Saturday, November 30, 2013

Always Late for Pink Week

If you know me on Facebook, you'll notice that my profile photo is pink-hued.  The reason for that is my seemingly always late celebration of Pink Week, started by my friend, Sacramento artist and teacher Gioia Fonda, back in 1993 when she was a student at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.  I was reminded of it last week when I was at the Museum of Fine Arts with some friends and we walked into this small exhibit:

As we were walking around, we came face to face with this treasure of the Rennaissance
This painting was stolen in 1975 and recently recovered and is believed to be the first time it has been showing in the US.  You can read all about it here.  What intrigues me about this painting is the Bhudda-like coral necklace the baby Jesus wears.  The background is interesting too in that we see just part of a doorway and part of a shelf it looks like.  The male angel almost looks like he's wearing some kind of fishbowl space helmet!  But also interesting that Piero had both male and female angels in this painting as well.

More later on the Sargeant watercolor exhibit and the exhibit of women photographers from the Middle East!  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hello Winter

Woke up to a winter wonderland this morning...only couple of inches....will be interesting to see how long it stays on the ground....

Saturday, November 16, 2013

May Flights of Angels Sing thee to thy Rest

It's been a tough week.  This past Monday, November 11th we had to do the hardest thing ... make the decision to put down our dear little dog Crash.  I know that instead of feeling sad, I should feel grateful that we had 14 years with him as part of our pack (which includes two 13 year old kitties - Bob & Vivian).  I know we did the best thing for him to release him from his suffering - all his systems were going haywire and it could have been cancer what with a suspicious mass they saw floating around inside.  This Warholian image is a manipulated photo of Crash I took with a Paper Cam app on my phone last year I think.

It's really amazing that I was able to learn anything this past weekend at the encaustic painting workshop at Maine Collage of Art - MECA with Kim Bernard.  She was wonderful and so were the  other artists in our class.  It's not as easy a technique as you would think considering that it's so ancient.  Here's a link to a short history of the medium and what artists are doing today.

Thinking of the Sea

Dreams of Mt Fuji

Living the Life

OBEY Yourself

Memory of Distant Desire
I'm taking them down to my little space at Constellation Gallery this afternoon.  They are small, about 7.75 square.  But will be interesting to see how this work effects my digital work.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Giving Thanks

Seems to be the month for it, eh?  I'd like to first thank the universe for leading me to certain emails when I'm rather at a loss for a blog post.  First of all, thanks to Bilhenry Walker for inviting me to show with his other artists at Spectrum Miami this December during Art Basel in South Beach!  I'm both excited and terrified, as this is the first "big" art fair I've ever been involved with.  But it's a chance to have my work seen by more people than up here in Maine.  And a chance to ditch Portland for Miami in December is always nice.

One of the things I need to do in Boston in the near future is that the show of photography by Middle Eastern women that is at the Museum of Fine Arts.  So I stuck out my neck and chose a date and asked a neighbor if she wanted to come with me and contacted my old chum Jonathan to see if he would like to come with us... or at least meet us in the cafe for lunch. So that's all set now for 11/22!

Then a get an email from one of my sistah photogs from the Professional Women Photographers Assn concerning these women who (some may still do) shoot for National Geographic.  Their stories reminded me of when I was the first female voice on KTLK radio in Denver in 1977 doing news from midnight to 6 am as the rock format burned all the news overnight.  The guys were BIG jerks to me.  I ignored them for a few months and then we moved to Milwaukee where the radio stations there were not so misogynist. 

Here's a random photo from this past summer when I went up to Cushing to be in a scene for the Indie film Neptune... I've got one more scene to shoot for it, but havn't heard from the director in a while.  I should email him my away dates for this month and next when I'll be in Miami.  If you are reading this and you have Miami friends... please send them our way - Booth 513 in the big white Miami Spectrum tent in mid-town!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Still not Scared?

Me and Fran Page (talented playwright and actor) at the last meeting of SnowLion Reperatory theater's PlayLab on Halloween.  Playwright Richard Ahlin brought in his one-woman piece called My Witch, based on the life of Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz.  Ahlin's playwright audience gave him inspiring feedback and hope that it will be a swift re-write too.

Although I've been mostly spewing about visual art and video this past year, Theatre is still a love and I'm still writing plays.  One day I will set up another blog and post the plays there and offer them up the way Charles Mee does that others may take them and re-write them (b/c that's what we're all really doing anyway - rewriting the same dozen stories and all that have been around forever) and crediting me with the jumping off point.

Almost ready to go live with another blog that I'm doing for Bilhenry Gallery - I'm showing with some insanely talented artists at Spectrum-Miami - beginning of December during Art Basel - Miami.