Posts Tagged ‘abstract art’

Open-Ended Communication

Open-Ended Communication

“Open-Ended Communication” is a transitional piece that creates a pathway from the envelope-specific pieces (In The Clear, Going Forth) early in this series to more conceptual pieces (Once Upon A Time, Lifelong Buddies). The focal point in this piece is the small central envelope, which was originally created to stand on its own. The brown […]

In The Clear

In The Clear

Titled, “In The Clear”, this piece is dear to me for the sense of joy it conveys. Several years ago, a friend gave me a page from a French magazine printed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The image on the page was of dozens of butterflies (papillons) happily hovering over flowers. I envisioned […]

The Envelope Sketchbook ... and my helper

The Envelope Sketchbook … and my helper

As I began working on the Envelop/e series, I started making notes as ideas came to me. I’d jot a note on a scrap of paper in my studio, on a sticky note at home, or in whatever journal was handy. It’s great to keep track of those notes, but I couldn’t find them at […]


The Envelop/e Series

The Envelop/e Series

An envelope is something that wraps around, encloses and contains. But, an envelope can be more than just a piece of paper. It can be a symbol loaded with memories and emotions. You open the mailbox and there it is: Puffy or flat. Clean or scuffed up. White, brown, green, pink, blue, yellow, or red. Does it have that little […]

Lifelong Buddies

Lifelong Buddies

Another piece for the Threads of the Past exhibit, “Lifelong Buddies” shows a photo of my dad and his college friend. My dad went to a very small college. Very small – his graduating class had fewer than 2 dozen people. He and his classmates formed close friendships that lasted rest of their lives. I have […]

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

“Delivering Stories” is a two-woman exhibit of artwork by me and Amber McElreath. The show runs July 14 – August 19 at the BOX Gallery, Summit Artspace in Akron. The opening reception is July 14, 5-8pm. For this exhibit, I have made all new artwork. Well, almost all new. Going Forth and Remembrance will be part of […]


Sweet Marie

Sweet Marie

“Sweet Marie” is one more piece that I made for the Threads of the Past exhibit. The little girl in “Sweet Marie” came from an old scrapbook from the 1880s. Something in her pose and expression remind me of my grandmother, so I have named this piece after her. My grandmother wasn’t born till the 1900s, […]

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

This collage titled “Once Upon A Time” is another of the pieces I made for our “Threads of the Past” show at Uncommon Art. The photo is of my parents drinking a toast on their wedding day. Behind them is sheet music for “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, which has the lyrics: There are loved […]

East Shore Art Show, Nov. 11-13

East Shore Art Show, Nov. 11-13

Over the summer, I met several members of the East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland.  They asked if I would participate in their fall art show. Of course, I was flattered to be asked and am delighted to be part of it! The show is this coming weekend. About 45 artists are participating, and from […]


Insufficiently Wrapped

Insufficiently Wrapped

“Insufficiently Wrapped” plays on the envelope theme with an image that couldn’t be contained. I liked the idea of a neat and tidy envelope spilling messy contents all over the place. Envelopes are meant to contain, but sometimes they just can’t hold it in anymore. The envelope is made from a magazine image that I […]

Too Much To Contain

Too Much To Contain

“Too Much To Contain” again looks at what happens when the envelope is too full and the contents are released. I love the mix of modern and vintage bits here: you’ll see graphs from a 1950s physics book, vintage elements from the 1880s, mixed with modern snapshots and maps. It’s a wonderful, complex mix of […]

Remembrance

Remembrance

“Remembrance” uses a modern envelope paired with a vintage greeting card. I wanted to echo the greeting card with the other elements in the piece, so looked for papers with similar colors and feel. As I have tried to do in other recent pieces, I was somewhat spontaneous in my approach and did not over […]


Going Forth

Going Forth

Remember the excitement of finding a real envelope in the mail, one with a card or letter? Envelopes are more than paper: their purpose lies equally in being able to wrap, contain, and conceal, as well as open and release. They are the messenger, so rarely (never?) are they the reason for the missive. Yet […]

Walk In The Woods

Walk In The Woods

“Walk In The Woods” continues my exploration with a collage process that is more free and intuitive. No carefully analyzed plan, no agonizing over each piece. Instead, I tried to put pieces together because they “belonged” together. “Belonged” is in quotation marks because do vintage buttons, corrugated cardboard, and French knots really belong together? Who […]

Waterfall

Waterfall

“Waterfall” began, as so many of my abstract paintings do, with quick and instinctive swatches of paint on paper. Quick and energetic, applied in an intuitive, physical way. Love that stuff. After the paint was dry, I enhanced the paint with some machine stitching to draw attention to it and add texture, then added the […]


Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea

“Deep Blue Sea” is a bit different for me. Collage, the way I do it, is deliberate. I think about each piece before applying it to the artwork, weighing color, placement, size carefully. I’ll often look at a piece for several days before gluing anything down. It’s a very different process than painting, which for […]

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

“Garden Gate” is the final piece in the Portals series. Based on “Garden Shrine” with hints of “Frosty Window”, it offers an arch in a cheerful, warm garden setting. As with some of the other pieces, I wanted an image that invite viewers to experience a portal, make the transition through it. Title: Garden Gate […]

Garden Path

Garden Path

“Garden Path” takes another view of an archway and the view from and through it. I wanted to indicate a sense of space and set up an inviting scene where you’d want to go from here to there. Title: Garden Path Size: 12 x 12 inches on canvas Medium: Collage with various papers and acrylic […]


Garden Shrine

Garden Shrine

“Garden Shrine” looks at portals as a gateway. An imaginary scene, some views are off in the distance, others are close up. Made of bits of paper, it forms a peaceful, contemplative scene. Photos of the piece in progress are below. Title: Garden Shrine Size: 12 x 12 inches on canvas Medium: Various papers on […]

Beyond

Beyond

“Beyond” explores the idea of Portals as a window or opening, but shows only the view. I was thinking more about transition – going from there to there, looking at one place from another – rather than the structure that you go through. It’s more about wanting to go than how you get there. The […]

Frosty Window

Frosty Window

Frosty Window, part of my Portals series, was inspired by that crazy polar vortex weather we’ve had the past couple of winters. Awful cold, miserable stuff – but also beautiful. The frost patterns on my windows were really pretty. Tiny delicate crystals dancing across the panes. So this piece takes a more literal view of […]


Distant Memories 2

Distant Memories 2

“Distant Memories 2” continues exploring that moment of transition between being present and being lost in memories. It is part of my Portal series. The design is simpler than Distant Memories 1, yet it has more complexity as well. I designed it with only one figure, the large one on the left. Yet the more […]

Distant Memories 1

Distant Memories 1

Distant Memories 1 is a small piece from my Portals series. I was testing the idea of memories as a portal to the past, to our history. That moment of reminiscing, as one transitions from being in the present to lost in thought. It has a contemplative feel. The background is acrylic paint. The figure […]

Tropical Arch

Tropical Arch

“Tropical Arch” is another piece from my Portals series. It takes a more literal view of the portals concept by depicting an archway. The scene is made of pieces of magazine images, tissue paper, maps, and some acrylic paint. I attached all the pieces to watercolor paper, then ran the whole thing through the sewing machine. […]



 
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