Light of my dreams
The high top table in the library room now has a new light. It is made of varied rice papers and half round rattan. I used some old copper wire (from our new solar project) to connect the rattan and then paper-mached over the joints. You can see the copper wires poking through.
I encouraged the magic of haphazardness to make the form. There is also an orange glass temperature weight as a focal point. The light is soft and it holds my attention with so many details: wood pieces within the rice paper, the shine of the copper, the way the rattan line moves the composition.
The light with wire was purchased at Ikea.
It doesn’t hurt if you bonk your head into it, not a bit.
A visit with Beautiful Strength
At the Tiny Fest in Del Mar, I had the privilege of meeting Annette McNamara who was in Atticus, a pink schoolie, taking photographs. She started www.Beautifulstrength.org. Ralf and I were blown away by her concept, energy and ability to get some amazing portraits.
After one’s photo is taken in the studio portion of the bus (a black background which converts into her bed at night) the subject collaborates by writing on a tablet around or over their image about themselves. There is also the person’s name, age and the location. The images are then posted on the website.
Below is the image Annette took of me and a link to that page so you can see all the others. This was an amazing experience, which I heartily recommend viewing, participating the next time Atticus comes to town, and supporting her concept. We did!
Sketchbook classes at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach, CA
Learn your way around this native plant preservation area by means of your sketchbook. Shipley has lots of variety and lovely places to sit, take in the view and draw. Different times of year, the plants are different. We will embrace the 'down times' beautifully.
Sketchbooks are important as a way to work out many aspects, like compositions, perspectives and mediums, even if the finished art is ultimately painted and not drawn. It's what you have on hand quickly during the day. It's what you take with you on vacation to document your travels. It can augment photographs. A quick sketch can capture a visual thought that isn't literal. Sketchbooking is not just for professional artists.
Who can resist a blank book of your own?
There will be focused observations and a moment to Take Time in nature.
Link here to Eventbrite to get tickets for the class.
Welcome to Nina’s Blog. I am quickly classified as a public artist, generally meaning art for the public realm. It is different than a gallery/museum way of thinking. My way of making public art has manifested more traditionally as a site specific sculpture for a fire station. It encompasses some gorilla installations, some home and environmental designs and most recently many apartment developments. Usually having a theme, like; solar powered, low income, green, and educational. Apartment complex art is not interior design. The viewing audience is a hybrid of the general public and private art in a public space. I enjoy the variety.