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Happy New Year 2015!!!

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SUGAR RUSH - 12.13 - 1.17, 2014 - EN EM Art Space

A work of mine was selected for the SUGAR RUSH exhibition at the EN EM Art Space in Sacramento, CA, USA. Opening December 13, 2014 and running through January 17, 2015, the theme, SUGAR RUSH, showcases the varied ways in which artists interpret the theme of sugar. Works were selected by guest judge and co-curator, Rhonda Coleman, (formerly of the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC) and Univeristy of Southern California's Fisher Gallery. Open Saturdays & Sundays 1-7 PM. Weekdays by appointment. EN EM Art Space 1714 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95818


Installation by Pip & Pop  in Kurashiki, Okayama , Japan . Through a Hole in the Mountain Made from Washi tape! I cannot get enough of the color! Image source: irisnectar


Published in 1971, Living Well Is the Best Revenge is Calvin Tomkins' account of the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American expatriates who formed a group of friends in France during the 1920s. Living in Antibes, France, they befriended artists and writers, including Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It was in Paris that Gerald Murphy first came across Cubist painting. This began a short career as a painter from 1922 to 1929. He produced 15 works; seven survive. Because of the death of his two young sons, he stopped painting. The title of the book ( Living Well is the Best Revenge ) comes from a thought that Murphy was happiest when he painted, and was never happy again because he gave it up (due to the loss of his sons).   As an artist myself, the question remains, "Either a comfortable life and lousy work, or a lousy life and beautiful work." (Ferdinand Leger). Can one have both? Below: Ger


Drawing is one of my most important activities...ever.


You're a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust. What do you have to be scared of? Image source: evolversocialmovement


Artist Amy Santoferraro uses thrift stores and flea markets as her art supply sources to create whimsical assemblages. These nonsensical compositions appear delightful via each object's careful juxtaposition. One might even call them a junk bonsai. three's company, 2012 ivory dusk, 2012 Image source:


Don't worry! I have an Art History Degree. Image source:

OK GO - Video - WRITING'S ON THE WALL - Optical Illusion Fiesta

Check out OK GO's video for "The Writing's on the Wall". Along with bright color and movement, the OPTICAL ILLUSIONS are genius!

Jennifer Steinkamp: Jimmy Carter, 2002

Jennifer Steinkamp graced her presence upon the Portland Art Museum for a lecture of her work 5/17/14. You should see her video work. I liken it to moving paintings; the kind I would create. Maya is her tool.

Time Well Spent

A few times a week I spend sketching and staring out the window (with iced tea) in preparation for studio time.  Most often it is at East Vancouver McMenamins. So when people ask me, "Where do you hang out?" This is the place, and I am often alone.  Image source: cynthia mosser

Zimoun WALL of SOUND Installation at Beall Center

Swiss artist, Zimoun, has created "Wall of Sound", an installation of cardboard boxes, small motors and ping pong-sized balls. Located at the Beall Center for Art + Technology on the UC Irvine campus, this beating drum-like show is actually quite soothing, rather than jarring. Through May 3, 2014. Image source: Jenny H.

Elsa MORA - Cuban Paper and Fabric Artist

Elsa MORA, a Cuban-raised artist, creates intricately stitched fabric assemblages, and intricately cut paper works that have a strong connection to folk art. What I love about this piece is the combination of the figure with an illustrated head. Inside the oval it appears to be a window to the mind. And it is my mind to which it is a window! NOTE: I have extensively searched the Internet for an image directly related to the source. I could come up with Elsa Mora and her blog only. Image source:

Darren Waterston - Painting at Portland Art Museum

Darren Waterston's painting, "In-Between", 2002 (oil on canvas mounted on board), is one I admire for its attention to detail, every time I visit the Portland Art Museum (OR, USA).

STRANGER VISIONS - Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US)

Stranger Visions is a series of portraits strained from discarded cigarette butt DNA found on Dublin, Ireland streets. A custom computer program distills traits and creates a 3-D print. The idea started from artist, Heather Dewey-Hagborg's thoughts about a single strand of hair, and how study of  its genetic traits may lead to discovering the owner's identity. May I say...creepy!? Image source:

COLOR Morphology by André Britz

I am absolutely intrigued by the color and shape combinations by German designer, André Britz. Not only do the changed fruit colors play with our perceptions, but their juxtaposition within the colored background suggest a sophisticated sense of design, and create a visually interesting portrait. Image source:

Thinking about PATTERN

What is a pattern? Wikipedia provides an insightful entry... A pattern , apart from the term's use to mean " Template " [a] , is a discernible regularity in the world or in a man made design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner. Any of the five senses may directly observe patterns. Conversely, abstract patterns in science, mathematics, or language may be observable only by analysis. Direct observation in practice means seeing visual patterns, which are widespread in nature and in art. Visual patterns in nature are often chaotic , never exactly repeating, and often involve fractals . Natural patterns include spirals , meanders , waves , foams , tilings , cracks , and those created by symmetries of rotation and reflection . Patterns have an underlying mathematical structure; [1] indeed, mathematics can be seen as the search for regularities, and the output of any function is a mathematical pattern. Similarly in the scie

A Thousand Words...Awesomely WEIRD

If every picture is worth a thousand words, this one could quite possibly be worth a million... Image source:

Freedom - Richard Avedon - QUOTE

Start with a style and you are in chains,  start with an idea and you are free. -Richard Avedon