Joanne painted this tea bag art and created a greeting card for my July 4th birthday.
My friend Joanne, belongs to an artists’ group in St. Augustine, Florida, -Cafe Sketchers
“Mary Ann Miller is the leader . Our group is the Cafe Sketchers and the blog is Sketching in Provence as a group of them went a few years ago…
We meet at a different cafe each time and sketch and eat. Lately we meet via zoom and share what we’re working on.” Joanne writes
“the idea was to use a teabag in a sketch/painting/print in any way you desired. Ideas included painting directly on dried and emptied teabags (inspired by New York artist Ruby Silvious), printing with the wet bag and making something out of that shape, painting with tea or painting a picture of a teacup. I used tea to dye unbleached muslin to cover my T-Doodles books”
The members painted tea bags and to see their artwork click here
“Quick Anna. Get my phone. Take pictures for me” we rolled down her window.
I’d picked her up at cross country practice about four. On the way home the Ohio landscape was reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Wheat Fields and Cypresses to me but I was driving. Anna kept shooting. Thanks Anna for capturing the scene.
I loved the addition of the bright school crossing sign
I was headed to I-279 and pulled into Phineas Street on the North Side to capture beloved Pittsburgh Pirate, Roberto Clemente’s likeness on this building.
Artist Jeremy Raymer painted this stunning mural. Here’s an article written by Bob Bauder about the painting.
The building that served as the “canvas” for Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente’s portrait is Verdetto’s Bar and Restaurant.
Artist Susan Middleman’s paintings and collages on the last day of her show at Spinning Plate Gallery.
Bold, colorful, and alive is how I’d describe her paintings. The dancers look as if they could dance right off the wall.
follow her on Instagram @susan_middleman
Happy Go Lucky Hearts Hotel (and Hostel) In Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood.
Mural Art by Dom Browne, artist from Kildare Ireland. This is a LOT of mural painting, Dom.
Click here to see a gallery of the details of Mr. Browne’s Happy Go Lucky Hearts painting. You will find lots of recognizable iconic images- Bruce Lee, Rich Uncle Pennybags, Mary Poppins, Jack Nicholson, Curt Kobain, minions, emojis, Batman, to name a few
The colorful Happy Go Lucky Hotel really stands out- right next door are regular buildings.
What Steve Put on the Mantel
A blog post from December 2009
Not a single “like” clicked when first posted 20 December 2009. A few comments but zero likes. It’s one of my favorites.
Thought I’d repost today.
What Steve Put on the Mantel
Deborah McLaren’s still life is one I purchased at the PERSAD Celebrate Life Celebrate Art auction held at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh last May (2009). The other day I sat at the table, looked up and saw Steve’s additions to the decor. He’s been purchasing RITZ crackers frequently since I bought the painting- subliminal influence? I wrote to the artist for her permission to post the image of her painting along with his props. Steve’s fun additions- the unexpected sight of them in front of the still life- I laughed out loud!
The title of today’s post comes from a conversation I had with one of the guards in the gallery. He has seen two women lie down on the museum floor to look up the dresses ( he thought they had fainted), two men blow on the hanging costumes to get them to move (saliva included) and a 5 or 6 year old ran into the Queen Elizabeth gown the other day. Today I saw a woman reach to touch the gossamer lace on a collar. It’s hard to fathom that the gorgeous costumes/sculptures are made entirely of paper but they are.
Today at the Frick Art Museum we viewed the exhibition of Isabelle de Borchgrave : Fashioning Art from Paper
Looking around the walls of Mark and Erika’s home, I see several paintings by Pittsburgh artist William Pfahl.
Here is the latest addition to their collection of Bill Pfahl’s art.
St. Boniface on Northside where Anna, Michael and Jack were baptized Immaculate Heart of Mary – Mark and Erika’s Wedding.
August 17, 2002. Polish Hill Central Catholic High School- Mark class of ’94
View from the Quad
Here’s a photo I took at Bill’s art show in Sharpsburg.
And here is he is painting the 16th Street Bridge
Bill was part of the People at Work Show at Panza Gallery July 2018
Here is his palette
thanks Bill for commemorating the important Pittsburgh landmarks that mean so much to Mark and Erika and their children.
Here is my friend Vincie in my living room, holding a Bodhi Wind original portrait painted in 1965, She had just picked it up from the framer’s where Jennifer Panza had helped her select the frame and matting. Vincie brought it in and we unwrapped it so I could admire the framed portrait. I’d gone with her to help get it framed, weeks ago.
It’s a really good story.
Five years ago last April, I posted about the Extraordinary Art of Bodhi Wind
In that post I wrote about my friend Steve reading an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette by Joe Smydo about what to do with the artwork of an artist who had passed away. When he read the article, he kept asking me if my friend Vincie knew Bodhi Wind since he’d graduated from her alma mater, Perry High School. After a couple of weeks of him asking if I had checked with Vincie if she knew Bodhi Wind, I finally remembered to ask her. “Vincie, Steve has been on my case to ask you if you knew a Bodhi Wind who graduated from Perry High School who was an actor in LA”.
Steve had mentioned the murals Bodhi Wind painted for the Robert Altman film 3 Women No, she didn’t know him.
So a few days later the three of us are in the car and it comes up again.
Steve is determined. Asks Vincie himself. Turns out I messed up by asking about an actor when I should have inquired about an artist.
When we got home, Steve got on the computer upstairs and called Vincie to come and read the article. And there was the missing clue. Bodhi Wind had changed his name. For more information it said to contact his mother Mrs. Kuklis. Vincie said, yes, she knew him. Yes, Vincie and Charles (Chip) Kuklis not only went to High School at Perry together but they were classmates in elementary school. Steve was insistent that she must have known him and not only did she know him but they were very good friends in elementary school, too.
This past August, Vincie and her friend Maribeth were attending their 50th Perry High School Reunion. Over the reunion weekend, the two of them went to visit Mrs. Kuklis at her home. Her granddaughter helped show them her Uncle’s artwork but before they looked at the work, they sat in the living room. Vincie said that Chip had painted her portrait when they were in high school. Mrs. Kuklis said “I have it.”
Not only did his mother have the portrait he painted of Vincie in high school, Mrs. Kuklis had set in out on a special chair for Vincie to see, and Mrs. Kuklis asked Vincie if she would like to have it. Oh my!
What a gift!
Vince wth the original portrait of herself, painted by her childhood friend- Bodhi Wind/Chip Kuklis. You can see his signature and the date 1965