As you know, I go to a lot of museums. I also enjoy reading about museums, and especially the people behind museum experiences. Here are three articles about "museum people" -- for lack of a better term -- that I thought you might enjoy reading too! The Most Powerful Woman in the New York Art World Her name is Lisa Phillips and she is the director of the New Museum in Lower Manhattan -- a museum that I have never been to, by the way. But, it's definitely on my list now. Metropolitan Museum's Director Resigns Under Pressure They say... Read more →

As you know, I spent two days at MoMA when I was last in NYC. I thought I'd share a few more photos from that visit. Enjoy! I am currently struggling with two canvases at the moment (you can take a peek at them on my instagram account). Looking back at these photos I am reminded of how hard art is sometimes. I mean, standing in the museum looking at the canvases I am often dismissive: "Oh, that's stupid." "I could do that." "That's not art." "That's ugly." But when I really look at these photos and study the details... Read more →

One more post of art from MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in NYC. Nathalie and I saw an exhibit called A Revolutionary Impluse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde and liked it very much. I think you will too! Take a peek: Lots of color and shape and ideas to inspire! One of the best things about going to the museum with a friend who also loves art is that you both get excited and that energy starts to bounce around between you. Nathalie and I had some great conversations about what we saw, our perspectives on it, and... Read more →

As promised, here is part two of the Francis Picabia exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC: I felt really inspired to make stuff after seeing this exhibit. I don't like everything that Picabia did, but I admire the wide range of styles that he explored. He was definitely a brave artistic soul and I so admire that! I think it shows a lack of intellect and curiosity when artists do the same work for a lifetime. To me, creating art is all about exploring and experimenting and pushing at boundaries -- personal or otherwise. If I... Read more →

I recently had the great pleasure of viewing the Francis Picabia exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. I saw it twice in a span of three days -- once by myself and once with my friend, Nathalie. I was fascinated and took so many photos that I had to divide this post into two halves. So, come with me to the museum, and keep in mind the title you see on the wall when you enter the exhibit, "Our Heads are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction." I'm excited to share part two with... Read more →

I'm delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast! If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's a little like hanging out with friends while you art. Today's podcast features... Read more →

Ooops! Apparently I had the wrong link yesterday. This is the correct link to LifeBook: Thank you! I was in New York last month and I just *had* to go and visit MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art). Much of the museum was off limits for exhibit installations. But what we did see was compelling. I was so impressed with the final exhibit (last photo above -- no photos allowed in the exhibit) that I bought the exhibit catalog. You can read a bit about Bruce Conner and see some images from the exhibit in this NY Times review... Read more →

I love shopping. Can't lie about that. I don't always buy stuff when I go shopping. Sometimes I'm simply looking for inspiration. And I found it on a recent trip to New York City. One of my favorite places to go for inspiration is ABC Home. The colors, the patterns, the displays, the motifs...I could linger for hours. As you can see from the price tag, things at ABC Home aren't cheap. I'm thinking some plain white cups and some stamps from my stash could emulate these cups for a lot less money! There really are so many cool things... Read more →

During a recent visit to New York City I was struck by how artful so many of the retail displays were. I came away with tons of inspiration: inspiring color combinations -- and maybe some inspiration to use colors I stay away from, like brown. inspiring pattern ideas -- I love the patterns on the pillows towards the end of the post. inspiring display/photography ideas -- natural elements like plants, wood, and stone all really help to bring out the "pretty." inspiring shapes -- love that sort of wooden figure eight behind the overalls. inspiring icons -- eyes, feathers, elephants,... Read more →

I spent a few days in NYC in March and you know I *had* to stop by MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) for a visit. Here's what I saw: Whenever I go to a museum I always come away with some inspiration for my own work. It's usually not a straight line -- meaning I see a building and I draw a building. But I know that the techniques, the colors, the textures, the scale -- it all seeps into the cracks in my brain and permeates my consciousness. By the time I get home and into the studio,... Read more →