Since Zentangle appeared on the scene, there has been a heathy debate around the practice of doodling. Lots of people aimlessly make pencil marks on paper while otherwise occupied – in a meeting, on the phone, etc. Many of us call that doodling. Some people do considerably more with their pen in the margins. If one makes a detailed drawing on the side of their … Continue reading The First Zentangling President?
Next up in in my posts about the Designer’s Show House at the Fisher Mansion, (Go see it while still can until October 7th!), is a guest bedroom and bath on the 2nd floor called “Garden of Eden” by Designer Courtney McLeod of Right Meets Left Interior Design of New York. The star of this room is the custom wallpaper, which takes in the featured … Continue reading Digitally printed wallpaper makes the room
Next up in in my posts about the Designer’s Show House at the Fisher Mansion, (Go see it while still can until October 7th!), is the third sunroom on the first floor of home. Entitled This Side of Paradise, this sunroom is designed by Barrie Spang and Ashleigh Clark of Sapphire Pear in Rocky River, Ohio. They made bold paint choices that I think really paid … Continue reading Sights seen “This Side of Paradise” at the Fisher Mansion
Yesterday, I toured the Junior League of Detroit’s Designers’ Show House, which happened to be at the 1922 Fisher Mansion in the Boston Edison district of Detroit. The house, currently owned by actor Hill Harper, is the largest home in the city at 16,000 square feet. It has been under renovation for the past year and now is presented for tours over the next month … Continue reading Eye candy from the Fisher Mansion
Look what was in my mailbox today! (This is why I love http://Paperbackswap.com…little treats mixed in with the bills and the ads.) The book that came today is Kokoro no Te: Handmade Treasures from the Heart. The author, Kumiko Sudo, never disappoints. Unlike her other books about large quilts, this title features smaller projects like bags and pincushions. Even the end papers of the book are gorgeous: … Continue reading Gorgeous Japanese Textile Projects
I recently learned about this painting when reading The Lady in Gold, an account of the artist Gustav Klimt and the era in Vienna when he painted, as well as the resulting history of the painting when it was among the many artworks stolen from Jewish families during WWII. Continue reading Looking for Klimt elements from my stash.
Zentangle has made me a better finisher of projects. I’ve learned that there is almost always a point in a drawing when I don’t like it. If I just keep working to make it better, it turns out okay, and sometimes, surprisingly good. Don’t stop, even if it’s ugly. Continue reading Don’t stop, even if it’s ugly
I got a mehndi design today at the Plymouth Green Street Fair. The process was fascinating. The artist worked with a pen that looked more like a cake-decorating device. As the henna is applied, it looks like chocolate and is in a paste form that puffs up on your skin. It dries in about 15 minutes, and the paste flakes off within an hour or … Continue reading Mehndi…a Zentangle by another name?
My walls are empty. Not one thing is hanging…no family photos, no favorite poster. All the framed items that have hung on my walls before are leaning against each other on the floor, or stacked on my dining room table. I realize as I unpack that the children in the frames are not children anymore. In the swirl of moves that have been the last … Continue reading Empty Walls
This line of thinking is influenced by a passage in this book, The Identity of an Artist by Daniel Grant (page 138): “Within a self-imposed solitude, most artists claim that the first construction, even before the work itself, is the identity that will create the art. The persona or vision is really what the art is about and, within this identity, the artists put their stamp on experiences. This … Continue reading The Identity of an Artist