Archive for 2014

Reject the Common Lawn

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

It’s time to rebel against the unnatural short green carpet that infects almost every neighborhood in the USA. Unless you have kids playing in the yard (and for sure you want to be able to keep an eye on them) or want a place for badminton and croquet, there’s no good reason to be like […]

Recycling Vintage Jewelry

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Do you like antique and vintage jewelry? I do, I can’t resist a good sparkle that can be given a new life. These treasures usually come in lots with other pieces that don’t have as much to say to me. It seems these less loved pieces have begun to pile up so that I now […]

The Most Surprising Fact Ever

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Well, it is to me, anyway. Today I learned that not everyone wants to make art. A young person was telling me how her sister, who studies medical management, had to take an art class and she hated it because it held no interest for her. We tend to think everyone loves art, but in […]

Mid-February Cheer

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The seasons are about to get ready to change again. I know a lot of people in the northern hemisphere are ready fro warmer days while many in the southern hemisphere would welcome cooler ones. To everyone I say, “enjoy the day!” To my readers I say, “Thank you for reading.”

Winter Art Shows

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A couple of Sundays ago, I went to a daytime opening at Davis Gallery in Orange CT. It was very engaging but I was still surprised at the turnout because the weather was not very good. It was wet in fact, and very cold. It even started to snow while I was waiting for a […]

Handmade Is from the Heart

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

When you buy fine art and fine craft works you are buying a work imbued with the soul of whoever made it. The hands that worked the piece moved with the conscious direction of someone who cares about what they are forming. It is a voice unheard. Handmade is sharing. Maybe a vision, maybe a […]

I Can’t Help Falling in Love too Fast

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

We artists often fall in love with our own work even before it is finished. The work sometimes does not love us back. It refuses to cooperate or it just isn’t turning out as we planned. This is when we have to be strong and call off the relationship. We have two choices, then. We […]

In the Pink

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Pink is not watered down red. It isn’t a single, well defined color. It can be neon bright. It can be muted with the addition of one of its complements. It can be so pale as to seem almost white. Pink can be rosy in tint to almost orange. “Hot pink” is an invention of […]

Why Not Red?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Red is the color of life, of love, of intense emotion. It stands out in fiery brilliance and makes us stop and look and maybe pay attention. It is my favorite color and has been all my life. I am in constant danger of buying more red beads and paints as if I might run […]

Tired of Valentine’s Day Already?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The new year is only two weeks old but I have started seeing hints of Valentine’s Day already. Some stores waste no time taking down their December holiday decorations and putting up the red and pink hearts and glitter of a holiday that’s a month away. If folks really were inured to the advertising this […]