Three artists you should meet

I am no artist.  Don't get me wrong:  I'm a photographer, and feel pretty comfortable with my ability to capture a pretty picture, but ask me to draw a face, and you'll wonder how I ever passed Kindergarten art class.  It's really quite stunning to me that I'm able to take pictures from all sorts of angles and perspectives, but ask me to draw a building from any sort of perspective other than straight on, I'm at a loss. ...more

There are plenty of people who can make a decent likeness or at least make a face look like a ...more

Emily Dickinson Was My First Hero

Sometimes I stay in my metaphorical writing closet, hiding from the rest of the world. There's a handful of people who know I'm a poet, because I sometimes read in public. I also had a blog on MySpace for about two years, and was gaining readers there. It was a creative blog. I wrote as a fictional character. But I didn't want to be on MySpace anymore, for a variety of reasons, so I closed my account. I returned to my metaphorical closet. ...more

Artists and designers and photographers at BlogHer (oh my!)

So, there's this rumour going around that this weekend, Chicago is going to be the site of a gimongous blogging conference -- one of the biggest in the world.  Have you heard this?  Apparently bloggers who are artists, and designers and photobloggers and writers and other creative, politically active, socially aware types from all over the world will be in town. Are you going? ...more

I wish I could be there! Have fun...I can't wait to hear all about it!more

Art bloggers in a New York state of mind

As I type this, late on a Wednesday evening, I'm safely ensconced in a little studio apartment in the East Village of New York City.  My daughter is asleep on an unfolded futon, my husband is surfing the web next to me.  We've just spent the day with friends in various park playgrounds, capping it off with a delicious meal in a local New York restaurant, and a delicious chai tea in a tiny little coffee house on a quiet little residential street. I could get use to living in the Big Apple, I think. ...more

Attendance Is Great At Summer Art Fairs But Few Are Carrying Anything Away

Given that I live a stone's throw from the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, it was virtually impossible for me not to attend. The festival is held on the morning route I take for walking my dog. ...more

The art of illustrators

When I was a child, I used to read a lot.  A lot.  I remember on several occasions my mother looking over at me sitting in a corner with my head buried in a book, and pleading, “Child go OUTSIDE.  Get some fresh air, for God’s sake!”  And so, to appease her, I would close my book, go outside, sit under a tree, and open my book again. I suspect that doing so wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. ...more

I actually miss illustrations in adult books, past the cover, anyway. Even little chapter ...more

Think Small. Artists Creating Mini Paintings To Survive During The Recession

Recently my friend Aaron was telling me about an artist friend of his who recently held her own stimulus art show. Instead of showing her regular art which used to fetch up to $20,000 a canvas, she held a show featuring miniature paintings --all going for $100. She sold out. As she told Aaron,'just about everyone can afford to spend $100 on a splurge.' Depending on your point of view she is either a survivor or a sell-out. Throughout the country, galleries are having conversations with the artists they represent and encouraging them to create smaller pieces. ...more

 What I should have said is that the idea of of using small paintings to market an artist's ...more

Art: an amateur collector's view

About seven years ago, my husband and I were invited to my friend Josette's house for dinner.  It was the second time I'd been to her home, and I couldn't wait to go:  her home was just so soulful.  It wasn't a very large house -- downright tiny, by Texas standards -- but it was decorated so beautifully; and, most importantly, it was teeming with some of the most beautiful art I'd ever seen. We arrived that night, and soon after we were given our first glass of wine, I asked Josette if I could snoop around a bit. ...more

-- but could I invite you to please link back to this original post? Thanks in advance. ...more

In Her Own Image - THE BOOK - It's here!!

A few months ago I blogged my participation in a wonderful new book by the Female Self-Portrait Artists' Support Group...well, the book is finally here and available for purchase! ...more