Orange Crush

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in blog, garden | 3 Comments
Orange Crush

A profligate impulse buy for some women is a pair of Jimmy Choos. Me, I walk into a farmer’s market to pick up a few veggies and come home with a pomegranate tree. Small children and dogs know that late June is the absolute worst time to plant anything in LA, what with four months […]

Earnest Owl

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in blog, Sculpture | 3 Comments
Earnest Owl

Although he stands at attention in all his finery, Earnest Owl serves no earthly function other than to make you smile. He so desparately wants to help. You can see it in his eyes, which seem to say “Please, tell me I’m good.” Owls are irresitable. We humans seem to project all our emotions onto […]

The Art of War

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 in blog | 2 Comments
The Art of War

“All warfare is based on deception.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War Nowhere is this more true than in the recently aired PBS documentary, The Ghost Army, a fascinating revelation of how the United States army used weapons of mass deception to help defeat the Germans in key battles of World War II. A […]

A Tale of Two Caterpillars

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 in blog, garden | 4 Comments
A Tale of Two Caterpillars

This is a tale of two caterpillars: the Gulf Fritillary and the Tomato Hornworm. The former, I invited into my garden; the latter is an unwanted guest. To my eyes, both are beautiful, but I revere creepy crawly things more than most people. The Gulf Fritillary grows up to be a beautiful orange butterfly; the […]

Got Paint?

Posted on May 31, 2013 in blog, eco art, lavc | One Comment
Got Paint?

The challenge I posed myself in This is Not a Tree was to create a work of art that was durable and eco-friendly. The papier-mâché process gets you half-way there. To date, the fly in the ointment has been the paint and the final finish, both of which are, well, “not green”. While you can purchase […]

This is not a Tree

Posted on May 24, 2013 in blog, eco art, Sculpture | 4 Comments
This is not a Tree

In Cradle to Cradle, Michael Braungart and William McDonough ask people to rethink the way things are made. Rather than recycling things designed for single use like plastic bottles and newspapers, which is detrimental to the environment (downcycling), he suggests that we manufacture items from ingredients designed to be reused multiple times without harming the […]

Vanity on Display at Los Angeles Valley College

Posted on May 17, 2013 in blog, eco art, lavc, mirror, Wall Art | 2 Comments
Vanity on Display at Los Angeles Valley College

Ever challenging her students, Carol Bishop instructed us to depict the concept of entropy. As background, I read an utterly confounding treatise by the artist Rudolph Arnheim called Entropy and Art: an Essay on Disorder and Order. After that, a scientific explanation of entropy and the expansion of the universe by my husband left me […]

The Jungle Book leaps off the page

Posted on May 9, 2013 in blog, eco art, Sculpture | 6 Comments
The Jungle Book leaps off the page

From the moment I could read, I lost myself in books. Exotic worlds opened up to me from between countless pages. It was my escape, my joy, my education. Many years later, I am making the transition from print to digital. While I embrace this brave new world, it is not without a sense of […]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Free Pups!

Posted on May 2, 2013 in blog, garden | No Comments
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Free Pups!

We’re not talking Chihuahuas; we’re talking  Agave Tequiliana (aka Blue Agave) pups. This handsome Mexican native anchors my Los Angeles garden and produces prodigious numbers of offspring with no help from birds or bees or me. The pups are the genetically identical baby plants that spring up from the base of the parent. While the plant can […]

Hug some trees, have some fun: Arbor Day events at LA Valley College

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 in blog, eco art, garden | 3 Comments
Hug some trees, have some fun: Arbor Day events at LA Valley College

Come Celebrate Arbor Day at the LAVC Arbor Day Festival on April 26 at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC). Did you know LAVC was awarded Tree Campus status by the Arbor Day Foundation last year? It is the only community college in California and the only college in LA with that honor. The LAVC Associated […]