Friday, October 30, 2009
Here are the bookmarks currently in my catalog. Soon I will show you the link to my completed catalog. Happiness is learning how to use internet tools!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My favorite piece was right at the entrance, a massive (about 8 feet high and 14 feet long, I'd guess) wall sculpture by African artist El Anatsui. It was made with aluminum bottle tops that had been cut and flattened, then painstakingly held together with copper wire. I've never seen anything like it! The artist made use of the two sides of the bottle caps, one side silver or gold, and the other, some variation of red) to create beautiful stripes mimicing fabric native to his region. The entire piece hung in huge undulating folds and seemed to move out from the wall.
I can't imagine the patience and vision that went into creating "Hover". How many bottle tops were collected and how could the piece have been constructed with such delicate materials? How was the artist able to evoke such emotion in me when he used such simple materials? Even thinking about it now fills me with wonder and I'm so grateful to have access to a wonderful art museum so close to home.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
As chairperson of our church's annual Pumpkin Fest I really like to bring an artistic feeling to the experience. It's actually my favorite part of organizing the event. I don't think it really qualifies as art, but it's not "non-art" either. Painting huge pumpkins and curving vines in making a wall mural pumpkin patch seems to satisfy some creative urge in a time filled with other demands.
So I indulge myself, looking forward to the week following the Fest when I can put the orange paint away and get back on track with what feels like more serious art. Whatever that is.......
Friday, October 16, 2009
Cynthia Emerlye: Since the bookmark display case I use holds eight, my designs are in series of eight. I was missing one, so today I took a piece of one of this year's paintings and cropped it into a bookmark to complete my colored quotation series. Just tidying up the shop, so to speak.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Cynthia Emerlye: Working on finances was such a depressing job yesterday that I needed to create something whimsical at my "night studio" while relaxing in the evening. This is the result: a 5x7 inch scratchboard doodle I am calling "Heart Flower" because the black background came out looking like a heart with its bottom cut off. This is a two movie creation - just more practice with the wonderful Ampersand scratchbord. I tried using British Scraperboard recently but its flimsy cardboard backing doesn't provide the depth of dimension or hold up to rough use like the Ampersand masonite board does.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
My blogging life has intersected. I have found that it is easier for me to paint eggplant than to cook it.
After a trip to Sicily, I tried to make the classic Sicilian dish, Pasta alla Norma. I made an acceptable version of this simple combination of pasta, tomato sauce, eggplant and cheese, but I was not happy with the eggplant. It was oily and the skin was tough.
I need help. I would love to hear how you cook eggplant so that it is creamy and not too oily. What do you do about the skin? Do you salt it or soak it in salty water? What's your favorite variety. Please leave a comment or a question and if you want to know my 'recipe for painting eggplants'.
I'm confident that you have wisdom to share.
Ciao! --Carol Egbert