Full Circle

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How my art evolves is always a learning experience to me.

I am not the type of artist who decides to illustrate my mood intentionally.

I am the type of artist who paints from the heart.

I let my brush guide me – instinctually.

When I am done creating I view my canvas,

it is as though I am looking in a mirror.

This image is a reflection of what is going on in my life

good or bad.

All my creations reflect my moment, my time, my life.

I have started painting very geometrically,

unintentionally.

I was trained as a graphic designer in college.

It is interesting to me that my designer has returned.

I have always loved the tools,

the t-square, the triangle the templates.

Like my paintings,

I have come full circle.

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Paramount Plaza Banner Design/Artwork

Paramount Plaza Banner Design/Artwork

I am pleased to share that I have had 2 designs chosen for the Village of Grafton’s Public Art Project  going up this summer.    Artists were asked to create up to two designs for a public arts banner as part of an eight original banner artwork project. The eight banners will be suspended from four street light  posts located in the Paramount Plaza. The design must visually support both the musical and cultural legacies of the Village of Grafton as well as the Village of Grafton stated Brand Position.  The Grafton Public Arts Board provided the selected artists with the metal banners which are in the shape of a guitar.  The relationship that the banners have with the Paramount Plaza, the relevant history and the Village of Grafton brand position were a critical consideration of design and the artist/designer needed be cognizant of its use as a visual reference in the Plaza. They were to be designed as an integral component of the overall experience that helps define the Plaza as a monumental environment by its own form and space.  Based upon their location, the banners will be visible from two sides and should be designed to be appealing in all directions.

Watch this post as I paint these 2 guitar banners during the month April!

Paramount Plaza Banner Design/Artwork
Paramount Plaza Banner Design/Artwork

ARTS MILL – 2011

Wow!  Another project, just what I needed.  Yup, I added another project to my already overload schedule.  Funny thing, this one couldn’t be going smoother or be more fun!  Sheri Bestor and I decided to open a sister site to North Shore Academy of the Arts, ARTS MILL.  Its in the Village of Grafton.

Ten years ago, North Shore Academy of the Arts began in a quaint space in an old mill next to a river. Three rooms, a hand built stage, and a few classes. As the years went on, the offerings in the visual, performing and literary arts grew, offering quality enrichment programming to thousands of kids and adults in southeastern Wisconsin. A place that encourages, inspires and promotes creativity, NSAA has been an educational resource for those wishing to learn about the arts and themselves.

But after the learning, every artist also needs a place to do her art.

As 2011 celebrates the start of the next decade of programming, it also marks an exciting new expansion, one that has brought this non-profit organization full circle.  Look at our web site to see more!  http://www.theartsmill.org/v1/

Summers End Part 2

Globally Grafton
Globally Grafton

So Strawberry Festival has passed, sculptures painted, now its time for DOG ART!  The Village of Grafton held Art Bark.  You know the gig, its where the give artist fiberglass animals, in this case DOGS, and artist’s make them magical!  I submitted 2 designs.  My 1st design Globally Grafton was chosen.  The concept;  the dog is covered in postcards from around the world with comments from well wishers to Grafton.  The idea was born after watching Invictus.  I loved the idea of that movie!!  I was so inspired by the movie

Globally Grafton

, as was my son.  The dog was matched with the Milwaukee Ale House.  It was fun and colorful!

Globally Grafton
Globally Grafton