Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Sharing of Song

"Come to Jesus"

by Mindy Smith

Oh, my baby, when you're older
Maybe then you'll understand
You have angels to dance around your shoulders
'Cause at time in life you need a helping had

Oh, my baby when you're prayin'
Leave your burden by my door
You have Jesus standing at your bedside
To keep you calm, keep you safe,
Away from harm

Worry not my daughters,
Woory not my sons
Child, when life don't seem worth livin'
Come to Jesus and let Him hold you in His arms

Oh, my baby, when you're cryin'
Never hide your face from me
'cause I have conquered hell and driven out the demons
I have come with a light to set you free

Worry not my daughters,
Worry not my sons
Child, when life don't seem worth livin'
Come to Jesus and let Him hold you in his arm

Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Oh, my baby, when your're dying
Believe the healing of His hand
Here in heaven we will wait for your arrival
Here in heaven you will finally understand
Here in heaven we will wait for your arrival
Here in heaven y ou will finally understand

Worry not my daughters,
Worry not my sons
Child, when life don't seem worth livin'

Come to Jesus and let Him hold you in His arms

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Monday, December 1, 2008

A Little More Sharing

A Little More Sharing
Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. E.Y. Harburg
A Day of Sharing Song
The idea: Songs can move us to places we haven't been in a long time, places we long for every day, or places we some day hope to be. The combination of music and poetry can transport us across distances, and through the years. While we listen, perhaps we grin wildly, or are moved to tears. We all have songs that are "ours" in our very hearts. We have songs that touch us, move into our hearts and resonate, creating a feeling, taking us some place- past, present, future- perhaps some place we have never been and may never go, but for whatever reasons, the song sings for us.
Meeting new music, musicians, composers, poets, new ways for my soul to sing, is an intruiging concept. Want to go on this adventure with me? It will be easy to travel along.
Many of us already do this sharing; this idea is just to help us find each other and hear the words we have to share.
The Date: Wednesday, December 3.
The Plan: on your blog, post a song that moves inside you, touches you, reaches you. You can do any or all of the folowing:
link to a youtube video (done as you would normally post a link)
link to itunes or amazon for a sample of the song
embed the youtube clip (instructions here)
post just song lyrics
post multiple songs, if you can't choose just one.
Include the composer and/or musician and source (book, album). Perhaps also include the amazon or itunes link if there is one. no explanation required, no other revelation necessary. One last thing- Perhaps add an image. a photo. a video. a painting. a collage., if you would.
Come here to this post.
Add a comment with your link.
I'll create a typepad page with the links, so others can hear the song, see the image and share in the experience.
The Request:
If you are intrigued enough, post on your blog about this Day of Sharing Song. Link to this post.
Send an email to encourage your friends to post.
Pass along this info to any groups in which you participate.
Who couldn't use a few new songs in their hearts?

A Day of Sharing Words

Go here and click on all of the blog links to read some terrific poetry submitted by a number of mixed media artists--some of the poetry is orginal, some the words of others. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bridgette Guerzon Mills

A couple of weeks ago, I took a class with Judy Wise in Cedarburg. Bridgette Guerzon Mills was in the class as well. She brought along her journal, which was entirely made by her. It was so cool, the cover was a beautiful encaustic and the pages filled with color, texture, photos and her thoughts. Her work is fantastic. I love her encaustic paintings, so rich with imagery and texture. I enjoy her journals as well. She is the nicest person you'd ever want to meet.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Hermitage

Rima Staines' work is what I would consider contemporay medievel. Her clocks are tremendous! She works not only on paper, but on log slices. Her drawings are wonderful. She works in watercolor and oil. Fabulous illustrator!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Jean's Clay Studio

Jean Smaglik Wells was also at the Hidden River Art Festival. Her stoneware pottery is wonderfully unique, she works using a technique called slip carving. Her designs are fun, whimsical, nature themed. She makes everything imaginable. Awesome work!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ken Swanson~~Printmaker

Ken Swanson was also at the Hidden River Art Festival. One of the things he does that I really liked seeing is he had the carved linoleum block, a black print of it, then, the print colored in.
Very nice work!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Elaine Daily-Birnbaum

I've seen Elaine Daily Birnbaum's work in art magazines and was tickled to see her art in person at the Hidden River Art Festival. You know how I love abstracts. There is a lot going on in these paintings. Lots of rich texture and detail.....terrific paintings! I enjoy her monochromatic palettes.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jenni Hopfinger Studio

Jenni's work was also at the Hidden River Art Festival. The pictures don't do her work justice. In person they are stunning! The colors are vibrant. I love the funky designs she paints on her glassware. Just beautiful!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Marvin Hill Blockprints

Marvin Hill's blockprints are wonderfully crafted. He carved his designs into wood or linoleum and prints them with black ink, then Wendy paints them with watercolors. His work was inspired by his dreams and the books he read. The dimensional pieces are intricate. I enjoy looking at art that is witty and also makes me think. Since Marvin's passing in 2003, his wife Wendy continues carrying on his work. Delightful!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Linda Day Clay

Another booth Marci and I stopped at was of whimsical ceramicist Linda Day. Her colorful work is bright and funky. It's so much fun to look at. Marci bought a cool bowl that had a dog grilling, underneath it said, "Lick the Chef". Her clocks are wonderful, not to mention mugs, spoon rests and bowls!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Carmel Anderson

Marci and I went to the Hidden River Art Festival at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts yesterday. Nothing gets me all jazzed than talking to artists and looking at their work. One of the first booths we stopped at was Carmel Anderson. I was immediately draw to her painting because of 1) interesting subject matter 2) the bright beautiful colors 3) texture !!
This is what Carmel says of the Women's Series:
Artist’s Statement for Women’s Series:
Painting the deep, rich and often complex souls of women is paramount to this series. I began reflecting on the subject of women and wisdom as I approached a new phase of life. While pondering the concept of wisdom I observed, studied and reflected upon what it might mean to be “a wise woman”. Birds represent a hope which I feel everyone desires in their life, as eloquently expressed by Emily Dickinson’s poem. I’ve come to see that wise people have chosen to face challenges of life directly, and consequently emerged stronger and wiser. Observing these women as they love, share, learn, forgive, while living contently and fearlessly, this is the power behind this series. My hope is that my art resonates with your soul wherever you may be in life’s journey.

Hope is the Thing
with Feathers
That Perches in the Soul
And Sings the tune
without the Words,
And Never Stops at All......

Emily Dickinson

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jim C. Brown

Wonderful paintings. Mixed media--paint, plaster, silver leaf and photography. I love the ethereal quality of this art. His palette is very simple and elegant. I enjoy looking at the texture of the plaster and layer upon layer of paint. Fabulous!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Nancy Standlee

Whilst (love that word) I was googling something, a link for Nancy's blog came up. I love that she's a learner, taking lots of workshops. Her work is vibrant, lively and just plain fabulous! She has slideshows, workshop's a fantastic blog!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Got art?

Maybe I've mentioned before that the Madison Area Open Art Studios is the weekend of October 4-5. I'm making plans for continuous slide show, demonstrations of traditional calligraphy, body painting, monumental lettering, whatever!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wits' End Studio

Finally Chris has got her studio remodeled and in celebration has started a personal blog. I think she has plans for an Etsy shop too but that link doesn't go anywhere interesting yet.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Madison Open Art Studios

Which reminds me, the Madison Area Open Art Studios is happening again next fall, the first weekend of October. I checked the site and there is some kind of meeting next Tuesday, so it is good I checked. It is possible that registration of artists has been extended past the last deadline that I was all hurrying to meet last month, or it could be the website hasn't been updated. You could try it and see.

Photography in the neighborhood gallery

I was sitting on a bench talking on my cellphone yesterday, next to a sandwich sign advertising a one-day gallery show, when the wind switched around to the south and tornado siren sounded. I sought shelter, as you do, in the gallery where it happened two young fellows, Joe and Eric, were having a terrifically varied photography show, and we talked.

We talked about the other Saturday events happening the neighborhood that I had been surveying. We talked about the gallery space on Lakeside Street, and about art fairs and what is an artist to do these days of modern times here in the future. We talked about their signs which said EXPLOSION (a nine-letter word in three lines) in a square typeface newly designed by Joe (only the caps because he had a hard time making lower-case look square), with a sort of flower-power look, which were hand-stencilled onto the signs. They had big photos for free, or mounted ones for minimal cost. Even the big wall ones mounted on foamcore were only like $150. Joe has a day job and does websites, but his is down. Eric does creative media consulting at BrickHouse (the cool pictures are all on the link) and does wedding photography too and works in a frame shop and was willing to frame anything I was interested in to my desire.

They had both black and white and color pictures. They had abstracts, landscapes, architectural photography, baby pictures, still lifes, long-exposure nighttime photos, and band performances. Film and digital. Have I left anything out?

Need anything for your wall? Thanks, I already have some.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Swan Lake

I am amazed at what the human body can do. This is a fabulous performance of Swan Lake....graceful, acrobatic....and did I mention amazing? I'd love to see the entire ballet.

Friday, April 25, 2008

How one thing leads to another

First a friend sent me a link to the latest post of extremely various prints on BibliOdyssey, which is an astonishing nexus of historic imagery right on Blogspot, but then with very little trouble I found this other entry, of pages from an ancient German manuscript which is kind of more my thing.

But then I found some images from the Kohler collection right here in Madison, which I actually got to look at some pieces from, white gloves and all, in a book arts class a few years ago. And that after all is why we are here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Last Lecture

If you haven't seen "The Last Lecture" given by Randy Pausch, please go make some tea and settle down to watch it. It is one most inspiring things I have ever seen. If you don't have an hour and 45, here is a reader's digest version on Oprah. I'm sure you will agree that he is a remarkable person.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Molly Cliff Hilts

You will find a very nice slideshow of an encaustic painting demo. Very nice indeed! Lovely rich colors!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


If you think you're having a bad day, watch this. What a great stress reliever.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's been a looooong winter.......

Check this out......these sculptures are soooooo cool! Summer's on the way!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Origami papers to print

This is so cool. I have been buying origami paper for decades, and don't even use it for origami any more. When I started using it in collage I was delighted to find the little square packs of highly decorated printed papers, because the big book-artist sheets are awfully expensive, and I always want one of each and every design. But now the nice people at Canon have made it possible for me to print out these papers at home, and have provided explanations of the Japanese pattern names and symbolism too. My printer doesn't make the nice raised gold lines of the real expensive stuff, but you get the general idea.

Some of us have a thing about paper: making it, decorating it, collecting it, which makes some sense if you are a book artist or collage artist, although it can lead to teensy storage and filing problems when you accumulate more than you are using. Although we don't like to admit outright to hoarding. Okay, my name is Jae and I am a paper addict.

This papercraft site has some interesting projects on it too, calendars and cards and whatnot, although my preference is not to work from kits.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Belgian Calligraphy Association

You might not know that Belgium is a hotbed of modern calligraphic arts, but it is. Stonecutting central, calligraphy teachers and students of international stature, and major curriculum development. They have just opened an English-language portion of their website, which was already available in Dutch and French. Each language has parallel discussion forums, er, fora, so it's even possible to pick up some technical terms in French if that kind of thing interests you. As it does me. How about you, Chris?

Oh, yeah, Chris is still remodeling her house, which during a Milwaukee winter is a pretty major undertaking.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Performance Art

Click here. Very coolio indeed!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2008

In this issue 2 of my pieces have been published! The first piece is on a stretched canvas, I used acrylic paint and a peacock feather from a friend's bird. The second is a mosaic type piece combining watercolor, acyrlic, metallic, glass, foil,
and a bit of nature-a gingko leaf.

Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2007

Published! One of my pieces has been accepted for publication!
It's a Christmas card that has been put into a picture frame.
The card was made of handmade paper (using Arnold Grummer's PaperMill), calligraphy on vellum and gold gouache.