Asia In Dallas

The Crow Collection of Asian Art sits squarely in the Dallas Arts District, a neighbor of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The collection, amassed by Trammell and Margaret Crow, is housed in the office building that bears his name and contains art and artifacts from China, Japan, Korea, India and Indonesia.

The recent opening of the Sculpture Garden at the Crow Collection upped the ante in the district quite a bit. Many years in the making, the new garden contains twelve artworks from the 9th to the 21st centuries. They are outdoors in the newly landscaped and very beautiful Japanese inspired garden, which winds around the exterior of the building one level above the street.

The blending of old and new is evident as soon as you approach the Flora Street entrance. Off to one side, on the sidewalk, is one of three commissioned sculptures by contemporary Chinese artists. Liu Yonggang’s “Buddha” is an in your face, 18-foot-tall, lipstick red steel sculpture that shows a connection to traditional calligraphy without depicting a particular “character.” It’s a marvelous interplay of solids and negative spaces, a simple, yet commanding, presence.



Buddha - detail

Buddha – detail

The “Deified Laozi”, sitting at the foot of the entrance stairs, is a bronze sculpture from 17th century Ming China. It is quite a contrast to “Buddha.” You pass it as you ascend the stairs leading up to the sculpture garden where you begin your leisurely stroll among the other sculptures.

Deified Laozi

Deified Laozi

Deified Laozi - detail

Deified Laozi – detail

This bronze “Bell”  from Japan’s Edo period is struck with a large piece of wood instead of a clapper.



I wound my way around the building, enjoying the well thought out areas of plantings, rocks and stones and came upon another striking contemporary sculpture by Qin Feng. His “Shi of East & West” is massive. It relates to the traditional use of pairs of carved stone lions as guardians outside entrances in China. These stone lions have been cut in half and separated, each half attached to a piece of plate glass etched with calligraphic brushwork. Looking through the open areas of the glass I could see the cityscape beyond. Simply magical!

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West

Shi of East & West 

The sculptures are placed on either side of the Ross Avenue entrance to the building, itself a striking piece of architecture.

Trammell Crow Building

Trammell Crow Building

The third commissioned piece is “Sweepers” by Wang Shugang, another Chinese artist. Three life size bronze sculptures depict Tibetan monks in the act of sweeping. One is bright red and two are black. They are anonymous and meditative.





There is a specially commissioned (non permanent) piece inside the building, which is not to be missed. Ma Jun is a Chinese artist, who comments on the consumerism taking hold in China in his “New China” series of objects, including cars. He paints the surface in a detailed style traditionally used for ceramics. “china.porsche”, a Porsche 911 carved in wood, then cast in fiberglass has incredible detail painted all over it. Catch it while you can (to May 24).





The Crow’s Sculpture Garden can be enjoyed any time of year. It is a respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas and is FREE and open to the public. Nice!





Collage 101


When it comes to making collages my mantra is re-cycle, re-purpose, re-use. If “all’s fair in love and war”, so it is with collage making. There are as many ways to make a collage (2D, 3D, mixed) as there are materials.

(Definition: Collage derives its name from the French verb coller, to glue. The work of art is made by gluing things to the surface).

I start with the scary white paper. Blank. Nada. 100% rag, acid free, often Rives BFK, a lovely, heavy paper excellent for general printmaking.

Rives BFK paper 22x30"

Rives BFK paper 22×30″ 

Sometimes I start by painting on the paper with acrylic paint or making a monotype.

acrylic painted paper

acrylic painted paper

Next comes stash busting. I peruse all manner of my previous prints (etchings, monotypes, collagraphs). The un-wanted. Un-loved. I sort through ephemera.

bits and pieces

bits and pieces


discarded prints

discarded prints



Peruse, then pick. Decide on shapes. Cut out. Add, subtract, shift around, overlap. Build layers. Do not glue down. Changes might have to be made. Do not sneeze or jostle.

Here is the collage in progress with a few details.

collage in progress

collage in progress






Time to glue down all of those little pieces. To help me remember where they all go once they are lifted off the paper I make a few sketches with notations plus marks on the paper for shape locations. Then I remove a section at a time, add acrylic medium for “glue” and weight it down. This is where those old phone books come in handy.

This is the view of Woodcreek Ranch from my studio window. It’s what I see while I wait for the glue to dry.

Woodcreek Ranch - winter

Woodcreek Ranch – winter


I return to the collage and repeat the process of removing, gluing, weighting down and staring. Until it’s finished.

Untitled #1282 collage, 22x30", 2014

Untitled #1282 collage, 22×30″, 2014

There you have it!

You can see more of my collages on my website Click on Tabs “New Work” and “Collages.”

Eye On Iceland

It is winter now in Iceland, but it will be spring before you know it and you’ll want to go there, so let me tell you what it is like when the days are long and it warms up (sort of).

Once again, we traveled with Overseas Adventure Travel. We went last May, an “iffy” month, still cold and often rainy, but fewer tourists. A good trade off. We began in the capital, Reykjavik, traveled along the southern coastline, up along the west side and across the northern edge. There was a lot of looping in and around since that’s the geography of the coast.

Reykajavik has about two thirds of the country’s 320,000 people, which makes Iceland a country of towns and villages more than cities.  Reykjavik’s newest addition, sitting right on the waterfront, is a stunning concert hall called Harpa, designed by Olafur Eliasson. This multi million dollar performance hall almost went belly up when Iceland went bankrupt but, lo and behold, funds were found to complete the project. This probably falls under the heading of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

I’m glad they finished Harpa. Its facades of windows are spectacular even on a gloomy day. Inside or out, the struts and glass sections create amazing patterns.

IMG_2625 HarpaIMG_2632 Reykjavik Harpa

IMG_2609 Harpa

We spent a lot of time outdoors. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula gave us rain, wind and cold, but we could tell spring was approaching. The grass got greener and brave little flowers poked through the ground on the cliffs above the water.

IMG_2784 Snaefellsnes PeninsulaIMG_2789 Snaefellsnes Ntl. Park cliffsIMG_2808 Snaefellsnes Ntl. Pk

We had sunny weather on the day we visited a horse farm. The Icelandic horse is short, stocky and sturdy. And friendly. And cute!

IMG_2982  Icelandic Horse

This girl was more enamored of the flowers than the horses. I guess she’s used to them (the horses).

IMG_2953 Young Girl

Up and around we went to Akureyri, only forty miles from the Arctic Circle. A beautiful place.

IMG_3003 Akureyri

Waterfalls, craters and volcanic rock are plentiful throughout Iceland.

IMG_3029 Lake Myvten areaIMG_3035 Skutustadir cratersIMG_3040 Skutustadir cratersIMG_3048 Dimmuborgir volcanic rocks

Siglufjordur Village is Iceland’s most northerly town. Its promo name is Siglo (for those of us who are language challenged). It has a lively waterfront. We had sun!

IMG_3107 SiglocopyIMG_3109 SigloIMG_3120 Siglo

More beauty in Thingvellir National Park.

IMG_3156 Thingvellir Ntl.PkIMG_3179 Thingvellir Ntl Pk

More waterfalls in Gulfoss and Seljalandsfoss.

IMG_3221 Gulfoss WaterfallIMG_3316 Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Craters and hot springs in Geysir. The underground hot springs throughout the country provide Icelanders with almost all their energy (thermal). Also, volcanic eruptions!

IMG_3191 Geysir

Glacier hikes are popular. We put on crampons and “walked” (carefully) on the Solheimajokull Glacier, whose volcanic debris made the surface less than pristine. Here is my color photo in black and white sans Photoshop. I kid you not.

IMG_3273 Glacier

Before returning to Reykjavik we drove past farmland definitely showing signs of spring.

IMG_3247 Golden Circle route

A last look at Reykjavik from atop its striking Lutheran church.

STA_2684Reykyavik Panorama

Arkansas Has Art

Nestled in the Ozarks, in the northeast corner of Arkansas, is Bentonville which I’m sure you know is where Sam Walton started Walmart all those many years ago. Bentonville’s latest claim to fame is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded and funded by Sam Walton’s daughter, Alice with a major endowment by the Walton Family Foundation. Fall- a good time to take a drive to Arkansas.

The museum, designed by Moshe Safdie, is set in a natural ravine surrounded by mature native trees, stone walls and creeks. The multi building museum straddles two ponds whose water flow comes from Town Branch Creek and Crystal Spring. Water is an integral part of the design. The materials, concrete, glass, wood and steel complement each other nicely. The natural and man-made are well integrated.

Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges

The museum’s restaurant, Eleven, has better than average food. The stunner is a curved wood ceiling that echoes the exterior metal roof.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 

Crystal Bridges-Reflections

Crystal Bridges-Reflections


Crystal Bridges-Roof

Crystal Bridges-Roof

Restaurant Eleven

Restaurant Eleven

The art collection, from the Colonial era to contemporary art is quite good. There are some well-known American artists, some not so well known (by me). I thought the contemporary art was quite good. Ms. Walton probably needed more mega-millions to buy enough top quality art to fill the museum.

The more than 100 acres surrounding the museum are an added treat with walking paths/trails that loop around and connect with each other for several miles.

Crystal Bridges trail

Crystal Bridges trail 

Large-scale sculpture is placed at intervals along the trails. Some like the Mark di Suvero can also be seen from one of the inside galleries, giving one a different perspective.

Mark di Suvero "Lowell's Ocean" 2005-2008 steel

Mark di Suvero “Lowell’s Ocean” 2005-2008 steel  

This welded and polished sculpture “Yield” by Roxy Paine is at one of the entrances. There is a similar piece (same series) at the Ft. Worth Modern. Here it is on a bright fall day.

Roxy Paine "Yield" 2011 stainless steel

Roxy Paine “Yield” 2011 stainless steel

Some art sneaks up on you like Robert Tannen’s “Grains of Sand.” He has placed fifteen boulders of native limestone and sandstone with aluminum numbers and ART on them along the trails. Finding all fifteen was a challenge we were not up for. We did find this one.

Robert Tannen "Grains of Sand" 2011 native stone and cast aluminum

Robert Tannen “Grains of Sand” 2011 native stone and cast aluminum

A short walk from the museum, near the town square, is another recent addition to Bentonville, the 21c. Museum Hotel. As it’s name implies, it is a combination of a contemporary (comfortable and spacious) hotel and museum. The museum has 21st century art with intriguing site specific and rotating temporary exhibits. The inside/outside areas with a lot of square feet are open to the public 24/7. You do need your room key to access the art on the upper floors. Here are a few pieces from “Outside/In: Site-specific art at 21c. Museum Hotel, Bentonville.

Chris Doyle "Unfolded" 2010-2013 wallpaper

Chris Doyle “Unfolded” 2010-2013 wallpaper


Serkan Ozkaya "A Sudden Gust of Wind Bentonville" 2013 metallic sheets, monofilament

Serkan Ozkaya “A Sudden Gust of Wind Bentonville” 2013 metallic sheets, monofilament 

The temporary exhibit during our stay was “Transporting Transformation: Cuba, In and Out.” The artists in this multi media exhibit deal with political, social and economic issues surrounding their identity and experiences.

At the hotel’s entrance, on the plaza, sits this 1950’s Plymouth. It’s thought provoking, to say the least. What were those people looking for?


Inside is a video lounge (this hotel has everything). Currently showing is Sandra Ramos’ 3D animations.

Sandra Ramos 3D annimation

Sandra Ramos 3D animation

Carlos Garaicoa’s “El Mapo del Viajero ll”, a wall installation of pushpins and strips of paper with quotations from travel writings, draws you in to read the tiny writing. Or, you can stand back and appreciate the patterns on the wall.

Carlos Garaicoa "El Mapa del Viajero II" pushpins, strips of paper

Carlos Garaicoa “El Mapa del Viajero II” pushpins, strips of paper

Perhaps the wildest piece, made of found objects (blown glass, crystals and wigs), is “Perfect From Now On” by Amelia Biewald. Lit up at night, the shadows caught my attention.

Amelia Biewald "Perfect From Now On" 2010 13 chandeliers, blown glass, crystals, wigs

Amelia Biewald “Perfect From Now On” 2010 13 chandeliers, blown glass, crystals, wigs

Amelia Biewald "Perfect From Now On"

Amelia Biewald “Perfect From Now On” 

The “Green (color and recycled material) Penguin Flock”, the hotel’s mascots, show up in unexpected places. A whimsical touch, me thinks.

IMG_4176 21c.Museum Hotel

We came for the Crystal Bridges Museum. The 21c. Museum Hotel was a delightful surprise. Serendipity!

On Exhibit In Denver

I thought I’d give those of you who cannot get to Denver to see my current exhibit at Artwork Network a little tour of the show. I’ll mention several pieces in the exhibit.

On exhibit are collages combining my monotypes, collagraphs, photographs, and found paper. The collages are non-objective; the emphasis is on the relationship of line, color, shape and texture.

Here are a few.

#1235 Untitled photo + collage 30x22 2010


#1236 Untitled, photo + collage 17x24 2010

My photographs generally feature people and places close to home or far away. I celebrate people and the world in which they live, trying to capture that special moment which made me pause to take a second look.

Looking down can often be rewarding. My “Underfoot” series of photos started when I had my head down and noticed the interesting abstract pattern of street and sidewalk marks made by construction workers. We seldom pay attention to such marks but they resonated with me and I began to photograph them wherever I traveled.

I am always open to new ways to express myself as an artist. Combining my prints (re-purposed etchings, monotypes, collagraphs) with found paper to create collages took my work in a different direction. Cutting up and adding the “Underfoot” photos seemed like a logical next step. Their abstract quality echoes that of the other elements in the collage.

#1239 Untitled, photo + collage, 41.5 x 29.5 2010


#1241 Untitled, photo+collage 22x30, 2011

Sometimes I assemble the collage on painted paper. The acrylic painting weaves its way in and around the collage. Negative space and positive space play games with one another. The group of collages called “Springtime Suite” is very energetic with directional movement tightly controlled across or up and down. Inspiration came from a visit to the Dallas Arboretum when it was ablaze with color. 

(#1259) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 22×30, 2012

(#1260) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 22×30, 2012

(#1265) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 30×22, 2012

I love to travel and have a large collection of paper maps. Remember those? Why not use them in my collages? Instead of cutting up the actual maps I photographed them, enlarged segments in the computer and printed them out. I cut them up and they became part of the collage series “Have Map Will Travel.”

(#1267) Have Map Will Travel 2, collage, 22×30, 2013

(#1272) Have Map Will Travel 4, collage, 30×22, 2012

(#1273) Have Map Will Travel 5, collage, 30×22, 2012

Who knows what new elements will work their way into my collages? Or what new series the collages will lead to. Stay tuned!

P.S. The exhibit runs through November 29.


Another Opening of Another Show

On November 1, 2013 I’ll be hanging out at Artwork Network Gallery in Denver, CO for the opening reception of my next exhibit. The reception is from 5-9pm. It’s Gallery Walk night in the Santa Fe Arts District, so the streets will be jumping. Artwork Network Gallery is right in the middle of the action.

I’ll be exhibiting collages. Some combine my photographs of street markings from my Underfoot series with repurposed collagraph, monotype or etching prints, some are collages over acrylic painted paper, and some combine Underfoot photos, prints and maps which have been photographed and digitally printed. Remember maps? I have a collection of them.

Here’s the info: Artwork Network Gallery

878 Santa Fe Dr., Denver CO 80204, 303-388-7420

Opening Reception: Friday November 1, 2013  5-9pm

Join me and other artists in the area for a night of mingling among the art. I’d love to meet you.

A sneak peek at one of the pieces in the exhibit.

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

See another piece in the exhibit on my website’s Home Page –


New York, New York

 It’s a wonderful town! There are always new things to see and do no matter how often one visits. Stan and I discovered some of them on a recent trip. The sunny and mild weather meant we spent a lot of time outdoors, walking, walking, walking. We made good use of   the Metro card, taking the train when necessary. It’s the fastest way to get around. Put the Subway map app on your phone and off you go.

We popped into the Guggenheim Museum right away to catch the James Turrell show before it closed. His lights bathed the rotunda in varying degrees of color making the museum walls his canvas.

I found the people in a circle on the floor more interesting to contemplate than the light installation. It was like a mini version of the 1978 mass murder of Jim Johnson’s cult followers by cyanide laced Flavor Aid. Weird.

James Turrell Light Bath

James Turrell Light Bath

A bright, sunny day brings out the performers. This, in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hipsters at the Met

We were in New York to celebrate my birthday. Grand Central Station was also celebrating – its 100th. I should look so good at 100!

Grand Central at 100!

We walked the one mile stretch of the High Line, the public park built on a section of the elevated former NY Central RR on the west side of Manhattan (2009-2011). Looking down you get some unique views of Chelsea and beyond.

Gilbert and George, Waking, 1984


From the High Line

Art on the High Line.

El Anatsui, Broken Bridge II, 2012

Art off the High Line. No privacy for these folks!

Charlie Hewitt

We dropped down into Chelsea for art gazing and found some sheep grazing. This is not something you would expect to see in the middle of Chelsea. The late Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s “Moutons” were installed on the site of an old Getty gas station by art dealer Paul Kasmin and real estate developer Michael Shvo. What a great way to warehouse a piece of land waiting for a luxury high rise. 25 moutons. Better than a parking lot!


Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Moutons

We walked on several other elevated structures during the week. In all the years we lived in New York, growing up and going to school, neither of us had ever walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Hard to imagine, but true. To get to Brooklyn from the Manhattan side you take a train down to Chambers Street and walk a few blocks to the bridge, passing several Court Houses with beautiful Corinthian columns built in the 1800’s.

Courthouse, NYC

And then, you’re on the bridge’s pedestrian way with a zillion other people who had the same idea on a gorgeous Fall day.

Brooklyn Bridge

Great views looking back toward Manhattan.

Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Coming off the bridge we hit the DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass) Arts Festival. Lots of art on land and sea.

DUMBO Arts Festival

DUMBO Arts FestivalDUMBO Arts Festival

Fun stuff, too.

Who, Me?

At Rest

We got it into our heads that it would be fun to walk across the Williamsburg Bridge, another crossing between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Several trains later we found ourselves on the Brooklyn side and walked back to Manhattan. These bridges are not only for pedestrians. There are separate roadways for vehicles and trains.

Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn side

Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn to Manhattan

Models, too!

Here's Looking At You


Too much graffiti on the walkway, but good pickings for my “Underfoot” photo series.

Underfoot - Williamsburg Bridge

We clocked about seven miles of urban hiking that day but how many people can say they walked across two bridges in the same day? Maybe we should call Ripley’s.







As The Locals Say

“Another day in Paradise.” That’s how the locals describe Colorado in the summer (winter, too). What better place to escape the brutal heat of Dallas than the Vail Valley. We planted ourselves in Arrowhead for a good part of the summer and enjoyed everything this idyllic area had to offer.

There are hiking trails from novice to expert, although the “difficulty” designation can sometimes be a bit misleading. Don’t let “moderate” fool you like the Overlook Trail in Beaver Creek up to Spruce Saddle. The views of the Gore Range from the top  are worth the effort. With an elevation gain of 2200 ft. topping out at 10,200 ft. it’s a tough one. The good news is we get to ride the chairlift down for free. Yay!

Overlook Trail-Almost to the Top!

Berrypicker is a popular Vail trail. Once we got to the top at Eagle’s Nest we realized most people ride the gondola up and hike down. We hiked up. Another steep, steep trail up, probably not too easy going down. Like the tortoise, we did it, slow and steady. We did stop on the way up to admire the wildflowers which were out in force, even the last rose of summer.

It was a pleasure to stop for a snack along what the locals call the Whiskey Hill Trail in Eagle Vail. It’s not on a map. A bridge crosses a rushing stream about half way up. The sound of water tumbling over the rocks while we sat in the shade refreshed us before we continued up, up, up to meet a trail coming from Beaver Creek Village. The sign at the top said Paulie’s Plunge. Oh, my.

A Serene Spot On The Trail

It wasn’t all hiking. It wouldn’t be summer here without a rodeo. People of all ages get into the spirit as real cowboys and cowgirls try not to get killed as they compete for prize money.

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

From music to markets there is always something happening. The July 4th concert in Dillon kicks off the summer season with a patriotic extravaganza that makes everyone proud to be an American. Kudos to the National Repertory orchestra and its conductor Carl Topilow.

Hooray For The Red,White and Blue

What next? The parade! Nearby Frisco knows how to do it.

Everyone Loves a Parade

There is music to suit everyone’s taste, much of it free. Bravo!Vail rolls out a season of orchestral music, chamber music and jazz with world class musicians. Rock, funk, too. A day of hiking followed by an evening of music. It doesn’t get any better.

Hot Summer Nights, Vail

Weekend markets beckon with farm fresh produce and lots of other things to entice you to open your wallet. The Minturn Market is one of the most popular. Get there early!

What Shall I Buy?

Come On In

Want a respite from all the eye candy? Head west to Eagle, have breakfast at the old timey Eagle Diner, then continue on to aptly named Sylvan Lake. An easy mile and a half walk around the lake delivers lovely views of this tranquil fishing spot.

Ready for Breakfast

Heaven in a Boat

When we needed a break from all our hard work we day tripped south to Redstone and Marble, small mountain towns where you can feast on java, jelly beans and jewelry. Barbeque and ice cream, too. We indulged. Eat today, hike tomorrow!

Anything and Everything



It’s easy to see why the town is called Redstone. Marble is named after its huge quarry.

Really Red


Made of Marble

Our magical days in the mountains have ended far too soon. We’ll be back!

Aspens To Remember



Name That Painting

I recently completed three mixed media acrylic paintings on panel. They are 24”x24”.  All are, presently, “Untitled.”

I thought I would ask you, my readers, to help me title them, so they do not stay in a state of untitledness forever.

There is no story or narrative for the paintings. When you look at them, what comes to mind? Emotions? Musings? Reflections? Memories? Connections?

Title the Untitled. One, two, or all three. Give it your best shot.

Here they are, with a detail of each.

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24", 2013


#1269- 2 Detail

#1270 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24"x24", 2013

#1270-2 Detail

#1271 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24"x24", 2013

#1271-2 Detail

Get the naming rights. I’ll select the most intriguing titles and give a shout out to the winners by noting your initials and city in a future blog. You’ll know who you are and the painting, formally known as “Untitled”, will be sporting a new name.

Contests. Love them. Title away!

In Like A Lion

Out like a lamb (March).  Unless you live in Boulder, Colorado which got more than a foot of snow the middle of April. Here in Texas, April showers will bring May flowers. The flower show really began with tulips mid March and continues right through spring and summer.

Inspiration, for me, is everywhere. Springtime at the Dallas Arboretum provided just the right burst of color needed for a series of collages I made called “Springtime Suite.” I built the collage on an acrylic painting on paper. I let the painting dictate the overall composition and color scheme of the collaged papers which included my own re-purposed prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings) and found paper. When you look at all seven of the Suite you’ll notice the differences in directional movement from one collage to another. In these collages negative space, the areas in and around the collage, are as important as the collage itself.

The seven collages in “Springtime Suite” express the joy I get from working with color inspired by the spring landscape.

Here are “Springtime Suite 1-4.”

#1259 Springtime Suite 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1261 Springtime Suite 3, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1262 Springtime Suite 4, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

Intrigued? To see the complete Suite 1-7 go to my website and click on “New Work.” Check out the rest of the website while you are there.

I hope these collages add some sunshine to your day.