So Niclcole Tamarin messaged me to tell me the subject on Illustration Friday was "Glasses." I have never participated in that site before today, but how could I NOT do it now for the first time?? Check it out! I posted my family portrait shown below.
This is an illustration I did after reworking an old piece I did for Soap Opera Digest years ago. The theme of the old art was that every family had at least one skeleton or slightly nutty member in the closet. In this case, it was the grandma!
What do you think? Do you think every family has at least one eccentric character? I do, but I'm not saying who that person is in my family...
Imagine waking up to the glorious morning sunshine once the weather warms, and you stroll out to your backyard with a steaming cup of coffee, breathe in the sweet scent of spring, listen to the happy chirping of the birds building their nests, and then you glance down....and see the coolest pair of glasses sitting on your lawn as though some giant came along and took off his eyewear to rub his eyes. Life is really cool, you think to yourself.
And it is. Because, when people take a concept and run with it, and make objets d'art with such irrevrence and for the fun of it, life really is cool! And who would have thought of a giant pair of glasses as backyard sculpture? Someone who has a wonderful sense of whimsy, that's who. Oh, and someone who also loves glasses!!
These creations are by an artist living in Alaska, Frances Scholz. Head on over to the web site and take a look! Then watch for a giant pair of glasses in my backyard one of these days.
I was recently interviewed by Monica Lee over at Smart Creative Women. Monica runs a great site that gives people the opportunity to hear about artistic journeys from the artists themselves. She also offers sage career advice and consultation if you are a working artist or creative person.
I was happy to share my history, even if I did reveal the extent to which I STILL have my Rockland County New York accent! I don't know about you, but I love getting to know the hows, whys, and wherefores that artists go through to get to where they end up. I truly enjoyed talking about my own winding life journey in the arts.
I am also sharing some pictures from my home as well as some new paintings. To be honest, everything in my life is pretty connected: the books, the art and the things I collect. Can't really take one thing away from the other. So go over to my other blogs, Design Rocket and Cats and Jammers Studio for more peeks into my studios and home!
Well, yes. Yes I do have more than one pair. I won't tell you exactly how many, but I just picked up my latest today ( a pair of striped illestevas to be exact, fitted with transiton progessive lenses) and while I was there I left another pair to be fitted with prescription lenses, too. I don't buy designer clothing, designer pocketbooks or fancy shoes (although I could develop a serious custom cowboy boot habit, given the chance), so my fashion vice of choice is eyewear.Lots of eyewear.
But Mr. Gok Wan says I should have more than one pair. Well, then, I say OK!!! Anyway, that's my story and I 'm stickin' to it!
Well I know I can write about glasses, and wear glasses, and collect glasses, and even EAT glasses...but who knew you could take pictures with glasses? Not me! And, yes, yes you can!! Check out this cool camera here!
Will someone please put these in my Christmas stocking????
Just when you thought you couldn't get enough images of eyewear in your life (or maybe I can't get enough images of eyewear in MY life) I come along and show you this.
Because if you really, really LOVED glasses, then you would just have to have this case for your iPad which is part of my Really Really Retro line of designs.
Seriously, some of my favorite designs are available at Solid Line Products and you should go on over and check them out. If glasses are not your thing, but you like retro design, then maybe you would prefer these.
Ok, so now I am totally out of the closet as the lover of eyewear that I am. After all, my book GlamorousGlasses didn't just develop out of thin air. I've lived it for 50 years!
So, imagine my total and absolute thrill to be doing the above: siging copies of the book at none other than my favorite optician's, Focal Point in Newton, MA! Neil, pictured below, and Joanne, his wife, ordered lots of copies of Glamorous Glasses to offer in their shop. They very thoughtfully suppport local authors, and often sell their signed books right there, but I think this time the book they are selling couldn't be more appropriate. Don't you agree?
Of course, signing GG in Focal Point has an enormous down side: I NEVER leave there without trying on potential new glasses for me to "need". Some gals love designer bags and others love expensive shoes. MY addiction is eyewear.
I tried on some purple cat eye frames and a pair of mottled brown glasses. Not quite right for me. In the end I actually left there with two new pairs that I had ordered my last time in the shop: one, a pair of green frames with slightly blue tinted lenses and the other pair are tortise shell frames, with purple lenses. I also not long ago got white frames with bright blue lenses.
I just did get a few other sets of frames, this time from Etsy. They are vntage and quite funky. One pair is bright yellow. I have always wanted yellow frames.....