Sunday, February 24, 2008


8.5 x 11.5 mixed media

My contribution to this week's Illustration Friday challenge "Multiple"
This piece has multiple layer's, multiple elements and Miriam is wearing multiple bracelets.

Who is Miriam anyway? Good question...because this is the name that came to mind when I was creating this piece. So now I'm in search of Miriam.

Here's what I found:

Miriam, a Hebrew name meaning either "wished for child", "bitter", or "rebellious" but it may have been derived from an Egyptian name myr "beloved or mr "love" or Meryamun "beloved of Amun". Miriam was the older sister of Moses and Aaron.

I found this blog Miriam's ideas very interesting, Miriam has a lot to say.

Miriam Webster is an Australian gospel singer/songwriter and no relation to Merriam Webster.

There is a restaurant name "Miriam" in Park Slope area of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Miriam is a font.

A myriad on Miriam.

Miriam is someone's great grandmother, grandmother, mother, aunt, cousin, sister, niece, a wife, daughter, a girlfriend.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

The Empty Apartment No. 7

9x12 canvas board, collage ephemera
image transfers with fine pumice medium and glass bead gel medium
fluid acrylics

My cut-up diddy:

-lonely on my way home,
on the street, having conversation.
I drop my eyes and rest boyishly on my hands, I slowly near my building. Stillness.
I don't have to speak. You're No. 7, she said. I pay attention.
this sets me free. Like meditation.
I closed the door.

Now for inquiring minds:

"The cut-up technique was invented by Brion Gysin January 19, 1916 - July 13, 1986 who was a painter, writer, poet, and performance artist born outside of London.

This technique is also known as fishbowling, is an aleatory literary technique, or genre in which text is cut up at random and rearranged to create a new text."

Gysin introduced writer William S. Burroughs to the technique at the Beat Hotel. The pair later applied the technique to printed media and audio recordings in an effort to decode the material's implicit content, hypothesing that such a technique could be used to discover the true meaning of a given text. Burroughs also suggested cut-ups may be effective as a form of divination saying, "When you cut into the present the future leaks out."Burroughs also further developed the "fold-in" technique.

"After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager." -William S. Burroughs

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Necco Dream

6x11.5 mixed media collage, renaissance art stamps, candy hearts, paint

My offering for Wednesday Stamper's-"Valentine" challenge

Here is the same image manipulated with filters in photoshop.

and here again manipulated using Glowing Edge filter.

As I mentioned in earlier comments, I am not one for the "V" day hoopla, nor all the commercialism that follows this holiday, but I am nostalgic about hearts cut from paper, paper laced doillies and the old timey candy hearts from Necco.

I loved receiving these as a child and I love receiving them as an adult. When I arrived at work on Thursday, I was greeted by a box of these Necco Sweetheart candies and a cut paper heart with a lovely handwritten sentiment on the back, "Happy V Day" from Gracie. Imagine my delight.

Unfortunately these sayings aren't stamped as clear and sharp as they were a long time ago but the sentiment and feelings are the same. I don't even like to eat these candies, they just make me smile, so I thought best to memorialize them in a collage.

You can learn more about the candy confectioners who have been making these candies since 1847 here at

I leave you my sweet hearts and thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Chased by Meme..ster's

"Are you looking at me? " Broadway and Prince St. Prada Store/ New York SoHo

I've just been tagged by Neda and John for the Book Meme.

What on earth is a "meme" you might ask?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary a meme pronounced m(long e)m as in meem is:
n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

posted on Jargon file a hacker term:
/meem/ n. [coined by analogy with `gene', by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do.

[Shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme, from Greek mimēma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate; see mimesis.]

Andrea's take in short...a replicating, virus of tags for more memes.

So here I meme, broken hearted, found my read and just got started.

What to do next?
1) pick up the nearest book, in my case books that I'm currently reading 123 pages or more.
2) Find Page 123.
3) Find the first 5 sentences.
4) Post the next 3 sentences. Tag 5 people.

Since I've been tagged by (2) I'm giving you double the dose.

I am reading:
"ZEN and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" an inquiry into values
by Robert M. Pirsig /First copyright c. 1974

excerpt: "That's also in someone's mind...Ghosts. That's really what Phaedrus was talking about when he said it's all in the mind. It sounds insane when you just jump up and say it without reference to anything specific like an engine."

My take so far... it's modern day Greek philosphy, life altering, thought provoking motorcycle ride and examination of how we live and are led by our beliefs.

I am also reading:
"Getting Things Done" The Art of Stress-Free Productivity"
by David Allen, Penguin Books /copyright 2001

excerpt: "You may find you have a tendency, while processing your in-basket, to pick something up, not know exactly what you want to do about it, and then let your eyes wander onto another item farther down the stack and get engaged with it. That item may be more attractive to your psyche because you know right away what to do with it-- and you don't feel like thinking about what's in your hand. This is dangerous territory."

My take so far: I desperately need this book. There are way too many good thoughts going on here that need attention. "Mind like Water"

So there you have it my friends, I will ask unconventionally, respectively and with love, that you tag yourselves if you are interested in playing memely along.

Carpe Diem! "ThE ArTfuL EyE"

Monday, February 11, 2008


This weeks response to 2things photo challenge Love/Bird.

and as you can see we have plenty of birds to love.

another pic of our wild finch. My husband is placing him on the thistle bag.

This baby hummingbird is no bigger than one inch and he's perched in his nest in our Queen Palm eagerly awaiting his mother's return.

For those of you who have seen my earlier post, here's another shot of our little wild finch who spent two weeks visiting us and landing happily in our hands.

This photo was taken from inside the house. Can you see the Red Tail hawk perched on the fence, he's patiently waiting for a family of Quail to emerge from the shrubs. This pic doesn't do this bird justice he's well over 18" in size. I went outside and eventually scared him away so I would not have to endure a Quail massacre.

and what we have here are five baby Western Bluebirds. We had 6 eggs and one never made it.
We watched these birds from from the time the parents set up camp until the time they fledged. We have Western Bluebirds visiting all the time and hope we'll see more mating soon.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for the visits.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Feeling Nostalgic?

c. 1963 Bergen Beach- Brooklyn N.Y.

Won't you consider joining us at Yesterday's Pictures

Let's share our memories, the houses we lived in, the games we played and all things nostalgia, music, stories of our past. Post photos of family and friends, your holidays, old romances, idols, the world in which you lived in yesterday and long ago.

Feel free to invite others to join. All you have to do is head on over to Yesterday's Pictures and send an email with the text: I want to join, and they will send you an invitation.

Hope to see you there.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Ode to A Mermaid

Mermaid by definition:
(in folklore) a female marine creature,having the head,torso and arms of a woman and the tail of a fish.

I was recently asked if I'd be interested in participating in a Mermaid swap by Michelle at Hold Dear. I have never participated in one of these swap events, so I thought it would be fun to give it a try. I was assigned a swap partner, Heidi. You can visit Heidi and her wonderfully created treasures here at Fancies, Musings and Whimsies. The objective was to put together a package of mermaid and seaside inspired ephemera, and to also include a handmade item for exchange with your partner. Below are the items I created for Heidi's package:

3x5 acrylic block reverse painted and collage ephemera
and text transparency

cigar box painted with Golden Fluid and Heavy Body Acrylics
text transparencies and other collage emphemera

used piece of Abalone shell for clasp with pearl

inside box - a mermaid diorama- shells from my travels, sea moss,marbles, sea glass, sand and glitter awash with Golden titan buff.

I created the undulating sand with gel medium, beach sand and used dryer sheets. I did not initially intend to create what has become the mermaid's tail. I saw this once the bottom layer was completely dry and and realized all it needed was a head and torso. Viola!

Here are some snippets of the ephemera that were included in her package.

Have a swimmingly good day! Thanks for stopping.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Paper or Plastic?

I went outside this a.m. to scout around the property before heading off to work and found these paper whites had pushed through the frozen hard earth. I used the plastic wrap filter in PS to alter the image which you see here below the original. It's reflects how I think these delicate flowers should look in 28 degree temperatures but as a matter of fact it's the cold snap that helped these fragrant flowers along. I found these in the wild behind our house a couple of years ago and pulled up some bulbs and replanted around the house. These little gems come back every year after the cold snap.

Here's to Spring in the horizon or your step whichever comes first!

" Worry takes just as much time as work and pays less"

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Day/Time-Death Valley

My contribution to 2things weekly challenge Day/Time.

This photo taken in the spring just after heavy winter rains in Death Valley, CA. I stood in amazement, seeing this fragile flower amidst the dry desert floor, it's survival seemed effortless in this harsh landscape.

Thought for today:
" A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life"

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

IF- Blanket

"Blanket" is this week's theme at Illustration Friday

This blanket idea came to me as I was sipping my cuppa coffee and reading the Sunday paper. Why not just weave my own tale? If the media can do it, why can't I? So I embarked on creating my own blanket editorial- snip.weave.snip- to obscure and obstruct those skewed opinions presented before me. Much better reading, I'd say.

"Freedom of expression is the well that sustains civilization"

Now how about a little Cream with that coffee?

This is a great illustrated video.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

...more of the Cape with a sprinkle of Newport, Rhode Island

Welcome back, Mwahh...

I took this pic on one of my early morning "the way i see it" strolls through Provincetown, window shopping before the town was awake. I liked seeing the reflection of image across the street it had a double exposure feel.
For an earlier post of another mannequin window take a look here.

This photo was also taken early morning just as the sun was going to rise. I liked it alot because it was out of focus and actually has a pastel feel to it.

I've embedded the following slideshow of assorted images for your perusal.

It's a small compilation of "The Way I Saw It" in the Cape Cape and Newport. I have so many wonderful photos of this area, and these are just a few snippets taken from catalog. I have added captions so that you would know where these photos were taken.

My husband and I had taken a side trip to see the Newport Mansions. I have include some photos of these mansions and the beautiful cliff walk that surrounds the area. These were the homes of The Vanderbilt's,The Cortlandt's,the coal magnates of the Colonial Era through the Gilded Age. You can learn more about the mansions here.

Newport Rhode Island is also the home of "The International Tennis Hall of Fame", and the oldest Synagogue in America "Touro Synagogue" a place that is symbolic of the religious freedom for all Americans, "that the right of the individual freely and without governmental restraint to follow the dictate of his own conscience in religious worship could be exercised without danger to the state."

Another great find was the National Museum of Amercan Illustrator's which houses the works of the master Illustrators such as, Maxfield Parrish,J.C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth,Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle,Jessie Wilcox Smith to name a few.

I hope you learned a bit of trivia you didn't know and enjoyed your visit.

You can click on this slide show to view larger images.

I leave you with this thought:
"Learn to listen or your tongue will keep you deaf"

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