56 Hands

A few weeks ago I was asked to help my grandson Nicky’s sixth grade class prepare a piece of art for the annual school fundraising auction.  I was only too happy to do so.  They had been studying the Grand Canyon and so we decided to focus on images of said canyon.  Since we had 28 children we decided to do a triptych.  The photo we used was cut into 30 squares, then each was enlarged to 6″ x 6″ on the computer.  Using these rather blurry enlargements, each child painted a replica onto 6″ x 6″ canvas paper.  The pieces were assembled in order on 3 stretched canvases each 12″ x 30″.  The final effect was similar to the Lincoln piece Salvador Dali did in the 1970s.  Viewing it from a distance is essential to see the canyon.  In the meantime, the colors and shapes make a striking abstract closer in.

The auction was last night and we were in attendance.  The winner of the piece was my husband Bill!  What a guy!  He has always been an avid supporter of the arts.  And, this time the money went to help our grandsons’ school.  We have a great new work of art on our mantel.



A Lifetime Journey

Very recently one of my daughters asked me to write down some of the stories of my life.  I have been wrestling with this request as I am not really a writer.  However, I am a visual artist.  I have also been struggling with a direction for my art.  The two have come together in a most synchronistic way.  Art journaling!

Before I can focus on that, I need to clean up my art world of some unfinished work.  Some of that work includes jewelry making.  I am donating all of the sales of the remaining finished work to the Relay for Life, The Arthritis Foundation, and The Preeclampsia Foundation.  Take a look at my etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wJJewelry