Monday, August 30, 2010

Design: Recycled gate with embellishments

My house came with a perfectly situated area on the south side for a veggie garden. With two big curious dogs, I needed to block off the area to prevent the hounds from foraging through the future veggies. (Photo from four years ago.)I had a guy build a six-foot tall fence with vine-like twisted rebar on the top, for fun.

Instead of having him build a gate from scratch, he installed a beautifully functional sturdy second-hand iron gate that I found for a very low cost. However, as one of my friends (who for what he may lack in imagination, he more than makes up for in stating the obvious) said, "the gate is missing three finials". Well, yes it is, and my "plan" was to continue the organic theme of the wild rebar topped fence onto the gate.
Yesterday afternoon I completed this little project. I created sunflowers and leaves from saved tin cans and connected them all with a "vine" made from metal coat hangers. There is now a handmade sunflower (matching this year's main garden crop) in each place of a missing finial. The center of the "vine" twists and turns into the word "Sun".

I hung a big iron sunflower (votive candle holder) on one side of the gate (to obscure the old lock mechanism). The tin flowers, leaves and iron vines will rust over time just as they have on the wind chime I made over ten years ago, shown in the photo below.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Creativity & Wonder: Yesterday, two years ago...

Above: Goose with Peacock Aspirations, acrylic on canvas, Toni Youngblood 2009

Yesterday, two years ago...I busted loose and began stretching my wilted and atrophied wings---to take off and fly!!! I was prepared with my "What if" list of things I'd LOVE to do! And I also posted early in my blog's life about "Lemonade, the Movie", which covers the topic of creative types being laid off from their "real" jobs. After being set free into the great unknown-wild-wide-out yonder, they discovered how to produce happier more satisfying meaningful lives for themselves using their own skills, talents, hearts, souls, and loves to make their "living".
*****Check out this spanking new blog: Salt Lake Concert Posters
It's produced by Charley Hafen Jewelers - Gallery and is a jumping off point from the 1995 exhibit, Salt Lake Sixties, which showcased 1960's Utah Rock & Roll Posters and artwork owned by several local collectors. It is a pleasure for me to be involved in developing the blog venue for documenting this historic creative material and period. The blog also serves as an on-going project of documentation and solicitation for more information regarding the Salt Lake Sixties. What do you know? Salt Lake Concert Posters

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Artwork: Utah Watercolor Society Fall Exhibit entry

Above: There you stood on the edge of your feather, Expecting to fly - Toni Youngblood, 2010, watercolor on Arches watercolor paper. Words by Neil Young from his poem/lyrics for Expecting to Fly.

The submissions request is early this year---the deadline is today. I just made it! Whew! The theme: "Poetry in Color", calls for paintings inspired by a line in a poem to tie in with the Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Artwork: Almost home...

This pup's portrait is complete and ready to go home! What a cutie she is with her unusual blue coat and matching eyes!
Above photo: Kitty-in-a-Basket (tastes just like chick'n), was sent in by the talented Vincent-O, the stunning drumming architect.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Artwork and Creativity: Peace and Gallery Stroll

Photo: Toni Youngblood, Allium Seed Pods, 2010

Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world. - Etty Hillesum

August Gallery Stroll - August 20th, 6-9 pm.
For a printable (PDF) version of this list, click here.
15th Street Gallery – 1519 S 1500 E; 801-468-1515Currently showing contemporary still life, abstracts, land and cityscapes by Gia Whitlock, Aaron Bushnell, Andrjez Skorut, Lloyd Platt and Aaron Lifferth.
A Gallery – 1321 S 2100 E; 801-583-2100Please join us for a special evening to meet the artists of A Gallery.
Alpine Art – 430 E South Temple; 801-355-1155Traditional Contemporaries, featuring the work of Marian Dunn, Anthony Ithurralde, Dave Marlaire, Cassandria Parsons, Jeff Pugh and Angela Woods.
Anthony's Fine Art and Antiques – 401 E 200 S; 801-328-2231Currently offering an important collection of early Utah art, including J. B. Fairbanks, John Hafen, J. T. Harwood, Ranch Kimball, Alfred Lambourne, Lee Greene Richards, LeConte Stewart, A. B. Wright, Mahonri Young and others.
Art Access – 230 S 500 W; 801-328-0703 Art Access Gallery is pleased to host the annual Partners Exhibition featuring the work of six teams of mentor/apprentice artists. Access II Gallery is hosting the annual Teen Workshop Exhibition featuring selected works from six summer workshops.
Art at the Main – Ground floor of the Main City Library, 210 E 400 S; 801-363-4088 Improvisation, a new collection of paintings by Sue Martin will be featured along with music by John Louvier and friends.
Artistic Framing and Sugarhouse Gallery – 2160 Highland; 801-486-4893Artist Nada Meeks and her show, the Dark Arts, will be on display this month. These photographic works are loaded with ambiguous and sinister content. Sure to delight, we invite all to embrace the macabre.
Blonde Grizzly – 15 E 400 S; 801-355-9075Featuring paper cuttings by Cindy Ferguson. Inspired by roadtrips throughout the country and a general feeling of patriotism, Cindy’s show, titled Glory, Hallelujah, is a tribute to the United States.
Charley Hafen Jewelers – 1409 S 900 E; 801-521-7711Featuring two artists this month: Dayle Record’s Abstract Waterscapes present photographic images from nature and its patterns repeated . Jake Reese shows his colorful, spontaneous figure paintings.
Finch Lane and Park Galleries / Art Barn – 1340 E 100 S (in Reservoir Park); 801-596-5000Presenting the Glass Art Guild of Utah with Fusion and Vision through September 17th.
Food Art at the Broadway Market – 242 E 300 S; 801-363-3939Offering greeting cards, local sterling silver food castings made into fine jewelry by Laura Besterfelt, pottery by Sidney Smith, petrified wood fruit and vegetable bowls and organic produce made into unique edible art. Come See!
Frame Shop at 6th and "L" – 752 E 6th Avenue; 801-359-4604Presenting Glery Becerra, amazingly detailed oils and acrylics that inspire and uplift and Jane Carlston Myers, award winning work in public collections in Asia, Canada and USA.
Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art – 151 S Main; 801-532-1336Featuring a distinct collection of European masters from the 16th to 21st centuries, including the largest collection of original Danish works (outside the Danish national museums) by notable artists such as Bloch, Kroyer, Henningsen, Wegmann and Molsted.
HORNE Fine Art – 142 E 800 S; 801-533-4200Take a vacation right in town. Dive into Jamie Wayman's swimmer paintings, linger in local restaurant patios by Karen Horne and enjoy Wasatch front vistas by Phyllis Horne.
the Hotel – 155 W 200 S (upstairs); 801-660-5857Presenting Gallery Stroll after party beginning at 9pm. Evenings Live, upstairs in the ballroom + mercury lounge, is a one-of-a kind experience integrating live art, live music and new collections from featured artists every month in a high energy nightclub environment.
Mestizo Gallery – 31 W North Temple #700; 801-596-0500Featuring the Starving Harvest. This visual sensation features the dynamic paintings of New York City native and local transplant, Carlos Perez. The show features dramatic narratives and complex combination of urban, eastern, and western academic principles.
Michael Berry Gallery and Custom Framing – 163 E 300 S; 801-521-0243 Presenting a group show featuring works by Lucia Heffernan, Willamarie Huelskamp, Tim Little, David Marti, Pilar Pobil, Victoria Stovall and others.
Phillips Gallery – 444 E 200 S; 801-364-8284 Annual Summer Group Show.
Rio Gallery – 300 S Rio Grande; 801-533-3582Presenting Celebrating the Life and Memories of the Rio Grande's 100 Years, sponsored by the Utah Division of State History.
SLC Ink – 1150 S Main; 801-596-2061Presenting Illuminations, by David Normal. “Illuminations” are an application of a commercial signage technique to a fine art purpose that creates an alternate world of mythic satire. Like glowing stained glass windows, they invoke a sacred atmosphere.
UT Artist Hands – 61 W 100 S; 801-355-0206Many Hands, a summer group show featuring the works of the gallery represented artists. Showing June 18th through August 31st. Each month different artists will be on hand for demonstrations.
Williams Fine Art – 200 E South Temple Ste 100; 801-534-0331Featuring contemporary paintings of historic Black Rock. Join us in viewing work by David Meikle, George Handrahan, Dennis Smith, Ken Baxter, Susan Gallacher and others. Also see new arrivals by Kate Starling, Elva Malin and Charles Muench.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Creativity: The two-headed lady...And Free Film Series

More family fun from the reunion: Last Saturday was Carnival Day for the children in the family and one of the attractions was the two-headed lady (aka my identical twin nieces in a very BIG dress!).

My multi-talented and entertaining house mate is head of the Free Film Series this year at the Associated Students of the University of Utah. See this semester's line up on the poster above.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Creativity/Gifts: Paisley Pomegranate - You won't believe what you'll find inside.

Paisley Pomegranate is moving from their location on Wilmington Avenue (in the shopping area of Bed Bath and Beyond and Whole Foods) on September 1. They are negotiating a lease for a new location---soon to be announced. Until then, they are having a moving sale. Paisley Pomegranate is dear to me because they are the first location in Salt Lake City (and their Park City store, too) to offer my note cards and original paintings for sale.

I was in the SLC shop yesterday and saw lots of lovely items at 30% to 70% off of the original price. (Jewelry and original art work are not included in these markdowns.) Taking advantage of the moving sale will help them lighten their load for their packing and moving and, of course, it's a nice thing to do for your pocket book, as well.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wonder: Family Reunion...

This photo is of my sister-in-law and her siblings while they were living in Germany. She is pictured on the far right. They eventually immigrated with their mother to the US, several years after the end of WWII. An incredible story leads up to this. She and my brother married when I was exactly one month old. So I have known these siblings my whole life. Yesterday was the beginning of a weekend-long family reunion of the "children" in the photo and their many descendants. How wonderful to experience the continuity, camaraderie and fullness of life! ~Sparky

Friday, August 6, 2010

Artwork: New portrait in progress

I've begun laying in the tones (lights and darks) on this painting portrait of a darling "blue" dachshund with blue eyes! Progress shot above. I'm hoping her mom is going to like it as much as I'm enjoying painting it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Out There

I'm happy to have these three paintings appear in an upcoming group exhibit. It is the first time my paintings from this series will be featured in a show. They are acrylic paint on canvas board and were created using melted wax as a frisket for layering acrylic paint. Melted wax does not mix well with acrylic paint. Oil paint and/or dry pigment are compatible to use for coloring the wax in encaustic painting. The use of melted wax in these acrylic paintings has been purely as a frisket or masking device as I add subsequent layers of acrylic paint colors. So I am taking advantage of the property that the wax and acrylic do not mix. When I am ready, I peel away the hardened wax to reveal the image I'm after. Sometimes there are multiple wax peelings during the course of making a painting and other times the wax is removed at the end.
Above: Calligraffiti No. 1-Waxing and Waning, 2009

Above: Calligraffiti No. 2 - Contrapunto, 2009

Above: Calligraffiti No. 3 - Writing Between the Lines, 2009



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