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The Zen Master in My House

17 August 2014

 

Here is Eloise -  the zen master who live with me - she does naturally what I aim to do.  She is always in the present moment. 

Open and Closed

04 August 2014

A reoccurring theme in my work has been OPEN and CLOSED.  When I am OPEN to life, I soar..... when I am CLOSED to life ... I don't... it's really as simple as that.  May I be open today and this week... and the same goes for you. 

 

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What Practices Work For You?

23 June 2014

 

I have a gorgeous leather sketchbook I do something creative every day.  These sketches are like my 'warm ups' to get me in the vortex of creating.  It seems this practice is really working for me - -- what practices are working for you?

Fecundity in the Studio - amping up for fall shows

16 June 2014

I Am Forty-Five - so.... of course, I had forty five 12" x 12" panels made to commemorate and to show at upcoming shows at LCCC in September and Marquis Art and Frame in Scranton in October.

I like this phase - the ideas are coming and I execute -  create and  love - it's all I want to do.


 

This Girl is on Fire

25 May 2014

 

My second eldest niece graduated from Boston University last week - and she's off into the real world - setting it on FIRE!

She's awesome......

North Branch Land Trust Dinner/Auction

13 May 2014

 

             Vertical Fleurs 40" x 40" fabric paint on silk

Tomorrow night my piece 'Vertical Fleurs' will be auctioned off for the North Branch Land Trust annual dinner auction- Barb Romansky says there are still seats available for the grand event which has many special touches and surprises.... Please call 570-696-5545 for reservation!

Beaumont Inn Wine Cellar Mural

12 April 2014

Rob Friedman had vision when he reopened the Beaumont Inn - and people are showing up to take part in wonderful food on the outdoor patio, in the dining area, bar area and now the newly renovated wine cellar.  The setting is so beautiful we decided to bring some of the outside  "in" with a view from the gardens looking back to the inn. 

The opposite wall showcases the talents of Cindy Trudgen with the look being as if you were in an actual wine cellar with barrels of wine.   Many people are booking special occasion - from Anniversary dinners, showers and weddings.  Thanks Rob!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New works - Nudes

10 April 2014

"Only what has been covered up many times can emerge, immersed, brought up, immersed, brought up, until it flowers and blooms and becomes in its own radiance, spells out its own creative meaning and LIVES.  Only then can we stop our making, let it FLY on its own as all things mean and are meant to soar in spirit, for FREEDOM is the ground from which we rise, nor should we ever limit the horizon, imagination infinitely expands and gives up room for ceaseless change and endless growth."

Richard Pousette-Dart

 

Lasting Images

07 February 2014

 

 

Recently I went to the Guggenheim in New York to see the Christopher Wool exhibit which I enjoyed but was completely taken by a side gallerly curated by Lauren Hinkson named "Lasting Images".   The piece that drew me in by Mona Hatoum was vertical wires suspended in a cube which shifted and changed as you walked along side it.  On closer inspection you saw the the wire were actually barbed wire....  "it's ethereal form belies a forboding presence."

He's 48

07 February 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lately my commissons have been a co-creating experience.  The client wanted something that would stand the test of time for her husband. He loves ... I mean really loves MUSIC and plays the guitar - this is how he unwinds in his 'mans cave'.  So we came up with a close up of a guitar with some special meaning obscured in the center plus his birth date.  The verdict... he can't stop talking about it.....

The ART of GIVING

16 January 2014

 

The QUESTION:  What do you get for your beloved after fourteen years of marriage? 

THE ANSWER? 

A painting of the ceremony of marriage. 

THE RESULT?   She said: "He held it forever and repeated over and over again ...it's awesome... you really got me!

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THE QUESTION:  What do you get for your mother turning 70 who has everything she could possibly need.... loves flowers and hues of blue and purple?

THE ANSWER?  A handmade large scarf that she can wear or hand of lavender flowers inspired by Monet's garden. 

THE RESULT?  Happy mamma - happy daughter.

 

Identify your identity

01 December 2013



Julia Cameron has written many books which help cultivate creativity.  Yes - a blank canvas is still exhilarating and scary - until I begin... and then it's ok.  All ok.

Looking over some questions from her book Walking in This World which I answered in 2007, I was once again reassurred that I am doing what I believe I was called to do.

Here are some of the questions: 


1.  When I was a small child, I dreamed of growing up to be  ..... artist
2.  In my childhood , my interest in what art was encouraged? .... painting/ drawing
3.  In my childhood, my interest in what art was discouraged? .....none
4.  If I had had more encouragement, I would have probably tried .... not applicable
5.  The teacher who helped me see my gifts was ......Mrs. Hand and Peter Cox
6.  The childhood friend who helped me see my gifts was .... Beth

Shout Out for Nina......

24 October 2013


Nina Davidowitz won a solo show at the Hope Horn Gallery in the current Bi-Annual Show for 2015 --- Here is Nina with one of her many beautiful works.....
Yay Nina !

Northeastern Pa Art Scene is Alive and Well

23 October 2013








                                   Besty Fulton - "Seascape" - AFA Gallery - (above)




There is some great art to be seen in Northeastern Pa - If you are able to get out and about this weekend - super shows at Afa and Art Works and the Hope Horn Gallery at University of Scranton as well as the Lindner Gallery at Marywood.  All part of the biannual show - here are some pieces that piqued my interest -

Southside Bistro --- Has Opened!

14 October 2013






The space is amazing - the food divine and  it was a real treat to see the Eiffel Towers out of the studio and up on the walls - I am looking forward to future lunches and dinners there - and perhaps even a weekend brunch.  

Philharmonic Phenomenon

07 October 2013

              Mural for Norhteastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Hanover Street , Wilkes Barre, Pa 
When I ring the Singing Bowl my aunt and uncle gave me, I realize the power of that sound.   Somehow the sound permeates the walls and joins another vibe in the universe which grounds me to the present moment.  I recently did this mural for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.  The image reminds me of the crossing of the senses which often is heightened through and by art. 
       

Face Lift on Market

01 October 2013

                                                            Today
                                                 

                                                 Yesterday

After and Before.....   Market Street Murals for Allstate and  A Shoe Boutique by Arch Comfort......
Last week was a perfect week to be painting the murals  on Market Street Kingston, Pa.
The idea started when Ivan and Cheri of 'Shoe Boutique' wanted to put their shop on the map.   They have great shoes- what makes  them 'great' is they are comfortable and cool.   Now when people are driving by - they will take note of two businesses that were otherwise fading into the background.   Like my dad always said " it's amazing what a little paint can do..... !" 

Times Leader Article - August 11 2013

12 August 2013

                                              detail of 'Fully Supported" acrylic on canvas


                                    "Fully Supported" 50"x36" acrylic on canvas
 
Mary Therese of the Times Leader newspaper wrote a super article giving the flavor of the Moldova experience I had with fellow artist Sharon Bowar. 
http://www.timesleader.com/news/features/688912/Local-creativity-goes-global?template=art_smartphone



She said, “people look like their paintings”

11 June 2013


I am painting with two artists from Romania- one from Moldova - and twenty from Turkey. We are being sponsored by Summa company and by Pittson, PA based Linde International, Inc. The images are of us painting in a mall - Mall Dova - in Moldova. We each have a big canvas to create whatever we want which will be sold to help a local art school.

Yesterday Aylin from Turkey remarked that people looked like their paintings – and she's right!

Heading to Moldova

11 June 2013

                         summaArt USA Painters Campus 2005 Wilkes University Wilkes Barre Pa

In 2005 I was invited along with seven other American artists to paint with eight Turkish Artists at Wilkes University, Pa. This amazing opportunity was sponsored by Linde Enterprises Inc which is affliated with SUMMA- an internationall contruction company based in Turkey.   The head of SUMMA- Mete Bora -  loves artists and providing opportunites  for artists to gather, paint, and exchange ideas.   Scott Linde recently (I mean really recently) asked if I would like to participate in a Summa Art seven day painting excursion in Mondolva - and I said .... YES!!  So tomorrow I go - every so often the stars line up - thank you Scott, thank you Mete Bora.......  - Mondolva- ..... here I come!