Back from a great weekend in the Finger Lakes region of NY State. A perfect weekend weather wise. It was Parent's Weekend at Cornell for some of the fraternities and sororities. Here's a peek inside Psi Upsilon . A nice surprise in the basement were murals on the walls done by one the fraternity brothers (not sure of the date), a hallway off the main foyer and living room that boasts signed color lithographs by Frederic Remington (I advised to move out of the sunlight:), a dining room filled with 100 year old furniture and a squash court! The boys look a lot different than they did in 1883:) but all were gentlemen! Spring was just busting out all over. Weeping cherry from the Cayuga Lake winery tour at Knapp winery where we had lunch. It was also Wine and Herb Festival Weekend, so there were tasters everywhere. Wonderful (a little pricey) dinner at The Heights Cafe and Grill ( falls into the " art on a plate that taste divine" category) and brunch at my favorite The Carriage House. Perfect! Then it was off for my first experience at the infamous Flax Barn Sale. Well, as one woman said to me "..This is a study in women's psychology!" Great sale! Prices ranged from $5 to $15 !! Everyone said prices this year were way down:) Thank you Flax.
I need to dedicate this post to my dog Punkin. Unfortunately, he is blind. Not too long ago we would go to the park to play fetch with his favorite squeaky ball. Now he is confined to a small area in the kitchen where he feels safe enough to play fetch. It is very sad to watch him. But his love for his squeaky ball inspired me today...
Okay, I know I am supposed to be drawing and painting, but I knew this would happen. All winter I wait for a day like we are having today and I am drawn instead, outside into the garden. These gorgeous ranunculus from a local market which I'll plant later. I found good info here about growing this tuber. I get a little twitchy though thinking about drawing it....I have my limits. Seedlings for my kitchen garden on the grow....now back to the drawing board....
Ok, here is yet another lovely rabbit...this one hooked by my big sister:) Love it!
Reading Communication Arts March/ April anniversary issue... 50 years! I like the Milton Glaser interview. (except for the part where he says "Oh, sweetie I don't think that way about anything..."...did he really have to say "sweetie"?)
Here is an interview on Vimeo (Thanks to Chad Grohman) with one of my all -time favorites, Brad Holland. And Richard Solomon (artist rep) gives a series (18 or 19) of short answers to questions about illustration, self-promotion, and contract negotiating. Very helpful.
Today there was a horrible loss of life in our hometown. Fourteen people were killed at the ACA. The American Civic Association here "...Assists immigrants and refugees with immigration and personal counseling, resettlement, citizenship, family reunification, interpreters, and translators....and fosters cross cultural understanding for the entire community." My past experience as a teaching artist in the local museum included many multicultural initiatives which required doing research with The American Civic Association and The Refugee Assistance Center. One of which, was work on an exhibit called Refuge: The Newest New Yorkers "in response to increasing resettlement of international refugees in New York state, the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton mounted an exhibition entitled Refuge: The Newest New Yorkers. The show of documentary photographs by Mel Rosenthal featured recent refugee immigrants from Bosnia, Somalia, Cuba, Tibet and other countries. To help student visitors see beyond the "otherness" of the images to universal human experience, the museum's education staff designed a gallery walk on the theme of forced change".
( Teaching Tolerance magazine) One of the activities I designed was a mandala activity for students in school groups and the general public. A large sand mandala (for Peace) was to be constructed by Tibetan monks in the gallery. Research was done in Ithaca at the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, NY. It was an amazing experience for me to work so closely with the monks. The mandalas pictured here were made by children in my art classes and by art therapists at a conference at Marywood University where I gave a presentation. You can learn more about Tibetan sand mandalas here. What I came to realize was that Tibetan sand mandalas are sacred art...they are like prayers and blessings. The doing of them, is a cooperative activity (traditionally 5-6 monks work on a mandala together) and the dispersal of them into bodies of water sends the "wishes or blessings" out into the world. What a beautiful idea.....maybe I will make a mandala for this sad day.