Thursday, August 20, 2009

Museum of Fashion

My family is visiting this week and today we sent to the Kent State University Museum of Fashion.

The current exhibit of fashions from the early 20th century is stunningly beautiful.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Algesa O'Sickey.
In 2008, her husband Joseph gave the Museum her collection of 1920- 1922
Gazette du Bon Ton.

I had heard of women ordering gowns by Worth but I had not seen the fantastic workmanship before. The classic styles would be in fashion today.

I also was moved by the unique work of Noel Palomo-Lovinski.shown in the exhibit “Confessions and the Sense of Self”. She starts with the premise that “Public confession has become increasingly popular in our society as an outlet for individuals to expunge guilt, share personal tragedy, or express secret desires.” She goes on to use quotes from several confessional websites and then interpret them in in digitally printed fabric and original fashion design.. The exhibit was original and thought provoking.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Two more summertime ACEOs with the intention of using yellows and light values.

Thanks everyone for the letting me know that the link from the DSFDF site to my blog isnt working. Its my own fault. When I send Karin my image and info I - get this!! - typed too fast and mis-spelled my own name. What can I say?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mellow Yellow

I've been playing with my yellows with early morning light in mind. I could have darkened the foreground to add more contrast but wanted an overall light value piece.
...same with the flowers, light, airy, summery. I find yellow one of the most difficult colors to 'get right'.
I'm always thrilled to see the paintings of David Simons and what he does with color. If you have a moment visit him here - you'll be amazed at the quality and variety of his work.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Welcome Lillian

Introducing Lillian Frances - she arrived in the world August 6 at 4:10 am and she is my first granddaughter. She joins her three little boy cousins as the newest Harrington.

Lily and Mom and Dad are all doing well. Grandma may be found in the little girls department buying pink lacy things and not in her studio.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

San Franciso

The first challenge in August on the Different Strokes from Different Strokes website blog was a street scene from San Francisco. As soon as I saw the photo I loved the composition of it.
The backwards L formed by the pole and the street seemed to make a picture window for the scene below. I think it was very important to create the sense going downhill and then back up by using value shifts. All the criss-crossing wires were just icing on the cake.

My painting is approx 6 x 9 inches in acrylic.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Marthas Vineyard

Years and years ago when we lived in Massachusettes our favorite vacation spot was Marthas Vineyard. We would rent a little house near Herring Creek. In fact the Vineyard is still is my favorite place so when I heard the president and his wife were going to vacation there this month I dragged out some old photos.

This is Squibnocket Beach where Obama is headed. It is a peninsula of land near Gayhead. The area is very beautiful and very exclusive.

This is an ACEO " Squibnocket Beach"

Another beautiful area on the Vineyard is Chilmark

If you want to go - and who wouldnt?

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