Thursday, April 17, 2014

Deer Dancing and the Art of Frédérique Morrel

It's deer dancing season. The Yaqui Indian Villages here in Tucson are holding their annual Easter celebrations. Yaqui Easter is a beautiful hybrid of ancient Yaqui religion and Christianity. It culminates with a night long dance of the deer in his flowery grotto. He's accompanied by a small group of musicians playing simple instruments and singing mysterious deer songs.

I like to think that right now elsewhere on the earth there are animal dances taking place to celebrate nature and the changing seasons. The refined tapestry and taxidermy of artist team Frédérique Morrel, created half way around the world in Paris and far from the Yaqui villages reminds me that whether it's a stomp or a waltz I'd like to join in the dance.
Artworks by Frédérique Morrel

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bird Branch Angel and other News

The cactus flowers are about to burst open here in the desert. This time of year always inspires me and percolates new ideas. These are two pieces born this spring~

Bird Branch Angel

Cactus Flower Angel








































And some other news this month, I'm honored to have several works included in a new book "Contemporary Art of the Southwest"

"Contemporary Art of the Southwest"





















Last but not least if you happen to be in the Tucson area I'm part of Tucson Artists Open Studios -a city wide studio tour this weekend, April 12-13. I better get the place tidied up!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kathryn Polk-Printmaker

I just discovered the work of printmaker Kathryn Polk. It captured me. Dark yet uplifting. I see layers of influences and keen insight... desert mystery, alchemy, social comment, allusions to Mexican folk and outsider art. Keep looking and you'll probably see more. It's provocative and inspiring. Just my cup of tea. She also lives in Tucson, my hometown.  She has a great website where you can see more of her prints and drawings: http://www.nonindigenouswoman.com/

Lithograph by Kathryn Polk

"Rising From the Ashes" by Kathryn Polk






































Drawing by Kathryn Polk

"Mommy and Daddy Wear the Same Size" by Kathryn Polk

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hello Spring~part two

This morning I spent some time in our garden before heading to my studio for the day. I love being in my shop but this time of year it's hard to tear myself away from all the blooming things and the delicious scent of orange blossoms that seems to float in the air. So I spent some extra moments sipping tea, pulling a few weeds and watching a butterfly dance around the yard. I think I have spring fever.

Butterfly Woman

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hello Spring

Welcoming the spring equinox~ 
Here are photos of some new pieces to honor the birds and the bees...and a few butterflies too!
Notes on Nesting-detail
Notes on Nesting




















Flying Lesson #2 - detail




















Flying Lesson #2

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On the Table















Works in progress for two shows next month, a group show at Costello Childs Contemporary in Scottsdale, AZ and American Craft Council in Baltimore, MD.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

For the Birds

I'm fascinated by birds. One of my favorite things is to find a quiet place to sit and watch them. I am a bird nerd. When I spot a bird that I can identify I like to drop names. My favorite bird name is the Vermillion Flycatcher. The name has a lot of syllables which I find impressive. It's a fine looking bird too. Birds seem to have many traits similar to humans. They sing, dance, gossip, argue, and court. And of course they have the added gift of flight. They are beautiful, poetic and also very funny. I've been making birds for a long time. I decided to try to get a group of them together this month for my yearly studio open house. Here's a photo of the gang. You can view them individually in my Etsy Shop.

Skatebirds and Baby Birds