Posts Tagged ‘Visual arts’

Bird Speak

Monday, April 6th, 2015

bird speak etsy
Just listed in etsy.
10 x 10 in oil on canvas.
Bird speak is about the connections and communications, humans have with nature.

Aqua Dream at the Ojai Valley Museum

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

This altered Barbie ornament is available at OVM. She is a unique one of a kind piece.

Her title is Aqua Dream because she is dreamy in my favorite color: aqua. Seriously, her surface is beautiful painted with acrylics and copper leafed and sanded and finished with a strong varnish.

altered barbie ornament

Also available at the museum: Snowflake
Painted with acrylics and gold leafed and sanded and textured, she would look lovely on any Christmas tree! or hanging as a decorative work of art from a hook.


snowflake 2

Also at the museum: Carnival of colors! this whimsical mixed media figure is paper mached, painted with acrylics and textured. She also has some puffy yarn about her. There is a wire loop at the back for hanging.


Also at the museum is this funny whimsical piece whose hat is an upside down flower (did not get a good photo of her :()
flower barbie

Available at OVA gallery a sweet angel with super pretty pastel yarn for hair :D:


and this little truncated ornament:
barbie ornament

A few more ornaments in the works….

Open Studios

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Yesterday I made visit to a couple of open studios in Ojai. One of which was Dianne Bennett.

Dianne’s colorful paintings and assemblages are pure eye candy.

“In 2008 I began a series of retablos dedicated to species of birds, trees and plants
whose existence is threatened by loss of habitat and climate change.

The retablos are painted on salvaged metal, old advertising and traffic signs. Many of the series are on portions
of an old metal sign that had been used to advertise a housing development (on what had once been a meadow)
in Ojai of the 1960รขโ‚ฌโ„ขs.”

Serious whimsey on various surfaces, made for a striking display in her meandering back yard. Paintings interact with plants, cacti and Ojai cobble. Chartreuse, fusia, cobalt blue, lavendar, canary yellow, and OOOrange, be still my eyes!

Heart art

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

these are oil paint on textured and un-textured canvas. I guess I have valentines day on the brain!

New work! Paper Dolls

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

I have been working on some figures all week and finally this morning I have finished two of them. Its been a while since I have worked this way, so while tedious, I have enjoyed every moment. I build up the surface using small strips of torn paper, its paper mache.

this is a side view, you can see just how thin the piece is.

the started out like this:

Also finished this one, although, because its laying down, you can not see the beads hanging from the finger tips, I’ll need to take another photo, holding it up.

these are painted with acrylics and glazed with modge podge.

Puppet Show, Damned V, Sassafras in a closet and J swimming at Night

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Oil on canvas

In the theatre of the absurd, the puppet master is a single female figure who thoughts are split between ideology and reality at she manipulates her alter ego puppets below and colludes in her own subjugation. The idea comes from the notion of some to over turn Roe v Wade and take away a woman’s right to decide for herself what to do with her own body.

I did all the under painting in acrylic so this painting took less than a week to do. this painting will be featured in the Damn Show:

My little girl pug Sassafras loves to sit on garbage bag, it doesn’t matter much what is inside them but clothing or blankets or towels are particularly appealing to her royal needs ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes she is descended from Royalty sired from Prince Pugliese, its true!

So she spied this garbage bag in the craft corner of a closet and crawled right on in to make herself comfy ๐Ÿ˜€

This is a photo of the hub swimming at night, I think it looks cool.

WOA; ripped from the Headlines

Friday, November 11th, 2011

It is clearly not easy to be an art critic. The comments at Jerry Saltz on his ny mag recap section can be brutal. I cringe to read them, but he handles them with such dignity and even humility. I don’t get why people have to be hostile with their opinions, jeeze, its just a little hour of entertainment show.

The eliminations each week are unpredictable and a matter of random unluck. Last year some of the better artists were eliminated early, more for distinguishing themselves overtly than for doing a worse piece than some other artestant. Sucklord remains out of pure luck, I am not convinced that his piece wasn’t the worse and as he readily admits that he is only there because one other person made a piece worse than his. There is something about his personality that is sort of endearing but I am beginning to wonder if he is a true artist. Michelle, is consistent and has a grasp on the it thing about art, that inexplicable thing that separates a designer or illustrator from a fine artist. I loved her painting in this episode, and was glad to see her talent extends beyond her paper rolling abilities.

I fully expected someone to do a paper mache piece! Perfect for a newspaper assignment. Lola actually did this with her odd useless weapons and the critics were really impressed. I did not care for the drawing, I think I have a natural aversion to artists who trace. In the end the drawing was weak imo and the objects disparate creating a piece that was not cohesive.

I’m convinced that the artists need to be better able to articulate their thoughts and ideas with clarity and more sophistication. I think this is why I would like to see more mature, more seasoned artists.

I thought Dusty’s piece was stronger than Young’s. I didn’t understand what Bayete was trying to communicate and his piece was weak, BUT, he has done a couple of strong pieces while Sara K has squeaked by, I literally forgot she was there, but there is no points for winning or having an accumulation of successful works, so Bayete goes and laughing Sara stays. Sara whose piece was so visually uninspired save for one little part in the upper right hand corner, I wonder how that composition was decided upon.

Kymia’s piece was kind of a monstrosity, I dunno, trite metaphor, poorly crafted..

Sara Jimenez did a wonderful painting. So, glad because I did not want to see her cry again. Not that I don’t have compassion for the cryers but because it takes some of the focus away from what matters, an honest appraisal of the works, something that can be useful to the artist or clarifying for the viewer. Serious artists must be thick skinned. Create from the heart but distance one’s self from the outcome, being a witness to the residue of one’s thinking is a skill to be honed. Those who use their art as a means of cathartics’ may be better served keeping it for their own emotional journey as one would with a journal. Or, at least, work through some issues before barring the soul to the public. I mean, art work like the ever popular and favored Frida Kahlo, are autobiographical without the angst, they are a vehicle for her surreal vision and a metaphor for her life’s journey, in the final analysis, she had a healthy detachment from them.

Give away by artist Megan Noel

Saturday, October 1st, 2011


Her watercolor work is divine, and this is a sweet one for october. Visit her blog to enter.

Mark Ryden books

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I went to La Luz de Jesus To pick up my signed copies of The Snow Yak and Fucigi Circus by Mark Ryden, he was there on Valentines day signing the books.

the books are beautiful, I’m a happy camper.

The current exhibit is awesome. Its paper mache, larger than life figures. the light was streaming in from outside casting an eerie glow.

some of the figures look amphibian like.
the shrouded figures look ghostly of course. and some look angelic.

Cindy Lou Who

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

pencil on paper, a study for a painting of grown up Cindy Lou Who for Mike Kelly’s Holiday movie tv themed show.