All John wanted for his birthday this year was some brown brogue shoes. But after searching for weeks and not finding the right pair, I realized the birthday was upon us and I had nothing. Thus, the pie-topper/birthday card/gift voucher was born. I wish I had the real shoes for him but I did have fun making this one.
Had the pleasure of seeing an incredible show today at OCMA. I’d never been to to OCMA before and I loved the way the gallery space was both intimate and airy at the same time.
I was so impressed by the breadth of this particular body of work, The Ocean Park Series. Diebenkorn had such a long and varied career, switching back and forth between figurative and abstract, I didn’t know beforehand if this particular body was one that would resonate with me. I was engrossed with each work. Even though the thread of it was consistent to point of repetitiveness, it amazed me how uniquely and beautifully he mastered the “problem” he sought to solve again and again.
Diebenkorn’s mastery of color and composition is so much more impressive in person. Loved the energy of the broad brush strokes quietly contained by hard edges, the layers of thin color and richness that are one kind of texture up close and another stepping back. They are birds-eye landscapes and cartography yet not.
If you are in the SoCal area, this is really worth checking out. Even if you don’t consider yourself into abstract expressionism but love design, you will appreciate the graphic beauty of these works and feel the coastal light and color that we are lucky to live in.
On the left is what it looks like when I work in my dreams (note: absence of toys and child draped around neck). On the right is a photo John snapped of me working on my Easter rock project last week (note: working at kitchen table and general chaos). I’m pretty sure the lovely Yoko doesn’t really wear a rabbit mask while she works (although she might) but it seems like she’s one of those types that’s really got making life beautiful down (evidence here). She and her lovely handmade accessories inspire me. Someday, I will be more organized (maybe) but meantime, I will find beauty in chaos. And settle for a 3 year-old as a cute accessory : ).
I’ve always loved the tradition of egg decorating, and sharing it with my kids now is special, but it’s more of a management job. A rock I found on the beach the other weekend inspired this project. It was nice to do some “egg” painting without worrying about someone knocking over a glass of food coloring.
I think these make really fun decorations, and they don’t get stinky if the Easter bunny hides them and no one finds them.
Tools & Tips:
- I used acrylic paints, brushes, masking tape, a utility knife, and the eraser tip of a pencil
- Larger solid shapes of color required a bit of layering to make it opaque. I had to sponge the paint on with the brush for the first layer to create a base. Let the paint dry completely between layers.
- I was able to dip the ends of the rocks into the neon paint since it came in little tubs. I really liked the smooth/solid effect.