Monday, January 7, 2008

Flower Dance

Flower Dance

click on the image for supersized pink shoes!

I found this very cool pair of pink shoes at a thrift shop. You have to understand that I am not a pink person. But these shoes- they were calling me. I had to buy them. I worked retail in the '80's and knew by the label (Charles Jourdan) that they had been quite expensive shoes in their time. Sadly, by the time I got home from the store, I realized that I was never going to wear these shoes. I garden, I paint, I glue, I walk through salvage yards.....rubber boots or my green high-top Converse are part of my daily uniform. These pink shoes, I thought, still needed to be seen. They needed a second chance.

And now we have "Flower Dance". "Flower Dance" came from the title of the vintage 1910 sheet music in the background. The plastic cherubs are vintage '60's Christmas decorations and, on their own, I have to admit they're quite gaudy. But they work in this vignette.

This shadowbox now makes me think of the other shoes that I have that are absolute beauties- my wedding shoes. They are handmade Peter Fox white silk Edwardian pumps, and they are going to find their way into a shadowbox. Someday.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Art & Life!

Here's what PaPaYa! (another cool website) had to say about Teesha Moore and Art & Life:

Art &Life is a quarterly, inde magazine celebrating the mixed media & journal arts movement. This creative forum is compiled by Teesha Moore featuring tips for artists, full color features, and community info. Teesha Moore's publications are an underground phenomenon.
Teesha Moore has been one of the forerunners of the world of altered art and visual journaling for the past 20 years. SHe has been publishing her unique magazines for 10 years. Some of the first issues she printed have fetched over $300.00 on E-bay! She has been published in countless books, magazines and gallery shows. Teesha is also the founder and coordinator for the internationally acclaimed, 500-person, annual artist retreat outside Seattle, WA. (Every place is filled within 2 days of opening registration!) She is both an icon and an inspiration to thousands of people. Teesha lives with her husband, Tracy Moore close to Seattle where they are constantly dreaming up new ways to help others find their own creative voice.
This is the background info I should have included in my previous blog entry!
Read on, McDuff!

Gone Global

Wow- my artwork was published in the December 2007 (#10) issue of Art and Life magazine!!

I was pretty pleased with myself when Teesha Moore sent me my copy. She even sent a copy to my mom! I may have had my 15 minutes of Fame!

Teesha Moore is an artist based outside of Seattle and, in addition to hosting bi-annual art workshops (which I NEED to attend someday soon), she publishes a fabulous magazine called Art and Life. I've been a subscriber for a few years, ever since I found her through a link on Elizabeth McGrath's website. I LOVE the art of Elizabeth McGrath- gothic assemblage at its best.

Teesha's journalling is eye candy and her use of colours is nothing short of inspiring. In December's issue, she journals about her trip to Japan. In addition to her journalling pages, she features work from other artists in her magazine. I am honoured to have been included. She also has a website from which she and her husband Tracy (another cool artist) sell extremely funky stamps and papers and more.

If you like journalling, Teesha Moore is the door to Mecca.

Check out her website:

What pieces of my artwork did she feature? 1914, Good and Evil, Take a Gamble, Hello Dollface, and Wedding Circus.

And she chose a quotation to go with my images, which I thought was interesting....

"The character we exhibit in the latter half of our life need not necessarily be, though it often is, our original character, developed further, dried up, exaggerated, or diminished: it can be its exact opposite, like a suit worn inside out." - Marcel Proust

I was just talking about this very idea with my friend Phyllis. We decided that people tend to get lost on their way through Life, and if you were to go back and find what you wanted to do when you were a kid, and try to find a path in that vein that you could follow, that you could reconnect with yourself. For example, I wanted to be an artist until I was 8, and then I wanted to be a lawyer. I started with the artist first. So I entered an art exhibition in December of 2006 that ended up leading to this blog. I am teaching art classes at the Cultural Centre. It is a part of me that I have reclaimed, and it feels good. It is something I am doing for ME.

I did not have this conversation with Teesha, and yet, there's the quotation she chose to go with my artwork. Phyllis would say this is a sign of validation. I just know that it feels right, and I'm sticking with it.

Coming soon: a new shadowbox called 'Flower Dance', featuring a pair of pink Charles Jourdan shoes that ROCK.