Sunday, September 18, 2016

Moving by Design

I have recently been obsessed with patterns. I signed up for a class this summer so that I could learn to digitally design patterns. So when I received an email from the Lowe inviting me to a Moving by Design to create expressive pattern movement, I figured I must go. The Beaux Art Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum was set up with tables, paper and pencils.  The workshop leader was Carol Kaminsky, Dance Program Director at the Frost School of Music. What happened next was a total surprise!

Carol asked us to stand, turned on some jive music and asked us to move around the gallery, any which way, to loosen ourselves up.  We were then asked to partner with someone to work with at the tables. We were given paper and pencil. The papers were folded in half. We then were asked to just doodle away on the paper, no specific design. One person was to lead and the other would follow the person's design on their half. The designs were not quite the same, but interesting. We then turned the paper over and switched roles. Our designs were again quite different and it was almost obvious to tell who lead. 

We were then asked to stand in a circle, soft music was turned on and we each interpreted our design on the paper. Who knew that a paper design could create such beautiful moves? The gallery was then split in half, just like the drawing paper. The partners walked up each side of the divide expressing their drawings with their hands, feet and torso.  This is when the title of the workshop made sense. Interesting to experience creativity on paper and on the dance floor. Not exactly what I expected, but creative and expressive nonetheless. Different mediums of expression!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Funky Fish - Recycled Art

If you follow my blog, you may know that I have been painting sea shells this summer. I love the beach, nature,  and being able to create something from  nature's discards. 

Lately,  I have been seeing so may piles of plant cuttings on the sides of the roads. Mos of them seem to be palm fronds.  I have, in the past, painted palm fronds, but on a special type that is hard and able to hang like the ones below:

This year,  I am finding a different type of palm frond more suitable for creating than painting a seascape. They seem to resemble the shape of a fish, so I made my first Funky Fish, showed my family and posted a photo on my Instagram account. It was an immediate attention grabber. My 89 year-old mother and her caregiver got in on the production. On their daily walks in the neighborhood they picked up my "art" supplies. My Mom suddenly had a reason to get out of the house and looks forward to seeing the finished products. 

The Funky Fish are now available at Isabel's Fine Home Accessories in South Miami, along with painted shells, coconuts and driftwood, and the possibility of another shop carrying them. Who knew? 

Summer time and the painting is FUN!!!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Return to Grovehouse Artists

Many years ago, I was a member of a great little artist co-op in Coconut Grove, Grovehouse Artists. It was a nice place to exhibit and socialize, but the most important thing I took from that experience was life-long friendships. The group inspired me and exposed me to many other groups. It was through the people I met there that I was able to participate in art in public places: painting a peacock, which is still standing on Grand Avenue and the manatee that was displayed in downtown South Miami and now lives in a private home in the area. I was able to take the course with Debra Cortese "I'd Rather be in the Studio" that pushed me into social media; a life. and business, changing experience.It was also a workshop with Debra about licensing my art that sent me in that direction and I now have many products through DENY Designs, Kess Inhouse and Geckorouge.

I think you can see that a lot of what is happening in my life today had its roots with the Grovehouse Artists. I recently re-joined their group, which is now "without walls'. The work is on line and social media with exhibits that take place wherever possible in the area. 

We will have our yearly Deering Estates exhibit with an opening reception on June 15th from 7 - 9 pm. On this night, the Deering is free to the public and you are all invited. The piece below, and hopefully a couple more, will be on exhibit. Join us!!

  • Time:  7 PM - 9 PM
    Place: Deering Estate
    16701 SW72 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33157              



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dahlonega Art and Wine Festival

In northern Georgia, one hour from Atlanta, is a beautiful small town named Dahlonega. The town has many wineries, talented people, beautiful scenery and many festivals.  

Next weekend, May 21 and 22nd, the Chestatee Artists will be having the Dahlonega Arts and Wine Festival (formerly known as the Mountain Flower Art Festival). This group of artists have potters, chainsaw artists, works in all medium, jewelry and more. The group does not lack in talent or creativity. 

I have had the pleasure of meeting some of these artists , like Oscar Rayneri, Ann McCormack,Letty Rayneri,  Carl Pirone  and Patti Pirone.There will be fifty arts and crafts booths at the Historic Dahlonega Square. A block away at Hancock Park they will have live jazz performances. The wine garden will include wines from Montaluce  Winery, Habersham Winery, Crane Creek Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, and Hightower Creek Vineyards.

Some of these artists exhibit year round at the Hall House Fine Art Gallery at the square and at Canvas and Cork  by Hancock Park. 

Come enjoy a weekend of arts, crafts, wine and the historic beauty of Dahlonega.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bear Heading to the Square

You probably already know that painting people and animals are not my thing. However, I can make an exception when it comes to the Bear on the Square Festival in Dahlonega, Georgia. The town has many festivals yearly, but this one has become my favorite. The people took the story of a bear appearing on the square years ago and have now turned it into the most fun-filled music festival. Blue grass, food, art and friendly people are the ingredients to a fun weekend. One of the fun activities used to raise funds are the live and silent auction. Each year,  I say that I will paint a bear and donate it to the auction, but time gets away from me.

This year I planned early and painted a sweet bear heading to the square. This bear plans to take part in the festivities and play some music. This is the least I can do to support this festival and the town I have grown to love.

"Bear Heading to the Square" - acrylic on canvas

Monday, March 14, 2016

Miami Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition

It is always an honor to be juried into an art exhibition. I am proud to let you know that my watercolor "Laridee Beaute"  (below) was selected by juror Eric Wiegardt to be part of the Miami Watercolor Society's 43rd Annual Spring Exhibition.  Come and see this piece and all of the others that will make up this wonderful show. 

This exhibition will take place at the beautiful Coral Gables Museum.  Join us!

Place: Coral Gables Museum
Address: 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida
Date: Friday, April 1 
Time:  6-10 pm

Gallery Hours vary by day so please call, closed Mondays
Telephone: (305) 603-8067

"Laridee Beaute" - watercolor


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Beach Therapy

Having always lived by the ocean, going to the beach has always been a part of my life. My first trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, about 35 years ago, started me on shelling. There is nothing more relaxing than walking the seashore and finding treasures from the sea. I always pick them up, some because I think of a project and others because of their beauty.  I have glass jars full of shells displaying the treasured ones in the house and a storage bin in the garage with the ones waiting to be used.

Last year I bought a Zentangle book and started doodling designs on paper. I soon started doing this on everything and anything; dried maple leaves in Georgia, followed by my plain white shells waiting for a project. It quickly became an obsession. I made lots of them for the holidays as Christmas ornaments. I then discovered some people wanted them to display on a table, glass bowl, etc. The orders for painted shells started to come sooner than I could fill them.

This summer, I will again walk the seashore, pick up shells and when I sit on my chair to rest I will be decorating the shells with endless designs.  How fun.....and therapeutic!