Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saint Nick… a Thrift Store Find!

Katie and and I just returned from a week away…
up in Vermont with our kids, for Thanksgiving!
One of our favorite "stops" is the local hospital
thrift shop: "Neat Repeats!"

This past Tuesday, I found this hand-carved, primitive wooden
Saint Nick… just sitting on the floor waiting for me;
at the bargain price of $3.00 (he stands 15 inches high)
The "as is" note referring to his missing boot toes!
(click on the pic to enlarge and see the wonderful crackling!)

Nine years ago… I found this original, signed Netty LaCroix
doll at the same store, for around $5.00 a treasure for sure.
They make a handsome couple, don't they!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Life is… Bittersweet!

It is one of the simple pleasures enjoyed here
in Salem County, this time of the year…
tangled and intertwined "bittersweet" growing along the roadside.
I spotted a bunch growing along the roadside today…
after making a home-visit.
Clipping an armful... some of it found the perfect spot
hanging over a grapevine wreath on our six foot "plus"
circa 1910 church shutters from Addison, Vermont.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Angel of the Shadow Children

"Engel der Schatten Kinder"

I attended a three-week workshop with Virginia Fry on grief and loss in the lives of children and their families. In that workshop, she introduced us to the German term: “schatten kinder” which translated into English is: “shadow children.”  Virginia explained that Hospice care in Germany during the past ten years has recognized the often forgotten voice of the siblings of terminally ill children.  These children, young and old alike, often “fall into the shadows” during this time of grief and loss.

With that in mind, I am designing a series of three angels for the “schatten kinder” among us; their guardians, of sorts…   In the following ancient Hebrew text taken from Isaiah 49:15...  I am reminded that we, like they, are not forgotten, nor left in the shadows.  

“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you."

Inspired by the work of Russian artist Roman Shustrov…  I will be working with traditional paper maché paste, strips of newspaper and brown craft paper applied to this Styrofoam and wire mesh armature.  I have also included in the design of this angel a reliquary space, in which I will hang either a rusted heart, or perhaps a vintage skeleton key.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Good Night… Allegheny Mountains

We just returned from four days in West Virginia with friends…
artisan galleries, small eateries tucked away in rural towns,
and night skies that seem to explode with starlight. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

American Santos… the Angel of Rebirth!

DecoArt One-Step Crackle Medium… I love that stuff!
It helped me achieve that "crackle, crackle, chip, flaked"
look that I was going for!  Tsk! Tsk!

Detail of crackled hands and added wood roping on skirt.

I add wooden wings… which are hinged
and covered them with a faux canceled stamp paper.
Also… the vintage Victorian pin with a brass clock gear,
a brass clock gear halo… and some copper bead earrings.

Fini!  Thank you for joining me on the journey!  Daryle