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Interior Design

These postcards are collages, made from the pages of Architectural Digest magazines. I have quite a collection of these publications; my local library saves the discarded issues for me. I love this source for a lot of reasons – the paper quality, the variety of colors and shapes, and the subject matter – I love houses and furniture.

Every so often I like to “shop” in these magazines and create my own surreal rooms. That’s what I have done here.

Drawing With a Pen #11

Here’s the last one of these pen and ink sketches I’ve got for right now – or I should say, that I have ready to post. I’m building up some more and I’ll show them to you later on.

This one was done from a photo, and it’s my living room at home. Not the whole room, just the part with the sofas and the table where I keep all my projects and the lamps I read by and the rug the cat sprawls himself all over…


More Tiles (More?!? You Say?)

Here are some more tiles, 4″ x 4″, from that group I made for a friend. The theme of this post will be – how I get the ideas for these tiles.

The general answer is, I get ideas from everything. I think pretty much everything is interesting to look at, so I’m never short of subjects. I take my camera around with me everywhere (it’s just a little point and shoot, nothing special, but I do think it takes nice pictures and it has a good zoom, so that’s why I favor it over the phone camera).

I will take a picture because it’s a pretty scene, because it’s a bizarre scene, because I want to remind myself of something, because the scene reminds me of a different scene, because the people in the scene look interesting, strange, beautiful, or have arranged themselves in a noteworthy way, because the people are doing something interesting or ordinary, because the scene contains cars, buildings, trees, water, chairs, tables, clouds, swimming pools (I like all of these subjects very much) or because it features objects or people in patterns or color combinations I like.

In other words, I’ll take a picture of anything that’ll stand still long enough for a photo.

And that’s just what I see around me. I also get ideas from books I read, conversations I overhear, memories, sounds, something someone told me when I was young, something someone told me this morning, cars, buildings, trees, water, chairs, clouds, swimming pools…You get the idea.

Really, I don’t know where the ideas come from but I’m grateful they choose me.

OK. Enough generalizations. Here is what prompted some of these tile scenes, one by one.

Clay tile - Ann 1-16 4x4 man in rowboat small

Man in a rowboat – I was doing some collage poetry, taking words from a Hardy Boys book, and they were out in a boat in a storm. Honest, that’s the true source of this tile’s image.

Clay tile - Ann 1-16 4x4 wide eyed bird small

Bird with a red eye – I had been reading about birds in Australia and  this is my idea of what one of the birds the author described looked like. Maybe.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 bed small

Bed – I like furniture and I felt like making a checked quilt and a pillow, so, a bed fit the order. I like reading in bed so I made a bed I would like to read in.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 garden and trees small

Garden – I received several seed catalogs and they reminded me of how much I like the geometry of a garden, how much I like making little shapes, and so I made a garden. With a couple of spiral trees, because I felt the gardener should have a place to sit and rest.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 house with red roof small

House – I love to make house pictures. I imagine myself living in each one and put features I would like to have. This house is small, just a little cottage, so I would see it as being a place out near a lake, just for weekends.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 kitchen small

Kitchen – I love my kitchen. It looks nothing like the one in this tile, but it’s the spirit of the thing – I love being in a kitchen. I would like to have a black and red tile floor like this one, maybe in that lake cottage I mentioned above.

Well, that’s the short tour. Anytime you ever want to know what prompted an artwork, just ask. Be ready for some odd answers. That’s what keeps this whole going, isn’t it – finding the interesting in the ordinary?

Home Decoration

Here are some more little clay room vignettes I have been making. They are all about 3 inches or so in size, more or less.

I have another group to show and I’ll do that very soon.

Recent. Very Recent.

My son asked me about my recent paintings – he wanted to see the ones I’ve been working on in the last couple of weeks. He reminded me of the fact that I’ve been showing work from earlier in the year and he wanted to see the latest things. I realize I have a good number of images of pieces I’ve been working on and it takes time to put them out. My idea has been to go from the oldest things first. But maybe it’s time to skip ahead a little, and come back to the others later?

So here are four paintings I just finished. I felt the need to work on art even as my eye has been healing October. I found it really encouraging to be able to pick up my brushes and paint again.

They are all 18″ x 18″ acrylics on board covered with a canvas-textured gesso.

Inside and Outside

I recently received a commission to create two paintings for a specific space in a stairwell. The prospective owners had a theme in mind, buildings and furniture, and let me make of it whatever I wanted. The only restrictions were the sizes of the pieces – one was to be 20″ x 24″ and the other 36″ x 24″.

I thought it sounded like a great assignment. Now, usually I don’t accept commissions; I find them nerve-wracking. Past experience has taught me that it can be difficult to work freely when there is a specific buyer with specific wants, and I don’t like to disappoint anyone, including myself! But this particular couple was familiar with my work and I just felt that things would go well for all of us.

So, I set to work. I had decided to make extra paintings and therefore would be able to give some choices, since I had plenty of time to work. I have learned that if it’s practical to make multiple pieces for a commission, it’s a great idea to do so for me, since I don’t feel that the fate of the world rests with one picture!

For the buildings, I used some photos I had taken of houses in Allentown, PA, for models, putting them in my own arrangements and colors.

For the furniture, I used my imagination. I really love to paint interior scenes like these – I have always thought chairs and sofas and tables have as much individuality as people do.

But what made this assignment special was the chance to concentrate on the theme of houses and homes – I have a life-long love of residential architecture. Houses under construction, open houses, house tours, model rooms in furniture stores, dollhouses, house plan books – I’ve spent many happy hours involved with houses and homes. And to make things even better, I learned that the buyers also felt this way about houses, inside and out. What a nice addition to the experience for me!

In the end, I think everyone was happy with the results, and two were chosen and taken away. The other three are still in my studio – I’m enjoying looking at them and remembering the experience.

Thank you, Geoff and Susan, for your faith in my work.