and other mixed media passions of ours. here we're creating a place to explore jewelry making, mixed media dolls and dada, handmade and altered books, traditional collage and metal collage, assemblage, music, recipes, zentangle & zentangle inspired art, with a heavy emphasis on digital art, photography, drawing, sketching, watercolor, digitography and iPad-ography...
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2015 is off to a very good start. we were in two art shows at the Visual Arts Center here in Punta Gorda, FL - and won two awards! it's such a wonderful feeling to have your work acknowledged by your peers.
it began in early January with the show The Art of Photography: Life Through the Lens -- and my piece: "A Gondola Ride" -- took 3rd place. the photo was taken in Venice, scanned into my computer, and "painted" with a pen/tablet. it's a process I call "Digitography".
The second show Wind and Wheels: Interpreting Motion opened Thursday the 29th. Opie and I collaborated for this show and entered one of our most favorite art dolls from our Who's Your Dada book: "Eight - Skate & Rotate" and she too received a 3rd place award. it was extremely exciting for our work to be recognized, as much of the art in Florida is very traditional -- and of course as you all know -- we're not!
It's wonderful being able to divide our time between The Berkshires and The Gulf Coast. both places are beautiful, exciting and filled with creative energy! we are truly blessed.
... well it's been one month since we closed on our place in Florida and we're loving it beyond words. and it's not just the weather (which is pretty perfect) - it's the lifestyle that goes with living in a climate like this.
for the first time in decades i'm in bed before midnight and up at 7 after a really good nights sleep.
we ride our bikes around 8am and then swim almost daily. sunshine is now my friend (not that i sit out in it) and i can feel myself healing and thriving.
afternoons when it warms up, i'm indoors working on my digitography. i have a small studio just for painting and digital art and bought an easel and a duplicate pen/tablet like the one i have in our loft in MA so i can still work on things when we're here. opie just finished putting a scaled down music/art studio together, so he too can do his thing. printmaking and larger mixed-media art will be done in MA because our studio is enormous there... but this dual location situation has a nice yin yang balance to it and i can't wait to see what we accomplish in both spaces.
there's also a really nice art scene here and we're getting involved in our local art league and have been going to art shows in neighboring cities every weekend. tomorrow it's Venice and in two weeks we're going on a day trip to the Dali Museum (happy happy joy joy!) i'll blog about it later this month.
on another note... yesterday was our 25th anniversary and we went out for an early dinner because we had tickets to a "sophisticated comedy" called 'to be continued' right here in Del Tura at 7. we really enjoyed it and afterwards we went to the billiards room (also here in Del Tura) and played some pool. they have 4 regulation tables and we haven't played since we lived in ohio. i'd like to say it was like riding a bike - but truthfully - i can see i'll need alot of practice! opie of course kicked my butt 4 to 1... but we'll still be in florida for another month and i can only improve.
well enough for now -- although i must confess it feels really good to be blogging again!
what a magical month we had. it surpassed all of my expectations and i learned so very much. it began with our renting an apartment in Florence for the month right on the Ponte Vecchio, so we could walk to practically everything... and we did!
the first week we explored the charms of Florence, visited the Museums and enjoyed the food and desserts. the seafood pasta and panna cotta were among our very favorites...
our Printmaking Residency at Il Bisonte with Linda Goodman began the second week. It was a 19 day day intensive focusing on non-toxic Monoprint, Drypoint and Chine Colle - and one of the most memorable experiences of my life. i came away from it with the solid foundation i was seeking that would allow me to go off in the completely new direction i had been looking for. even Opie, who majored in Printmaking at SVA in N.Y.C. over 40 years ago, was amazed and impressed with the new techniques of todays printmaking. here are some pics of Il Bisonte...
one of my happiest moments with a completely successful transfer...oh joy!
we both accomplished a lot and left with portfolios we're proud of. more on that later as it's too much for just one post... here's a picture of our group -- a good time was had by all!
we also took several side trips on the train (which was a great way to get around) and went to Lucca, Pisa, Venice for the Biennale, and Burano for Opie's birthday. it was magical and pics will follow soon... but we're both happy to be back home!
Our trip was fantastic. We first went to Boston to visit close friends – took a side trip to Salem - then went onto their place on the Cape – and finally back to their place in Boston. We OD’ed on great Seafood, Pizza, and Museums and – as they say - a good time was had by all! We took lots of pics. Too many for a single post – so we’ll start on the Cape cooking and eating our 3 lb. Lobsters… Yummo!
someone had to go first...
then the rest willingly followed...
and the feast begins...
yes... we ate the whole thing!
Gails’s house is on the water and a visual wonderland. Beauty, Peace and Tranquility all in one magical place… it did my soul good after the year from hell.
nirvana... isn't it!
We first visited the Edward Gorey House which celebrates and preserves his life and works – it was a huge treat, especially for Opie, since pen and ink was – and is - his thing!
Then we went galley hopping in Chatham – had some of the best Pizza since we left New York, and stopped at an estate sale or two where I got 3 wonderful straw hats (I do love my hats). Our last venture was a day trip to PTown. We parked at the beginning of town and walked to the very end (seemed like miles); stopping in every shop and gallery along the way and seeing the work of wonderful artists we weren’t familiar with. It was heaven. We ended our day at a seafood restaurant where Opie had whole-belly fried clams for the first time. We had only had strips in the past… so these were different (albeit a bit creepy for me!) I’ll stick with my Calamari… thank you!
as you can see PTown is picture perfect and so was the weather...
a tiny shop along the way had a "mosaic garden"
it reminded me of the 'fiesta-ware garden" at the factory in west va.
so much charm - we LOVED it here...
not to mention water for miles!
goodbye for now PTown...
On the walk back to the car, we stopped and had hand-dipped ice cream cones from Bliss Creamery. We had a vanilla/caramel combo with chocolate covered pretzels. All I can say is the Creamery was rightfully named.
Another post will follow soon about our time in Boston and Salem - but in the meantime – we wish you all a very Happy Halloween!
our trip to Sedona and Vegas was fantastic and we even got to drive along the iconic Route 66! we took tons of pics in Jerome, Sedona, along Rt 66, and in Vegas and will post about each place soon.
this pic was taken as we drove into the fabulous and funky town of Jerome - an artists delight to be sure! all of the images were enhanced by either opie or me on our iPads using a variety of apps, since the purpose of this trip was to sketch and take lots of photos. more on iPad photography apps later!
this was my first time in Sedona, which is a positive vortex. the rock formations were beyond majestic. although it was hot during the day, it was quite lovely in the morning and evenings. there was so much to see but i honestly think we covered it all. in any event, we had a blast!
we also took a 3 day pocket sketching class at the Sedona Art Center with the talented Kath Macaulay. it was a real treat to be on the other side of the table for a change! we'll post our sketches in the coming weeks.
we left Sedona and drove along Route 66 heading toward Vegas. it was a thrill to be on it since it was a major part of America. we knew we wanted to stop and eat - and settled on the Roadkill Cafe. it did not disappoint!
then we continued on to Vegas to visit opie's daughter sam who recently returned from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for children with aids. isn't she beautiful! it was also my first time there and she took us around and showed us the sights. red rock was amazing ... she hikes there quite a lot.
we even got to go to the the pawn shop. sam works right across the street from it. opie and i so love that show. it's both entertaining and informative. sadly the old man, my favorite character, was nowhere to be seen!
our trip ended with a tour of the neon museum - aka "the boneyard" - which is home to a bizillion neon signs of everything vegas! since it was so involved, we'll do a dedicated post about it in the upcoming weeks. right now this was our trip in a nutshell! i've wanted to post since we returned, but sadly we came back to find opie's mom re-hospitalized, and as of this posting, she's back in rehab. her health has been a merry-go-round ride since july but we're hoping she'll be better by Thanksgiving and back at home. your good thoughts are much appreciated.