Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, except for the lingering showers, cold temperatures, and leaf clogged water drains. We are the lucky ones - able to enjoy one of natures wonders - without any damage to life and property.
 
We were able to be amazed at the amount of rain that accumulated, while unlike so many less fortunate, our houses stayed dry and safe.
 
Our Lake - Sunday
watch how the island in the middle of the lake disappears



Our Lake - Monday
the island is getting smaller and the water is creeping closer to the yards
 


Our Lake - Tuesday
the island did not go completely underwater
but the lake to come up about 4 feet onto the lawns

Gratefully. the experience was anti-climatic. At one point, Sandy's path, when it hit land was straight across the Mason-Dixon line, right over my house. But, we were spared. The rising lake, the howling winds, and a dog who didn't want to get wet - even though he loves to swim - were enough for me.
 
I did take the extra time to clean up my studio - now - back to work . . .

Sunday, October 28, 2012

We've spent the weekend winterizing the homestead -
getting ready for the hurricane. We are (3) hours west
of the East Coast, so surging oceans won't
 be our problem - just gobs of rain and wind.

This is our last little bit of fall color we have.
By Wednesday, all the glorious
fall foliage will be gone.
Nature's way of housekeeping.



Already the dog is worried about his daily walk.


 
We brought in all the hanging baskets, and
tore up whatever was left of the flowers.
It's starting to get that bleak winter look.



They've lowered the water level
in the lakes so there is no chance of flooding.

 
 
 

The over flow is dry as a bone,
wait until tomorrow . . . Sandy will change all this!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Collage Conundrum

I let my muse take a vacation,
but now it's time to get back to WORK.
Ah - but what should I do.
 There are no exhibits or shows coming up, nothing that I need to do for anyone else. What do I want to do?
Paint? Draw? Collage?
 - definitely collage.
Paper and glue is my
catalyst to creating.

But lately I've been having some confusion with my collage art.
I don't want to use anyone else's
work, like photos from magazines. Don't get me wrong, I've created a slew of magazine collages.

Some that I really love.



Some that are just plain fun



And some that make fun.


But I find more and more,
 I am not satisfied with using pictures
 that belong to someone else.
I need to make my own collage material.
 That's what I'll work on next.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Muses . . .

Your MUSE can be ANYTHING that provides
inspiration for your work
The source of your inspiration is your MUSE -
a person -
a supernatural force from the spirit world -
or a place or thing.

Some say that Georgia O'Keeffe's muse
was the Palo Duro Canyon.

Many thought Andrew Wyeth's MUSE was all about location -
 Cushing Maine and Chadds Ford PA,
But it was discovered that he had another MUSE
- Helga

Then there was Frida Kahlo who acted as her own muse
She said, "I paint myself because I am the subject I know best."


WHO IS YOUR MUSE . . .

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Muses

The Muses - the nine goddesses from Greek mythology
who are responsible for the inspiration of artistic work

John Lennon & Yoko Ono inspired each other,
they were each other's muses

Jim Morrison said he was inspired by the spirit world


Joni Mitchell, folk rock artist, said her creativity came from her spirit guide.


Some believe their inspiration comes from God/the Universe and they are just a tool, that they are being used or are possessed.

Does a MUSE have to be a person -
real or spirit or imagined . . .

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Muses

The Muses - the nine goddesses from Greek mythology
who are responsible for the inspiration of artistic work
The most famous muses are gender driven.
You read about so many men who had women as their muses.

Gustav Klimt had Emilie Floge

Toulouse Lautrec had the Moulin Rouge dancer, Jane Avril

more recently, Bob Dylan had Suze Rotolo,
who was featured on the cover of his 1963 album "The Freewheelin"

Historically, the MUSE has been used by men
to describe the women that they have been in love with
and made the subject of their work.

But the Muse does not have to be a woman
or even a human being . . .

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

 
Dear Universe
I have misplaced my MUSE - again.
Losing my muse is not the problem.
The PROBLEM is that I don't seem to care.
What did you say?
She   is   not   lost?
You think I locked her in the closet?
Well - maybe I should look in there - tomorrow.

COLLAGE COLLAGE COLLAGE with coffee filters

BUTTON BUNNY More Collage - just getting started! I tore strips of canvas from my box of scraps.  Pulled strings from the edge...