Spaceship Betty Goes 3D

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 in blog, paper mache, papier-mache, Sculpture | One Comment
Spaceship Betty Goes 3D

When I first met Spaceship Betty she was on the phone. Specifically, on the back of  a smart phone owned by creator and alter-ego Lynnda Rakos. She was adorable. I wanted one, and I don’t even have a smart phone. With her huge space helmet coupled with a flippy a-line dress and ballet shoes, she hearkens back to […]

Vegan Deer Skull with White Rose

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 in blog, paper mache, papier-mache, Sculpture, Wall Art | One Comment
Vegan Deer Skull with White Rose

No redemption I’ve been hitting the seltzer hard over the summer, generating bags of empty bottles for recycling. A pet peeve of mine is that it is darn near impossible to get the full deposit back on bottles and cans in LA. I have confirmed with friends back east that it is still common practice […]

From Surreal to Steampunk

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in blog, Sculpture | 3 Comments

In the sleepy little town of San Fernando deep in the Valley that bears its name is a gallery–a serious art gallery that showcases not just art that sells, but art that captures the imagination and inspires. I am eternally grateful for the existence of La Galeria Gitana, directed and curated by Karen Nichols. You have […]

Some Like it Hot (others Not)

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in blog, paper mache, papier-mache | No Comments
Some Like it Hot (others Not)

It’s hot in LA…finally! I know most people, plants, and animals are suffering but, frankly, I’d feel cheated if we didn’t have at least one week of weather in the triple digits.While the papier mâché projects bake outside, I indulge in a perverse pleasure: sweating on the couch while watching films where the hardiest humans survive […]

Purposele$$ Art

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 in blog, Sculpture | 2 Comments
Purposele$$ Art

Stuck in traffic When I grumbled to a friend that I seemed to be working hard every day and getting nowhere, very slowly, she suggested that I think of it as “being stuck in traffic.” It hit me, she’s right, I’m stuck in traffic, the key difference being that there is no paycheck at the end […]

You can’t spell “blog” without “log”

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in blog, eco art, garden | 2 Comments
You can’t spell “blog” without “log”

Saturday at around 7 pm, the doorbell rings. Mark  immediately responds with “No. thank you, we’re not interested,” thus fulfilling his husbandly duty of deterring yet another of an onslaught of solicitors who peddle everything from tree work to eternal salvation. Except this time, I recognized the truck out front. And in it was an […]

Walk in Beauty

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in blog, eco art, garden, lavc | No Comments
Walk in Beauty

I joined the sustainability group at Los Angeles Valley College because two professors whom I respect are members and they were looking for volunteers.  The signal achievement of the committee is the acquisition of Tree Campus status for the college, an honor bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation. Little ol’ LAVC is the only community […]

Artists and Island Gardens

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in blog, garden, Wall Art | No Comments
Artists and Island Gardens

Like many people, I look forward to reading Robert Genn’s Twice Weekly blog. If you aren’t familiar with him, Robert Genn is a Canadian landscape painter who happens to write extremely well. Each entry is an insightful essay marked by a generosity of spirt. One entitled “Summer Joy” caught my fancy well enough to check […]

Christmas in July

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in blog, garden, Ornaments, Sculpture | 4 Comments
Christmas in July

It’s July and summer is in full swing. Thoughts turn to beach blankets and BBQs. But for me, it is never too soon to start thinking about Christmas. Not because I am wishing the summer away–anyone who knows me knows that summer is my favorite time of year, even here in LA. While others wilt […]

Addicted to Dots

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 in blog, Wall Art | 2 Comments
Addicted to Dots

As research for an app he is developing, my husband showed me a game he downloaded on the iPad called Dots.  While his interest was purely academic, for me it was like taking a first hit on a crack pipe. The game seems innocent enough, child’s play, really. You connect dots of the same color […]