End of an Era

April 05, 2012

After 19 years, I’m not painting on glass anymore. I’m tired of the solvents, tired of wearing a respirator.
I’m ready to do something else.

Have you always wanted one of my reverse glass paintings?
I have about 25 paintings left. Now’s your chance.

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Fall Open Studio

October 29, 2011

I love this time of year.  I love the soft light, and looking forward to the All Souls Procession.  I love riding my bike around and serendipitously running into friends.  I love sleeping on the back porch when the nights are finally chilly.

I’ll be on the  Tucson Pima Arts Council’s Fall Studio Tour, so come by.
Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, from 11AM-5PM.
The studio is in the backyard at 522 S Fifth Avenue in downtown Tucson.

Most of the work I have right now is the new work I’ve been doing with maps, but expect some surprises too.
If it’s chilly I’ll have a fire in the outdoor fireplace all day.

Maximize your joy and do the Studio Tour is on a bike! Let me know you rode your bike and I’ll have a special present for you.

 

 

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Tucson Rocks!

October 05, 2011

Tucson Museum of Art is putting on a city wide celebration of rock and roll: Tucson Rocks.

I engraved a handful of vintage silverplate tableware with some favorite musicians, and they’ll be for sale at the Tucson Museum of Art gift shop. 100% of  proceeds will go to the Museum.

There’s a set of six dessert forks with the Beatles, Little Richard, and Elvis:
beatles

As well as an Elegant Ella Fitzgerald serving fork and a spoon (I think of it as a purse spoon) with Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul:

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Spoonbombing with Forks? OK……

September 23, 2011

I’m all excited about Cafe Passe’s Oktoberfest this weekend.  Beer in the garden, live music.
Sausage salad? I’m there!
I made a set of forks and spoons  especially for the event, and I’ll be spoonbombing them tomorrow afternoon at Cafe Passe.

Wurst is Best!
Cafe Passe SpoonbombingIf you find one I’d love to hear the story.

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Spoonbombing: Irene from Spain Checks In

August 15, 2011

I’m so excited! I heard back from someone who found one of my Spoonbombing spoons.
This came in my mailbox:

” My name is Irene and I am from Spain, although I have lived in England. I am traveling for a month I just happen to have found one of your lovely spoons. I stayed in a Hi hostel California and I bought a water melon. I wanted to eat it at the beach so I borrowed one of the spoons from the hostel. Then I have to change hostel next day and I forgot about the spoon. Having a look to it more carefully I realised that maybe someone from the hostel had written something on it, but I had a second check and noticed that it was quite good for been just anyone. It seems like and artist job. I was very curious and I had a look to the website and just found this. I am very happy!!!

Here’s the mysterious part: I left that spoon in the Pigeon Point Hostel near San Francisco several weeks before Irene found it in the Santa Monica Hostel. It traveled!

Irene and Her Spoon

Irene and Her Spoon. It says “YAY! Lovey Dovey” on it.

 

Irene, I am very happy too! Thank you for writing to me, and for traveling the world and paying attention to the little details in it.

Point Loma Spoons

The spoons I left at Point Loma

 

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Bicycle Work

August 05, 2011

A couple of years ago I bought an old beater Murray from the University of Arizona auction for $20, and covered it with nice soft fake fur. I named him Furry Murray.

Fur Bicycle

Furry Murray

I just gave him a makeover and a change of gender. Now her name is Flora.

 

Flower Bike

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Kindness: All proceeds to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona

July 01, 2011

I LOVE this painting.
It’s called Kindness, and I made it in honor of Paulus’s dog Clay, a huge old yellow rescue mutt with a huge kind heart. We really did put whipped cream on his food to entice him to eat.

Clay died two years ago, and I still miss him.

Clay was terrified of thunder and fireworks.
Once I was bringing groceries into the house in the middle of a thunderstorm. I put some bags down on the kitchen counter  and saw Clay cowering at the booming  thunder, in fear for his life. I tried to comfort him, but there is nothing a human can say to a dog who believes that the apocalypse has really truly arrived.
I had to make one more trip to the truck for one more bag of groceries. When I went back outside, Clay followed me closely out to the truck and back, covering me the whole way.
Brave heart! Clay believed I was in mortal danger, and he was risking his life to protect me from his deepest fear: thunder. I always remembered that about him, that he was willing to risk his life to keep me safe.

Now comes the season of fireworks and thunderous monsoons.
It’s the scariest time of the year for a lot of dogs. It’s common to see them running lost in the street on July 5th, or after big storms. The Humane Society helps reunite them with their people.

I have had this reverse glass painting for sale for $600.
I am ready to sell it and will  donate the entire sale amount to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, in honor of dear courageous Clay, and of you the buyer.
Since several people said they were interested, I have decided to auction it so it makes the maximum amount for the Humane Society.
Bidding starts at $300. Send me your bid with the contact form here on the site. I will accept payments over time.

It measures 22″ x 17″

Contact me if you’re interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You, Me, and the Refrigerator

June 17, 2011

DO YOU HAVE MY POSTCARDS ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR?

Send me a picture with the form at the bottom of this page. I’ll put your refrigerator up here, and send you more postcards.

Felix Valencia FridgeFelix Valencia’s dorm fridge, with Little Brother.  University of Arizona.


Peggy Sue McRae, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington.
Left: Long Wait; middle top: Zoe Braves the Rain; middle bottom: Man Fan; right: Powerlines

Rachel Miller, Tucson Arizona. Upper center: RightSide Up

 

Tracy Carroll, Tucson Arizona. Front: Hippie Girl; side: From the Rooftop
Elizabeth Miller and Sam Hughes, Santa Cruz California. Upper center: How I Will Find My Way Home

 

Mike, Wren, and Marley Sterner, Tucson Arizona. Upper left: Kindness.
Lori Adkinson and Christian Timmerman, Tucson Arizona. Sticker: Vintage Aprons.
David and Terry Fridge
David Forbes and Terry Nordbrock, Tucson Arizona. WOW! The whole Tucson ABC poster. I love the turquoise phone cord…
Kimi Eisele, Tucson Arizona. Lower left: Which Came First (stamp); middle: Powerlines
Lindsay's Fridge
Lindsay Scott, Tucson Arizona. Upper left: Cadeaux de Mariage. Upper right: Souvenir Map of Scoria
Kelly Watters, Tucson Arizona. Upper center: How I Will Find My Way Home; lower right: Charming the Fish
Kathryn Lee, Berkeley, California. Middle left: Souvenir Map of Scoria; Far right: Listening; Lower center: Milk

 

 

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Spoonbombing

Who? spoon

MYSTERY!

An experiment: I’m honoring my favorite restaurants and other places by spoonbombing them.

SPOONBOMBING? What?

I engrave  spoons (well, OK, sometimes forks too) especially for that particular place, and leave them with the dishes on the table when I leave.

Will anyone notice?
Will the spoons keep circulating in the restaurant?
Will visitors slip them into their pockets?
These are my burning questions, this is my research!

I’ve left spoons at Wilko,  Cafe Passe and Cafe Zope in Tucson, and at the Pigeon Point and Point Loma Hostels in California.

I spoonbombed New York City and left spoons in Provence en Boite and Trix in Brooklyn, and at Think Coffee in Manhattan after the October 15 march from Wall Street to Washington Square.

If you find one of my spoons, send me a message with the form below,  and tell me the story!

You can see the stories people send me in the NEWS section of this site.

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YAY!

What brings joy?
Sitting by the side of a busy pedestrian street, YAY!ing strangers as they walk by.

 

See it! Hear it! Feel happy!
Mamta Popat’s audio slideshow for the Arizona Daily Star

 

Valentines YAY!

YAY!

 

 

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Engraving on Metal

I take  great joy in engraving thriftshop forks and spoons. Each one is one-of-a-kind.

They are not for sale; I give them as gifts and donate them to fundraisers.

I sometimes make them on commission but do not accept payment.
You may make a gift to someone or something that makes the world a more joyful place, or I will accept a donation that will fund the purchase of  more thriftshop forks and spoons to give away.

Pie Party Forks. I made over 100 of these for Tucson’s annual Eat More Pie Party. All proceeds went to Owl and Panther, an organization that helps children of refugees and victims of torture express themselves creatively.

Spelling Bee Cauldron
Trophy for the Grand Prize for the winner of the ALL FOOD WORDS SPELLING BEE May 2011
Spelling Bee Spoons
Runners up in the ALL FOOD WORDS SPELLING BEE got silverware engraved with Really Hard-to-Spell Food Words
Back of Kore Press Garden Party fork
Engraving on the backs of the silver forks and spoons I made for the Kore Press Garden Party silent auction
Bronte Siblings Picnic Set
Set of picnic forks and spoon for the Kore Press Garden Party silent auction: The Bronte Siblings: Charlotte, Emily, Anne, Branwell, Maria and Elizabeth
Little Women Cake Forks
Set of four Little Women cake forks for the Kore Press Garden Party silent auction.

 

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Work up at Cushing Street Family Practice

June 01, 2011


I love  hanging my paintings in places where people find a still point in their day, those tranquil places where we have nothing to do but sit for a minute or two in the quiet.

This afternoon I was delighted to hang three paintings on the cool adobe walls of the waiting room at Cushing Street Family Practice.

Go have a look and say hello. They’re at 58 W Cushing Street, in the Barrio Viejo, just south of  Downtown Tucson.
Thank you Molly Wheelwright, P.A. and Ricci Silberman, P.A.

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About: GirlBrand Guitars

May 27, 2011

I’ve had the good fortune of collaborating with Chris Larsen of Girlbrand Guitars. I paint the plexiglass guitar tops, and Chris builds them into electric guitars.
The Girlbrand Guitars website is a wondrous cabinet of curiosities and broken links.  Well worth a visit.

GirlBrand Guitars hangtag

GirlBrand Guitars hangtag

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ComidaGirl

ComidaGirl

ComidaGirl detail

ComidaGirl

ComidaGirl

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LingerieGirl

LingerieGirl

LingerieGirl

LingerieGirl detail

LingerieGirl detaail

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BuggieGirl for Lynnie

BuggieGirl for Lynnie

BuggieGirl for Lynnie

One of my favorites.

BuggieGirl for Lynnie detail

BuggieGirl for Lynnie detail

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RocketGirl

RocketGirl

RocketGirl

RocketGirl

RocketGirl Detail

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PartyGirl

PartyGirl

PartyGirl

PartyGirl detail

PartyGirl detail

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RavenGirl

RavenGirl

RavenGirl

RavenGirl

RavenGirl

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FallujaGirl

FallujaGirl (Stop the Bombs)

FallujaGirl (Stop the Bombs)

FallujaGirl (Stop the Bombs) detail

FallujaGirl (Stop the Bombs) detail

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