My friend Emily Gilman Beezley suggested our art group participate in this Inside Small "The Color of Music" show. I'm pleased that my piece was accepted! The requirements were to produce a piece of art smaller no larger than 10" x 10" (total) inspired by a piece of music. I recently saw this PBS broadcast, "Won't You Be My Neighbor" about Mr. Rogers, and was blown away. I don't remember being that interested in Mr. Rogers as a child, and unfortunately knew more about the mockeries of him than the man himself. After watching the documentary and learning more, I now LOVE and greatly admire Fred Rogers and everything he devoted his life to, namely... helping children feel loved and special. I wish I had watched more of his shows as a youngster. But one of my new favorite sayings is... Better late than never!
In 2005, an album of his songs by various award-winning artists was produced, "Songs from the Neighborhood" and earned a Grammy for Best Children's album. The songs are amazing and I'm so delighted to find them. Their tender message of love is so uplifting, especially during this difficult time. Here's another link to a video of the performers on the album. I especially like "It's You I Like" and "It's Such a Good Feeling" by B.J. Thomas (what a throwback and amazing voice!)
My piece (above) was inspired by Mr. Rogers' fun, loving, friendly songs, and a nostalgic 1970's vibe. Hope you enjoy! Please visit "The Color of Music" Online Show for more amazing pieces and to vote for your favorite piece!!
This piece is available for $225.00 plus shipping.
In June I completed several new pieces responding to "Call for Art" for Atlanticare Foundation's Healing Arts Program, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. They needed artwork for their new Maternity/OB Ward. I'm delighted and honored to share that they purchased three of my pieces-- two collages and a painting! (below) Evan and I drove six hours to deliver them Friday. Thank you, Lord, and keep the blessings flowing!! Chery Broschard, the Development & Cultural Project Manager, is always looking for new art. To be added to her mailing list, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to know why this was such a breakthrough for me, drop me a line and I'll tell you more of the story!
Recently completed, "Heart Flower Grid" mixed media, 12 x 12
This was submitted to a "Call for Entry" for
Maternity and OB spaces at AtlantiCare Medical Center in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Photos from my recent art demo at Raritan Valley Arts Association--
What a great group of artists and art lovers!
Thanks to my immensely talented, kind, and creative friend, Diana Patton for taking these pics!
After we took the winter cover off our air conditioner unit in May we noticed some wrens building a nest there.
Soon Evan noticed a mama wren sitting on her eggs.
A few weeks after that... the baby wrens arrived!
We heard them peeping loudly, stronger every day, for a few weeks...
And then a few days ago.... they flew the coop!
Below are some images of a brave one making his way out of the nest.
Fortunately, they were able to 'explore' on the grill.
Then they hopped down into the bushes below the a/c unit.
Later, they made their way over to the nearby tree...
Shortly after this we heard them peeping over in the neighbor's yard.
It was soooo quiet after they left. We pray they survived and are doing well now!
Thank you for taking care of the wrens, Lord! :-)
I didn't get any good close-ups of the babies, but here's a collage wren from Wren's Summer Song (2010).
WORK IN PROGRESS - 12" x 12" paper collage - working title "Healed Heart" - DAY FIVE: Going a new direction...
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