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Paying It Forward

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

On the day that I was taking down my show, the next exhibitor was there, hanging her show. Nancy Jo Mullen is an artist/teacher/ printmaker from Medford. She received her MFA from the U. of O. in 1991. She is particularly interested in creating images that connect her art expressions to emotional states and spiritual destinations. The realms of the unseen are often the “stuff” of her art. She works abstractly in relief printing, monotypes, monoprints, etchings and mixed media drawings.

I was blown away by her work. She, also, paid me a huge compliment, saying she was so happy to meet the woman who could do what I did with thread. One particular work caught my eye. “World on Fire” is a multi-block woodcut with reductions and stencils. It looks like shibori. I am happy to say that this piece is now, mine, or it will be when the show comes down at the end of April. Here is another edition of the same piece which was in a juried show for the OSU College of Agriculture annual art show. The colors in mine are slightly different.

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Mr C and I spent the week-end (after M & M went home) doing errands like buying raspberry plants, buying Mr C some new shoes at REI, and getting the flat tire on my car repaired at Costco, where I bought a Garmin GPS. When I was down in Eugene with my friend Bonnie, we used hers to get around and I decided I needed my own. Bonnie’s sister named hers, Charmaine. I am trying to decide what to name mine. She sent us home from Costco a different way than we usually take. Of course, Mr C was very skeptical. Ha! It was very direct, less traffic and less time. She is a genius. I think I will name her after my friend Reva!!

A Surge of Energy

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

I don’t know where the past week has gone. When I came home from OCAC last Sunday, I just emptied out my carry all on the wet studio floor because my tools were wet and I did not want them mildewing in case I did not get to them right away. And, of course, I didn’t. After a couple of days with M & M, I finally hit the studio with a surge of organizing energy. Yesterday, I reorganized and cleaned up my little kitchenette, my version of a wet studio. I sorted my art supplies that need washing into the baskets that I purchased last week. I placed them on the counter over the sink area so that I can just throw them in as I wash them.

Today, I spiffed up the studio. The ubiquitous fabric which had been pulled to audition, fabric from last week’s class, etc. I have a couple of days to get some projects done or started. I have a couple of looming deadlines. On Wednesday, I start my second class at OCAC. This time, I am taking a five day Screen Printing Intensive. Woo Hoo! I have been wanting to do deconstructed screen printing, and it is on the schedule.

Today, I also put my Collage Mania goodies in frames. I am going to rearrange some art in the living room so that I can hang these there. I think they all look fabulous together.

From left to right — Liz Berg, Karen Stiehl Osborn and Jette Clover.

Outside(r) Art

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

No, I am not talking about art out in my yard. A discussion of art is always happening on the Art Quilt List. The topic of Outside Art came up and some of us volunteered to show our collections.

I found this definition on line:

Creative works– paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, and idiosyncratic gardens and other outdoor constructions — by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to the mainstream art world’s recognition, marketplace or definitions. These are people who make art for themselves or their immediate community, often without recognizing themselves as artists until some collector or expert comes along to inform that what they are doing is making art.

My sister-in-law, in Florida, is an expert on outside artists. She teaches at U. of S. Fla, and has discovered many artists and has an enviable outside art collection.

So here are photos of what I consider my outside art. We have a lot of paintings, photos and prints in addition to these. I collect a lot of ethnic, particularly Mexican, art. I also like naive religious art which I consider to be outside art. My daughter, Lisa, when she first started making art, was very much the epitome of an outside artist. She was untrained and just making stuff, and a lot of it was for me.

Since I am uploading a lot of photos, I am using thumbnails which can be clicked to see them larger.

Here is the stuff that Lisa has done for me over the years, before she became “famous”. The candlesticks are by Ben Owens in North Carolina.

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Here is some of my ethnic art.

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Here is my cross collection and some of my other naive religious art. The last photo also has a tin angel by an outside artist in the south.

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The following items fall under the category of American Outside Artists. The last one is our latest acquisition, a gift from my sil and bil for Christmas. It is a painting done on yellow legal paper. The writing says, “If a young man knew, would he grow old.”
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The church in this next photo was painted by a woman I knew in NC, who started painting in her 80’s. It is the chapel where Stephanie was married, in Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC. Then, there is the drawing of an angry Viking by my grandson, done a year ago when he was 5.
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That concludes the tour. I have other things which I just didn’t photograph, but you get the idea.

I am feeling a great deal of malaise and post-holiday depression, which has be exacerbated by the dark, dreary, damp weather of Portland. I took two walks and did some work on the SDA website and some puttering in the studio, but I am feeling fallow in the creative department. I am working on a piece with some of my wonderful art cloth, which I am reluctant to cut up, but to move forward, I think I must take the plunge and snip, snip. I will try to report back tomorrow with some results.

Happy Homemaker Stuff

Saturday, December 1st, 2007


Aren’t these Gerbera daisies pretty? And so un-Christmasy. I am bah-humbugging all the holiday decorations. It is only the first day of December!!

Our church sponsors groups of 8 members who get together during the year for dinner together. Some choose to eat out. some include children. We are in a group that meets in homes. Our new group came to our house for dinner last night. It is a very lively group. We have two single women — one is in her late 80’s and is an incredibly delightful person. We have two other couples. I always love when people come to my house and the most interesting thing is the art on our walls.


I love getting out the good china and and cooking big. I was responsible for the main course. I made pork medallions with a dried cherry and port sauce and polenta with roasted butternut squash. It was delish. I had my camera at the ready to take a photo, but alas, I got caught up in the moment and forgot.

I did get a nice foody photo of my breakfast this morning — oatmeal, fresh berries and yogurt.


Yesterday, I rearranged some artwork and hung the beginnings of the Congdon Art Quilt collection.


On the left is the piece by Kristin, the two on the right were purchased from SAQA fundraisers. The top one was made by Virginia Spiegel who is the ultimate fundraiser for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. the program is Fiberart for a Cause. Please go over and check out what she is doing this year. There are prizes to be won!! The other piece was made by Elizabeth Fram. I also have a piece by Liz Berg which stays in my office with me. And Terry’s nest also hangs in the living room.

Whoopee!! I finished the green thing and sent photos and artist statement off this afternoon. Here is a detail shot which shows the hanging threads which Deborah pleaded with me to include. (Sorry for the grammar?)


Tonight, we are going to Trinity for Lessons and Carols. For the non-Anglican readers, this is a very traditional service that heralds the season of Advent and Christmas.

In 1918, the then-new dean of King’s Chapel, 34-year-old Eric Milner-White, wanted to try something innovative and beyond the standard liturgy of the Church of England. So, he wove together scripture and song, called on readers of various ages from school and town, and made up this truly magical progression that carries us from prophecy to fulfillment, from Old Testament foretelling to a birthday celebration.

What am I going to do now that the green thang is done? Stay tuned.

Summer Delights

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

That would be painting t-shirts, eating watermelon, shopping for take out dinner and taking a scooter walk — all with the company of M & M.

Is it possible that five and seven year olds have so much energy at the end of the day because they take yours? M & M came with their little suitcases, early this afternoon. I had prepared some t-shirts for them to paint with Tee-juice markers. Here is Mia working on hers:



Here is Miles’ creation. This must be a formal t-shirt — note the bow tie.


Mia was very interested in the fancy stitches that my Janome makes so I set her up with some fabric and showed her how to program it and away she went.


Later, we took a trip to New Seasons to get some take out food. Thankfully, Mr C came along to keep tabs on the munchkins while I bought food.

Watermelon was on the menu and enjoyed on the deck.


Here is Mia modeling her new tee-shirt. Front and back.



Here is the view from our deck in August. So cool and green. I love it.


They are now bathed and sound asleep, and I am starting to revive.

On a completely different note, this arrived in the mail today. It is a 12 inch square art quilt which I purchased from the SAQA auction.


It is by Elizabeth Fram. Click on her name to go to her website. I love her work. This piece was even better in person.