Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hide and Seek

I wanted to do a few sketches of my tuxedo cat but couldn't find him. I checked all his favorite spots: next to a piece of a favorite rock, under a chair near a box of reproductions, atop the pillows in the guest room. I finally gave up and decided to take a shower. When I pulled back the shower curtain, there was a sleepy-eyed Erb, curled up at the end of the tub. I took my shower later in the day.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Check It Out

To see more of John Riddick's incredible work, go to his Facebook page, Two Found Treasures. Be sure to Like the page.

One More Time

So my sculptor friend John had one more surprise waiting for me; actually three more.

My sons both fell in love with John's work last year and I had decided to let them have some. Well yesterday, I got a message from John and Christine telling me they had left some things for me at one of our local shops on their way out of town.

What I discovered waiting for me this morning was the one piece I had so treasured and relinquished to my son and another piece similar to one I had coveted. But the big surprise was this awesome, and I do mean awesome, flower - a kinetic, I think the word is, piece of sculpture that moves. We had a steady wind today and the bloom gently wheeled in the wind above my rosemary bush. How poignant that this piece of art now stands among the rosemary, an herb that stands for remembrance.

The flower sits outside my bedroom window and will greet me when I open the curtains every morning. Whether sunshine or rain showers, there will be a bright spot at The Crooked Little House.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another Little Piece of John's Heart.

Heart Sculpture by John Riddick copyright 2014
One of the most exciting things about being an artist is the opportunity to bond with other artists who work in
a variety of mediums, learning from them and sharing ideas. For me, the most inspiring artist is the young artist, just beginning to explore and create. They remind me of the pure joy of creating without any other agenda, and two of my very favorites are John and Christine Riddick.

This holiday weekend brought the couple home for a visit after having relocated to South Carolina last year. I was so honored that they took the time to visit with me during their whirlwind trip. But what blew my mind was the remarkable gift John brought to me.

Always working with hearts, I received a piece of John's heart - a large sculpture incorporating all things I love. A broken heart dangles a spider missing a leg with a bird trapped in the heart web. This photo doesn't do justice to the piece. John is one of those gifted artists chock full of soulful thoughts that just pour out through his hands.

So I thank you John with all my heart for this piece of yours.

Monday, May 26, 2014

That's a Wrap

The show is all wrapped up and the last box has been unloaded from the car. I am exhausted.

Anyone who has done shows knows how intensive the labor can be; preparing, loading up, setting up, on your feet for two days always with a smile, take down, reload the car, unpack and put away. And I am finding that these days, people aren't attending like they used to. If they are, they are looking for a bargain.

Most of my clients visit my galleries when they want to make a serious purchase. I have always said when other artists complain about gallery commission fees, if you have a good gallery that works for you, they earn every penny. So with all these things being taken into consideration, I have decided to stop doing group shows. I will happily let my galleries and gift shops sell my art. Yes I will occasionally do a solo show when and if I can find time to put a large number of originals together. And yes, my regulars can still call me and come over and buy direct like they have for years. But I have earned a rest. I will leave my show space to the next up and coming artist. Thank you to everyone who has faithfully come to see me at various shows throughout the years. And please don't forget to visit those brick and mortar places that represent me.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Come see me!

Don't forget, if you're in the area this weekend, stop by the Baum Center and say "Hello". I'll be showing my newest work along with OIC products. The Baum Center is located behind the Kill Devil Hills post office. The show runs all day Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there.
Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Greening of The Crooked Little House

Almost overnight, my yard has burst into a chasm of greens.

My moonflower vine has begun it's steady
climb up the rusted gate, and the ligustrum bushes will shortly erupt into masses of white flowers that will draw every winged creature for miles around.

The trumpet vine threatens to overtake the roof. That too will soon produce it's musical red blossoms, luring ants, leaf footed bugs and hummingbirds.

Besides the dizzying assault on my vision, it's the smell of green that gives me that heady feeling. I wish it could be bottled. I'd wear it on every part of my body.

Breath deeply the last few weeks of spring. Summer is nipping its heels, waiting to take over.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bird Song

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I've probably said it a million times, but my favorite subject to paint is birds. That, combined with my love of music and the fact that my son is an incredible musician, have led me to begin a collection that combines these two loves.

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I cannot imagine life without music, at least not in my house. Usually it's the classic stuff I grew up with. In fact, I still use my turntable and have an extensive collection of vinyl; nothing sounds as good as that. My musical tastes are varied but lately I've just been wrapped up in my favorite, Van Morrison. So while Van the Man belts out Wavelength or croons Someone Like You, my hand works to produce my version of bird songs.

Next up is a harmonica with a ... well, you'll just have to wait and see.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bug Lights

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The warm weather has brought out all kinds of insect life at The Crooked Little House. I saw my first butterfly yesterday, a few of those large water bugs, ants and bees. But my favorites are these bug lights that have been floating around my yard as evening sets in.
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