Recently, on a path I had never taken before at my new happy place (near the old quarry at Clark Reservation State Park), I six-feet-apart ran into Bobbi Petrocci, who gets photo cred for these fabulous pictures of snails! They were everywhere. I am just…wow. So many different colors. They are just sooooo cool.
We are both art teachers – talked about color wheel colors in nature – a lesson on using found objects/things in nature to create a color wheel. She has already assigned it and I am planning on adding it to my class lessons.
And then. These snails. Everywhere. I LOVE nature. <3
The app is called Walkmeter. It also lets me know elevation changes, pace and calories burned among other things.
I started hiking here last year with my friend Bobbi. I always just followed her and subsequently, had no idea where I was. Now that I’ve been exploring more on my own, I now know how all the trails are connected and how to get on the path to my favorite one (Pulpit Rock Trail). You can tell which one it is because I loop it several times. It has a steep rock climb at the end. It’s very challenging and soooooo satisfying. Clark’s is my new happy place.
Dad used to bring us here (Kathy and me) when we were little, so I feel that connection in every step I take. <3
Thirteen paintings from my angel series “Futura” are currently on display at the Half Moon Bakery & Bistro in Jamesville, New York! Bobbi Petrocci and I pulled the switch-a-roo – she took down the CBA Hope for the Bereaved exhibit and installed my show by lining up these encaustics to look like ethereal soldiers hovering from above to love and protect the foodie patrons at this wonderful café.
The paintings are $111 each. If you want one, just let proprietor Debbe Titus know. She can contact me and I will meet you there. You will get to take one (or more) home for Christmas! They really do work best in multiples! They are small: 8″ x 10″ paintings on masonite mounted on 11″ x 14″ chalkboard.
It is always such a thrill to exhibit here. I have a fondness for a captive audience – people who do not ordinarily go to art shows, so we bring the art to them. Making the invisible visible is what it’s about. The show will be up during the month of December 2017.
I knew I would install my art exhibition at Half Moon Bakery & Bistro today, but the details of the how and the when, and the other stuff of it all were not planned. The artwork had been piled into a big blue bin on my back porch with two other similar bins resting on top of it (very difficult to access without making a huge mess) – so instead of wrapping my head around figuring it all out, I just had breakfast and sat in front of my laptop scrolling Facebook, mindlessly loving everyone’s posts.
I was thinking about my friend Bobbi because she and I helped each other with our last events at the bakery. My mind kind of wandered into – wouldn’t it be nice if she was available to help me? And then, out of the blue, she texted me.
I turned myself into a Tasmanian devil and within twenty minutes I had loaded the car with the art and all of the necessary install junk. I have no recollection of how that happened mind you; it just DID. We ended up meeting at Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville, New York, which is down the street from the bakery, and hiking one of the many breathtaking trails there concluding with an awesome butt-blasting stair climb. Then we headed over to Half Moon and had lunch – spinach quiche and a goat cheese side salad with maple syrup balsamic dressing.
We hung the show together – thirteen watercolor paintings. Honestly, if it wasn’t for her, I would not have been able to do this alone! It really took two sets of hands to map out a plan with one holding the artwork while the other eye-balled the positioning.
It really didn’t take long with my good friend by my side (thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I <3 you, Bobbi Petrocci!) and the result is a very different exhibition than the one I had last time in October 2016. These are my baseball titled watercolors. They are priced to sell at $125 each.
Proprietor Debbe Titus and I planned the artist party as a closing reception. It is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We will have adorable and tasty mini cupcakes (planning three dozen) with frosting to resemble baseballs.
It is going to be so cute and fun! Please come if you are in the neighborhood! In addition, I will have unframed watercolors there to peruse and everything will be a cash and carry sale. You can leave with a happy tummy and a watercolor under your arm.
The Half Moon Bakery and Bistro is open Monday through Saturdays. Monday 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Tuesday 8:00 am-3:00 pm, and Wednesday-Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Call (315) 492-0110 for more information or visit their web-site, www.thehalfmoonbakery.com. I trust I will see you there!
I don’t know anything better – I certainly cannot think of anything better than when the owner of a business tells me that my artwork is a perfect addition to her venue. Thank you, Debbe Titus! I am so grateful for those kind words, grateful for the opportunity to share these paintings again. They are from my Talisman series of oil and collage works created in 2008. Fifteen of this series of twenty-four are represented here at the Half Moon Bakery & Bistro, 6500 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, New York (13078).
I do love the way they fit into the space, and that was all thanks to my friend Bobbi Rock Petrocci who came to my rescue and helped me install the show. (gratitude times infinity – love you, Bobbi! <3) No measuring devices this time – just our old-fashioned spatial intelligence, lol, and a power screw-driver.
The artwork will be on display and for sale through the month of October 2016. If you are interested in purchasing them ($200 each), I have left contact information via my business cards.
There will be an artist reception for me on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 3:30-5:00pm. Light snacks plus you can try the delicious cookies and cupcakes, coffees and teas or go for a meal instead. The quiche is out of this world! Today they were preparing apple pies and other treats for an upcoming wedding reception and it smelled soooo good in there! If you have never been there, please come out and meet me for a chat and a chance to fall in love with this gem of a place.
About the Talisman series – the paintings took months to create. I created thumbnail sketches first, as well as a list of the text I wanted to use. The titles of each painting created a personal narrative reflecting the trajectory of my life at that time. I layered canvas on canvas as collage then gessoed the surfaces, broke up the space into an 18″ square with six inches to spare at the top or bottom. I painted the latter in chalkboard paint. Then I drew the image in pencil and began painting in oils.
These paintings are sort of the thread that ties all of my interests in art-making together. I used abstract impressionist strokes, as I do in my watercolor paintings. Months later I added varnish to these paintings, which is something I actually tried for the very first time in my work and I really loved the result – how it contrasts with the matte finish of the chalkboard area. The chalk text is meant to eventually erase and/or be erased by the owner of the work, which might seem weird to a non-artist. But I like the idea that love is like that text. It comes and goes, grows strong or weak…and can grow stronger with help from the love of another. The painting’s owner can interact as well, by writing their own graffiti on the chalkboard creating a dialogue with me. I am especially fond of this idea. We are all in this together sharing our love of life and through that togetherness the art transforms/will transform. It’s all good.
The Half Moon Bakery and Bistro is open Monday through Saturdays. Monday 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Tuesday 8:00 am-3:00 pm, and Wednesday-Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Call (315) 492-0110 for more information or visit their website, www.thehalfmoonbakery.com. I trust I will see you there!