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Thursday, August 29, 2013

No Comfort Zone - more on my Artistic Journey

I wrote in earlier posts about the Artistic Journey I had begun with an intense independent study workshop with artist Marcia Reed of Gallery 37 - A Destination for Artful Living along with 4 other local artists that included Wanda Kelly, Gwen Guerke, Olaive Jones & Betsy Rybczynski. 

We were all serious about working beyond our comfort level into new territory. I had been in a "fallow" time in my life - not painting, not feeling inspired, so when this opportunity came along, I jumped at the chance. Hoping it would be just the shot in the arm I needed to get me painting again.

We met every two weeks for 8 weeks with Marcia to discuss Art and share the work we had created. We then worked independently during the following two weeks on our own - not even sharing this work with each other until we met for light dinner and discussion at Gallery 37. I can't even describe to you the wonderful feeling of painting - of the way I was able to find inspiration around me - some of the images I had been wanting to paint for some time, but somehow never got going on. Marcia made all of us feel comfortable reaching outside our comfort zones and pushing ourselves to go beyond where we were. She's an amazing teacher and mentor. The sense of excitement and creativity exploded in and around us and we created. Boy did we create! 

It was an amazing experience and the works created during this time, we believe are worthy of sharing. We decided to have a "Pop-UP" show with an Opening Reception on Friday, Sept 6 from 5-8pm and from 11-4 on Saturday, Sept 7. I'm not going to share too much here now, since I don't want to give away too much. But the image of the Sault (pronounced "soo") Saint Marie Steel Mill is one I've already shared on facebook, so many of you reading may have already seen it. If you are in Delaware we'd love to see you at the Reception. It's going to be a fun night!

p.s. Andre Lamar wrote a lovely article about our show in the Milford Beacon/Dover Post that you can access by clicking here.

Steel Mill, Sault (say "soo") Saint Marie, Ontario, Canada, acrylic on canvas

Monday, August 19, 2013

In Delaware with Chris and Kyla

We arrived home from New York in time to bring our suitcases upstairs, eat a bit of dinner and relax a little before Chris and our granddaughter Kyla arrived for a long weekend visit. We were so excited to see them. It had been several weeks since we had been to Richmond and it's always so much fun to have them at our house for a change. They always have some things they want to do and we are pretty much at their command, so the visit included a trip to Ocean City, Maryland on Thursday, just for the day. The weather was quite cool the entire time they were here unfortunately, having been so hot just the week before! We had fun though, at the amusement park and walking the boardwalk tasting some of the awful-terrible-yummy beach food for sale everywhere! We were all worn out by the time we got home, well after 10.

Friday was to be a beach day and regardless of the need for sweatshirts on the beach, it was a fun day. We decided to go to Cape Henlopen State Park and at first Kyla was disappointed that there no big waves but she ended up having a good time and wore herself out by the end of the day. Saturday we drove to Philly and went to the Reading Terminal Market - the largest indoor market in the country I believe Chris said and that was quite an experience. Next stop was the Franklin Institute where an exhibition on Spying was the main event. Really fascinating and fun to read and see some of the things on display. A fun part was a tunnel you could go in - of course Bob and Kyla had to try it. They had a camera set up inside so those outside could see you on a black and white monitor as you crawled on all fours to get to the end. There also was a very cool exhibition on sports and you could try out lots of fun things - photos will tell more of the story.

They went home on Sunday and we miss them already!

Playland at Ocean City, Maryland

On the Boardwalk in Ocean City 
Kyla and Bob racing horses in the Arcade

The Ferris Wheel

Kyla rides the Hurricane

Bob and Rosemary at the OC Fishing Pier

Us again at the OC Fishing Pier

Kyla and her Gampy having a moment

Crazy place - the Ocean Gallery 
The beach at Ocean City, Maryland at dusk (above and next few photos)

Have to take a photo in front of the big post card mural!

Spy tools at Franklin Institute Spy exhibit in Philly

Spy cameras - like inside a lipstick case!

Countersurveillance Pipe!

Pigeons carried messages and cameras to take photographs. To counter this effective method of spying, the Germans, during WWII trained hawks to take down the pigeons. Nasty. My Dad was in the Pigeon Corps but I never thought of it as a spy tactic but this made we wonder.

Bob and Kyla went through a tunnel and we could watch on a TV Monitor as they crawled out

Chris and Kyla at the Big Fish Grill in Wilmington on our way to Philadelphia 
Us again, Big Fish Grill, Wilmington, DE 
"Drive by shooting" - taken from the car window on our way to Philadelphia. Love the Rust! 
Destination: Reading Terminal Market - the rest of these market photos need no caption!

Franklin Institute sports exhibit room here & below

Shot from Franklin Institute window - moonrise

City Hall Philadelphia with moon from moving car

Bob at Cape Henlopen State Park beach

Cape Henlopen State Park - dunes and brown sugar sand! Chilly day, but fun anyway.

Maddie and Suzanne in New York

My sister and niece who live in Colorado were in New York recently to attend the wedding of a friend so we drove there directly from Milwaukee. Madison is graduating from high school in the spring and asked Bob if he would take her Graduation Photos. He had done the same for her sister Samantha when she graduated a few years ago now. She especially wanted to be photographed in all the iconic New York locations. Because of both of our schedules we had only one day to do it and in between on and off rainfall, we traveled to all the famous spots - needless to say there were a LOT of tourists everywhere we went and it was a crazy, whirlwind day but Bob got the job done and we visited some of those fun, popular places everyone loves in "The City." These are the shots I took as I tagged along, uh, that is, "Art Directed" the "photo-shoot"--

Madison and my sister Suzanne, at a place we stopped for lemonade (it was s HOT humid day!)

Grand Central Station - it's 100 years old this year

Spices display at the Grand Central Market 
Central Park

United Nations Building

Chrysler Building and Grand Central all lit up at night

Bank of America tower with reflection on the left

Times Square at night - pure craziness!

Madison in Times Square

Bob shooting Maddie in Times Square