Sunday, November 29, 2009

Moore in America

After a bountiful Thanksgiving with family in Atlanta and much to be thankful for, David and I enjoyed spending Friday at the Moore in America exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in downtown Atlanta. Although other family members chose to spend their time at the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN building or the malls, I knew it was a "must see" for me even though David tried to convince me otherwise after waking to ice on our windshields and freezing temperatures. Since we arrived shortly after opening, we literally had a private tour of the exhibit and gardens.

Moore (1898-1986) was born in England and was a sculptor and teacher and is "often considered the first sculptor to create fine art intended to be displayed outdoors that were not memorials, monuments or garden ornaments." He is considered the most important British sculptor of the twentieth century.

Moore drew inspiration from nature and often blended landscape forms and those of the human figure. His work often includes a mother and child, a reclining woman and organic and interlocking forms. You may have seen his work outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Moore in America is the largest special exhibition of Henry Moore's monumental sculptures ever presented in the United States and was named one of the Top 10 Museum Exhibitions by Time magazine. The exhibit has been extended through December 31st and includes 20 large scale pieces of bronze and marble.

Since I did not purchase the exhibition catalog but rather a book of Moore's plasters, carvings and drawings, I'm not able to provide the title of each piece.

(click to enlarge) Knife edge two piece at entrance.

(click to enlarge) Knife edge two piece at entrance.

(click to enlarge) Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points located on
the great lawn in front of the conservatory.

(click to enlarge) Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points located on
the great lawn in front of the conservatory.

(click to enlarge) Large Reclining Figure on the great lawn.

(click to enlarge) Large Reclining Figure on the great lawn.

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(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.

(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.

(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.

(click to enlarge) Large Two Forms.

(click to enlarge) Three Piece Reclining Figure:Draped.

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(click to enlarge) Upright Motive No. 7 + 8.

(click to enlarge) Goslar Warrior in front of conservatory.

(click to enlarge) Mother and Child inside the Orchid Center.

(click to enlarge) Work by Chihuly in fountain.

(click to enlarge) David patiently waiting while I explore the gardens.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Music Soars!

If you plan to add to your holiday music collection this year, consider Gregorian Chistmas Chants. While I was listening to this incredible CD I thought of my dear friend Janette Grassi and the violin we created this year for the SC Philharmonic benefit. If I could I would send angel wings to heal Janette following a severe fall that left her with a broken ankle, broken hand and finger.

(Click to enlarge.) Soar by Janette Grassi + Doni Jordan.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

African Art

African art dealer Demba Sacooh once again traveled to South Carolina to share artifacts from his homeland…

(Click to enlarge). African bowls, vessels and dolls.

(Click to enlarge). African stools, tables and drums.

(Click to enlarge). African art.

(Click to enlarge). African treasures.

(Click to enlarge). African treasures.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Artist Way: Sacred Circle

Last night was the last meeting of our 12 week Artist's Way book discussion and the beginning of our Sacred Circle group. Someone asked me if I thought our meetings had been productive and I realized that what I gained was the realization that I always want to be a loving, generous soul, kind and supportive and to create in everything I do, not just in art.

(Click to enlarge). Sacred Circle group l to r (Margaret, Kristine, Kim,
Susan, Gita, Kay, Regan, Dolly and me.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fiber Art Days

My friend Kay Reardon and I have spent the last few weeks creating fiber art together. It's a process that we both enjoy doing. We combine natural elements that we've gathered and dried.

(click to enlarge) Designing each piece is pure pleasure!

(click to enlarge) Nature is art!

(click to enlarge). Kay carefully measures and tears the fabric.

(click to enlarge). Doni tearing fibers.

(click to enlarge). Kay loved to paste as a child.

(click to enlarge). Kay stands to rest her back.

(click to enlarge) Works on the drying board.

(click to enlarge). Stitching each piece is one of the final steps.

(Click to enlarge). Doni stitches away.

(Click to enlarge). Kay attaches the finishing touches.

(Click to enlarge). Fiber pieces hang in Doni's kitchen window.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I think this has been one of the most beautiful falls in recent years. I'v been so amazed by the vibrant colors that I stopped in the parking lot enroute to the grocery store to capture these unbelievable colors.

(Click to enlarge). Fall finery.

(Click to enlarge). Look up!

(Click to enlarge). Fall:2009!

Catching up at B+N

Friend Deborah Farr and I enjoy meeting at the B+N cafe to peruse art, photography and interior design books while catching up with our lives over mochas. We rarely leave empty handed, always with a new magazine, book or CD for inspiration.

(Click to enlarge). Deborah peruses a design book.

(Click to enlarge). OK, so it's easy to tell who the professional photographer is!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Day of Play at Riverbanks Zoo!

Nothing brings me greater joy than being with the ones I love. I had a day full of joy at Riverbanks Zoo with my nieces who recently moved nearby from Washington State. Their giggles, hugs and questions filled my soul!

(Click to enlarge). Chloe especially loved the long necked giraffes!

(Click to enlarge). Chloe discovered a baby giraffe.

(Click to enlarge). Baby sister giggled all day!

(Click to enlarge). I think the only time Chloe
stopped all day was to tie her shoe!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Liisa Salosaari Jasinski: Oil Paintings 2006-2009

I'm so proud to have two works of art in my collection by artist Liisa Salosaari Jasinski. Last night I attended her opening Liisa Salosaari Jasinski: Oil Paintings 2006-2009 at Gallery 80808 with my friend Deborah Farr. Liisa's work takes me to a dream like state and her use of color and organic shapes draws me even deeper into that place.

(Click to enlarge). Liisa carefully considered every detail of the exhibition.