Friday, June 17, 2016

The Hudson Clocktower, Re-imagined


Hudson has had lots of famous visitors throughout its history. I’m sure some of them must have been artists. So what if they visited Hudson, fell in love with the clock tower, and used it as inspiration for their art? It could happen, right?

So I had to ask myself: “What if other artists were also inspired by the clock tower?”

I just had to wonder. Then I got out my paintbrushes and created paintings as if the clocktower had been their muse.

Picasso, Monet, Magritte, Dali - they are all represented in this tongue-in-cheek series of paintings.

Those paintings are on display June 10-30 at

Uncommon Art
178 1/2 N. Main Street
Hudson, OH 44236

http://www.lifeneedsart.com/blog/what-if-famous-artists-were-inspired-by-our-clock-tower/

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Shaker Heights Art and Music Festival, June 18-19


I am pleased to be part of the Shaker Heights Arts and Music Festival again this year. Hope you can stop by and say hi! I'll be in booth 128.

Saturday, June 18: 10 am-8 pm
Sunday, June 19: 11 am-5 pm

http://www.lifeneedsart.com/events/shaker-heights-art-and-music-festival-june-18-19/

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Gate, a collage


"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.

http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/portals-garden-gate/

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Garden Path, A Collage


“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.

http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/garden-path/

Friday, June 03, 2016

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 at http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/portals-garden-shrine/

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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 scene is ... http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/portals-beyond/

Foggy Bridge 2

I thoroughly enjoyed painting the first Foggy Bridge painting, and wanted to explore the subject further.

This version is lighter and brighter. The collaged paper along the bottom edge has cheerful tulips. The bridge is less distinct than in the first painting, making this more about the colors than the structure.

Read more... http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/foggy-bridge-2/

Foggy Bridge 1

Continuing the Portals series is a small painting done about a bridge.

I had vacationed in California several years ago with friends. We flew to San Francisco, spent a weekend, then drove to Napa. On the way home, we drove across the Golden Gate bridge. Beautiful, sunny day, typical of that area. As we approached the bridge, the fog rolled in. By “rolled”, I mean rolled like a freight train! One minute it was sunny; the next it was so foggy we could hardly see the car in front of us.

Read more: http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/portals-foggy-bridge-1/

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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.

Read more: http://www.lifeneedsart.com/gallery/frosty-window/