Going Mobile

To change it up a bit, I’ve been working on some mobiles.  I love mobiles because they are literally moving works of art.  The way the shapes and colors move through space is captivating.  Add in some wind or a fan and it reminds us even more of the presence of the air we breathe.  Thus, the same substance giving us life also puts life in the mobile.    Here are some of my mobiles.  (Please excuse the poor photography.  I found that it’s very hard to photograph a hanging, moving object!)


This mobile has black and white birds flying under a black branch with white leaves.  This mobile was created for a nursery.  Black and white where specifically chosen since babies see high contrast images clearer.  The branch is an actual piece of wood from nature coated in acrylic paint.  I wanted to bring part of the outside in – making these birds feel more at home.


This mobile has dark violet, light violet, lime and white elephants with large 3-dimensional ears.  The top of the mobile is a piece of grosgrain ribbon wrapped around aluminum wire.  The (almost) abstract, simplified elephants were created using a circle and then cutting pieces away.


Next, we have lots of color!  This mobile has two shades of orange foxes with white tipped tails, pink and blue hearts, two-tone green leaves and yellow stars.  Each object is hung from twisted aluminum wire.


Last, here is the sailboat mobile.  This one is my personal favorite.  The boat hulls are made from maps of the local area and are folded origami style.  The sails are white paper held up by natural hemp string.  The sailboats are floating below a structure made of aluminum wire and burlap.  I wanted to give the feeling of nautical rope for this piece.

If you are interested in seeing more mobiles, check out artist Alexander Calder.  His mobiles are absolutely amazing.  The balance and color are very captivating.  I was fortunate enough to see one in person at the Museo Panini on a trip to Italy.  The museum has a great little sculpture garden out front and the inside is filled with vintage cars and bikes.  Most interesting is that it sits right in the middle of a cheese farm.  You just might have a cow or two cross your path on the way in!

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Making Time for Art

This list of things “to do” every day seems to be getting longer and longer.  Most of these things fall into the boring responsibility category – work, cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.  Then there’s the necessary stuff like sleeping and eating, taking out the dog, taking care of the family, etc.  In all the commotion, it’s been hard to fit in creativity and art.

It’s not visual arts, but literature is a beautiful art form and is often a great way to wind down and relax after a busy day.  The book I’m currently reading is technically art related since the main character is an Art Historian and there’s references to famous artists and their works throughout.  It just happens to be on the best sellers list at the moment.  It is Inferno by Dan Brown.  If you read The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons or The Lost Symbol, you’d probably like this book too.  Not only is there accurate art info in there, but there’s exciting, fast-paced mystery and crime as well.  My favorite so far has been Angels and Demons.  However, I’m only about halfway done with Inferno… so we’ll see.

I have completed two new pieces since my last (long ago…) post.  The first one is a graphite drawing of a 1936 Morgan.  This beautiful car was made in Britain by Morgan Motor Company.  Morgan still makes cars to this day and they are still reminiscent of the same vintage, curvy lines of the 30s.  These cars have a very distinctive style that is not quite like any other.  Morgan also makes a three wheeled vehicle. The company is worth looking up, pretty interesting.


The other piece is a large painting for a nursery – well, for a nursery in my own home.  🙂  This whimsical piece is inspired by my growing family.  I used bright, playful colors and tried to capture some movement in the blue areas with varying the shades.  Enjoy!


“No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde