Tag Archives: Visual Arts

Chalking it Up

4 Aug

Two recent blog posts reminded me how much I liked to draw with chalk in my grandparent’s driveway. My own driveway was a bit steep, but Grandpa always had a good chalk supply for us cousins. First, The Improvised Life had a great post on chalk welcome mats and Kolams (amazing Indian chalk drawings). Then, Design Sponge interviewed  Dana Tanamachi, an artist who works in chalk. Amazing stuff.

better than scrapbooking

26 Jan

When I finished graduate school, a friend made me a collage of photos, favorite memories, and inside jokes. This collage is so much better than a scrapbook, because it is a piece of art that hangs on my wall, rather than a book on the shelf that I never think to look at.


Combining art, photographs, movie ticket stubs, and peppered with tiny flip-flops and a wee knitting basket, the collage hangs in my kitchen above my favorite cabinet.  Some of the pictures are simply of friends, others have longer stories that shall not be told outside our little band of brothers.  My favorite part is the background- white paper with lyrics handwritten in fountain pen.

“Take my love, take my land. Take me where I cannot stand.

I don’t care if I’m still free, you can’t take the sky from me.

Take me  out to the black, they’ll know I ain’t coming back

Burn the land and boil the sea, you can’t take the sky from me

Theres’ no place I can be, since I found Serentity

You can’t take the sky from me.”

Encaustics: beeswax paintings

13 Jan

If you are in Savannah anytime soon, you must stop by the Savannah Bee Company‘s store on Broughton Street. Walk past the glowing bottles of nectar, past the tasting bar and the kiddie play hive to the very back. Along the back wall is displayed the work of Elizabeth B. Guri, a local Savannah artist who creates encaustics. Encaustic arts are paintings and sculptures of beeswax or Damar resin mixed with pigments, oil based paints, or pastels. The paintings she creates are stunning. Vivid colors and textures in abstracts, landscapes, and still lifes. (can I say still lifes?) My favorite painting was a swirl of ocean. The paintings even have the faint, beautiful aroma of sweet beeswax.

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