Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Well it’s that time of year again and my darling boy once again made a special costume request of his Mama. This year my wild 6 year old decided he wanted to be a Rotten Rocker (also referred to as a Dead Rock Star) for Halloween. After all of the Rocktacular Birthday Bash hoopla I wasn’t surprised by his request but I was stumped as to what exactly it was that he wanted. Quite a bit of time was spent searching the Internet trying to determine what his vision was and it seemed that it was somewhere between Beetle Juice and Punk so I did my absolute best to fulfill his vivid imaginings and came up with this skullorific vision:































You are probably wondering why Halloween came a few days early this year? Well, to be honest, I wanted to shoot the costume while it was still fresh and when we could take the time to get good photos instead of snapping rushed pictures at Caden’s various chaotic Halloween events. Caden will have two Halloween parties tomorrow, as well as a multitude of Halloween events to go to on Saturday. I am sure there will be lots of playing and running around (ADD sugar) and I doubt that my questionable sewing techniques will hold up to much of the inevitable wear and tear. Whatever the case, having our little pre-Halloween Cemetery photo shoot this afternoon extended Caden’s much loved holiday experience by yet another day. He had an absolute blast and really got into the part. By the way – that’s the *Rocker* face! My little 6 year old totally thinks he is a Bad Ass! What can I say? Hilarious! He LOVES the camera and I really enjoyed seeing my creation in action. It was a great time for us both! :)

Click the links below you are interested in seeing Caden’s previous Halloween costumes:

Ghost Costume 2007 (Age 4)

Goblin Costume 2008 (Age 5)

Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!

AVA Opening

I want to send out a humongous thank you to everyone who came to my Opening Reception this past Saturday night at AVA Gallery and Art Center! My heart swelled with joy at the sight of each and every one of your beautiful kind faces! I was truly overwhelmed by the enormous show of support from our wonderful friends and family. I cannot even express how much it means to me that so many of you were able to attend! I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you! And of course I also want to say a great big thank you to all of you who were able to stop by the show before and after the opening! Your calls, comments and e-mails are very much appreciated! You people totally rock!

Here are a few shots from the opening:







Jody was in charge of the camera for most of the evening and while he did take quite a few photos only two were not blurry! Oh well! It was a great time and I will remember it always!

If you did not get a chance to attend the opening, the Wildflower Meadow exhibition will continue to be on display:

October 23rd - November 18th 2009

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
http://www.avagallery.org/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hare Obsession

Are you someone who becomes completely immersed in the object of their obsession?



Obviously I am. I’ve been thinking, dreaming and talking bunnies ever since last November. My studio walls are jam-packed with almost 200 hare studies and my head is swimming with hare research. And until recently, I was somewhat plagued with what I was supposed to *DO* with all of this Hare-Brained nonsense… The decision was made for me when, one day earlier this summer they just escaped from the studio out into my Wildflower Meadow! And so with the painting “House in the Meadow” the series Meadow Tales began. I will be introducing the first six Meadow Tales pieces at my upcoming “Wildflower Meadow” exhibition along with a wide selection of works from the Poppy series, The Garden Room series, The Night Garden series and the Floral Series.

I hope you will join us for “Wildflower Meadow”

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 24th, 5-7pm

On Display:
October 23rd - November 18th 2009

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
http://www.avagallery.org/

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Upcoming Exhibition

You are cordially invited to my upcoming solo exhibition:
“Wildflower Meadow”


The Wildflower Meadow Exhibition is a collection of art inspired by our land in Plainfield, New Hampshire. We have cultivated a diverse world of flora and fauna that is unlike any other I have experienced. It is a place where wildlife flourishes and Mother Nature reigns. Survival of the fittest applies to all that reside in our bit of paradise; each and every day brings forth new beauty and amazing discoveries to captivate the mind and soul and sets the imagination on fire. There is something very human about the countenance of a Wildflower; they convey the infinite power and strength of beauty while also alluding to life’s inevitable fragility. A universe of meaning can be discovered in a single blossom. One can contemplate the cycle of life, the simple splendor of nature’s bounty or the complexity of its color, structure and design. As an artist, I am fascinated by all of Mother Nature’s magnificent creations and feel blessed to experience such profound grace in my own Wildflower Meadow throughout the seasons. I am continually inspired by the world I helped to germinate and have attempted to express and share these thoughts, visions and emotions through my paintings and the Exalted Beauty Medallions.


Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 24th, 5-7pm


On Display:

October 23rd - November 18th 2009

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
www.avagallery.org


Monday, October 05, 2009

Woodland Mushrooms

With all of the rain we have had lately the woodland mushrooms have been thriving:













I love how they look both organic and architectural, like little fairy villages or alien dwellings.

Fading Beauty



The monochromatic vision above was once a dazzling yellow ox-eyed daisy.

Chipmunks

As I went about my search for autumn botanical pretties to photograph, I was stalked by (what felt like) hundreds of Chipmunks. Here is one of my vigilant observers:



If they were going to follow me around like that, the least they could have done was sit still for a few pictures! I’m not sure what all the chatter was about but I’m thinking they were feeling a bit territorial about their winter stash – it is getting to be that time of year again.

Last Pinwheels

Here is the last bloom of the garden Pinwheels:











Purple-stemmed Aster

The Purple-stemmed Aster is one of the last flowers to bloom in the Wildflower Meadow:





I love the shades of purple and green against the fall foliage.

Orb Weaver

These orange stripy legged Orb Weavers have been showing up everywhere lately:





Even inside the mail box! Eeks! I have a love hate relationship with spiders; I find them both fascinating and beautiful but undeniably creepy!

Dying Zinnias

The glorious reign of the Zinnias is about to come to a close:









While I am admittedly captivated by their beautiful death, I will mourn all of the cheerful humming birds and butterflies that spent their days visiting the Zinnias brilliant display in the gray months ahead.

Porthole

This sunlit door knob looks like porthole to magic and adventure:



It leads to the Wildflower Meadow, so perhaps it is.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Curious Buck

This rainy morning we were visited by a curious buck:









Isn’t he just adorable? How about him? Can I keep this one?

Wounded Coyote

Yesterday this poor wounded coyote took a refuge in our yard:

















The coyote’s left hind leg seemed to be causing him quite a lot of pain as you can probably tell from the way he’s holding himself in the photos. My heart ached for this beautiful creature but somehow I refrained from going out there with food and first aid. Oh how I dream of taming all of our wild animals and living the life of Snow White. Couldn’t you just imagine this sweet fuzzy guy sleeping on the couch?

Speaking of our wild animal friends, we were able to see our friend Max the Fox in action earlier this week as we witnessed him charging a line of 12 wild turkeys on the driveway. It was hilarious the way Max boldly ran after them and much to his surprise they turned back around and chased after him. Caden and I were hollering out the door “Run, Max, Run!” Those turkeys looked to be twice the size of him (and mad!). Such a brave and foolish guy! I wished I had taken pictures! Whatever the case, we were glad to see him in good health and up to his usual antics. He doesn’t make quite as many appearances at the house as he used to, so it is a relief to know he’s alive and thriving.

To learn more about our friend Max the Fox see these previous posts:
Fox Rescue

Fox Kit
Fox Kits
Night Watch

Garden Fox
Max the Fox