Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I made some changes to the second found source collage of Pumpkin. I added painted paper. Now I would call this a "combo" piece. It combines the found source and painted paper collage. I thank everyone for their feedback. As a result of that feedback and a lot of thought - I made these changes. Let me know what you think.
It's approximately 8 x 9 inches (including the tail).

Monday, April 27, 2009

Strange and Stranger

My studio time was spent experimenting. I made another small gouachy of the primroses. And, a corresponding ppc version.

I also made two collages of Pumpkin - our cat. The 'found' source was the April 2009 edition of ArtNews. The first began on blue painted paper. I cut out the shape of the cat's body out of a reproduction of a painting by an abstract expressionist painting. There was a reproduction of a painting by Picasso on the reverse side of the page. When I turned over the cutout cat body, I saw the shape in reverse made from the Picasso. At this point I had already placed Pumpkin's face on the paper and given her eyes (cut from a repro of a Sargent portrait) facing the original direction. I decided to use the Picasso side anyway and the body is therefore disjuntive. I put a Burchfield painting in as the rippled blanket - but then added it as the space around the window? And, then put a picture of a big white horse sculpture out the window. It is strange - but somehow I like it.

I decided to make another run at the idea. This Pumpkin is made from a Sargent portrait and her face from an African ceramic. I put the rest of the image of the African ceramics behind the cat. The people on the right are from an ad for travel to Spain. The folded arms come from a picture of an Indian artist and echoes the figure used for the cat's body. The tale ends in the face of the Sargent portrait. Another Sargent portrait was place behind the Spanish tourists. She is missing her eyes because they were used in the first Pumkin collage. This one's eyes are from a repro of the famous Fairey poster of Obama. For some reason I like the first one better. It has less rhyme or reason, but just works better. I have no idea what it means.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I got a little potted primrose in the flower district. I wanted pansies, but you had to buy a whole tray. I just wanted one plant - so the primroses. First I made the gouachies. (This is a term I made up - it is for a gouache painting that is washy.) Then, I make a PPC (painted paper collage) version using the gouache version as the drawing. The first two - are about 12 x 12 inches. (I was trying to work a little larger. The next two are about 6 x 5 inches. These I made after seeing the Bonnard watercolors. They are small and they are great. So, why fight it?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Beautiful Day at the Cloisters

Yesterday was soooo gorgeous. Richard and I went to the Cloisters. It was unseasonably warm - as the say - about 75 degrees and sunny. We packed a picnic of cheese, prosciutto, bread, fruit, and wine.

I went into the Cloisters because I just love it there, while Richard stayed outside to draw. It was really crowded inside but I still managed to do some drawing.
I'm thinking about Pietas. The Cloisters has several.

Then we went to the Met to say good bye to the Bonnard exhibition which closes today. (Bonnard is one of Richard's favorites.) I was not really aware of his watercolor and guoaches. These are quite wonderful. I fell in love with them. I found this image of one posted on

It's quite small. But, there is so much going on in that small space. Like all of his work - it is very tenderly made.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

New Work

I have been getting a new set of Veil Cards together. Here are the most recent ones:
  1. Eve (after Antwerp Master after Durer after Botticcelli ...)
  2. Myself as Madonna (after Charonton)- [this is experimental]
  3. St. Denis
  4. The Dutch Bride (after Petrus Christus)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Experimentation: Found Source Collages

While my recent exhibition was still up, I was experimenting with found sources. These are junk mail, fliers, and magazines that I found in the laundry room. (In our laundry room there is a bookshelf where you can put books and magazines that you don't want anymore. And, they are free for anyone to take.) This first one is a still live of an apple, baby cup, and vase. It was made out of the December mailer from the Rubin Museum of Art. I loved using all the patterns.
This is "The Virgin & Child (after the Gerhard David workshop)." I made it from a magazine called "Brio" which I found in the laundry room. This magazine is for teenage Christian girls. It talks a lot about how to "save" yourself for marriage. It's kind of like a Christian Seventeen magazine.

This is "Portrait of a Lady (after Van der Wieden)" which is made from the March 2008 brochure of the Red Dot Fair in NYC. I am using reproductions of contemporary art to re-interpret a 15th century painting.
This last one is the biggest - it's 10 1/2 x 8 inches. It is based on the same Virgin and Child painting as the one above. This is made from the March 2009 Vogue magazine.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Studio Space in Brooklyn

Here is my studio space in Brooklyn. I share it with Richard (my husband). On the top you can see the entrance and his still life set up and one of his paintings on the wall. The second photo is my little corner of working space. That's my messy work table and a few pieces in progress pinned to the wall. It was a gloomy rainy day - so I had the light on. Normally, there is plenty of sunlight - since we have 2 walls of windows.

I also have a work table in the living room. I'll post photos of that space at another time. I was working solely at home, but I found that I needed some alone time and space. So, I went back to going to Brooklyn. It is better. The light is better and there are less distractions - if you don't mind the traffic and construction noise. But, after a while you don't really hear that. I like working there.