Arboretum: Real and My Real

Here is a photo I took at Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, in July.

Here is a painting of that same scene. Yes, it is, filtered through my imagination, though.

It’s 8″ x 8″, acrylics, India ink, and NeoColor I crayons, done in September, 2017.

“Arboretum Pond and Trees”

 

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Handwritten Postcards

You have seen some artist trading cards I made that incorporated my new handwriting.

And you’ve seen some postcards.

I f you wonder what I am talking about regarding “new handwriting”, look here.

Anyway, here are some more postcards. I painted the background in acrylics and then I wrote on them. The handwriting is not meant to mean anything – it’s just collections of words and phrases I heard as I watched TV.

Designer Home

A whole lot going on here. I took the photo of the little house – I’ve used it in various ways in some other works. I have some kind of attachment to this house, for no reason I can figure out. I just like the look of it.

I glued the photo to a painted recycled cardboard postcard. I used my Neocolor I crayons here and there, and I stuck on some color-coordinated paint card samples for good measure.

Now it reminded me of one of those design boards I’ve seen on TV or, going back some, what the space planners showed us every time our office changed locations and we needed new…everything.

Anyway, here it is.

Bur Oak

I took some portraits of acorns with my point and shoot camera – the photos are at the end of this not-too-long post from my personal blog. I pass these on here, on my art blog, with the justification that they are photography, but mostly I did it because the acorns are so beautiful, I felt the need to make portraits of them, rather than just snapping a few photos to illustrate the post. Look at these shapes and the colors. Just a marvel, and thank you to my little camera.

Sometimes You Get So Confused

On Sunday morning, September 24, my husband and I took a walk in Norristown Farm Park. I’ve written a lot about this park, especially recently. We are exploring here, though we have been acquainted with the location for some years.

If you are interested in some information about this fascinating site, the former farm attached to Norristown State Mental Hospital, look here for a start.

Anyway, today we were walking. Near the former dairy barn and milk processing area, now the park offices we came upon a snowstorm of these odd items scattered on the ground underneath a tree.

They were just littered thick under our feet. I picked one up. I peered at it. An acorn. Yes, it was.

Here they are in the tree.

There was a little info plaque nearby. We learned that this tree is a bur oak (or burr, sometimes spelled). This particular tree has…

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Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Swarthmore – Take a Look — Claudia McGill, Artist

Well, everyone, this festival is history, and a nice memory it has turned out to be. Let me tell you about it. The event is put on by the Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA, but is held in the downtown section of Swarthmore, PA, just down the road. Swarthmore is a small borough and home […]

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Actors Onstage

I made backgrounds on recycled cardboard postcards and then I added cut-out figures. An anonymous background is like a stage set, and I find the actors to play the roles in my production.

A nice little thought, isn’t it, that of a tiny stage with a story playing out on it?

The Family Home Revisited

You may remember my post on paintings I did for a friend – the subject being his family home.

These two postcards were done as little studies for that project; I mailed them to my friend before he saw the final paintings, in fact before I even did the paintings.

I like the technique I used here. I cut cast-off cardboard (the kind from cereal boxes, etc.) to postcard size; gessoed on the shiny side; painted colors using acrylics; drew the images in pen, using waterproof ink (not dip pens, just the usual drawing pens – I have a whole collection).

I like how they came out. As I said, I sent them through the mail and they got there in good shape. So this method is sturdy and the post office took care of them, too!