It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I started taking what I do seriously and it took even longer to consider myself an artist. I love to paint whatever I can get my hands on from things as small as a Scrabble® piece to as big as a dresser and hopefully even bigger someday. Whatever it is I will paint it. I love transforming trash into treasure literally. Imagine that a chair that came from a dumpster (2006) made it into a museum (2009). It blows me away to think that something I did creates a sense of awe in a viewer’s eye.
I was talking to a friend a few years back about my love for furniture, my relationship with chairs in particular. There was a chair that I found discarded and ultimately forgotten. I came upon this chair accidentally. I wasn't looking for a relationship. Anyway, the chair was a very handsome chair with so many things to look at. His back was decorative; his arms were long and lean. His legs...I have never seen such beautiful legs. But he was beaten down. His self-esteem had long been worn out. His seat, which was repeatedly upholstered over years, was torn and faded. His stuffing was busting out revealing his age and loss of pride. Me, being a care taker and rescuer of sorts....picked up the chair and brought it home. He sat at the top of the stairs for a few weeks in a corner. My friends however saw this chair and commented on how ugly he was. They wondered why I had him in my home commenting on how dirty he was and how unattractive he was due to the years of neglect. I ignored them and kept him around. Finally one day I decided to put him on my coffee table and take the layers of cloth and wool stuffing off of his seat. Then I cleaned him, primed him and painted him black. Three months later I sat back and looked at him and this is what I saw.....A chair, a man restored...but not only restored but given a whole new purpose. He was beautiful again. He was unique and wonderful....The same chair that my friends were grossed out by....is now a chair that they ask permission to touch. Amazing.....One thing is for certain...NOTHING STAYS THE SAME! Change is inevitable and what is ugly or dirty or discarded as trash can be saved, can be rescued and can be made shinier than new!
Taking discarded forgotten pieces and giving them their self-esteem back is a passion for me. Living in a world where we discard things so easily I’d like to think I am making an itty bitty difference.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This guy is the love of my child's life. He is everything to her...and she is everything to him. She has had him since she was 2. Poor Free....she would just scoop him up and put him in her baby stroller...for 5 years of his life! LOL It really is no wonder why he is as fat as he is!
His Sister Groovy....they are actual Litter Mates
They are 9!!
Happy 9th Birthday to two very special kitties!
And what a purr-fect day it is to recognize the life
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sometimes Reagan gets really sad because she doesn't have Grandparents to dote over her. It makes me sad as well...but what can I do? Perhaps run an ad in Craigslist..."Seeking doting Grandparents for awesome kid"!? That seems terribly dangerous in today's day and age! We have to learn to just accept that our family is small and we must support eachother the best we can.
I have been struggling recently...For whatever reason I haven't received any child support in over two years...with the exception of a week here and there...NOTHING! It is growing more and more difficult for me to keep up.
Reagan is a growing child and soon she will be an adult...in the blink of an eye! I need to make these years matter to help mold her into an AWESOME adult! She has been taking dance for 4 years now and we really want to continue...and if I can raise the money I can make it so she does dance 4 times a week and is part of the company! That will be awesome and Reagan's heart is set on it. Over the summer she can begin pre-pointe. How exciting! I so don't want to say no...she has such a natural ability for dance. Ugh!
She has been playing clarinet for two years now. I was able to work out a deal for the Clarinet with a friend. I am painting their kitchen cabinets (frame, drawers and doors) in exchange. I am hoping to finish the kitchen this week(finally). She gets her lessons at school. Now Reagan wants to take lessons during the summer and add Saxophone.
Reagan has also shown a natural ability to swim and would like to perhaps join a swim team in the future. To prepare I have her taking swim lessons at the Y.We will see...she has the body and the strength. The swimming is also a great way to strengthen her core for dancing..♥
I am really trying to fulfill this child's desires. I feel they are perfectly reasonable.
I believe with my entire being that as a single parent absent the support of a family that I need to keep this child active. I don't feel that my situation is any different than other single mothers in that my child can get lost in the shuffle if I don't keep her mind and body busy.
Last night Reagan's 5th grade band performed their spring concert. It was wonderful!
Another dance performance is coming up...
Reagan is keeping up w/ it and I am so proud!
Life is not always easy...as a matter of fact it is quite hard...but oh so rewarding especially when my child lets me see that all my hard work is paying off. I don't know...
This is the hand we have been dealt...I think we are playing it alright considering.
|Rea with some of her girlfriends♥|
I just wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the grooviness I have been working so hard for. I was never taught to be a mother or even a parent... this whole gig is a guessing game. I do so hope that all that I am doing will reflect in her foreverhood. She is the light of my life...everything I do I do for her!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
In the video below....Reagan's Dance school invited people to participate in a Flash Mob on Fitness and Health Day on the Common here in Natick. I think they all did such a great job! I really enjoy watching Reagan dance! This was a blast to see!
Friday, May 6, 2011
The Letter I received this evening:
Dear Artist and Friends,
We are pleased to inform you that one or more of the works you submitted to the 2011 Annual Juried Exhibitions has been accepted for inclusion in either Off the Wall, Community of Artists, or Picture This! We were quite honestly overwhelmed by the more than 1400 outstanding works submitted by 495 member artists, and the uniformly high quality of submitted works made the selection process difficult. The resulting shows reflect the engagement of artists working throughout New England, and I was grateful for the opportunity to review so much great art. Please accept our warmest congratulations!
I am so excited! This will be my 3rd year in this show!
Up-cycled Trader Joe's Cookie box
The Bowl & Orb:
Monday, May 2, 2011
I almost forgot that I can do a bit more than just paint. I love to doodle and create new things. I love the glass tiles I discovered through Etsy. I bought several different shapes and sizes. I am digging the pendants I am creating using all sorts of backgrounds...My Gel Pen doodles, Little doodles I drew for the pendant or even scrap paper we just have laying around...
In 1998 I doodled w/ gel pen on a 26" X 20" piece of black paper...I gave it away to my daughters father who had it matted and framed....when we broke up I got it back...and then in 2004 when I moved back to CT from MA I gave it to a friend....he had it in his home until a month or so ago when he brought it back to me. Today I decided to cut t up into little pieces and make it into cute little glass pendants and hopefully they will sell and go out into the world never to return....
I will get back to painting but for now I am really enjoying turning my art into little pendants. I think they are really sweet. I even drew some just for the pendant like the personalized one Reagan and I made for her friend Lucie....
And then we made on for Reagan.
I LOVE MAKING THESE...
Visit my FB page to see all the pieces I created...from the original piece of art to the many pendants