Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ubuhle Women Art Exhibit Features Tons of Beautiful Beads

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia is hosting an exhibit of work by the Ubuhle Collective of African women. The works are made from tiny Czech glass beads sewn onto black fabric and are very impressive. Much time and patience is needed to make them! Here's one of my favorites. I think it's about 5' x 3'. I love the design!

Funky Bull by Bongiswa Ntobela

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Lilypad Linocut

This is a miniature linocut that I made a few years ago. I made a visit to the Japanese garden at our local botanical garden(which is quite nice!) and was inspired by the beautiful flowers and lilypad shapes. I'd love to make a larger one. Maybe some day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Arches National Park in Utah

Recently I went to Utah to see some of the national  parks. The landscapes are so majestic and different from anything I have ever seen. No oceans here! What inspiration for a landscape painter! Here are a few photos from Arches.

Interesting trails!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

fascinating lecture about caterpillars

This past Sunday I went to a lecture arranged by the Butterfly Society of Virginia. The speaker was very knowledgeable about the caterpillars of moths and butterflies. A very good speaker and funny too. He spoke about common species and behaviors and the biodiversity crisis. It was fascinating all the way through! Something to think about while I'm painting butterflies! Dr. David Wagner is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut.

This one really stings!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Grassy Flip-Flops!

When I was in Zion Park, Utah last week, I saw these unusual flip-flops for sale. Surely they make a funny fashion statement. But I bet they feel good on your feet!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Experimenting With an Etching and Solarplate

I decided to try an experiment. I etched a plate with line work using my acrylic ground and ferric chloride. Then I decided to add tones with a solarplate and printed it over my etching. I learned that it can work which is exciting! I just need to go back and make another solarplate but make the tones darker this time. That way I have more shading in my print which is what I want. I can also add more details to make it more interesting. Ah, printmaking and experimentation! That's the way it is!