Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tree of Life

 I am fascinated with trees lately...maybe due to those gorgeous reds and oranges out there now. Tree of life imagery has been around for thousands of years, in cultures worldwide. Here's a quote from wikipedia,

"The concept of a tree of life, a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related, has been used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology, and other areas. A tree of life is variously: a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies; a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet; and a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense."
This one above is from India.
 Here is Gustav Klimt's beautiful golden tree.
 I painted this one several years ago...
Here's a tiny one I painted this weekend, just for fun. It's only about six inches tall. I think I will be painting more of these in the near future...once all the grad school papers are out the door!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Look at me! Look at me!

 As there is a dearth of artwork happening in the studio at the moment...(term papers, helping with college apps and portfolio work has gotten in the way.) I'm sending you some eye candy this week. The trees in our front yard, liquidambar, I think, are just on fire this year. The living room glows during the day with their reflected light. My husband, working in the front yard this weekend, heard some folks passing by say, "Wow! Your tree is amazing!"
 "Yes," Dan said, "but I had nothing to do with it. It's just Mother Nature saying, "Look at me! Look at me!"


And here's the boy, in his final sprint to the finish of his college applications, with a portfolio that also says, "Look at me! Look at me!"

Monday, November 7, 2011

I Love a Good Mystery!

It's National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org, click on the title above to get to the website), and many of my students are hunched over laptops and pads of paper, churning out novels. The general goal is to crank out 40,000 words by the end of November. I've joined in the fray as I was already starting to work on a kids' chapter book. After all, if 4th through 8th graders can do it, I should be able to, right?

Here's the so-far untitled synopsis (title suggestions welcome):


Abby and Eliza’s dad has a new girlfriend, Susan. They hate her, of course. But when Susan invites them all to go on vacation to her family’s summerhouse in Cape Cod they can’t resist their first airplane trip and adventure to the east coast. Once they get to the old saltbox house on the Cape, strange things start to happen. Abby has visions of someone who lived in the house long ago. Drawings appear in her sketchbook, as if done by her hand. Abby's mysterious experience at the cemetery scares her, but she’d rather chase ghosts than spend time with Susan.  The town's historical society reveals surprising things about Susan’s house and what went on there centuries ago. But Abby is not surprised, her dreams have been telling her about these events.  When Abby tries to tell Dad what she’s experiencing, he doesn’t believe her. But Susan does, because Abby’s visions sound all to familiar to her.  Together she and Abby work to solve the mystery, becoming closer in the proces to each other and to a girl from the past who needs their help.