Modigliani, Eames & Rauschenberg

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Today I was doing a search for images of the artists I adore. I want to interpret them in my style when I get back into the studio Thursday morning. I’ve almost survived school break and it is now time for innovation, industry and solitude. OH, just me, a cup of coffee, NPR and a whole day to create—HEAVEN.

So, as I started pulling these images I began seeing patterns. They compliment each other. Now, you wouldn’t instantly think that Modigliani and Rauschenberg relate at all, but they do. And those Eames chairs, well they just look like Rauschenberg had a paint splattered one in his studio. You know, they connect in the way that the objects we’ve chosen for our homes or wardrobes somehow work because they are a reflection of different parts of us. I encourage you to take a close look at what you’re drawn to, patterns will emerge and it might give you a fresh sense of your own aesthetic.

As always, I appreciate your comments. Here’s to a ridiculously creative 2014!

Oh, those Parisian Women…

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I carved and painted this piece a few years ago after visiting a friend from South Dakota in Paris–his adopted home. It is too large to show the whole painting. I carved and painted this on a door I found at a salvage yard. I was so dumbstruck by the chicness of the women in Paris, they seemed to look so good in everything they wore. This piece exhibits some of the awkwardness I feel when trying to replicate something that isn’t my own look. I always look s if I am simply trying too hard. I think following the fashion advice of Leonardo would be helpful. Here’s to developing your style.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
—Leonardo da Vinci

PS Tell me what works best for you and what you feel fabulous in every time you put it on.

Half/full or a Half/empty?

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Will you think less of me if I confess that I LOVE JANUARY? I know a lot of folks feel quite down after the hustle/bustle of the holidays so I am challenging you to shift your perspective a little and embrace January.

Don’t get me wrong, I really had a great holiday with my family (both immediate and extended). And yet I find myself longing for January days. I think most people would describe me as a half/full kind of gal (and generally that is true). However, by December 28th this introvert needs some solitude, work, rest and my regular diet. I am feeling more than a little half/empty now but I am not going to beat myself up about it and hey, January is just days away. Perspective…

When I think about January the hair stands up on the back of my neck with excitement. I am planning to get to work on a new series of paintings and the drawings and ideas are flowing into my sketchbook. We settle into our routine-with three teenagers routine is a rather silly term, but rhythm anyway. I will clean my closet out on New Year’s Day and am planning to binge on Project Runway All Stars while I get it done. There are things planned, people to see and industry to pay attention to. The days are lengthening, the light changes and spring is only 2.5 months away. So, instead of dreading January you can be its master and make it the month you need it to be.

January really deserves to be loved like December. Please write me and let me know if this was helpful for you. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Putting On My Party Clothes

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Our guests will be arriving shortly and now the dance commences of what to wear now that my daughters are wearing all of my best holiday gear. I am grateful for the wisdom of my age to realize that this time of year is simply to lavish even more love onto my people and not get overly attached to what form it is served back to me. My daughters look lovely in my black velvet sparkly things and my family and friends won’t mind if my attire is a little wacky…albeit festive. Time to open the champagne. Enjoy your people and don’t take things too seriously.

I Want To Be Auntie Mame

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I watched the Rosalind Russell “Auntie Mame” last night. I was so struck by how much one of my friends is like her (you know who you are). She is the friend that treats children like adults (which my kids adore) is witty as the day us long and keeps everyone guessing about what is coming next. Then I was struck by just how much fun life could be if our primary goal was to “live, live, live”. Auntie Mame is smart as hell and a little full if herself. She’s flawed and knows it-yet her driving principle is to improve the lives of others by helping them recognize their talents and be able to see what is holding them back from realizing their dreams.

I am 47 years old and I can’t believe last night was the first time I saw this film, but perhaps it was the perfect time for me. I am plotting my holiday follies and the ways to thoroughly rattle my nephews over the next few days. I feel I’ve reached the age where the feather earrings, giant sparkly shrug and cowboy boots are the perfect attire for Christmas dinner (or bowling). So, thank you Auntie Mame you’ve officially become my social/spiritual guide.

Have a lovely few days off with friends and family, don’t take things too seriously and if in doubt serve a drink that you light on fire.

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rose is a rose is a rose

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Lillibridge deco flowers live paint illustrator

This is one of my paintings, two ways. The first image is the actual painting and the second is mucked around with in Adobe Illustrator. Gertrude Stein wrote “rose is a rose is a rose”. Things simply are what they are no matter how much you alter them. I feel like this is true in people too. We can polish up, learn a few new tricks and modify our behavior, but we are who we are. It is hard to accept this in ourselves and really hard in the people we love (or dislike). Even though these two images are quite different they are as connected as we all are. We are linked by our humanity. Over identification with our differences disconnects us and we all know how that turns out, right?

Progress is Now—GO!

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This is a painting of mine that speaks to my desire to have been a WPA artist in the 1930s. Progress Is Now-GO can apply to a lot of our lives. I am on a quest to simplify and it seems like the world is conspiring against me. Too much information. Too many choices. Too many comparisons. Too much stuff. It takes a very concerted effort to really go against the tide of modern life. Today, with some effort I think I am making some changes. I really just want to hang out with the people I love. I want to make a difference where I can. And I want to make lots of art. PROGRESS is NOW—GO!