Wednesday, June 29, 2011

X-Dots for the Library

I just finished the posters for this years fundraiser for the Gafney Library. I made a collaged version on foam board for display in the library, and then I made a Photoshop version for printing and posting. I used some of my marker dots cut into quarters and rotated 45 degrees to form flashing white X's as the decoration.

This year there are 57 local artists donating their work which will be on display in the library for most of July. Raffle tickets are $1. so if you find yourself in Wakefield, take a chance!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two New Crosses

I never did finish my previous post. That list of Russian artists should have hyperlinks to pictures of their work. I got Internet Explorer 9 in the midst of it and then couldn't highlight and link in the compose editor. So I painfully set it up by doctoring the html only to find I couldn't publish or save. So now I am back in Firefox and things are back to normal.

Having no computer for a while was actually good for me. I had fun drawing and cut a path in the back yard which I will photograph for my Temporary Blog. I made good use of one of my crosses as an hours advertisement for my bead shop.

I wish I could put it on my websites but my Front Page will not run on Windows 7. But aside from that, and no longer having MSWord, everything else is pretty much back to normal. I'm enjoying the speed of my cable and, to get back to the Russians, I found a bunch of cool YouTube videos on Kandinsky and El Lissitzky that I will make the subject of a later post.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Constructivism and the Visual Verities

I've just begun reading George Rickey's book Constructivism: Origins and Evolution (Revised Editon; NY: George Braziller, 1995) which I purchased some time ago at the Museum of Fine Arts bookstore in Boston. I wasn't into collage yet but look at those dots on the cover! Even back then they held an attraction for me.

The term "Constructivism" was invented c.1914 by Russian artist Vladimir Tatlin to define objects built rather than cast or carved, or any design in two or three dimensions reminiscent of Euclid: flat and rectilinear or made with straight edge or compass.

The constructivists (1913-1922) include some of my favorite Russian artists: Tatlin, Malevich, Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Naum Gabo, Antoine Pevsner and (briefly) Wassily Kandinsky.

In the preface to the revised edition, the author presents this list of visual verities ". . . waiting like the keys of a piano for a human touch:"


















Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Cross Block

My new internet cable was installed this morning. I have a few problems that hopefully will be solved by the new connection speed, and then things will be back to normal, a newer,*faster* normal!

I can upload images to my blogs again. Hooray!

Friday, June 10, 2011


My computer is dying. So I will be absent for a while until I can get a replacement. I can be reached at 603-522-6529 (sorry, got that wrong the first time - typo corrected!) and my shop is open 10-5. I will be open 7 days during July and August; otherwise closed on Tue & Wed. Hope to be back soon. -Anita

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ten Crosses

I'm having so much fun with these marker drawings. Last night I did a bunch of them. I started making them larger and ended up having to piece a couple of them together from two images as they were too large for the scanner. I will play further with some of these to see what they will do when repeated.

Here is number 10: