Friday, January 28, 2011

Museum of Fine Arts

I found out that my work is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Florida! 

That sounds so nice... but let me explain… 

This collage...

which is available on a magnet through Cafepress… is for sale in the GIFT SHOP of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Florida!

So my actual artwork in not on the walls or anything… but hey you have to start somewhere… right!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Amazing Women...

'S' is for Susan..
I love amazing women… they really do not get the press they deserve… of course many really are not looking for press… or if they are it is usually to help someone else and not themselves.

I have been sitting here trying to write everything that is swirling around in my head about this subject today but I guess the best way I can do that is by telling everyone to click on the following links and these amazing woman have said it better than I ever could… (and probably in less time).

So first notice my new little princess gadget to the right…

Then click on her or click here to read the story about this princess…amazing...

Then click here to read about one her friends…

Or here to read about another of her friends…

Or here to read about another…

AMAZING WOMEN, AMAZING PRINCESSES indeed…

Friday, January 21, 2011

Metamorphosis...

I have been working on my new website. For… a… long… time…. But I think we are getting close to launching… YEAH! While putting everything together… and trying to show that I have been an artist all of my life… I have been looking at many of my old art pieces and projects. At least those that I saved or took slides of. Yes slides… way back when… when I was applying to design school… we presented our work both in an actual portfolio and then we also had to submit slides. I have had these slides for a long time. I recently mailed them to ScanCaf√©. They professionally scan your slides to a DVD so that now you can have them for posterity… or at least until the next wave of technology comes around.
Many of the slides are from Parsons School of Design and my years in their BFA Program. In my first year of the program we were given the assignment of metamorphosis. I know I have the actual lesson somewhere but I will give you the highlights. We were to start with a 6” cube or 6” sphere and over the course of 6 steps our cube or sphere had to transform into something else. I think we could use any material that we wanted. So Heather, my room mate and I went to our favorite gathering stores in NYC when we had a project like this. Canal Street… We would frequent a great hardware store there and of course Pearl Paint. I love both hardware and art stores and office supply stores… anyway. I remember seeing chicken wire and steel wool… Bingo… they would be my materials. I do not remember what Heather ended up with for this project. So we went back to our dorm and I cut 36 - 6” x 6” squares of the chicken wire and proceeded to solder them together with a small soldering gun. I balled up the steel wool for the first cube. The steel wool progressively grew and started popping the chicken wire cubes… so that by the 6th step the cube had been completely taken over by the steel wool.


Now up to this point in the year… I can not remember exactly how far in were, but I really had not had many breakout ideas and projects. It also was design school so think of …. Simon Cowell times 6 instructors. If you were not crying at the end of your critique… well they had just not done their job well.
We displayed our projects and then we would sit on the floor and they would walk by each piece and… tear it apart!!! They did not always know whose project was whose which was usually good. They had gotten to mine and they asked “Whose is this?” I raised my hand and they said “No… whose is this?” … “This is yours?” I stood up and said “yes… it is mine.” I explained that my metamorphosis was “cancer”. “Wow, great work.” and they moved on! They liked it. It was my first “A” and it was also accepted into the end of year show. It was one of my favorite projects and I guess that “Ah ha” moment when you are doubting yourself  that tells you to keep going… that you are in the right place… on the right path.

Now…years later, what I find so … what is the right word… interesting… I guess… is that for about 7 to 9 years this was happening in MY body. Not at the same time of course but that I thought of cancer at that time and really did not have any exposure to it at that young age of 19. This is exactly what cancer does… it grows… exponentially and takes over. I wish that my only exposure to cancer was this hypothetical project… but no one is really that lucky as this insidious beast usually touches everyone’s life or the lives of their loved ones at some point.

I will share more of my Parsons Portfolio over the course of time and I also had some fun slides of when I was little transferred to the DVD too.
Obviously I was drawn to color at a young age!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Green Day...

After reading many of my Facebook friends status updates about snow and cold.. I decided to post something fun to look at... something to give everyone who lives in cold climates a little bit of hope at this time of year. (I lived in a cold climate for the first 42 years of my life, so I remember all too well).


Enjoy...
Spring is right around the corner....

Friday, January 7, 2011

Priorities

It is Day Seven of this new year and already I feel behind. I had a deadline for a submission for the Cloth,Paper,Scissors 2012 Calendar Contest. The theme for 2012 was harder for me… so I procrastinated… until the last minute. I only had time to complete one piece for my submission this year but I got it done and in the mail yesterday.

Usually the first week of the new year I like to get organized. Well that is not entirely true… I LOVE to get organized. In fact I am sure I have been heard saying “I have to get organized” many times.
 
We went back to our hometown for Christmas and it gave me such joy to hear my niece who is planning her wedding show me how organized she is in her planning. We attended my Father-in-Laws Birthday Party and a younger cousin was organizing everyone for pictures… I was giddy… I could just be the photographer and the hems and haws were not targeted at me. She is a project manager… I was a project manager… it is what we do.

So now that my submission is done… I will get myself organized for the new year. I have set some goals, personally, business and for life in general. Which brings me to the reason that I pre-empted my plans to organize this morning and write this post.

about priorities…

I am feeling a lot of emotions this morning. I am happy to hear about Ted Williams… I am sure there is a lot more to that story but on the surface it sounds like a good one. I am sad and mad to hear that John Edwards proposed to his girlfriend, okay I really think the Big Guy made a mistake with this one. I was happy to hear that Elizabeth cut him out of her will. A few months ago, I was happy to see that Mike Foligno, who we knew from his Buffalo Sabres days is now the Assistant Coach on the Ducks. But I was sad to read a recent article that his wife died in 2009, at 47 from Breast Cancer.  I am disappointed, I guess that would be the correct word to hear that Snooki has written a novel, “A Shore Thing“ … even my 10 year old was disappointed in that one! I do think the title was creative though. I am disappointed to know that Jersey Shore is in their third season (and I won’t just pick on that show as there are many other “reality” shows that are just as bad). They get the spotlight. Sometimes, many times the small stories, the everyday person living their life, raising good kids, fighting cancer, doing good at the same time, really making a difference…don’t get the attention. Maybe that is the difference… they do not want the attention on themselves… they want it for others or for their work.

Today, I am sad and mad to hear about a friend, Susan, who is dealing with her fourth cancer/ recurrence of breast in four years. It is just not fair… we only get two breasts and she has had 4 cancers. But I am happy and proud to know her, this friend is a fighter and a doer. Even as she is receiving the news of a fourth recurrence and planning her next attack on her opponent, she is doing amazing work. For others. She has put two organizations (Crickett’s Answer and LympheDIVAS, I love that name) together to help Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema to receive sleeves that they may otherwise not afford. You can read about it on her own site Toddler Planet or on the collaborative site that she started… Mothers with Cancer. Take a minute and get familiar with my friends on this site, real women, real moms, real life in the trenches of cancer.

This is the reality that we should be focusing on…

So when you are planning your goals and priorities for 2011 please think about what is truly important. Figure it out before you get cancer, before you lose a loved one, before you or a family member get some other horrible disease. It is hard to do and sometimes you have to remind yourself daily, but it is never too late to start…

or to get organized…

Sorry. I had to add that one!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Project 365-2010

Last year I got the idea for Project 365 while reading Jamie Ridler's blog, at least I think got it while reading her blog. So I tried to take a picture each day in 2010. Sometimes I would take 200 in one day... so I would cheat a bit and use some of those... I even allowed myself to miss a few days. Well this is my first attempt (and the last one in the family I should add) to put all of my pictures into a movie and add music (thank you to my resident IT help). There is always room for improvement but it is kind of fun to look back at the year in this way.
So I hope you enjoy my year in review...
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