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In Progress Work by Amanda

Posted in Art, Design, Drawing, Personal History, Red Fox, Soul Food, wild creatures, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2016 by WanderArtist

Drawings submitted for consideration in the Yellowstone: Color It Wild book published by Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Association. The bison and animal tracks images were used in the book.

Select drawings & sketches from the past few months…

Untamed Spirits… Cooperstown Bound

Posted in American Indian, Art, Decorative Arts, Decoupage, Design, Local Roaming, Museum, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by WanderArtist

On a recent rainy weekend we let our wanderlust direct us and headed to one of our favorite places to visit, Cooperstown, New York. Since it was just a quick trip we centered on the gem of the town (in our opinion) and wandered the Fenimore Art Museum. The next trip will have to include another wonderful centerpiece – The Farmers’ Museum – but for now we fed our souls with the art at the Fenimore, and particularly the Thaw Collection.

The photographs follow our progress through the museum, starting with folk art and ending in the Eugene and Clare Thaw galleries. This collection continues to grow through gifts from the Thaws and others, as you will see by the final images of a more modern acquisition by a Lakota artist. It is an amazing and large group of diverse pieces from around the country including almost 850 objects. To wander the gallery experiencing the masks, clothing and artistry is a meditation. Completing the experience in the Study Room with it’s ‘open cases’ (for storage of the objects not on exhibit) is intriguing. The mind is pulled to the homes of those who created the work… the American Southwest, the Northwest Coast, the Plains… Perhaps not a cure for wanderlust at all!



John’s Fords & Other Toys

Posted in Design, Inspiring People, Local Roaming, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2014 by WanderArtist

I love cars. Old cars to be more exact… So when I found out that a new friend had a collection of old cars I did all I could to be allowed to come visit and get a look at the goods. John has over thirty in his collection, mostly Fords. If there is one truth I have learned about people who collect old things, it’s this: they never collect only one kind of object – not just cars… you can see that phenomena in this photo series… there are signs, many signs and even more license plates. What I wasn’t able to photograph were the toy cars in the corner of the garage, maybe a later visit. Here is a peek at the things that struck my fancy. There will be later installments and more visits I hope!



Visuals to Inspire

Posted in Art, Design, Drawing, Ideas, Museum, National Gallery of Art Images, Wanderings with tags , , , , on March 7, 2014 by WanderArtist

Artists are always looking at other imagery to find inspiration. In fact, a few of my art teachers steered me towards other artists work – from photographs to drawings and paintings, to learn to draw what I saw. The internet is a wonderful source for inspiration since I can find multiple images of whatever strikes my fancy in order to draw creatures, scenes, people… I love to look through ancient illustrations and modern photographs for my ideas. One of my sources is now The National Gallery of Art since they have made more than 35,000 images available as high quality downloadable images. After all, they belong to us!

Right now I am perusing images to that remind me spring is coming… the winter is wearing on me!

Harry G. Aberdeen American, active c. 1935 Bicycle, c. 1936 watercolor and graphite on paper

Harry G. Aberdeen
American, active c. 1935
Bicycle, c. 1936
watercolor and graphite on paper

Claude Monet French, 1840 - 1926 Argenteuil, c. 1872 oil on canvas

Claude Monet
French, 1840 – 1926
Argenteuil, c. 1872
oil on canvas

Odilon Redon French, 1840 - 1916 Breton Village, c. 1890 oil on canvas

Odilon Redon
French, 1840 – 1916
Breton Village, c. 1890
oil on canvas

Jacopo Tintoretto Italian, 1518 - 1594 Summer, c. 1555 oil on canvas

Jacopo Tintoretto
Italian, 1518 – 1594
Summer, c. 1555
oil on canvas

John Cutting American, active c. 1935 Bicycle, 1935/1942 watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, and gouache on paper

John Cutting
American, active c. 1935
Bicycle, 1935/1942
watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, and gouache on paper


Electra’s Things

Posted in Art, Decorative Arts, Design, flora and fauna, historic sites, Inspiring People, Local Roaming, Museum, Quilts, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2013 by WanderArtist

Across Lake Champlain from here lies an amazing collection started by Electra Havemeyer Webb (August 16, 1888 – November 19, 1960) and opened as a museum in 1947. Shelburne Museum is located on what once was Electra’s in-laws farm in Vermont. Electra married an heir to the Vanderbilt fortune and spent many happy days at their farm. She was raised in a wealthy family surrounded by priceless Impressionist paintings and traveled the world throughout her life… But her collecting gravitated toward craft work, decorative arts and hand-made objects. Some of the most wonderful pieces we enjoyed at Shelburne Museum were the carousel animals, quilts, miniature scenes, and fanciful over-sized objects created for advertisements.

As you will see from my photographs, I also loved the architecture… The windows, the lovely unpainted wood… And the details, so many wonderful weather vanes, decoys, carved objects. I hope you enjoy your journey with me through Shelburne Museum!

Jardin Before & After

Posted in botanical gardens, Design, flora and fauna, Local Roaming, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by WanderArtist

Here is a further installment of before and after photos from the mosaïcultures internationales exhibits at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal…


I love seeing the change three months has made in the plantings!


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes…

Posted in Art, Design, Drawing, Inspiring People, Local Roaming, Museum, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2013 by WanderArtist

“We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike, and we hope that our plays are true and are saying what has to be said, and that they add to your enjoyment and enlightenment.”      – Peter Schumann

This post is the continuing story of my trip to Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. You can read the first installment and check out other photos here.

The most fascinating and all-consuming aspect of Bread & Puppet for me is the museum… most of these photos were taken there…




Don’t forget to look up to the high ceiling of the museum!




Peaceful faces, swords, mythical creatures… so much for the imagination.




Everywhere you turn a face is watching you, studying your moves…







Ah, more hands… I have a fascination with hands.



The Woodshed Gallery – where many of the wonderful banners, notecards, postcards and posters can be purchased for very reasonable prices.


The Papier Mache Cathedral & Dirt Floor Theater is covered with wonderful banners…





Looking back toward the large museum building I spotted these characters watching me…



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