site — Picking My Battles — and leave a comment to qualify for a chance to win. The print called Ice Pond Barn is 8 x 10 in an 11 x 14 mat. All ready to frame.
We will be announcing the winner on Thursday so hurry over to Rachel’s site. Just because I was late doesn’t mean you need to be. And, tune in next month. I think I may be giving something away then. It will be spring and hopefully warm and I’m thinking Easter theme. Also, check out the other participants in the Give-a-way. I know we all appreciate the visits and the comments: Bedlam Farm, Full Moon Fiber Art, Little House Home Arts and Pugs & Pics. And, good luck! I love Rachel’s print so much I wish I could win!