Lifelong learning

Happy Fourth of July!

I had a very nice day today celebrating my country with neighbors, friends and family.

My husband and I attended two picnics and enjoyed the company of several different people, not all of them previously known to us. During one of the table conversations, someone was saying how his wife was already a professional in her field with two master degress and was planning to continue her education into a different area.

Most at the table lauded her plan, but one person asked “ and what is she going to do with that?”

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Elephants on the brain

I have had elephants on the brain since I came back from Thailand.

I wanted to make some elephant salt cellars that were sculptural.

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The pottery capitol of the United States

I have wanted to go to Seagrove, North Carolina which bills itself as the pottery capital of the United States. Like Nicaragua they have a long-standing tradition of making pottery. In Nicaragua, their tradition goes all the way back to pre columbian times. In Seagrove, because our country is so young, their tradition goes back a mere 200 years, almost to the founding of the nation…

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A very natural progression

I’ve spent the bulk of my artistic life as a painter. I have painted my brightly colored whimsical cows, people on the couch and black and white paintings over the span of about 25 years or so. The most being my cow paintings, I have created

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On the loose in Thailand

I haven’t written a blog post for quite a while. It stopped when I got a chance to go to Thailand for 3 weeks in November.

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How I've increased my productivity in the studio

“Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”  So said Ben Franklin. I’m sure that he meant that for lady artists too.

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When you get just what you want…almost

I work in a small studio. When you make things with clay, there is a lot equipment which would make your life a whole lot easier. The problem is that you have to be

  1. A: be able to afford it 

  2. B: have the space for it.

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My 3-d painting experiment

I get inspiration and ideas from all over the place. A couple of years ago, my niece asked of she could get married in our back yard to which my husband and I happily agreed. It was a lovely small wedding and an event that we will cherish the memory of for a long time. When the wedding was over, there were two rolls of bridal roll left here somehow. It sat in a closet, until one day I looked at it and wondered if I could use it as an art material somehow. 

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Trial and error...and error..

Sometimes you have to do a bit of experimentation, make some sacrifices, and be patient to get things right. 

 This is the lot of artists. Few of us get something new just right on the first try. Such was the case in creating my new mugs with pretty lacy patterns. 

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Our beloved Nicaragua is under siege by it's government

 If you have been reading my blog, you know that my family and I have a great affection for Nicaragua and it's people. The Nicaragua that suddenly turned 3 months ago, is breaking our hearts.

"~Nicaragua unrest: Government colluding with mobs, says Amnesty
Amnesty International accuses Nicaragua’s government of using armed groups to suppress protesters."

"~Nicaragua Unrest: Baby Among Five Killed In Fresh Protests | Nicaragua News"

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Hill's auction- a great place for great finds

One of the interesting places we have nearby, is Hill's auction. The owner, Jim Hill is a second generation auctioneer, taking over for his father Harold S. Hill. I don’t know what the booty was like in his fathers day, but Jim always manages to fill 3 large buildings every other week with items large and small consigned from individuals and estates.

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After the thaw, a busy May

It seemed like the winter would go on forever. March never went out like a lamb and April remained as cold and wet and miserable as the month before. There were 3 snowfalls in April, something I hadn't experienced since living in the frozen tundra of Buffalo. 

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Finding my voice...again

I’ve been back from Nicaragua for a month now. I think I’ve been in some kind of deep shock having had the luxury of a month in 85° weather to come back to four Nor’easters and freezing temperatures. I can’t say that I have been tremendously prolific creating new artwork either while I was in Nicaragua or since my return.

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Mind Blowing Pottery

San Juan de Oriente is naturally, one of my favorite places to go in Nicaragua.

This was my second visit to a  town of people who make pottery in a tradition that dates back to pre -Colombian times. I am particularly fond of the floral and geometric designs.

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The best thing about Nicaragua

There are so many great things here that it’s hard to choose just one.

We are on our third trip to Nicaragua and our second to the beautiful old colonial city of Granada. As an artist, Granada is my favorite city thus far for its love and appreciation of art, music and literature. It is lively and colorful and old. 

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art and technology

I’ve spent the last few weeks since before Christmas fighting a nasty sinus infection. I’m on my third round of antibiotics and have been spending a lot of time on the couch. I can’t stand being idle for too long and I have a real need for creating things. It’s kind of like eating for me. I have to do it, so I started thinking  about how I might be able to create art when I didn’t have the energy to go into my studio.

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Christmas Tart

For about the last 8 years or so, my family and I have traded hosting Christmas morning breakfast with dear friends of ours. We met over 15 years before our friend's children were even born and when our daughter was very young.

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Buying at art festivals and craft fairs

This seemed like an appropriate time of year for me to re-publish my article about what to look for when your goal is to purchase real handmade gifts for the holidays. Enjoy! and beware! 

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Why I paint cows- the truth revealed

My last blog post asked and answered the question, why so many cats in my art?

People are always asking me why I paint the cows too and asking me if I grew up on a farm. Well, I grew up about as far from a farm as you can be in Trenton, New Jersey. I never worked on a farm, spent much time on the farm or at petting zoo's.

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