Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


mixed media collage on paper

While the tulip leaves are finally up I can't wait for the blossoms to appear!
It has been so cold that I am grateful for temps above 32 degrees and some sunshine.
But I wasn't thinking about that when I made this piece.
It was pretty much a "fly by the seat of my pants" creation.  In hind sight I can see my desires for Spring
to arrive and to getting back into the garden was definitely in my subconscious mind.

I will continue my diligence and know I will be rewarded.

You can find this work and a few other new collages on my website.
Small collages are $15 plus shipping.  A deal!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Starting with Black

"Adjacent Angle"
mixed media collage on paper

While working on a larger more time consuming piece, I like to also make some smaller works.
This collage is what I came up with yesterday as a break from the tedious hand stitching on another piece in the
"Mother Nature's Jewelry series.
Mostly collage with a bit of colored pencil and oil crayon.
On black paper instead of white.
That turned my world upside down!!
While I often start a collage with remnants of a painting, I hardly ever start with a solid dark color.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It All Starts With a Seed

mixed media collage

Last November when I finally had put the garden to bed and was too tired to even rake the leaves in the yard, I was so ready to not do any gardening.  I just couldn't imagine how I would muster the energy to start all of the gardening over again in April, a few short months away.

But it is now April and I am eager to get started.  I have already planted peas which got snowed on yesterday.  Also the onions are in and the garlic is up.  A week or so ago, in thinking about the garden I started these small simple collages.  I incorporated the directions from some of the seed packets along with drawings of the plants.
Fun pieces to tide me over until I can actually get out there and get my hands dirty!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hello, Spring!

This year my Christmas cactus managed to be a complete holiday cactus.
It bloomed at Christmas, Valentine's Day and now for Easter!

Happy Spring!
Wishing you all  the joys of the Easter and Passover season and the
Spring that is sure to show up soon in Ohio!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


"Mining the Sketchbook no. 3: Flight (detail)"
mixed media collage with found materials

Working with old sketches and drawings from my notebooks and in this case, with a previous work that fit the theme of flight, I elaborated on the concept of flight or the notion of not being able to take flight.
In the larger detail of the work you can see that the child has wings on her feet; wants to fly.
But there are other obstacles...the rock also attached to her feet, the heavy adult-size hands that don't want to let her go.

The smaller work on the left in the overall view shows running feet but also a falling bird. Perhaps a premonition of what can happen when one takes flight too early, when not completely ready.  But is that the child's premonition?  Or is it that of the parent or guardian?

Lots of questions and ideas imbedded in this work.
It is on display at Hoyt Arts Center in New Castle PA until May 24th.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


"Sticks and Stones"
13 x 8 x 2"
encaustic mixed media collage with natural elements

I have created several works that involve sticks and stones, some with the addition of bones
referencing that child hood saying :
"Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but words will never harm me."
In these pieces my concept suggests that while sticks and stones can hurt someone,
words can do harm as well.

But this piece and another previous work with just sticks and stones, no bones, is about the beauty and essence
of these natural elements.  The use of encaustic wax to layer the papers allows the book pages used as an initial background to show through and references the fact that paper is made from trees.
There is another rather transparent Japanese handmade paper with leaves imbedded in it
that again makes reference to the trees.
While the sticks in this piece are a fragile element, they do come from a larger plant form of greater strength.

The stones are large and dark and heavy suggesting strength that is greater than the fragile sticks.
  But adhering the stones to the hollow in the box form
suggests a certain fragility as well as a balancing act that would not be possible without the wax,
 which binds and holds everything together.

 Nature is often a balancing act between the fragile and that which is solid and strong.
Life can be like that too.
One often needs a glue or adhesive that will connect and protect both that which is
delicate and that which appears to be strong.
Finding that glue is key.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

"Married in Clay: Ceramics of Kwong and Mangus"

Ceramic pieces by Eva Kwong

Ceramic work by Kurt Mangus

Yesterday John and I took work to the Hoyt Arts and Education Center in  New Castle PA.
We were both excited to have work accepted in their 45th Annual Regional Juried Art Show which opens on April 8th and runs until May 24th.
We had never been there and found the facility to be amazing, with two mansions designed by  Frank Foulke, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The mansions date from 1914 and 1917 and were owned by Emma Hoyt and her brother Alexander Hoyt.  Emma's home is now referred to as Hoyt East and houses the main galleries, study, gift shop and basement studios.  Alexander's home is now called Hoyt West and serves as an example of post-Victorian grandeur with furnishings of that period.  Our favorite part of the Western Hoyt residence was the kitchen complete with a butler's pantry and glazed tiles.
In 1995 the two buildings were joined together by a glass enclosed walkway.

On Saturday when we dropped off our works they were preparing for a reception for a ceramics show of Kirk Mangus's and Eva Kwong's work.  While we are both familiar, of course, with their work it was so wonderful to see so much of it together in this fabulous setting.  Definitely worth the visit.  Their show has been on display since January and runs until March 29th.