Archive for the ‘artists’ Category

The Humming Tree

Friday, June 8th, 2012

 

 

My friend and poet Wendy Wilder Larsen has kindly let me share this lovely poem she wrote. Artist Mary Heebner painted gorgeous blossoms and bees on the edges and John Balkwill printed it at Lumino Press.

 

Enjoy

 

 

OUTSIDER ART FAIR

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Just went to an Art Fair in NYC and saw a few pieces that were really wonderful, especially the ones made with recycled materials. I also came across The Envelope Project, envelopes decorated by inmates at prisons and jails from several states, and 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Read alliance, a New York based nonprofit serving at-risk kindergarten and first-grade students. They

 

Haitian piece made with recycled cans

 

The Envelope Project

 

 

 

The Envelope Project-The one envelope I really hoped to buy was already spoken for

 

Haitian piece made with salvaged wood

 

 

Love the name of this artist, translates as : Albert Beautifulspeaking

Super cool elephant  head sculpture made out of aluminum foil

 

The Conference Of Birds

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
THE  CONFERENCE OF BIRDS 

 

Today when doves

echo in soft matching notes

coo coo   coo coo

 

that is me, writing.

 

when the woodpecker

batters his head

into the same tree

 

until the hole

is big enough

to stuff his acorn

 

or the thrasher

standing king-like in the madrone

his crass notes a rasp in spring air

 

that is me, writing.

 

when the hummingbird

makes his sky circles

with the loud pop at the bottom

 

that’s my exclamation!

 

my despair, the red-shouldered hawk

sawing the sky in half

with his screams———

 

kee-yer   kee-yer  KEE-YER

 

when the loud scolds of jays

greedily push at the feeder

knocking seeds from the stand

 

and the faint treble of California quail

cluck in the underbrush

shy and tentative……   chicago  chicago chicago

 

and even the rip sound

of the perigrine pulling

feathers from his kill

 

 

discarding, and selecting

 

 

when the mocker, boisterress with longing

jumps from his branch

in acrobatic turnings

 

and the warblers query

witchita  witchita witchita which?

glitter-flashes of gold in the oaks

 

when the violet-green swallows,

chi veet chi veet, sew the sky back together 

wih their darts and swoops

 

we are flaunting

scolding and cooing

show offs, saying

look at me, look at me .                             

 

-Wendy Wilder Larsen

 

BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF CALIFORNIA:

WOODPECKER

 

 

PERIGRINE

HUMMINGBIRD

 

QUAIL

 

 

 

 

CAITLIN WYLDE

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Caitlin Wylde doesn’t only make the most gorgeous flags and tepees but she is a scavenger like I am of nature’s treasures: feathers, stones, twine, wood, seaweed, pods…I have collected loads of these over the years, and at my house, I keep all my treasures in large glass vases, wooden bowls, trays, shelves, etc. The artist Caitlin Wylde, based in Los Angeles California, who’s work is featured below, uses her finds in montages, where all the bits and pieces are carefully arranged in a certain order and nothing feels wasted.

 

 


TED MUEHLING’S Mise-En-Scene

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

“At the moment we see something beautiful, we undergo a radical decentering. We willingly cede our ground to the thing that stands before us.” -Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just

The perfect quote for the beginning of Don Freeman’s book of photographs of Ted Muehling’s  world. I love these images!

 

 

 

Andy Goldsworthy the Great

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

For those of you who are hearing the name Andy Goldsworthy for the first time, you are in for a treat! He’s a legend in my world and I have been rabidly following his work and buying every single book he’s ever published. His genius lies in his ability to create site-specific sculpture and land art in natural and urban settings using materials he finds in nature which in turn inspires him. A British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, who now lives in Scotland, his extra fabulous art is either temporary and melts, washes or is blown away by the natural forces of nature. Some of his work is also permanent and I long to see one up close.

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