...or tries to...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flowers and Follies Photographed

Often, my work is in a show too far away for me to see it there. But this time, my wonderful New York friends Janet and Jack drove up to Rockland County to see "Flowers, Follies, and Other Rites of Spring", at the Rockland center for the Arts. They were my eyes, and sent me photos. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Up there, on the bright pink wall, is "Climb, Cling, and Drift Away".

In the case, is Collection.

Contagious, on shelf on the wall. Wall painting by Margaret Lanzetta, and freestanding ceramic sculptures by Leigh Taylor Mickelson.

Installation by Margie Neuhaus.

I'll get to see the show before it closes, later in April. But in the meantime, many thanks to Kenise Barnes, who curated the show, and to all at RoCA.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Wing

I found this little wing at the front door this morning. It used to be one of four.
The Halloween Pennant dragonflies are swarming everywhere right now, it must be March.
She went as far as she could go, I guess.

I still can't quite understand how intricately amazing this transient world can be. This tiny thing...

She looked like this, I'm sure. This one hitched a ride on my car's antenna, held on for life, for more than a mile. Strong.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tree Burst

Spring here is like a tree explosion, sometimes you can't believe the intensity against all that cobalt blue Florida sky. Sometimes I think I can see colors best when they're trapped in a photo-I have trouble believing them when I see them in real time. The trees here will challenge that for the next three months, they insist that you look at them, the divas, before the sun burns into summer and bleaches the colors away.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Sunday at the Delray Asian Food Festival. The food looked wonderful, but I could live for weeks off the colors there.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dollshouse World

I just found out that the article about my dollhouse that I wrote for American Miniaturist was reprinted in the U.K., in last November's issue of Dollshouse World. (It's all legal, I just didn't know about it). Well, hello officially, U.K. miniaturists!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


When I was nineteen, I went to Japan. One afternoon I walked by myself through Ueno Park, and it started to rain. I was, from what I could tell, the only one in Tokyo without an umbrella. But it didn't matter. Nearly everywhere I walked, someone held their umbrella over me. I had never experienced anything like that before, in a city, small town, anywhere.

To the extraordinary people of Japan, all my heart.

(My Dad painted the watercolor, at the Morikami Japanese Gardens.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

This Sunday, inside

I'm inside all this weekend, working on a commission. I work here all week too, so Sunday is usually about leaving, about running around, finding stuff, looking for places to look at, being with people. This is Sunday afternoon for Oliver and Solomon. It's all about long sleeps, soft sofas, tolerating your frenemy.

You know, it's not bad.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Collections: Global

We collect, sometimes beyond the point of reason. And there are multiple reasons why. But the root cause, I think, is pretty basic - I'm sure I'm repeating myself, but here I go again - we need to gather things together that help explain the world to ourselves, and explain ourselves to the world.

I'm going to be painfully literal here, because one of my collections are old world globes. Not "old" old, but old enough, with little dents and crumbling paper and faded crowns. They're so obviously like our own banged-up skulls that there's a tendency to cradle them against you when you're dusting and putting them back up on the shelf. And the best part, for me, are the differences between each one, the changing color codes as history reorganizes countries, and the variations in every manufacturer's version of our blue, blue seas.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday Illuminated

Is there much more curative than a storefront restaurant lit up by tiny colored lights, especially one that makes its own coffee ice cream? I didn't think so.

Friday, March 4, 2011


I miss the bigger picture much of the time, but it's worth it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flowers, Follies and Other Rites of Spring

I'm part of a show opening this Sunday, March 6th, at the Rockland Center for the Arts, in West Nyack, New York. It's titled "Flowers, Follies and Other Rites of Spring", and is curated by Kenise Barnes, of Kenise Barnes Fine Art, in Larchmont, N.Y. It should be a balm to all up north who are still feeling this winter's literal cold shoulder:

"Contagious" will be there, along "Climb, Cling and Drift Away", and "Collection", and wonderful pieces by artists I'm proud to be showing with, Roberley Bell, Cristina DeGennaro, Joanne Howard, Rachel Kohn, Margaret Lanzetta, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Margie Neuhaus, Jill Parisi, and Annie Varnot.