Laddie (my father) and I went to the Norton Art Gallery yesterday. I had not been in several years and thought it would be a good way to spend the afternoon. We especially enjoyed the Spectacular Achievements: Audubon Animals of North America, a project that John James Audubon undertook in 1839 in collaboration with the Rev. John Bachman, a trained naturalist. Audubon was "the first person to discover the existence of the black-footed ferret" which is now an endangered species and discovered 15 new birds as well. In 1845, the first volume of Quadrupeds was published, the second followed in 1845, and in 1854, the final volume was published. Unfortunately, Audubon died in 1851 and didn't see the final work. Laddie and I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit, taking our time and reading the descriptions.
We also enjoyed the Rodin's, but Laddie loves the Remington's (especially the lost wax bronze sculptures) and the work of Charles M. Russell. The Norton has a wide variety of work (American and European) but Western art was the original focus.
I decided to take off the additions (thanks to all who commented) and leave "Wind and Water" in its simpler form. Put it through the washer and dryer to get the added texture and homey look of all the wrinkles, but otherwise, nothing new.
This is a scrappy thing, 5.75 x 13.5, that has sparkly net over it and lots of metallic thread. "Solar Flares in a Strange Climate."
Working on a silly, child-like piece right now inspired by Jerry Wray's Lake People from the Folk Art exhibit. The figure is very simple and similar to some I used several years ago in mail art, but more in nature theme. Still making decisions on borders and a few details.