Candy Mandalas

Mandala is a Sanskrit word: manda= essence, la=within; it is a circle that contains the essence. The mandala symbolizes the laws of the universe and, since man is a microcosm of the universe, many cultures believe that the mandala also symbolizes the human soul.

My intention with these Candalas is to arrange everyday sweets in a pattern which becomes sacred, where delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.

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Cloud Sky Painting

Today I took photos of my painting process.  I am trying to resolve some older paintings that had no idea where they were going.  A horizon line always helps me to focus.  So, here are some Van Gogh-esque clouds over a colorful body of water.  I've started to literally draw right on the canvas with oil pastels after many, many layers of acrylic.  The final varnish seals the oils, and I really like the effect.  The pastels bring a softness, some more depth, and allow the texture of the underlayers to come through.  Enjoying the process, folks.  Because that's all there is to do!

Parallel Landscapes

These pieces are inspired by horizons. The Parallel Landscape Series is an intuitive interpretation of the many landscapes I saw and experienced while living abroad. They are a way to comprehend all that occurs simultaneously and yet exists uniquely for each of us. "Sunday" and "Double Landscape" are on display in the office of Maison International, 119 W 23rd St, Ste 801, New York City.

To purchase an original, please contact me.   Please visit my Print Gallery to purchase prints on paper or canvas.

 

Posting, posting...123

Most of the commitments that I make to do something daily end up with me breaking them.  Why is that?  Could it be that I make unrealistic expectations of myself, or that I feel compelled to rebel, or worse yet...some sort of self-sabotage.   Well, whatever it is...I don't plan to analyze it long.  I'd rather just accept it and keep going for the point of the exercise and not focus on the trips. With all of that said-  I didn't go to the studio this weekend, but did have a pinhole photo shoot with this dying bouquet-

Reflected Mum

And today- had a lot going on this morning and only got to the studio around 4-  and played with some more monoprinting- not thinking this is my favorite process.  Maybe could like these after some ink and drawing was applied- but not even really liking that idea.  I think I enjoy the direct process more.

Monoprint experiments

Pepto Bismol Commercial

I was cast to be the "casting director" for this Pepto  Bismol commercial shot in Budapest.   My job was to teach all of the 'contestants' to say "Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea" and cheer them on as they auditioned. Most of the people did not speak a lick of English.  This project took all day and was hilarious as well as somewhat heartbreaking since these people had no idea that they were the brunt of the joke.