Archive for March 6th, 2007

Another Round Robin Collage

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Today, I took photos of Fragments and uploaded it to my website. If you click on new work, you can see it finished.

I also worked on a Round Robin collage that has been sitting in my studio for quite a while. It is another more literal piece, but I had fun adding some abstract elements to it. Here is what it looked like when I received it:rrjanbefore.jpg

This is what it looks like now. Can you see the differences?

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I stamped some green vines on the house with one of my hand carved eraser stamps. I found a piece of music, titled Home Sweet Home. I printed it on vellum and tore it and attached it with gel medium.

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I stamped a little forest of trees with a hand carved eraser stamp, using green and gold textile paint.rrjantreestamp.jpg

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I added some depth and texture to the water on the bottom edge by stamping with some commercial stamps.

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We got rather back-logged during the holidays and the beginning of the new year.  I received two more from UPS today, but I am not even going to open them until tomorrow.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I enjoyed getting back in the studio even though I injured my back over the week-end, and I have been in continuous pain. It is my upper back and neck. I wrenched it trying to squeeze out of the car when I couldn’t open the door all the way. I just tried icing it and it feels much better. I don’t know why I didn’t do that sooner.

Birthday Boys and a Reed Flag Update

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

I walked by the Reed College flags today and they were still putting them out. I will check again tomorrow to see if they are finished. The display is quite astonishing.

March 6th is the birthday of two very important men in my life — my son, Mark, and my son-in-law, Jack, also known as M & M’s dad. I searched for a photo of them together and finally decided to use this one taken about 3 years ago. I cropped them out of a family photo.

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Jack is on the left and Mark on the right. I have always thought it was nice of Stephanie to marry someone with the same birthday as someone else in our family so that I do not have to remember another date.  Both of these men are very dear to Mr C and I. They are both brilliant and creative and a joy to be around. We always like to say that the best part of living in North Carolina was having Jack come in to our lives. Jack is an architect and Mark is a landscape designer. There are not words to express how much we appreciate the landscaping design that Mark has done for us at our homes. Jack is by far the best dad in the world. He is also a wonderful partner in life to Stephanie. It makes us very happy that they have made us part of their lives here in Portland.

So, Happy Birthday to Jack and Mark. We took Mark out for his birthday when we were in SF last week. Tonight, we will go out for sushi with the family and back to Steph’s for Jack’s favorite dessert – cheesecake – yummm!

I have had a lot of catch-up/clean-up stuff to do since we got back from the desert. I did  a major purge of my clothes closet and drawers on Saturday. I have also had to catch up with the Surface Design website updates. Today, I hope to get back in the studio to do something creative.