Posts Tagged ‘abstract art’

Love's Locked But Not Lost

Love’s Locked But Not Lost

Love’s Locked But Not Lost is inspired by one of those many bridges where people write their names on padlocks, lock them to the bridge, and throw the key in the river. A sweet, romantic, charming gesture, for sure. Not always good for the bridge, but lovely for the young couples’ hearts. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_lock I was intrigued […]

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

  Finding Balance is a study in contrasts between hidden and revealed, light and shadow, old and new. This piece feels simple and balanced, but it is full of subtle contrasts. The colors run from dawn to dusk, words from A to Z. The utilitarian dictionary pages are edged in extravagant gold leaf. Some parts […]

The Surprise Inside

The Surprise Inside

Ok, even artists like to have some fun once in a while! This piece does actually have a completed collage inside. What is it? Not telling! I wanted to convey the sense of anticipation and excitement of finding an unwrapped package. What’s inside? Who is it from? Is it for me? You’ll notice bits of […]


Dreams of Faraway Places

Dreams of Faraway Places

The inspiration for these pieces came from the envelopes themselves. I have saved greeting cards – and the envelopes – for years. Envelopes make me think of traveling – after all, they have traveled a long way to reach our mailboxes. I envisioned sewing the envelopes together to form the basis of a large piece, […]

Time of Waiting

Time of Waiting

The idea for Time of Waiting is one that has been on my mind for a quite some time. I wanted a 3‑dimensional way to explore the act of unwrapping and revealing an image. Remember tearing the paper off a birthday present when you were a kid, that sense of joy and excitement to find […]

True Joy and Happiness Be Ever Thine

True Joy and Happiness Be Ever Thine

A companion piece to From A Fond Heart Faithful And True, this one elevates an envelope from an ordinary everyday object to something grand and special. Inside the envelope are several fragments of tiny vintage greeting cards: Cupid on the lookout for his next target, bouquets of flowers, and an open book printed with the […]


Thy Path Be Ever Strewn With Flowers

Thy Path Be Ever Strewn With Flowers

The third in this mini series, Thy Path Be Ever Strewn With Flowers has a central envelope overflowing with sentimental papers surrounded by a colorful starburst. Inside the envelope are tiny bits from vintage greeting cards: bouquets of roses and forget me nots, and an open book printed with the phrase “Thy Path Be Ever Strewn […]

From A Fond Heart Faithful And True

From A Fond Heart Faithful And True

A cornerstone of my Envelope series, From A Fond Heart Faithful And True is dear to my heart. I wanted to elevate an envelope from an ordinary paper wrapper to something more magical, more symbolic. The gold leaf, the rays, the weathered surface, give it that mystical feel I was looking for. Inside the envelope […]

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Several of the pieces in the Envelope series are studies in contrasts, and this is one of them. I love the elegant old-fashioned women peeking out from their gilded frames. Clearly they were women of means at their time, so I surrounded them with flowers. Yet despite their privileges, their life wasn’t easy. They were […]


Letters Unsent

Letters Unsent

I had the idea for “Letters Unsent” before “Packaged Moments“, but completed it afterward. I needed to work through the thoughts about those other moments before I could take on this. I wanted this piece to explore the emotions of looking back on life and reminiscing about the thoughts not said, the missed opportunities: the […]

Packaged Moments

Packaged Moments

After making “Open Ended Communication“, I wanted to do more with Mylar overlays and explore the emotions around partially hidden objects. “Packaged Moments” started out as three individual pieces, but as I worked on them, they began to play off one another so well that they had to become one piece. I chose images that […]

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” pairs 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 […]



 
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