I appreciate you checking into my blog. I love sharing my ideas with you. But, we have moved. Our new blog posts are being posted on FromJaneMMason.com. Lots of new posts covering artists, startling insights in art history, art techniques, and more — just like my “Art in the Center” blog. The photos below show […]
Riveting Mission: From a County Fair to Alpaca Farm in Quest for Rug Hooking Success
The little five-year-olds were fearlessly bouncing pogo-stick-like on top of these horses. It was riveting.
Confucius says, “We insist on making it complicated”
The boardwalk is floating over a bog. So it is a marsh below and surrounding the walkway…but it would easily swallow any brush, bag, or cell phone that happened to slip toward the edge.
A Cut of Silhouette History
It was almost a “hair-stand-on-end” moment …the boisterous crowd, talking and jostling, and then the passion of the French peasants, laborers, and countrymen captivated by the animated storytelling of the narrator.
When Shape is the Thing… from Matisse’s Cut-outs to Silhouettes
And, just so we are clear…. she doesn’t draw anything…She “freehands” by holding the paper and the scissors in the air while looking at her subject.
Beauty In the Birds-Eye Mind of the Beholder
An experiment in coaxing wild birds to see my point of view. Was it successful?
Courage and Creativity: Clashing on the Journey
Being an artist takes courage. To really get into the deep muck of being an artist you have to conquer your fears and allow yourself to be put out there—by your own doing. You have to grapple with challenging the conventions of normalcy. The creative process might involve the sometimes brutal slamming together of unknowing, […]
Rug Hooking: Fine Craft, Originally Created from Worn-out Wool
Traditional crafts tend to grow from a functional basis as well as incorporating culturally influenced symbols and art. They often convey a naive or untrained sense of design. One of my favorite fine crafts is rug hooking. Originally, rug hooking recycled fabrics to create rugs, wall hangings or other textiles to warm up rooms in […]