“Spring would not be spring without bird songs.”
– Francis M. Chapman
|A beautiful detour indeed…|
There are a few more essays of mine about to be published which I’m very excited for, which I’ll let you know about when they come out…
|I’ve been painting by my window today!|
I am so happy that all of my new pieces are finally getting to see the light of day! Starting on April 9th, a bunch of my art will be featured at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, CT for their art show Forever YOUNG – which is actually a reflection on the good ol’ Bob Dylan song.
I mean – I like Bob Dylan, but in my opinion, I think Brandi Carlile does a much better live rendition – which you can hear here:
|Listen to Brandi’s FOREVER YOUNG here!|
On April 9th – Thursday of next week, there will be an opening reception for any of those in the area – both some old favorite and some never-before-seen art of mine will be shown – and it’s the day before my birthday – so come if you’re around!
|Tree Thoughts – made in hospital|
|Singing Flower – made last week!|
In the Studio…
So, a while ago, I painted a fun background of the four seasons…
|I tried to give each background a different texture, complex layering and colors.|
I added my usual drippy and paint-like things – I have a lot of random things poured into spray bottles that honestly, I’m even sure what they are anymore! But I love creating abstract backgrounds – I go into a total place of “no thought.”
Then after a bunch of smooshing around, wiping, banging, painting (yes, anything can be art, people!) and just having a bunch of fun, I ended up with this nifty background.
|Tall grass for summer, I used spackle plaster for textured snow, a bed of leaves for Autumn, and beautiful rolling hills for Spring. Yay!|
Then, the fun really began, once Brandon took me to Lowe’s – my new favorite hangout – to buy a ton of spackle of all different kinds – hard stuff, soft stuff, I don’t know – whatever was there!
|My DIY kinda guy <3|
Or more specifically:
|Man, that was hard to open!|
When I am painting, I crave the tactile sensations – feeling the plaster, waving around the canvas and banging it, stroking the hairs of my brush on the canvas – it really feels like an artful way of doing yoga. I can feel the breath come into my body, breathing in the air around me, and breathing out acrylics and color. Breathing out a world I don’t even know I have within me until it evaporates onto my canvas.
|oh the wonders at Home Goods!|
I started to paint in the trees – painting over the spackle is so fun – getting into every little groove and crevice – the little nooks in the dried plaster really instruct you how and where to paint, very little thought or intent involved!
|So now the trunks are finished…|
Now onto the greenery! I am trying to push myself to paint more and rely less on fabric and doodads, so I wanted to paint the leaves of the trees…
Comin’ along… (I was in the studio from 10am to 2pm today – yikes!)
Okay, now how fun is that???
I’ve got all my favorite tree-folks represented, and I really did try to add as little embellishments as possible.
|A bee for Summer|
|A ball of snow for Winter|
|A changing leaf for Autumn|
|And a bird for Spring (plus my lil’ flower gal)|
|The flower is catching Spring’s tear.|
Guess what’s coming up…
PASSOVER! Yes, more fun Passover prep and fun to be had.
Here are some great and classic Passover recipes.
By the way, I had matzoh brei for breakfast
There are some delicious matzoh brei variations, and I think the next one on my bucket list is Skillet Matzo Brei with Cinnamon, Apple, and Raisins, which I found from Elana Lyn’s blog.
Passover is fun too!
Okay, you know Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, right? Well, have you heard the Passover Rhapsody???
And I absolutely LOVE this – it’s a parody for Passover – based on Uptown Funk!!!!
Oh, and the parody to end all parodies – how about for your seder? You know West Side Story...How about having a West Side Seder? This is hilarious – there are a ton of Passover Variations at Seders For You.
|Beautiful Judaica celebrating Miriam’s Role in the Exodus|
|Yet another amazing seder plate creation from amazing artist Gary Rosenthal!|
So everyone, just