Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sailor's Delight

This was taken earlier in the week, but my schedules run far too tight to stay on top of everything! Clearly I need to remove the downed mulberry in my backyard. I had to crouch below it to take this shot, it obscures some beautiful views. Another project for another day.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV demonstrated his recycled junk art for the Kendall Art Guild's September meeting. Check out some youthful vibrant work!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monotypes with Ingrid Albrecht

What a great trip to be invited with! Cousin Laura invited me to join some Midwest Collage Society members for a mini workshop with Ingrid Albrecht at her new Ravenswood Gallery in Chicago. Three days learning rolled into one eight hour session. Ingrid is a great teacher and there were so many new techniques to get involved in. She has a gorgeous setting for her gallery and studio. The blue and gold piece is an acrylic and india ink piece, I think it's upside down, but when I viewed the photo it looked better that way. I rather enjoyed the subtractive quality working with india ink on a plexi-glass plate, some new supplies to play around with, soon again I hope. I pulled many prints that are ready to be basis for some additional drawing or painting.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yorkville Public Library Silent Auction

Two of my framed pieces are available.
"Silence" Artist Proof Linocut original
"Hunger" Artist Proof Linocut original
Did a search for better photos and gave up. I have some somewhere on one the computers!

On Friday, Sept 24th there will be a silent auction at the library from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment by Ted Yoder winner of National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.
Hors d'oevures will be served.
All proceeds will benefit medical and rehabilitation bills for resident Marje Sauer who suffered a massive stroke recently.
902 Game Farm Rd., Yorkville, IL 60560.
For more information call 630-553-4354.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


And then I got real small... I nearly laid on the ground to shoot these. I have no idea what is in the mulch put down around the trees at work, but we have some very interesting specimens that don't necessarily survive two days in a row. Have not seen any pixies among them yet. I just happened to have my camera in my purse yesterday. Had a nice lunch walk in the cooler weather. Sunhawk soared above, Whistlepig scurried his fat little bottom ahead on my path and I stopped to watch a small snapper swimming in the creek until he was out of view. Everyone seems to be pleased with the cooler days.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

RC's 25th Birthday!

My son is 25, how is it possible that I am 29? I must be 39! Damn Alzheiners. Mom, Rachel and Loyal, Randell, RC and Meghan all came for dinner at Danelli's while I worked. I sat a bit with them, but most of all enjoyed their laughter and camraderie. They are beautiful. I have done well.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Evening Off

It didn't take much prodding (from myself)to take an evening off. I was going to check my wallet, get some gas and head out to draw after a very long haitus. deciding I needed that cash, elsewhere, I checked and drawing was canceled tonight anyway. I opened the new Gaiam in todays mail, set a glass of wine out and watched the corn come down. They were in the fields late last night and up again early this morning. The drone of the tractor and rumbling of the combines, the shuffle of corn into the waiting freight trailers. All sounds I enjoy, too soon, but still a blissful time to set and think awhile.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall has Arrived

I'm not ready. I love fall, but I had not experienced summer, no swimming, no dog days, no moonlit evenings escaping the heat on the patio. Just work and more work. With economy as it is, can I complain? I've not seen the leisure of summer and it's gone. Is money really worth it? I want to see the lightning bugs glitter above the green corn... it's a long wait now.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

More Pictures From the Weekend Show

My handsome son RC and his adorable girl Meghan came to support the show and left inspired by the collage demo of Laura's. Wonder what I'll get for my birthday? Can't wait!

After the Show

A few pictures courtesy of Aprils blog! Enjoying the day and the company!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Last day of Annual Art Show

Did a sketch of Nancy Cole today. Another hard one as she didn't pose and was working and moving around. Hope my moving models don't hate my pieces! Nancy's exhuberence was a joy to spend three days with, well she worked Saturday, so two days with. Her lovely daughter manned her jewelry exhibit Saturday when foot traffic was extremely slow. Three days, three new pairs of earrings. Gotta love it! More good friends came out today and the weather was delightful for setting around and visiting and sharing. It was a very enjoyable weekend holiday even without any sales of my own. It's beenfar too long since I've had time for art and a little bit makes you crave even more. As work shifts may slow down a bit this month,I hope to make time to follow all the inspirations heading my direction.

Saturday at the Studio Show and Sale

I tried to capture Laura as she demonstrated and initially felt I had her likeness and saw family resemblance, but wanted to capture the glow on her face and passion in her eyes that was directed elsewhere. It was great to watch the artists so involved with her processes and see excitement and visions stirring in their faces. Great place to be! Another demo today, 1-3 at 6718 Dale Dr., Darien!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dualing Portraits

Beverly Bronson was painting me in watercolor while I was drawing her in color pencil at the 3rd Annual Studio and Art Sale, 6718 Dale Dr., Darien IL. Still showing 10-4 today and tomorrow!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Driveway becomes gallery for Darien art show

Driveway becomes gallery for Darien art show

August 31, 2010


The annual Darien Fest produces quite a bit of traffic past the home of Laura Lein-Svencner. Just a couple of years ago, she found a way to make good use of it.

An artist, Lein-Svencner decided to turn her driveway into an outdoor art exhibit two years ago. As visitors made their way to and from the festival just around the corner, they stopped by Lein-Svencner's driveway to observe, admire and even buy her work and the work of fellow local artists.

Now that the event is an event in itself, it no longer needs to ride the coattails of the local festival. Instead, it's traditionally held the first weekend in September. This year's Third Annual Outdoor Studio Exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 3-5, weather permitting, at Lein-Svencner's home, 6718 Dale Road.

Along with Lein-Svencner's collages will be drawings and prints by Doris Lein of Yorkville and handmade jewelry by Nancy Cole of Naperville. Other artists might join them, transforming an asphalt driveway into an outdoor art gallery.

"We complement each other well, I think," Cole said of the artists gathered for the weekend show.

As their names might suggest, Lein and Lein-Svencner are cousins. They've created art together since they were children. That's also when Lein-Svencner got her start in collage, although at the time, she was just decorating the teacher's bulletin board.

"They would give me carte blanche," the creative youngster, now an accomplished professional artist, said.

Her penchant for turning paper into works of art solidified when she took a collage class 15 years ago. Several years later, in 2003, she founded the Midwest Collage Society as a means of sharing her art, and learning more about it.

Paper continues to be the primary material in Lein-Svencner's pieces, but her definition of paper is wide, encompassing everything from blueprints to greeting cards, phone books to paper bags.

Her series "Faceless People" also makes prominent use of tiny wooden, jointed dolls, as well as strings she used to sew together pieces of paper. The five pieces, in varying sizes but sharing muted tones, reflect on what Lein-Svencner sees as an impersonal society. All five will be for sale at the Outdoor Studio Exhibit.

Also on display at the exhibit will be Lein-Svencner's series "13 Moons." Inspired by the children's book 13 Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac, the series travels through a year's worth of full moons, examining the changes that take place as nature progresses through the seasons. The original works, as well as prints of each of the 13 pieces, will be for sale.

Showing people what she has done isn't enough for Lein-Svencner. From 1 to 3 p.m. each day, she also will show people how she does what she does during free collage demonstrations.

Artists typically don't like to replicate each other's work, but the Outdoor Studio Exhibit is an idea Lein-Svencner would like to see mimicked by other local artists. She envisions a day when art lovers can travel from lawn to lawn, driveway to driveway, in a weekend full of outdoor exhibits throughout Darien.

"There just aren't enough places to see art," Lein-Svencner said.

Lein-Svencner's Outdoor Studio Exhibit will take place at 6718 Dale Road, located east of Clarendon Hills Road and north of Plainfield Road. Admission is free.

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