Monday, November 1, 2010

Sweet Music & Stories for Penguins*

This little fiddler is another piece that will be on display at the JCC for the next three months. I love violin music, or fiddle music if you are a bluegrass lover like me, and in particular, Norman and Nancy Blake's "Cairo Waltz".  That sweet song was running through my head as I created this little fellow.

*There is a disclaimer that goes along with this piece and that is that Emperor penguins live in Antarctica and not where people would normally be found. So I am taking my artistic license firmly in hand and putting these two together in this scene.

New Work for JCC Display: Flight of Fancy

This is one of several pieces that will be on display at the Jewish Community Center in Niskayuna, NY from November through January. The inspiration for these pieces were the children that go there for daycare and preschool. Reading about the declining creativity in our children (if we can believe everything we read) I thought about all the neat things kids can do that a) don't cost anything and b) get kids into that "state of bliss" and help them cope with whatever is going on in their world.

This piece hangs suspended in flight, her hands clutching two feathers, her eyes closed in the wonderful feeling of flying like a bird.