Tuesday, September 29, 2009

First Grandchild

My dear friend Roberta, is having her first grandchild and is giving a baby shower for her daughter 'n law. These are personalized bookmarks for the guests which was created from the same hand painted paper I used to create the Family Tree Album I designed and created from scratch for her grand daughter to keep and pass on when she has children.

This album was created by hand painting Arches 90# watercolor paper with acrylics to give an antique feeling as well as a neutral and contemporary entrance into the present and future. There are many layers of color muted by blotting each layer after saturating the paper one color at a time.
After taking Judy Wilkenfeld's class, I saw the importance of constructing a book that will last many years and generations. I therefore, used heavy book board cutting to dimension of the paper I painted and being the starting point. I painted full sheets of paper, folded in half and then in quarters, tearing by hand to make the signatures. There are 6 signatures of 2 papers making 8 pages each which luckily for me was plenty of pages to give each photo it's importance in the family tree.

I found I had fabric that I wasn't sure where it came from, but was enough, the perfect color, texture and feeling for this album. I added, at the end, the antique ribbon I had purchased at the Rose Bowl Flea Market some time ago and a reproduction brass piece to show which side was the front.

The beginning...a calligraphic quote I added for "grandma" to be which is a perfect introduction to this thoughtful gift.

I thought it was extremely interesting that these two women originally met in High School, the 60's in the Bronx, NY. I, also, was in their graduating class at this same High School which, in Yiddish, is bashert...meant to be.

This is the lovely parents to be at their wedding in 2007. These pages are just a suggestion of what is actually in this album...I didn't want to bore the viewers. It went on for generations.
At the end, I left several pages for the baby's photos. It was a project made with love and a life time of friendship combined. A pleasure job for sure...I'm a lucky gal!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A birthday gift for Jon

One of Jon's favorite words....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jon's 70th Birthday Party

My son, Sal and his girlfriend, Gabby...

Lisa, Roe and little old me....

Me and my son Sal....my big Bubba!

Jon's eldest grandson, Jonathan and granddaughter Joy....

Jon, his daughter, Lisa, her husband Frankie in black and their 5 children...the little one in pink is Lexi, our dearest friends, Roe and D's granddaughter.

Kaitlin and Joy....

We had a party in celebration of my honey's 70th Birthday this past Saturday. These are a few photos of family and friends. We had a great time!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Some new work for the Gallery

After selling several of my pieces in the last month at Ten Women Gallery, I suddenly had to busy myself with getting some new things created to fill those empty spots on my wall. I decided to go with mixed media using my calligraphy which is the direction I am going these days to carve a niche for myself and be original. Hope it works!