Thursday, August 27, 2009

P.S. Exhibit

I designed this postcard for the RAA's upcoming show this Saturday! This photo of my dad when he was in high school was hand-colored by me (and whatnot)...I think it turned out nicely.

I am co-curating this show with Sue Pezonoski-Browne, in addition to having some of my event photography on display. K. Let's do this thing.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Bug and a Doll and a Witchy Woman

My kind of a night.

No really though, the memorial exhibition for a very great regional (and way beyond) folk artist, George Ray McCormick Sr. was held tonight. He was awesome as a person, and as an artist.

He was actually one of the artists that showed at RAA's (re)cycle (re)visit exhibit. He brought in these very large bug 'specimens' in cases. Metal bugs; they absolutely made my day. Well what do you know, he made small ones too? So yeah...I got first dibs on the small, metal, bugs in jars, people!

The card attached to the jar suggests I should name my bug, so may I present to you...'Astrid', My Bug in a Jar (presently outside of jar)...

Also, my cool friend from the RAA Sue, bought this doll at a local Mexican festival for me, just because. I love that. And I love him because he's silky and soft, almost like a worry doll. Or a doll made up of worry stones. So this lil dude's name is Harvey...

Another small piece of George McCormick's that I bought was this painting entitled Sane? Yeah, but I think she has a certain sad charm to her insanity. It's all about her tired, haggard eyes, they spoke to me.

And one creative thing that I did today (among others) involved the food we served...I was in charge this time, and it went a lil something like this...


Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Recently, I was trying to think of the first thing that I ever painted. Well what do you know, it's a folk art decorative thingy. I've long attributed my weird style (that has been called 'folk' by my professor, while I was in art a bad way), to that folk art class I took with my mom. That puts my age automatically under 14. It's looking like 10 or 11 years of age is when I officially started painting.
The piece of folk art in question has been hanging in my dad's kitchen since I left it. I requested he take a photo of it for me today so you all could see it. This amusing conversation ensued:

me: 'Are you in the kitchen? Can you look up above the desk? Are there two circular-shaped, wooden, wreath cut-outs by the window sill? Is one of them blue?'

my dad: 'Yes, they are still here. Let's is sort of an orange color. It has a hen on it...some kind of flower...'

me: '...What about the blue one, the blue one...

my dad: '...This one's not quite a hen...oh, let's see...I guess it''s a duck...?'

me: '...Is that the blue one, is the blue one more crude-looking?'

my very honest dad: 'Yes, the blue one is crude compared to the orange one.' *hearty chuckle*

me: 'That's because it's most likely the first thing I ever painted!'

my dad: *speaking through foot in mouth* 'Oh!' *hearty chuckle*

(okay, maybe it's not as hilarious written, as it was listening to him, baffled, trying to describe what kind of a bird was on mine.)

I think it's a very fancy dove.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Proud Day...

Watch this whole video please (3 min). Sojourner Family Peace Center is also featured...,0,1361568.story

Good show, Mayor Tom Barrett! Lately, I've quite truthfully, been really proud of Milwaukee...the Task Force on Family Violence being one thing I am continually proud of. If you'll notice....TFFV has recently merged with Sojourner Truth House to form the Sojourner Family Peace Center. YAY!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Circles, Oh My...

This double dose of daily circles is from about two weeks ago. Again, one day I will be caught up on the posting of these. I was really feeling the blue..., seventy-six, seventy-seven, seventy-eight, seventy-nine, eighty, eighty-one, eighty-two, eighty-three, eighty-four, eighty-five, eighty-six, eighty-seven, eighty-eight, eighty-nine