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My neighbors invited me over for brunch, and it’s my third “good-bye” party — interesting for someone who’s been mostly home bound:-)  I wanted to give them something of myself, but much of my “tools” are packed up.  So, I did a small collage and mounted it on black foam core board.    I hope they like it.


collage de mer

At the same time, I’ve made a new online friend who is quite an amazing person, and I’ve hooked up with an artist in Chicago who is going to “show me the ropes”.

Sad and glad.  Keeping my eyes facing forward as I have 2 weeks to finish up in this house which is no longer mine!


Just a word about collage.  Many people do collages using pictures from magazines and collected bits of stuff.  I have tried that several times, and just can’t do it for the life of me!  But this kind of work with translucent color and some pattern is fun for me.  I paint tissue paper with diluted acrylics because store-bought colored tissue is unstable and the color fades too easily.  Then I overprint some of it with stamps, brayers and other tools.  The process of tearing up bits of paper and deciding where to put them is very spontaneous.  Altho I can rest at any time (which is great), decisions happen in the moment – there can be no plan ahead of time.  I’ve been making much larger collages, but decided to try this smaller size (about 6″ x 10″) and find that it’s easier to manage.  I think it might sell better, also……..if I ever get around to that:-)



Posted on: June 8, 2009

Earliest human paintings in the caves at Lasceaux, France.CavePaintingLascaux

“The use of expressive color is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality;  a necessity, beyond choice.” — Henri Matisse

watercolor by Nina


I was not happy with Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo yesterday to the world’s muslims.  While I agree with him on the outreach, his strict demand that Israel stop settlements without a corresponding strict demand on Hamas and the Palestinians, disappointed me. 

So, I hope that his visit to Buchenwald really did make an impression on him.  I hope he will take his family to the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC,  since they were not with him in Germany.  He cannot feel as we feel;  just as I cannot feel the weight of slavery and Jim Crow as he does.  Blacks and Jews used to walk together in this country during the civil rights era.  But black anti-semitism has grown and grown. I don’t know why.  Who understands what’s really behind anti-semitism.
Then, I listened to the 10 minute talk by Elie Weisel; the conscience of the world for the last 50 years. I have read his books and listened to him speak; and watched him grow older and less hopeful.  For in recent years, he speaks of Darfur and other atrocities that he had hoped the world would have done away with in his lifetime.
It breaks my heart to see this great man, a man of the highest integrity and with a rich creative voice, grow old without his deepest wishes coming true.  The boy who watched his father die in front of his eyes at Buchenwald is now the man watching civilization die – again and again – each time one of these atrocities occur.
So I cried for him and I cried with him.

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