Sunday, January 14, 2018

Update: Dates in a Life Project 2018


I’ve reworked how I’m going to document my steps on my Dates in a Life Project 2018 which is a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day. This photo shows the results from the first two weeks of 2018.

A week ago I tried using small black dots for each thousand steps and white does for hundreds. Not only was it too literal, graphically a year of just dots was going to be very boring.

So, I’ve worked out a system of symbols to represent each thousand steps. Instead of showing exactly how many I walk each day, I’m rounding up or down. As an example, 2000-2499 steps equals 2000, and 2500-3000 equals 3000 steps. 

My goal is to walk as much as I can every day. I prefer to walk for exercise, as time permits, outside in addition to whatever other walking I do as I go about my day.

This piece measures 33" x 39" and is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence, combined with handpainting, stitching, and collaged fabric, on stiffened fabric.

To keep track of steps, I'm using the Health app in my iPhone. 

There solid white squares in the Saturday and Sunday columns because I usually have more time to walk on the weekend, and I've caught up on sleep and therefore more energy to exercise.

It was suggested that I take a picture each day when walking, as further documentation. I tried to do that but it was too much to remember. Oh well. It was a great idea though.

Stay tuned for updates during the year.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Home: Tallis and Fence #3


Tallis and Fence #3 has a new home in New York, thanks to ArtfulHome.com


The Tallis and Fence series is created with acrylic "skins" created from photos of my grandfather's tallis that are collaged on monoprinted textures of construction fences on stitched and painted fabric that is mounted on 8" x 6" x 1" cradled board. 

I created this series when I was the Artist-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA for a month in 2014. I worked on site for four weeks at the Kniznick Gallery, where I created a series of Jewish wedding canopies, or chuppot, to be displayed in the gallery during the exhibition. I created the Tallis and Fence series at the same time, because the tallis is commonly used as a chauppah at weddings.

Thank you to the collector!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Dates in a Life Project 2018


Happy New Year!

My Dates in a Life Project 2017, which documented the expiration and purchase dates of my family's milk purchases in 2017 is finished, and now it's time for a new year-long art piece.

Today I'm beginning my Dates in a Life Project 2018 which will document the number of steps I walk each day. 

My goal is to walk as much as I can every day. I prefer to walk for exercise, as time permits, outside in addition to whatever other walking I do as I go about my day.

This piece measures 33" x 39" and is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence, combined with handpainting, stitching, and collaged fabric, on stiffened fabric.

There solid white squares in the Saturday and Sunday columns because I usually have more time to walk on the weekend, and I've caught up on sleep and therefore more energy to exercise.

To keep track of steps, I'll be using the Health app in my iPhone. 

To document how many steps walkedI'll be painting different sizes of black dots to show thousands and hundreds.

We're starting off the year with dangerously cold temperatures. Because I can't walk outside today, and there will be other days I won't be able to walk or walk as much as I'd like to due to snow and ice, extremely hot or cold temperatures, pouring rain, being sick (as a few examples), I've decided that I'm going to sometimes document them with paint in the stitching below each square. Each explanation, good or bad, will be color coded. The color choices for each one will be determined soon.

It was suggested that I take a picture each day when walking as further documentation. I love that idea, and will try to do that and share the pictures as well.

Hopefully I'm not going to humiliate myself by doing this project. And hopefully it'll encourage me to walk more.

Stay tuned for updates during the year.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Work: Dates in a Life Project 2017

Dates in a Life Project
mixed media on stiffened fabric
36" x 49"
2017

I did it! After working on this all year, I am proud to have finished the Dates in a Life Project 2017!

The Dates in a Life Project documents the expiration and purchase dates of my family's milk purchases in 2017.

It's created with monoprinted textures of construction fences, combined with handpainting, stitching, and collaged paper and fabric on stiffened fabric.

The small printed dates are the expiration dates of our milk bottles.

The dotted white painted lines in-between the stitching mark how many bottles of milk were purchased that day. If we bought one bottle there's white below the day. If we bought a second bottle, there's white to the left of the day, and if we bought three, there's white to the right of the day.

The dotted lines connect the date we purchased the milk with the expiration date. 

The solid white squares in the Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday columns show the expiration days of the milk company we commonly buy our milk from. 

I got a lot of interesting and fun suggestions for next year, and I thank everyone for taking the time to tell me about them. I am saving them as possibilities for 2019.

Next up is Dates in a Life Project 2018, documenting the number of steps I walk each day. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Advice please!


Advice please! I need Dates in a Life Project ideas for 2018. 

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been posting our milk purchases on my social media this year, my 2017 Dates in a Life Project started as a celebration of a milestone birthday in 2017, by documenting our milk purchases and incorporating them in a large painting, which you can see in progress hanging on the wall of my studio. 

I’ve really enjoyed this project and want to continue it into 2018, and possibly for many years to come. The fabric for next year (on the table) is painted, stitched and stiffened, and ready for next year.

Here are some of my 2018 ideas:

Went for a walk to exercise or not.
How many steps walked each day.
Dinners in, out or didn’t really eat dinner.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please write to me at anytime before December 31, 2017. Thanks!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Work: 12 x 12 x12 December 2017


12 x 12 x 12 December 2017 was created with a piece of fabric monoprinted with a square shaped construction fence, acrylic skins of photos of my kitchen colander, and commercial fabric, all leftover from my October 12 x 12 x12 piece (see below).

The black and white skin was from pictures of the colander I used on my front step during the eclipse in August. The red, orange and blues weird scribble fabric is one of my favorite commercial fabrics because it looks handmade.


I've been working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007, and the December 2017 piece completes my 11th year of this series. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. This series is really about experimentation and creating something on a regular basis, no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes I like a piece, and sometimes not.

I will be continuing this series through 2018. I've already purchased the 12 boards, and I'm looking forward to see where my creativity takes me next year.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Seasonal Fences - Spring #3 print


One of the nice things about having friends who live or travel all over the US and world is hearing from them that they saw my artwork in places I probably wouldn't know about. 

Here is the print of Seasonal Fences - Spring #3 that Crate & Barrel licensed and sold for a number of years, hanging at Wright's Station Vineyard & Winery in Los Gatos, California.

Thank you to my friend who not only set me this picture, but also told them about me and my work.