Monday, June 22, 2009

Country in Camarillo

I went to see my sister and her hubby perform in Camarillo the other day at Leisure Village. Her band is called Cari and the Black Rose Band and that night they were sharing the stage with the Rick Tucker Band. My guitar wielding sis was awesome and we love to hear her sing all our favorites. She was practically born on the stage and she certainly still looks comfy up there! And Jimmy, her guy for more than 30 years, is a master at the steel pedal guitar. Cari and Jimmy and Rick and his band all made beautiful music together and had the crowd hoppin'. And let me tell you .... those old folks at Leisure Village were kicking up their hills!! I mean the Texas two step, ten step all those dances that I don't know how to do,,, they were doing it in style all night long. And we were all amazed when my Dad walked in with us and was surprised by an old friend whom he hadn't seen in at least 30 years! He tried his best to get my little sister and I dancing (that's sister #2)and we just hope we didn't step on his toes! Fun night. Great music.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Joe page

One of the people that was in the Michael De Meng class was Joe Carrion, whom you may know from his beautiful rubber stamps and even more beautiful artwork, collages, and assemblages. Here is a little page in my journal using one of his fab stamps.  Color is done with Sennelier pastels.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Michael de Meng Treat

Well, I finally treated myself to a gift I thought I'd never get.... a class with artist extraordinaire, Michael de Meng! Michael de Meng website   You know him from his book Secrets of Rusty Things and from the wildly amazing and slightly devious assemblages de Rust that he creates. What a cool guy, what a generous teacher, what a great day I had! It was absolute heaven for me just to spend the entire day doing art, but being taught by someone I admire so much was so great.
 The class was held at Zinnia in south Pasadena, another huge treat! I've been wanting to go there for so long and it proved to be every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be. 
Anyway, these are the photos of the piece I created.  I started right off with an original cab card (daring for me right off the bat because normally I would use a copy). The significant pieces of this are the little clock in the upper corner because it was made by a favorite cousin long ago. 

 I made the polymer clay head, and have saved the tiny soldiers that guard "Little One" since my days in the Berkshires. The dominoes are really, really old, maybe bakelite, And I'm sorry that you can't peer thru the big round metal finding to see the transparency of a face in side. 
The whole piece was overpainted with Michael's secret ingredient called "uszhh"---you'll have to take the class to find out what that consists of! ha . But it does magical things!
I had so much fun creating this piece. And even though I was a bit slow to get going in class, once I got going I knew just where I was headed and finished it quickly at home. I love it not only for the accomplishment of doing it but for the memory of a wonderful day.