Thursday, September 6, 2012

portside arts center's upholstery class

I've been lugging around this beat up, saggy, old , $5 from a thrift store children's recliner chair for at least one year now... actually it's probably more like two.. Every single person in my life tells me to throw it out and I tell them I'm going to keep it and reupholster it (I bought a couple books off amazon) and they say I never will and I'm just a pack rat.  Well, I am a pack rat, BUT I did register for an upholstery class! doesn't start until January of 2013, but hey at least my space is reserved and my children's recliner chair will only be able to collect dust for another four months.

There's more info and some photos on the website:

Back from 3 months in Poland!

For three months this summer, and two and a half months last summer, I was working as a part of a team in nine cities across Poland to recreate the polychrome painted ceiling of a 17th century wooden synagogue for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews' core exhibition.  My job was to teach various groups of American and International travel students (some who had never painted before) how to replicate these paintings, using a limited number of black and white photos taken before the synagogue's destruction, and a couple of surviving color study resources.  We used only painting techniques of the time - we painted with hand-ground natural pigments mixed into rabbit skin glue.
This summer we were in five cities: Gdansk, Sejny, Kazimeirz Dolny, Szczebrzeszyn (notice there are only two vowels in that whole word!!), and Wroclaw.  For more info:

A gift a few of us made for Hands House after we completed the project.

All of our signatures in the lantern.  This board was going to be covered up by the flames boarder, so no one will actually see them.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

baby b jumps over pie/fourth of july

Baby B Jumps over Pie/Fourth of July, 19" x 14", watercolor and ink, 2012.

Finished this a few months ago and never posted it.  I had to wait to do the table cloth until I could buy an appropriate piece of fabric for it.  I have a nice oval frame for this one, but unfortunately the glass broke so I'll to keep looking for another.