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In the Rain

These tiles commemorate rain and suburbia, all in one.

Clay tiles, 4″ x 4″, Velvet underglazes on commercially made terracotta tiles,
fired at cone 06, January 2018.

 

Winter from the Kiln

Here are tiles just made this month, celebrating winter.

You may remember them from recent Art Diary posts – now they are finished and ready for you to see.

They are each 4″ x 4″, Velvet underglazes on commercially-made terracotta tiles, fired at cone 06, January, 2018.

In Which I Am Inspired to Try This At Home

You may say, and what is it?

Erosion bundles.

I learned about them here on Evelyn Flint Art. The idea appealed to me. So I gathered up some stray scraps of paper, some rusty objects (thanking the Claudia McGill Museum for the loan, by the way, and I will say again, the Museum will be back!), some string, photos…

Erosion Bundle 7-17 #1 001

I put these pieces together into bundles. I didn’t give much thought to the groupings; I just set layers together and tied them up. I numbered them with the idea that I’d remember to look for all of them when I want to retrieve them. Seven, I must remember that there are seven…

Erosion Bundle 7-17 #2 002

Then yesterday I took them outside to my back yard.

It was pouring rain so I didn’t stay out long. Here is an overall view of the location they now occupy, with arrows pointing to the ones in view…

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Today, in better weather, my husband weighted them down so they wouldn’t blow away. I have learned that 2-3 months makes some nice artifacts, from Evelyn’s examples. So I’ll keep an eye on them and see what results.

And a thank you to Evelyn for the inspiration!

Halfway

Today and tomorrow, Days 46 and 47, together make up the halfway point in the winter, and in the Giveaway, too.

We have two days for this event this year – there are 92 days in my winter count, December 21 to March 21. Leap Year has given us an extra one, February 29. It’s a special year!

Take a moment today to sit down and rest. You’ve gone a long way already, haven’t you?

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Rainy Day Abstractions

I’m fascinated by how the world looks through my car windshield when the rain streaks merge and cover the glass. No, I’m not trying to drive in this situation – I was parked, waiting to pick up my husband from the train. This is our town, its tiny downtown section, Wyncote, PA, on a rainy day about a week ago.

Real world Wyncote…

Real world Wyncote...

Wyncote in my outside rear-view mirror…

Wyncote in my outside rear-view mirror...

And Wyncote through the windshield.

Sunshine Photos Part Four

I can remember waiting in a parking lot to pick someone up, I don’t know who. I was a teenager and had had my driver’s license for not too long a time. Being in the car alone was such a treat. I wasn’t used to it and I paid attention to things that had not otherwise made any impression on me when I was just a passenger.

One of these things was the way the world looked through a thoroughly water-streaked windshield – when the wipers were off and the drops accumulated and ran together. What a view.

I still think about this view when I am in the car, waiting, with the wipers off. These photos are from a recent session such as that – I was parked next to the train station in Glenside, near my house, and this was the traffic passing my car. It had just begun to snow and the flakes melted as they hit the windshield.

The pictures were taken as part of my recent Sunshine Project. They are just as the camera caught the scene.

I Hate Winter

Last year I did. I hated winter. A whole lot of other people felt the same way, I know, but for me it seemed personal. Winter was nipping at my heels with big shiny teeth. For lots of reasons, winter really took a lot out of me.

I needed to get a grip on things before this winter came. I knew that. One thing I did was to make these little paintings. The idea was to face all the miserable winter things that happened and give it right back.

I think the exercise was helpful. And now that winter is here, I look at these paintings and say to myself – this is last winter. Not now!

As a note, I showed them to some people and ended up making cards out of some of them. Gave some away and sent some. I liked that. Somehow it seems to show defiance!

The scenes are all from my memories of last winter – electricity out for five days in sub-freezing weather, snow after snow after snow, trees toppled, dark and cold nights. I think I’ve covered the whole subject.

This year I am ready for you, Winter!

The paintings are all done in acrylics on junk mail ad cards, each about 8″ x 5″. In some cases I drew a small pen and ink sketch, pasted it on to a card, and then added paint.

New Faces

I dropped these ladies off at the grotto in Lorimer Park yesterday afternoon. The previous group had stayed for some time but have now moved on. So…it was time for some new faces.

It was a quiet day there, cloudy and windy, and the leaves are coming down in showers now, though the trees are still mostly green. Very October.

Remodeled #3

As I mentioned in previous posts, I reworked four 12″ x 12″ mixed media pieces – I’d started off as thinking of them as abstracts, and that’s how I did them. But – I just wasn’t satisfied, and I redid them with a bit more “reality” in them. Here is another one, “Traffic on a Rainy Day”. I picked it to show today because we are starting out on what promises to be a wet autumn day.