Thursday, November 30, 2006

deMeng Holiday give-away coming next week

Hey eveyone,

ART Give-away
Last year I gave a piece of art away for the holiday. I've decided to do it again this year. Next week I'll announce the specifics, but to give you the heads up, it is more of a competition and should be pretty fun. So stay tuned and more info will come your way. I'll give you a clue (though I don't think it will help figure out the nature of the competition), go to Nicole McConville's site:
Next week it will all make sense...I can't wait. Now I have to go and make the prize.
Tell all your friends, the more entries the more interesting.

Are you curious yet?

Next order of business
thanks for all the comments on "My Favorite Piece...Ever"
to Jane:

to Carolyn:
Yes, anything I teach at Saluda will address the techniques used in this piece

to Hilari:
ding ding ding...correct! those are car beads

to Miz Carla
yep a ton of liquid nails...see you in Virginia.

to Peggi
I do love it when it comes together...finally!

talk soon,
p.s. I guess I won't have time to clean my studio.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

My Favorite Piece...EVER

Okay, so I've created my favorite piece of art to date. Periodically this happens where you finish a piece in which you surprise yourself of what you are capable of. This is such a piece. Sometimes you wonder what happened on that particular day. Was it the blend of coffee I drank? Was it the Seinfeld episode that was on the night before? Who knows? All I know it is moments like this that keep me creating. Making art is emotionally exhausting, and very seldom a blissfull experience. For me it is a battle with myself to find something worthy of sharing. Some pieces are less of a battle and fall right into place, while others drive me to the brink of smashing the art into smithereens.

Like most of my work, the piece is intuitive. At first I had no idea what it was about, then, at the end of the internal tug of war, I realized it's meaning. It's quite a personal piece and won't go into detail, but it has to do with the city of Sienna, Italy...thus the title "Sienna"

Hope you enjoy,

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dia de los Muertos 2007

Hey all

As many of you know the city of Oaxaca is in is so sad. What a beautiful place. Hopefully it can be that same magical city and everything will calm down. This has put the Day of the Dead workshop (2007) in the land of question marks. I have been talking to Colleen Darling (my organizer) and we are looking at a few options. Perhaps things will miraculously turn around and all will be well in a year. Another option that has popped up is moving it out of Mexico (there are really only a few places that celebrate D.O.D. with the zest of Oaxaca), and into Antigua Guatamala (the picture above is Antigua- I was amazed at how much it reminds me of Oaxaca). Apparently Day of the Dead is well celebrated there. We are checking with everyone who wants to go and see what sort of consensus there is. So just thought I'd keep everyone informed for now.

And Gris,

If you buy that bet I'll be there with whoever wants to follow.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Came across some nice work by Peggi

These two pieces are by Peggi Meyer Graminski. Thought they were quite nice...not to mention appropriate in relation to my last post.. Check out more of her work at

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Happy Day of the Dead

Days of the Dead are underway. I just got back fromValley Ridge after a great weekend of teaching and friends and food. Oh...and I spoke to a dead person...actually she spoke to me. Not going to go into that right now, I must ponder this a bit, but very wierd, and I'll leave it at that.

The above image is my ofrenda (dia de los muertos altar), which I just completed. About 15 years ago my friend Bev Glueckert and myself started a contemporary arts festival based on the Mexican holiday. Bev and I retired from the organizing position about 5 years ago, but it is still going on. Tomorrow is the procession..thousands of skeletons and giant puppets wandering down the Missoula night time street. Check it out if your in the area...its amazing...but dress warm. I have to go as el Diablo, because I'm playing a judge in the Miss Dead Debutante Pageant...hosted by Burnt Parts.

Today the SteamRoller prints are being made (large banner prints for the parade pressed by steamroller). Very cool and done by the printmaking department of the University of Montana.

Here's the link to Missoula's Festival of the Dead

see you there,