Thursday, January 22, 2009

Immaculate Heart of Mary

12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas, paper clay, acrylic paint
vintage mass card

1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually
semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other
decorative object.

I have always had a great interest in ornate and
decorative, religious art. I started this canvas a few
months ago painted with a black gesso base. I knew
I wanted to create a 'niche' and heavily texture, age
and patina the canvas. I created the canvas texture
with molding paste, acrylic paint and rubber stamps.
I had struggled with the texture and color for some time.
I wanted the niche to be made from Paperclay. Finding
the right consistency for the paperclay to adhere to the
canvas was no easy feat.

I am not a quitter, and I won't go down easy. I fought
with the paperclay and gel medium until I found the
right consistency to create the 'niche' I envisioned.
I wanted it to be ornate and look like metal.

The image of Immaculate Heart of Mary is a vintage
mass card I had collected which I enlarged on the printer
and used as an image transfer onto the canvas.

This painting was an experiment. I am happy with
what I have learned.

Now I'm off to Lake Tahoe, CA Heavenly for some
much needed R & R and a romp in the snow.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

See you soon. My other blog "The Way I See It"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our 44th President Mr. Barack Obama

Barack Obama by L.A. Artist- David Choe

I found this wonderfully talented artist while perusing
the web. Look here at David Choe and here at Juxtapoz .
This young man is pure refreshing talent.

Gorgeous image to celebrate this glorious day in our
nation's history.

As our great nation wakes on this inauguration day we
we find ourselves invigorated and fueled with
excitement about this great day in history.

Welcome - Mr. Barack Obama, our 44th President!
Embrace this day.

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Friday, January 9, 2009


My girl "Tolerance" shall hold my place here to
greet you with this subtle reminder until I have
completed some works in progress.

She is entirely handmade by me, cloth duds and all.

My inspiration for her was a documentary I
watched some time ago called "Paper Clips"
see trailer here:

You can learn more about their project here at

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's
indifference.The opposite of art is not
ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith
is not heresy, it's indifference. The opposite of
life is not death, it's indifference.- Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel
(awarded Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986) and
his wife Marion established the "Elie Wiesel
Foundation for Humanity" I am a strong
supporter of their foundation, mission
statement and goals to educate people
about the injustice, indifference and
intolerance that still exists in our world today.

I was saddened to here how this
wonderful charitable organization has been
bilked by the corrupt Bernard Madoff and now
their foundation is at risk. You can learn
more about their foundation here.

Another wonderful center I fondly support is
The Simon Wiesenthal Center-
Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, CA

While chaos ensues in the Middle East,
we are reminded, we still have a long way to

Be tolerant, be mindful, be charitable. Peace.

Thank you for your kind words and visits.
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