Friday, December 21, 2007

Winter Tree Collage

Anyone who lives in the Northeast knows we've had quite a bit of snow this past week! This collage was definitely inspired by the view outside. The background comes from a crayon batik piece, combined in Photoshop with an image I took last year at Endicott Park in Danvers, MA.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Know what I love about snow?

Well, to be honest, there's not a whole lot I like about snow, but I do love days like this. The roads are barely passable, no one is travelling, you have to stay home, which means we can do things like: decorate the tree, make art, and watch the Patriots, with no need to feel guilty that we should be doing someting else! My very favorite kind of day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Shoe Collage

You are warned, this is a gross little story. Okay so a couple of weeks ago I left my shoes in the middle of the bedroom floor. High heels. Heard a god awful crash. Husband yells he needs my help. Gross, gross, gross. The most disgusting thing I have seen lately. My shoe took out a chunk of his foot. Like you took a spoon and scooped out a chunk. Took an Emergency room trip at midnight. This was after my daughter was sick all day. Well I warned you...hope that wasn't too bad.

Anyway, here is a more pleasant and cheerful view of a shoe! Something a bit brighter than I normally do. The purply-pink began with the crayon-batik technique Belinda has on I have it on ETSY as a print, or card if you like.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Heart Collage

To be honest I'm sick of thinking about Christmas and winter in general. So I was thinking about the heart swap I signed up for and was playing with some ideas. I liked this one so much I'm putting it on ETSY as both a print and a card. It's a mix of two mixed media collages, blended and altered in Photoshop. There, I feel warmer already.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Wintry Birdhouse Digital Collage's SO cold in the Northeast right now. I can barely get warm even in the house! I was thinking of the little birds that visit my backyard and wondered how they were doing while I did this little digital collage.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Paste-up 2008

An juried exhibition of small format collage to be presented at the Ayer Lofts Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts. Karen Bettencourt, who is a fantastic artist, is one of the jurors. I had intended on participating last year, but life got in the way. This year I am excited thinking about what to submit...last year's entries were gorgeous.

What kind of flower are you?

I am an

What Flower
Are You?

Cool! Considering it's about zero point zero degrees in Massachusetts right now, a little flower imagination hits the spot! Here's what it said about me and I'd like to think it's true:

"You are a very sensual person. You like to experience all the sights, smells, tastes and textures the world has to offer. Ordinary be damned, because you want to do it all."

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Geneaology of Pop/Rock Music

Last week we took the kids and my dad (who was freezing because he lives in Florida) to the ICA in Boston. The ICA is the Institute of Contemporary Art, which has had an awesome makeover in a stunning building on Boston's waterfront. The actual gallery itself was a bit smaller than I had imagined, but was an interesting exhibit of the best in contemporary design.

The thing I thought was "coolest" was Reebee Garofalo's Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music chart. It covers "the time period 1955 to 1978, more than 700 artists and 30 styles of music are mapped in currents flowing from left-to-right." The piece is included in "As Below, So Above, 2007", on the wall as you enter the museum.

We bought the poster for my 14 year old son, who never complains when I drag him to museums.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Some of you might remember that I took a digital printmaking class with Mary Taylor. I loved it! Now Mary is juror for a digital printmaking exhibit. I think I'll submit something. How about you? The information is below.

Booksmart Studio embraces the new digital printing technologies while holding on the old values of traditional craftsmanship, printmaking, photography, and the studio arts. The studio prides itself on blending these old values with new technology to create works that encompass both state-of-the-art printing and classic hands-on personalization. This upcoming exhibition will celebrate the combination of new technology with an enduring emphasis on fine craftsmanship and quality.

The exhibition, recognizing and celebrating innovation and talent in digital printing, will be juried by Mary Taylor- educator and award-winning vanguard of digital processes. Using an eclectic mix of found objects, handmade papers, hand coatings, and modern digital printing processes, Taylor creates fine monoprints, artist books, and mixed media digital prints. While not teaching digital printmaking workshops or managing the studio of Digital Atelier’s Dorothy Krause, Mary Taylor is advancing her own unique talent and pioneering the art of alternative digital printing processes.

Exhibition Application