Monday, July 30, 2007

Sister Moon


In honor of tonight's FULL MOON... and the natural cycles of tides and menstruations, the revelation of the first spirit-ray; the white-fire which is the absence of color and yet the unity of all colors, representative of intuition, femininity and love...and to all of us who go just a wee bit crazy when she is revealed in full!

Created by my hands with clay, acrylics, wire, cheesecloth, glaze and ribbon.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Midnight Hour...


I am fortunate in the fact that I enjoy my day job, but I confess, I relish my weekends. My "body-clock" relegates me to the status of "night-owl," and for reasons unknown to me, my creativity comes to life in the late night hours, the witching hour and beyond... Perhaps I have become conditioned to this time-frame because of my years singing in night clubs, into the wee hours of the morning. Being on hiatus from the music world, I have spent my nights in my art space, creating whimsical little "nature-spirit beings," digital photography and greeting cards, and most recently painting. I do not have training in the arts, but I am evolving and enjoying the creative play. I sculpt with polymer clay- completely handmade, no molds or patterns. Growing up with 10 brothers and sisters, we used to wonder how our mother could create a feast out of left-overs...as we used to say, "she could always make something out of nothing." I think that fascination has stuck with me all these years...I love to gather disparate objects, put them together in a way that makes sense, and end up with a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Semi-pictured is "Bat Girl," a midnight elemental completely sculpted by hand and born of my imagination. All of my elementals reflect the natural world, and the feminine energy of creation and protection; it is my way of protesting the "Mars" god-of-war energy permeating the earth today.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Reasons I love Vermont...




There is so much to love about living here in Vermont...incredible sunsets on the Burlington Waterfront being one of them. The summer of '04 was probably the most incredible in my memory, as far as insanely beautiful, colors-changing-by-the-minute sunsets, down at Breakwaters. Ok, the margueritas and the Phil Abair Band added to the romantic aura of it all, but I am not exaggerating about Burlington sunsets, and as a matter of fact, would offer a challenge to anyone to come up with a more beautiful spot. But there was definitely something about the summer of '04. I haven't seen anything like it since. I photographed the pics above one summer night- down at breakwaters, of course, while Marc held my marguerita , and all the while grooving to "Brown-eyed Girl..." At the time, my young son was driving a hummer up and down the IED-infested roads of the Sunni Triangle with other VTANG comrades, courtesy of (ahem), Kaiser Bush's "War on Terror." And so, in addition to not sleeping for an entire year, all I could think of that whole summer was that we were getting these really incredible sunsets, with amazing arrays of orange, gold and red, courtesy of the atmospheric depleted uranium wafting in from the Middle East...

Did their approval rating go up?

So it seems the general consensus of those in TV land is that the YouTube Democratic Presidential debate forum was a huge success..."a very interesting debate!" as one media pundit gushed. I agree; it was very risky, creative and edgy thinking on behalf of CNN to actually allow John and Susie Q. Public to ask of the Presidential hopefuls, "So, just what WILL you do if you are elected President?? (I did take note of Anderson Cooper's occasional blood-draining-from-face, near-panic attacks, especially when the Pentagon Papers' Senator was given the floor....albeit briefly)...but the Coop kept his cool and held it together....GO ANDERSON!

And so I ask...or rather, wonder..."Did Congress' approval rating go up, as the result of several of its members being such good sports in allowing common people to grill them on live TV??"
NAHHHHH........! But I'd bet my dog's kibbles and bits that YOUTUBE membership is up 1000%!! (hmmm....I wonder if they have stock offerings.....)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Framed and ready to hang...

whoa....this blog title is almost a double entendre...(well, I did spend my first seven years of life at 220 Main- for those of you who know this address!!) I mean the mini-urban-art-via- cell- phone pieces I plan on submitting to Art Hop! Made a quick trip to creative habitat for some 5x7 black frames (no, I am not trying to get away with "art on the cheap," I just want the images and the concept to speak for themselves...without going broke...so...) I've posted a few of the pics below, but you'll just have to find my exhibition if you want to see the rest! The more I think about the use of cell phones, the more ideas come to me...hmmm...and speaking of You Tube...I watched the Democratic Presidential blah blah blah debate tonight (hey, Congress has a 16% approval rating; lower than Kaiser Bush's for friggin sake!! Therefore, cynical humor is allowed, justifiable, and even tolerable) with questions posed by YouTubers...Ah, technology...the people's new power?? Muwahhhhh.........!!!!!!...Git yer cell phones out, folks...!!...am off to the Vermont Daily Briefing...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

How it begins...


It's not just "smoke and mirrors..." it also takes a cell phone!

My sister lives in Sarajevo and recently came home for a visit. As soon as she landed in Vermont her cell phone went out of service. She was more than annoyed, and noted that she was able to use her cell phone on a remote little island off the coast of Africa, flying over the Atlantic, but once in Vermont....nothing. She couldn't access any of her over-seas phone numbers, or call our mother from Church Street, 5 blocks away from home. Her irritation and frustration over this loss of instant communication was almost palpable. Now, everyone I know has a cell phone. But I don't. I still communicate the old-fashioned way; via land-line. It's not that I dislike cell phones; in fact, I think they are much more practical and far more interesting than my cordless. I just haven't taken the time to cancel my Verizon- and finances dictate that I have one or the other, but not both. My sister's predicament got me thinking.

Incredible, how in just a few short years the cell phone has changed life as we knew it, and on a global scale. The cell phone is drenched in yin-yang: we all want our kids to have one; for protection and to maintain a constant line of parental communication. Car-driving cell-phone-talkers cause accidents. Funny ringtones keep us amused. Ringing cellphones in the middle of a movie theater annoy us. Cell phone recordings of University Massacres and grisly executions of dictators make the evening news. Cell phone towers and signals might be interfering with birds' migratory patterns and lowering sperm counts in men. Cell phones allow us to be productive and mobile. Cell phones can ruin political and hollywood careers (with the help of YouTube). They can save our lives. They can kill others. In Africa, the mining of tin oxide for the West's quest for more "environmentally friendly" materials to replace lead in mobile phones, has actually resulted in more violence and exploitation of the miners. The list could go on and on. I was intrigued to learn that this past year, my daughter has been using her cell phone not only to communicate with friends and family, but to create mini works of art. I do not know if she has ever thought about all these implications of the cell phone on society. But she has discovered a way to make art. Via her cell phone. The following images are what I call "mini urban-art via cell phone." By Emily

Emily in black and white


Da Vinci and Vermeer could not have painted a more beautiful face...even more amazing is that the subject is also the artist..."mini urban-art via cell phone," self-imposed art at its most beautiful.

Solar Energy


Wow. Magical and surrreal. Emily in solar energy.

What a Heel...


Who needs a Nikon, Olympus or Canon when you have a CELL PHONE?!! Granted, the images are tiny, but it is not size which dictates great art, but rather the VISION of the artist... And it sure helps to have a great pair of heels! Now THIS is true contemporary "mini urban-art via cellphone!!"

Raina & Emily

Self-Portrait via Cell Phone


Probably most everyone who owns a cell phone has done this- taken a pic of themselves. Amazing.
Mini urban-art via cell phone at its most spontaneous.

Infection Control


Emily in her scrubs recently at FAHC... Motto: "If they don't cure you, they'll kill you." No kidding! Another fine example of mini urban-art via cellphone...Hey, ART is LIFE!! (nice work, Emily!!)

Yes, it's summer but...

In Meltdown... and STILL happy!
Had to post this little snowman happily morphing into a puddle of water. (Muwahhhh!!!!) The end result of the Valentine's Day Blizzard of '07 here in Vermont (my birthday, no less, and I missed out on a fine steak dinner cooked by my son because the visibility driving down north avenue extended only to the frost build-up on the INSIDE of the windshield!! No wonder the snowman is still smirking...melt...MELT, I say)! Another example of mini urban-art via cell phone.

Art Hop


I'll be participating in SEABA's Art Hop '07 again this year (as soon as I register)! Art Hop is Vermont's biggest arts festival featuring the work of over 400 artists/crafters; showcased in businesses and studios in Burlington's south end. Over 40,000 art-hoppers will be cruising the venues in a two-day period! I'm thinking of showcasing mini urban-artworks via cell phone; taken by my very beautiful and creative daughter Emily. She is away on military active duty, studying for a career in the medical field. They are tiny photographic prints (2.5 x 3 and 3.5 x 4.5 inches) of urban Burlington scenes taken via cell phone. Just to show that one aspect of technology which has had such an incredible impact on a global scale- both good and bad- can also be unexpectedly artistic! check out http://www.seaba.com/
Pictured: "Porch Tub Still Life" Mini urban-art via cell phone

Greetings...

...and welcome to my little blog in this northern corner of the blogosphere. I'm new to blogging but will figure this all out eventually... Alas, another techno forum to showcase my little artworks, write journal entries to myself and anyone else who cares to read them, and occasionally verbiate my political leanings and opinions. Yes, this is an "art" blog per se, but my other labels also include "singer in a rock n' roll band on hiatus," writer/poet, currently inactive activist, night owl, and altho' I hate to admit it, "political junkie." ( I LOVE that those two words go together so nicely). I know I will find it very difficult to ONLY blog about art and crafts, after all, we humans are 3-dimensional, right?? And I really don't want to deal with 3 or 4 different blog topics 'cause I would have a really hard time remembering all my blogspot passwords. So, here goes... Art here, crafts there, and a little bit of musings sprinkled in between...