Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vacation: St. Croix!

We just got back from vacation!  We don't go away often, but we just had a fantastic vacation in St. Croix.

Mike's sister has a house there, SolMates, which she rents out when she and her husband can't be there.  It's fabulous!  2 bedrooms.  2 baths.  Kitchen.  PRIVATE POOL!  Here's the link if you want to check it out.

One of the first things we did was a Snookah Tour via AQUAMAN.  Well, one of the first things we really did was drive across the island to Cane Bay and getting lost a few times across the way.  Mike did a fantastic job driving on the left side of the road.  I was navigator.  But there was a turn off that we just couldn't find.  It's pretty tropical down there.  Not everything is well marked.  But we found it eventually.  And THEN we did a Snookah Dive.

See the tube coming off Magoo's back?  That's his air tube.  The Snookah (also called Snuba) is a combo of snorkeling and scuba.  The air tank is on a little raft on the surface.  We were tethered to it (which was comforting for this Mom) but you could stay underwater the whole time.

It was fantastic!  I HIGHLY recommend doing this if you get a chance.

Another super fun activity was taking a tour to Buck Island, snorkeling the underwater National Park there, and spending time on the most perfect sandy beach that I've ever been too.  We did this tour via Caribbean Sea Adventures.

Our guide, Summer, took this underwater shot of Magoo and I snorkeling.

Mike got this great shot of some brain coral.  I LOVED the brain coral!  It looked like a Keith Haring painting.

The Political Line by Keith Haring
Here's the beach!  Isn't it gorgeous?

We did a half day trip, but if we go back -- or rather when we go back -- we'll definitely do a full day.  It's soooo wonderful!

Anyway, that's what I've been up to.  Fun in the sun.  I hope you've been enjoying summer too.
Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Recent Works

Bowl of Pears                      2016                       j. c. phillipps

Hi there.

June is kinda a crazy busy month for me.  School is out.  (Magoo, I am proud to report, got straight A's all year long.)  Lots of birthdays.  My art is up at a restaurant called The Spicy Green Bean in Glastonbury.  And I'm preparing for summer art camp at the end of June.

But I have had a little time to work on some art.  The piece above, Bowl of Pears,  is a watercolor that I recently completed.  I am trying to do smaller watercolors, as I have had a difficult time selling the larger ones.  Also, if the original artwork is smaller, it will fit in my scanner, and I can get a better reproduction for prints and cards.

The work below was done for a specific show at the West Hartford Art League in the Fall.  All pieces have to be 24" X 24" and self-portraits.

Julie with Poppies                 2016                   j. c. phillipps
I thought for awhile of what direction I should go with it.  It's unlikely a self-portrait will sell.  And 24" X 24" is not tiny, so this was either going to live in my basement or I had to come up with something I wouldn't mind having around.  I played with a few ideas, but I settled on the collage mosaic because #1. I have the paper.  #2. I love mosaics.  #3 It's just stylized enough for it not to matter a whole bunch if it's an awesome depiction of me.

It went faster than I thought it would and I enjoyed making it more than I thought I would.  But, as a 44 year old woman, hunching over to place tiny squares of paper on a canvas is not easy on my back. I don't think there will be too many of these in my future.  Still, I like how it turned out.

Did you see the Tonys?  Go Hamilton!
My heart and love goes out to Orlando.
Hope you all are well.
Thank you for stopping by.
Love is love is love is love.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Celebrate West Hartford 2016

This weekend was our town fair, Celebrate West Hartford.  Mike and I let Magoo loose to create havoc and mayhem with his middle school friends, and we hit the art show.

My friend David Davis Wilson is a fabulous potter.  I could lose some serious cash in his booth, but instead, I choose to build my collection gradually.  I already had the bowl with the houses.  It's my favorite go-to snack bowl.  So I bought the one with the truck this weekend.  I call it my Town and Country set.

If I was rich and had many houses, I would buy a lot more art.  It was a really good showing this year.  Lots of wonderful crafters and art.  I love wood crafts.  I would have loved to find some smaller salad bowls, but we did find this one man, Forrest Doyle, who makes these amazing cutting boards.  

He had a ton of wonderful pieces, but we settled on this one, The Golden Ratio.  Technically, it's a cutting board, but we mounted it on the wall of the dining room because it's really too nice for the mess that we would make of it.  That said, if I'm having a fancy party and need a nice cheese board, I might put it into use.

Later in the afternoon, Magoo called to be picked up.  I met him in a parking lot and saw that he had a GIANT alien with him.

After a failed attempt to deflate it, and trying to fit it into our small car this way and that, this is what we ended up with.

You can imagine the stares and giggles we produced on our way down the street.  That kid's a sucker for inflatable aliens.

Saturday was sunny and great.  Sunday went from overcast to storms.  I hope my artist friends didn't get too soaking wet on Sunday.  (This is why I only do indoor shows.)   But it's also nice for me to be able to enjoy Celebrate West Hartford, because I do love my town and I enjoy celebrating it.

Hope you all had a great weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by!