Sunday, November 14, 2010

Let's Play!...

Here's one of three small works included in a show at Time & Tide Fine Art in Ipswich, MA.

"Let's Play" 6x5x1.25 encaustic with oilstick, vintage wooden game piece, Tiddleywinks, Lite Brite pieces, checker

... and here's the show!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

I'm Awfully Fond of You...

Today I wanted to post something done in acrylic as an example of other work I like to experiment with. This may be a work in progress but it's close to completion.

Detail 1

Detail 2

"Wayward Ducks" 24x24x2 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bouncing Back...

As you can see, I haven't blogged for a while. 'Been happily busy doing many new creative projects!

Today, my AGH friend, Allan Brockenbrough invited me to be on his local cable show, aptly named "The Painting Show." I did a short demo of one of the techniques I employ to paint circles. The painting below, "Bounce" is an example of this. It was great fun!

"Bounce" 18.5x18.5x1.5 encaustic on wood panel


Apologies for the low quality lap-top photos!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Girl Full of Dreams...

Recently, I have been clearing out and going through my work space in hopes of finding a better spot to create in but this little piece piped up and said she just couldn't wait.

"Girl Full of Dreams" 9x7x3 Sculpture with encaustic, vintage stringing beads, vintage Fisher Price Little People doll, vintage doll house furniture (high chair and crib), vintage wooden Sorry pieces, nails

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tumbling After...

It has been a busy summer to say the least and I am finally finding the time to blog some more about my installation for our summer community art show Art Grows Here.

To create the larger whole house-sized installation I made several smaller works out of toys and toy parts. Some of those were were influenced by childhood stories, nursery rhymes, and fairytales. The piece below "Tumbling After" was my version of Jack and Jill. Scroll back into the archives to see it placed beside the big blue ball inside the Radio Flyer wagon, which incidentally was installed train-like riding down the "tracks" of an old antique ladder.

"Tumbling After" 20x12x6 Multi-colored wooden vintage Playskool blocks, children's metal sand pail

This piece can be hung on a wall (or in this case my jelly cupboard) or displayed on a table or shelf.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Art from Art...

photo Kimberley Hincman

I included a little vintage watering can as part of the Mary, Mary Quite Contrary part of my installation "Serious Play" for Art Grows Here (also see previous posts). I made it kinetic by inserting the wire into a tube and installed it high over my garden on a pole. It spun around in a circle, rocked and "watered" my tiny waxed doll dresses or "pretty maids" who also rocked back and forth when the wind blew.
I just love the child's-eye view of the deep blue sky and the way Kim caught the roof off in the distance in the corner of her photograph.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Review from the Neighborhood...

photo Barbara Smith

It's been a week and a half since the end of Art Grows Here, our self-guided tour of outdoor art installations. Our work was so well received by the community that we are making plans to do it again next year!
Our mission for Art Grows Here is "to make art and artists more visible and to engage and inspire the community." So, with that in mind, I chose to literally bring my work out of the attic studio where I work and down onto the street of my community. Below, I have included some words that my neighbor and fellow poet Brooke Mackie-Ketchem wrote about my installation "Serious Play". (Thank you Brooke!)

"Where Art begins and House Ends has no defining moment. Books cascade out of an upstairs bedroom window and down over the porch roof, reminding the viewer of all those bedtime stories others have read to you, or stories one has read underneath the covers by flashlight."

photo Kimberley Hincman

`photo Barbara Smith

"Probably the central moment of joy for me." ("Jill -in-a-box")

photo Kimberley Hincman

"Trikes and wagons in perfect on-slaught positioning. Like children, the installation is irrepressible. It balances precariously, defies gravity, threatens to fall out of windows, dangles off the roof, hides behind bushes, yells surprise and runs out into the street without looking twice. "Serious Play" shows how childhood is a pell-mell and raucous carnival experience."

photo Kimberley Hincman

"Little Miss Muffett's blue bowl of curds & whey ...and surely, all that's left is the spider, the dress, and that bowl. Miss Muffett herself has been frightened away! Children's story books tumble out onto the ground, begging the viewers to pick one up and turn their pages. Reaching out to grab hold of the childhood pieces comes naturally to the viewer. This installation is tempting and tactile, alluring, amusing, beguiling the viewer like so many colorful pieces of candy in a display case. Isn't childhood about "just one more, PLEASE?"

photo Kimberley Hincman

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tah Dah!...

I love the explosion effect of this photograph (below) of my Jill-in-a-Box taken by Kim Hincman. It's as if the crank was turned and the box flew open and the camera went "click!"

"Jill-in-a-Box" 3.5'x4'x14" waxed and wired polka-dot baby dress, vintage toy airplanes, vintage army paratrooper, vintage blind spot mirror, assorted vintage toys and game pieces: paddle ball, metal checker board, dominoes, dice, ping pong balls, rubber ball, bingo pieces, scrabble letters, two vintage toy ducks, toy hairbrush, whistles, tin horn, squirt guns, plastic snakes, ball and jax, wiffle ball and bat, golf ball and club, stacking donut toys, tinker toys, wooden stringing beads, antique wooden blocks, toy puzzles, child's scissors, toy tools: hammers, ax, shovels, rake, hoe, wire, wooden dowels, metal springs... I think that's it!...
"Jill-in-a-Box" in my installation titled "Serious Play" from Art Grows Here.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Polka-Dot Girl on the Twirling Trapeze...

... from my installation "Serious Play" for Art Grows Here. ( )

(Photo Kimberly Hincman)

"Polka-Dot Girl" 24x12x12 altered child's dress, wire, wax, chain, metal tube, red square block ( at top of chain, not shown) She swings and twirls!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

They're Back! Part 2...

...Only this time it's Kewpies! This pair in the wagon "Kewpies in a Bubble Bath"with the 3-d repeated circles (marbles) are included in an outdoor installation I am doing for Art Grows Here.

(photo Kimberley Hincman)
"Kewpies in a Bubble Bath" 24X12X6 Two vintage Kewpie Dolls (posed), marbles, small radio flyer wagon

Below are two Kewpie mixed media with encaustic pieces I posted here a while back; "Observatory" and "Elevation." I never tire of Kewpie... It must be true love!

Monday, July 12, 2010

They're Back!...

Some one once told me, when referring to my artwork, that I had a consistent vocabulary and today when I stood back to look at my lastest work, an outdoor installation titled "Serious Play" for Art Grows Here (pictured below), I understood what they meant. I am re-posting an encaustic painting (above) I did a while back titled "The Three Little Muses" so you can see how they evolved into three-dimensional form. Notice the repeated circle forms as well. I'm sure it will be no surprise to know many of the components in this installation spin and twirl. Sometimes girls just wanna have fun! For more information on Art Grows Here go to .
(photo Kimberley Hincman)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Called Away...

Tiny clues for my outdoor art installation titled "Serious Play"
(for Art Grows Here.)

A quick Hello to you!
As you can see I have not been blogging for a while. The reason being, my very talented friends and I have been busy dreaming up a new way to bring art to our community. We have created a self guided tour of outdoor art installations that is set to begin in a few weeks! To see what we've been up to visit :

For those who found your way here from there, you can get a sampling of my work by looking at my previous posts. Please scroll down to the menu on the right to open the archives. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy your visit!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Looks Innocent Enough...

... We have a real WWII Tank in the middle of our town park. Kids love to climb up on it when they aren't playing on the slides or swings or looking for frogs by the pond nearby. Maybe this tiny piece "Bubble Shootin' Tinker Tank" (view below) is my wishful alternative.

"Bubble Shootin' Tinker Tank" 3x6x5 encaustic with vintage stringing beads, Tinker Toy parts, wood, nails. (Yes, the "gun" spins!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


This piece and my two previous pieces posted "Waking the Flowers" and "Squawkbox" are included in the show "Bird... watching" at The Gallery Della-Piana. You can visit their blog here:

While you're there you can look in their archives to see some gallery shots of a four woman show I was included in called "Intimations."

"Bluebirds" 12.5x12.5 mixed media encaustic with vintage encyclopedia text

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Waking the Flowers...

"Waking the Flowers" 9.5x11x1.5 assemblage with encaustic, vintage storybook pages, thread, chess pieces, cigar box

Monday, April 12, 2010

Running Around Like a Chicken with my...

... well, you know the rest!

"Squawkbox" 12x10x1.75 mixed media sculpture with encaustic, 1930's storybook page, vintage Tinker Toy parts, vintage stringing beads (The legs on this piece dangle. Weee!)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Very Good Advice...

""A Little Bird Told Me" 8.5x7x1.75 mixed-media encaustic with vintage stringing beads and 1940's storybook pages on wood

Friday, April 2, 2010

Italianate Influence...

... a tiny sculpture.

"Little Italy" 7.5 X 4 X 1.5 mixed media encaustic sculpture with vintage encyclopedia pages, chess pieces, wood