Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

No matter your faith, I hope you are spending this day with family and loved ones, together in peace.

Nativity at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano.
  Somehow, the light naturally fell on Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I've Got a New Man

I've been very busy celebrating these past two weeks; I turned 50!  Believe it or not, I got a new man as a gift... my own personal Adonis.

Atlant spb2, Natalya Aikens
Actually he's an Atlant, one of the statues holding up the new entrance to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, like Atlas holding up the world.  Natalya has made a series of artwork based on these statues and she was kind enough to give me one.

Here's a close up of the image and Natalya's hand stitching.  Don't you just love the texture?

Aren't I lucky?  Check out Natalya's blog for more of these fabulous artworks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Famous Art at MOMA

A few weekends ago I went into New York City with girlfriends.   We found ourselves with a little extra time at MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art) and we wandered the galleries without any specific agenda.  It was wonderful.  I had forgotten how much gorgeous art is housed in MOMA.  I'd like to share a few of my favorites, though the iPhone doesn't do the artwork justice:

Pablo Picasso, Girl before a Mirror, Boisegeloup, 1932 -- on wall
Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman, Boisegeloup, 1932 -- sculpture
(these just make me smile; what was Picasso like as a dinner guest, I wonder?)

Paul Cezanne, Still Life with Apples, 1895-98
(love how the scene fades to white in the upper left)

Mark Rothko, No. 3/No. 13, 1949
(this positively glows -- I had no idea)

Jasper Johns, detail of Flag, 1954-55
(the depth of brushstrokes is gorgeous)

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, Saint Remy, June 1889
(luscious, luscious, luscious)

Gustav Klimt, The Park, 1910 or earlier
(I just love all the colors of the foliage)

Claude Monet, Agapanthus, 1914-26
(there's a wildness here that I'm so attracted to)

Paul Gauguin, Still Life with Three Puppies, 1888
(I hadn't seen this before, but I love it)

And there you have it, a mini-MOMA masterpiece tour.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The "100" Fundraiser

I'm honored to be one of the 100 invited fiber artists participating in Virginia Spiegel's upcoming fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

What's the goal? Raise $10,000 in one day 

When will the fundraiser take place? Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How will we raise $10,000?  Easy; the first 100 patrons who contribute $100 to the American Cancer Society through Virginia's Fiberart for a Cause will receive an 8" x 10" fiber artwork, randomly selected from the pool of art created by the 100 invited artists.

Who's an invited artist?  The list is filled with remarkable talent, including my dear friends Natalya Aikens, Deborah Boschert, Jane Davila, and Kristin LaFlamme. The complete list can be found here, along with the details on how to be a part of this exciting fundraiser.   I am truly humbled and honored to be on the list.

Why should you participate?  I understand that everyone has only a limited amount of funds to donate to worthy causes, but the American Cancer Society is certainly a good one to consider.  Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US after heart disease; one in four deaths can be attributed to cancer.  However, the American Cancer Society is making great strides in early detection and treatment of this disease.  At the conclusion of the "100" fundraiser, Fiberart for a Cause will have donated a quarter of a million dollars to support the American Cancer Society's efforts!

For my part, I also have personal reasons to be involved.  I'd like to support the cause in honor of the survivors who benefitted from cancer treatments -- like my mom, and also in memory of those who lost their battle, like Lisa Quintana.  Perhaps you know someone, too, who's been touched by cancer.

In all, I think this is an exciting way to raise funds for a very worthy cause and, as an added bonus, to expand your collection of fiber art.  I hope you'll consider being a part of this exclusive opportunity.