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Some Flicker Inspiration


Oh my. I finally made it over to Big Huge Labs and their Mosaic Maker. What a fun, fun toy. I’ve been meaning to do this forever, and just hadn’t gotten around to it. They also have a tool that generates a WordPress header image. Whoo Hoo! I am so NOT a techie, that I love it when other (brilliant) people come up with tools like this that take the headache out of trying to do something infuriatingly mind boggling  fun on the computer. 

Anyway. I’ve been gathering dreamy, natural-form photos on Flicker, and I love seeing them together like this. Inspiring, indeed.

1. 20090110_0109_4, 2. La belle Astrance…avril 2006, 3. , 4. , 5. , 6. , 7. Dried Seeds, 8. Untitled, 9. the shot of the day., 10. Untitled, 11. dry, 12. Bokeh Flowers, 13. Untitled, 14. Untitled, 15. secret garden of Princess thorn, 16. pass over the hedge of thorns, 17. come feel the sun, 18. We Apologize For This Interuption, 19. frost, 20. , 21. Untitled, 22. i was thinking about hundertwasser, 23. , 24. Untitled, 25. Nostalgia

Remembering Every Day

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at a college — that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” 

–Howard Ikemoto

Howard Ikemoto was my first drawing teacher when I was 19. Stroke of luck, that. He was such an amazing teacher, that I didn’t need the passage of time to know just what a lucky student I was; I knew it at the time.  I recently came across some old sketchbooks from then, and realized just how much I carry my teachers voices with me as I go on with my life and my work. I remember Howard telling the above  story one day in class. 

One of the things I love best about making art is the way it keeps me integrated: the four year old me, the 15 year old me, the 19 year old me, the 40 year old me. When I draw or paint, it’s easier to know that part inside that remembers- and I can tap into the same joy of “making” that I felt when I was four, and will feel when I’m 90.


More new work:


Three more little beeswax pieces….

A few influences have come together, along with my own ideas, in these works.  More recently, I’ve been reading  Heather Smith Jones : Art Space.  She does amazing work with the most elemental of materials- paper and a needle.  By piercing the paper in patterns, she creates white on white textural pieces that are really wonderful. She’s got an etsy shop where she sells small watercolor and piercing works on paper. When I saw her work, I wondered if it would work in wax.

 Another influence was seeing Tara Donovan’s show at the Met in February.  I had read a little review of the installation before I went, and promptly forgot about it, until I walked into the room, and fell madly in love.  We spent quite a while there, and I lay down of the floor and just enjoyed it. 


The whole thing was made from mylar tape.  Again, such a simple idea, and so, so beautiful. Each little loop of tape gathered light and reflected it back in odd ways, creating a glow.

 A third influence has been some pieces I saw a good 10 years ago, but have stuck in my head.  A gal I went to school with at UCSC, Reed Danziger,  showed me some works on paper – I think they were graphite, oil paint, and ink on paper, embedded in layers of varnish.  Something about the stark black on white compositions intrigued me.  Again, the simplicity. I was doing huge, messy, expressionistic landscapes at the time, and the quiet intensity of those paintings struck me.  I couldn’t find any links to that older work, but you can see her work from last year on her website.  Quite dazzling.

And there you have it.  Another piece of my process.  As a visual artist, I’m constantly influenced by things I see, or read, different ideas.  Then they incubate a while.  Some things stick with me, some evaporate and are forgotten.  And sometimes it all comes together in something new.