Sunday, June 30, 2019

Vacation: Bavaria, Germany

The Munich Airport...

We departed State College, PA at April 30th at 2:45 pm and arrived at the Munich airport at 7:40 am May 1st. Thus we arrived in Munich with little sleep and immediately drove to and checked into our hotel in suburban Munich. Great location - we could actually see the Alps off in the distance from our room! There is a nice wooded walking path with a little stream which we enjoyed after all the hustle/bustle of flying, landing in the immense airport, and then driving on the autobahn to our hotel! They drive really FAST in Germany!

Spring had arrived and it was sunny - after a rainy spring in Pennsylvania, I was thrilled to see and smell the lilacs, which had yet to bloom at home without any sunshine!

We left the Munich area quickly to drive northwest to the Rhineland region of Germany, where my BEIHOFFER, MUELLER, AND SCHMIDT ancestors lived prior to coming to the US in the 1800's. They lived in tiny towns in very rural areas near the now bustling city of Karsrhue.

Our first stop was our hotel outside the small medieval town of Ahrweiler. The Hotel Zum Zanger is surrounded by vineyards and across the street is the River Ahr- a beautiful creek winding through the valley and into the nearby town of Ahrweiler. The surroundings were beautiful, tranquil and breathtaking! Vineyards climb both sides of the roadway as the area is well known for its wines. The river attracts wildlife of all sorts - I loved the bird song serenades we heard there. The friendly and gracious hostess could understand and speak enough English for us to communicate successfully on the important things! Her husband was the chef, and a very excellent one, at that. There is a restaurant attached and the couple resides within the building.

Ahrweiler is a beautiful little medieval town surrounded, in part, by a stone wall that was common practice in the 1200's. The town has grown beyond the walls, but retains the historic feel of days long past. Inside the city wall, most streets are for pedestrians only and much of the city is a shopping mecca for tourists, older homes and historic buildings, plus the gorgeous Church of St. Laurentius, built in 1269.

The Church of St. Laurentius, within the city walls, was built in 1269 and is celebrating the 740th anniversary of it's existence. It's a magnificent example of the architecture of the time, with some newer windows, possibly damaged during the war. Here are a few photos to show the expansive beauty and grandeur of this church.

Outside the city walls, the rest of the town is still quite old, for the most part. However, the new wine industry has changed this area to a thriving community. Newer homes are springing up, sometimes right in the midst of the vineyards. The vines are everywhere, stair stepping up steep hills and remaining stately in the valleys of Bavaria.

To Be Continued: resuming next time with our adventures from May 3-6.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Clematis Pounding to Naturally Dye Papers/Cloth

My lovely Clematis in full bloom on a rainy day!

I've been away on vacation - and I'll post some photos for that trip a bit later. But today I'm excited about trying a natural dyeing technique using plant material pounded by a wooden mallet onto a polyester interfacing material that was on top of watercolor paper. These are 6x9" papers pounded with the wooden mallet (an antique that was in my Dad's collection of tools) on the concrete patio floor!

Here are the images to (maybe) inspire you to try something totally different and spark your creative drive! Above is the plant products that I used. Below, just different views of the "finished" print.

I was inspired to play today as I was cleaning up my office so that I may return to painting once again. I found an article that I tore out of my Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (July/Aug 2016 issue, p. 77-81) by Dorit Elisha entitled: Eco-Dyed Collage - Artist & Nature Collaborate."

One of the "problems" or perhaps "happy accidents" occurs after the drying of the pounded images. Once these are completely dry, they will have faded some or perhaps changed coloration. When they are dry, I will add either watercolor or maybe acrylic paints - or maybe some pen & ink - to work up the image of a Clematis vine hanging in full bloom - or maybe decayed bloom! We'll see later! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Represented at the Art a la Carte shop!!!

There's a new art shop opening in our wonderful hometown of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and I have been invited to have my work at the store! We delivered watercolor and acrylic paintings as well as some small fiber art pieces to the shop today and were delighted to see the space, right on one of the main streets of town - Art a la Carte, 107 South Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA. The store is owned/operated by Elizabeth Hay, artist @ Easy parking available behind the store in the city lot. The "soft opening" will be Thursday, May 8th, 2019.

Here are a few of the pieces I delivered today - just a little taste of what is available there. So many local artists have work there making it a must-stop for anyone interested in finding unique, original art, clothing, hand bags, jewelry, scarves, glassware, and more!

Above: a framed watercolor entitled "Paws" - for obvious reasons! - Pat Dolan

Below: a framed watercolor entitled "Little One" of a young African child. - Pat Dolan

Below: a collage entitled "Her Last Song" - honoring our elderly - Pat Dolan

Above: painted fiber art entitled "Little Red Bird" - Pat Dolan

Below: painted fiber art entitled "Raven" - Pat Dolan

And a few acrylic paintings of birds, of course! This one is "Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird."

Many of my friends are also displaying their work in Art a la Carte. Among them, Carol Korte @ and Mary Beth Wiseman @ And of course, Elizabeth Hay has her own botanical jewelry! And many other creative artists so do stop in for a visit when you are in the area!

Unfortunately, we will be out of town for the opening, but we are wishing Elizabeth Hay and all the artists a fantastic opening followed by a long, successful adventure together!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Metallic Leafing - Part 2

This is the large art table in my studio - covered with my gold/silver/copper leafing paraphernalia. They've been waiting for me to get back to them... Meanwhile, I've been planning our vacation, so there they sit...waiting.

I did manage to complete a few of them - both organically abstract. The 8" square one is marbling on a gessoed panel - no leafing involved. Just an experiment.

This smaller, 4x6" gessoed panel has both gold and silver gold leafing and the addition of acrylic paint.

They now hang with "Blue" (my black cat watercolor completed last year) in our entryway. The colors certainly go well together!

The following two pieces are both 4X6" gessoed panels.
This one has metallic leafing fragments adhered over sealed watercolor. I've laid the feather on top, but have no idea how to attach it without gluing it. And if I use glue, the feather will clump up and lay flat, making it much less attractive, in my opinion.

This one has both gold leaf sheets (very shiny) and liquid gold leaf which is quite dull by comparison, and has a mat finish. Again, I've laid a feather on it without yet attaching it. I like it this way, but may have to come up with a different solution to completing these two small pieces.

I'm thinking of painting ravens/crows on several of the leafed pieces still on the table in the first photographs. I also want to paint birds on the collaged sheet music attached to canvas in that first photo.

Updates will follow as I begin to get back to studio work once again!