Saturday, February 20, 2021

New Work - Covid Vaccine: Unexpected Opportunity


In early February 2021, I took my mother-in-law to get her first Covid vaccine. She was scheduled at the end of the day. When we were getting up to leave after her 15 minute waiting period afterward, a nurse ran up to me and asked if I had gotten mine yet. I replied no because I’m in the last group that will be phased in due to my age. The nurse explained that they had three more doses and they wanted to give me one of them so it didn’t go to waste. Knowing that more than 1,200 doses had already gone to waste across the state of Massachusetts, largely because there weren’t enough people around to get shots when health-care workers got to the bottom of opened vaccine bottles, I agreed to get it. But that was after a lot of texting back and forth with my husband and physician’s assistant neighbor because I felt guilty getting it ahead of friends and family who have medical needs and really need to get it before me.

The 1200 silver oval dots represent the wasted doses before I received my shot. They were made one at a time on a stiffened piece of fabric that has the monoprinted texture of a construction fence that was stitched following the grid.

Construction sites use construction fences as a barrier to keep people out of danger by blocking off the site. The vaccine was developed to help us stay safe from Covid-19.

Covid Vaccine: Unexpected Opportunity measures 10.25" x 10.5".

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Greeting Cards

Here are greeting cards of my painting, Rash Under the Surgical Tape, that the New England chapter of the National Kidney Foundation made as a gift for those attending their virtual Gala  and transplant patients. I lent them the image to help share awareness and art about kidney donation.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

New Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Walking Project 2021

New work in progress, through January, in my Dates in a Life Walking Project 2021, a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day. I've documented my steps in paintings for the years 2016 through 2020 and I decided to do it again in 2021.

I prefer to walk for exercise, as time permits, outside in addition to whatever other walking I do as I go about my day. My goal is to walk as much as I can every day. I use the Pedometer app on my iPhone to document my steps, miles, and flights of stairs climbed.

I use a system of symbols to represent each thousand steps. Instead of showing exactly how many I walk. The black icons represent up to 9999 steps walked each day, red represents 10,000-19,999 steps and yellow represents 20,000-29,999 steps. 

This year, the daily background color will change depending on how many flights of stairs I climb each day, by fives, not tens. I'm using two different blues for 1-5 and 6-10, two greens for 11-15 and 16-20, two yellows for 21-25 and 26- 30 and red is still for 31+, which does happen at times, but rarely.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

New WorK Pandemic Pillow Play

When the pandemic started in Massachusetts in March 2020, and my husband and I started working at home, and had fun making the bed each morning and playing with the placement of the pillows. Before the pandemic I quickly made the bed without thought before going to work.

Most of the 54 photos are his playfulness, though some are mine. We actually started playing with the pillows in late March 2020, but I didn't think to photograph them until May or June.

Pandemic Pillow Play, which measures 21” x 34.5”, is made with color printouts of the photos that are collaged in the "holes" of monoprinted and stiffened construction fence fabric.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Work in Progress: Pandemic Pillow Play

Well, after hoping it wouldn't, and being overly optimistic about it, Pandemic Pillow Play curled a LOT after the matt medium dried this past week! Such a bummer! Here it is taped flat on my work table so I can continue working on it by adding paint in the intersections of the photos.

It barely hit 20 degrees here in Massachusetts during the day today, and it'll be that cold at least through Sunday, so I've given myself the weekend off from walking, for safety's sake, and will be working on finishing up this painting this weekend, and hopefully doing what I need to to help make it more flat. It doesn't need to be perfectly flat, but it does need to be flat-ish.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Work in Progress: Pandemic Pillow Play painting


I’m finally working on my Pandemic Pillow Play painting again and I’m glad that there’s very little curling happening compared to my two trial sketches. When my sketches from a week or so dried, they curled a lot on the edges and it was really a problem. A little curling I can tolerate but not as much as them. Phew!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Pandemic Pillow Painting in Update

I was going to be random about the placement of the cut color printouts of the photos of our pandemic pillows play. Then I decided that organizing them by color or pattern would be better. Here are two different versions as I continue to play with them on my table. More rearranging ahead.