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Small Landscape Day 92

Claudia McGill says: When you’ve come to the end of the list, you can put a line under it, and start a new one, if you like. As long as you have another item, another day, another idea, another thing you want to do, you’ve got a list to look forward to. In fact, why bother with the line, when you know – you’ll just keep going?

Happy Spring.

Small landscape, Day 92 - 5" x 7" on canvas board.

Small landscape, Day 92 – 5″ x 7″ on canvas board.

 Do you like this little painting? Would you like to have  it? Remember, it’s Giveaway Time. For the details about the landscape giveaway, look here. Then…

Email me at claudiamcgillart@gmail.com and mention Landscape Day 92 or use the form below.

All available landscapes are posted on the Giveaway Page the day after they are published, until they are gone.


The telephone, sir

Here is another artist book I made back in the spring – it’s called The telephone, sir. I’ve put the images first and written out the text afterwards. That happens to be the order in which I made the book, by the way – I created the images and then wrote text to fit it.

The telephone, sir

At home. The message. The deep and endless sky.
We listen for it.
We doubt. We hope.

The house. The bills. The mailbox. The better neighborhood.
The paycheck and the long commute to work.
The days of walking on tired feet.

The green so green summer grass remembered
by wet brown days of early spring.
Flower stalks from
last year not yet memories nor yet
yielding to new versions of

We meet on the dark street tired faces heavy winter coats
and yet there is the sun to come
we hope for it
we doubt it
we hope for it.

Photos of Spring and So On

Here are some photos I’ve taken and done some amending to – all from the rail trail at Lorimer Park/Pennypack Trail in Huntingdon Valley/Abington, PA.

Usually these photos had something wrong with them – out of focus, or that kind of thing. But, in each case I felt a pull to work with the image because there was a balance or a rhythm or something that seemed right – just needed adjustment. So that’s what these are all about.

Museum Celebrates Spring

The Claudia McGill Museum of Things Claudia McGill Picks Up From the Street When She Is Just Going Along Being Claudia McGill and Doing Claudia McGill Things

is celebrating the beginning of spring and the acquisition season with this little enticing glimpse of recent acquisitions, because “acquiring things is what the museum does, and acquisition is important and good and necessary if objects are to find their rightful places in the worldview of the population of the world,” says Claudia McGill, museum founder. “How else can we get things if we don’t acquire them?”

Notice the delicate fluted edge. Just charming.

Notice the delicate fluted edge. Just charming.

How so, indeed. Winter is a terrible time for additions to the museum’s collection, she says. “Snow on the ground and freezing cold. Just not the right conditions at all. And if anything can be seen in all that slush and so on, often it’s frozen to the ground, if you can believe that.”

Now, with sunny skies and cleared ground, teams of hard-working and dedicated semi-archaeologists are out there for the museum. Team Leader Claudia McGill says, “It’s just great to be walking along again and just staring at the ground.”

Claudia McGill, technical expert, explains the challenges. “Society is always telling us to look to the stars and so on. Why? All the good things are on the ground. Do you see objects such as these just floating in the sky? Of course not. And I’ll tell you why. Because we have gravity, and gravity is on the ground, and these tantalizingly mysterious entities are held on the ground by gravity, and so WE MUST LOOK DOWN!”

“There you have it,” says Claudia McGill, museum receptionist. “Look down at your feet and then a little to the right or left, and see what treasures await you. The museum expects this kind of attitude from all of us and I’m proud to help. Maybe something I spot will get into the collection. That’s my goal.”

The Museum wishes everyone a happy April and thanks all its dedicated, almost fanatic, staff.

Collection of recently-acquired objects, all from the area of the lawnmower shop on Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA, an unusually rich source of debris.

Collection of recently-acquired objects, all from the area of the lawnmower shop on Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA, an unusually rich source of acquisition material.

Sunshine Sunshine!

I’m embarking on a plan to beat back winter’s cold and darkness, calling in an army of little clay sunshine disks to help me. Like my figurines, I’m going to scatter them around the world – but my idea is to let one go each day between December 21 and March 21.

Why am I doing this? If you are interested, I have written a post about it on my blog “Sometimes You Get So Confused”. I plan to take photos of each little sunshine and put them up at this location.

Take a look if you’d like, and thank you.

Let’s Visit

Here is something I wrote in January, 2014. I had dedicated the month to doing clay, and I made a number of small figurines. Here’s what I wanted to do with them:

Back in the summer, my family and I placed three figurines in a little rocky grotto area in a park along a trail where I run. It had become an informal spot for remembrances, it seemed – there were other objects set there – tiles, wind chimes, a big painted wooden face. The three figures lasted about three months and then were gone. Not broken, as there were no pieces – I believe someone needed them and took them. That was great, I thought. We put three more in place. A couple of times I ran by and saw that someone had put a pile of change in front of them – the money stayed there until this group, too, were gone. Once again, no pieces – so I know someone needed them and took them along.

I have three more to put in place when I can get to the park again. And all of this gave me an idea about my figurines. I decided no longer to sell them. Just give them to people who seem to need encouragement, who I want to thank or appreciate, or who just like them and express an interest. And I also want to continue setting them out in public. People do seem to like seeing them, and if someone wants to take them home, I hope they will do so.

A lot of my plans got derailed with my hand surgery and health issues, but as I’ve said, I’m slowly working my way back. And I’ve begun putting out figurines – I’ve written about the one at Mondauk Park recently. The trail I mention in the paragraphs above is Lorimer Park, Montgomery County, PA. It’s a former rail line now turned gravel trail, and it’s beautiful – on a steep slope above a creek. The grotto is located in a cut through the hill – high walls of rock rise on each side of the trail.

I’ve walked there recently several times. And I noticed that all the clay figurines I’ve placed in the grotto are gone – for a total of nine. I think it’s great.

This time I had the idea to do something different. So I picked up three rocks from beside the site, painted them (three little versions of Mother Nature, I think). I returned them to the place I got them a few days ago. I visited them yesterday, and here is a little pictorial version of the journey.