Monday, January 31, 2005

Music tag

My sister Kathy just tagged me with a few questions regarding music. It seems as though she was tagged by a fellow blogger with a few of the following questions and wanted to see what my answers might be. So here it goes,question one, What are the total music files on your computer? I have no idea. I have a ton of music on my Napster playlist, but I usually end up burning it onto a CD to play while I paint in my studio. Question #2- What is the last CD purchased. I just purchased Frou Frou's latest CD a few weeks ago and I love it. I also purchased one by Seether, because of the duet with Amy Lee from evanescense(don't know if I spelled that correctly). The rest of the CD is hard core, but I like it when I am full of angst. Question#3- What is the last song I listened to before I received these questions? Hmmm, I think it was Let Go by Frou Frou. That has become one of my favorite songs to paint by lately. Last question- Name 5 songs that mean something to you and why. This is a hard one for me. I would have to say Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen is at the top of my list because it always brings to mind all of the double talk that goes on in politics in our society. Let Go by Frou Frou is one I have listened to a lot lately. The lyrics,
"there's beauty in the break down,"
became the title of one of my more recent paintings,because it made me think about the way events or moments in time can be perceived. There is beauty in the good and the bad because there is always something to be learned from either. I love any song that Amy Lee from evanescense( again, I have no idea if I spelled that correctly) sings. Her voice is so amazing that I get very absorbed in the music-especially if I am painting or letting out my inner diva in the car and attempting to belt out a tune along with her. The band Cake is at the top of my list. I love their rendition of I Will Survive. Their music is humorous and edgy, but I usually have to play most of their unedited music after the kids go to bed. My last song is Somebody Told Me by the Killers. It makes think of the club scene and dancing. It is also fun to rock out to in the car. I am definitely one of those scary people that sings along without abandon while driving along in my car. My kids have been known to ask me to tone it done a bit. Oh well, score one for the embarrassing mom bit.
This is a picture created while listening to Frou Frou and is about my children. The working title is Welcome to My World.

Friday, January 28, 2005


It's official, I'm so tired of winter! This is the time of the year to apply to all the art fairs one can possibly find to sell work and get a thick skin to deal with the inevitable rejection letters. Next month I will be showing in a new gallery out in Wilmar, Minnesota called Buffalo Fish Fine Art. This is a brand spanking new place, just built by two young entrepreneurs, who are hoping to bring a little culture to their small town. The opening night party is on Friday, February 4. It sounds like they are really doing this up right. They even hired a well known area musician to play for their guests. I'm excited to go-I really need to get out. I am also excited that I will be able to exhibit my new work there in August of this year for a one month solo show. My pieces have gotten quite large lately, I'm worried that they won't fit into my tent this summer for the outdoor fairs. I need to down size my art! Since it has been cold and snowy here, all I can think about is my escape to a tropical island. These thoughts are now permeating my work . I haven't come up with a title for this piece so if anyone has any thoughts please feel free to post one.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

California Dreaming

I'm off to California tomorrow to visit my family. Yeah! I am so ready for a blast of sunshine and some warmer weather. We did heat up here a bit in the arctic to a balmy 18 above-that's sweater weather here in Minnesota. Thanks to Stephanie and of course my sis for your comments, it's fun to hear what people are thinking about. The new Apprentice is on tonight, I love that show! But, my new favorite reality show is Project Runway on Bravo. It reminds me of art school and it is fun to think about what I would do for the fashion challenges that are presented, not to mention it is just so fun to watch. It's official, I am hooked on reality shows, I sooo need to get a life! Well I'm just in a giddy state of mind thinking about my trip tomorrow-did I mention that my kids are staying home? I don't know what I will do with two whole days of free time. Hmmmm, I'm sure I'll think of something.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Dare to dream?

I just love hearing about people who have a dream or some sort of wonderfully creative idea and decide to take a risk and make that idea come to reality. There are two such people in my life who have taken the plunge and dared to dream. My sister, Kathy, for one has finally gotten her online shop up at . It is so cool. She has made these beautifully hand crafted necklaces and pins that are truly one of a kind. I just know her shop will be a success! The other person that I am so proud of ( I am officially in cheerleader mode now) is my good friend Nicky. She has just decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher, but for her that dream comes with many obstacles. Nicky not only has three children but a full time job as well, and she is going to college for the first time. It has definitely been a while since she has been in school. She was a little worried about being the only thirty something in a sea of teenagers, but as she put it, she is getting her shit together. I think that she already has it together. As for me, I just canceled a show, due in part to the amazing amount of stress I was beginning to feel over it. This particular venue was requiring me to create an ungodly amount of drawings and paintings, and having them framed in such a way that was completely against my aesthetic which made my stomach turn every time I thought about it. So I decided that if it feels that wrong, it probably is. I am still working on some new pictures and I think it is about time for that wishful picture that I seem to paint every year about getting out of the arctic zone to a warmer climate. Here is one such picture titled Cheap Wine and Sunshine. What girl doesn't need a banana yellow jumpsuit and a pair of hot pink go go boots?

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Cold Front

It's officially winter and I live on an icegerg. Tomorrow it is supposed to hit 28 below zero which will mean the schools will close and my kids will all be home with me. Booooo. But on a happier note I have a new piece to post called It's not all Rainbows and Butterflies. This piece is mainly about survivng in a relationship and the ups and downs that are faced.
It is kind of a crazy image, but it feels like my life when I look at it, just full of things happening.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

another new piece

I'ts official, I'm on a roll. I thought that I would post one more new picture before I run out to this new pilates-yoga fusion class I'm going to try today. I guess I'm needing some spiritual bliss to get me through another cold Minnesota day. At least it is sunny out with a bone chilling high of 5 degrees! This new piece is titled Pay No Attention to the Woman Behind the Curtain. It is basically about being exposed. I like using references to the Wizard of OZ. I feel like I live in my own fantasy world a lot of the time. I will write more about this picture later, but for now I will upload the image.

new work

Well it looks like I am in superwoman mode because I actually found time to finish two new pieces, take pictures of them, and find time to make a post ( I also baked cookies for my kids). Both of these new pictures ar rather introspective, I guess all of my work is in a way. The first picture is titled Beauty Before the Breakdown. I really love the way that this turned out. I have been struggling with my oil paintings as of late. I haven't been happy with how tight they have seemed as compared with my pastels, but this one turned out or at least I feel satisfied with the outcome. The title came from a song that I was listening to from a mix that my sister Kathy sent to me. That line beauty before the breakdown really stuck with me. It made me think of my mommy meltdown moments that I have with my kids sometimes. In one moment everything is lovely and blissfull and in the next we are all becoming lunatics. It must be winter!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

thanks for looking

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who checked out my blog/site. I do plan on updating my site, but at the same time I am trying to complete new work so that there is something to post, so thanks for your patience in advance.