David Bowie, Joseph Cornell & More

And then today, I added a new page to my “Dead Rock Stars” journal.

Also, I began a new art class last week with Laura Lein-Svencner and this class is called “Collage and Assemblage Boxes”.   “Out of a drawer and into an art piece”is the idea, a style made famous by artist Joseph Cornell, and I once again feel the freedom of kindergarten-type creativity.

Yesterday I enjoyed the adventure of Joseph Cornell’s magical website, and I always enjoy Laura’s website for instruction and inspiration.  I’m lucky to live only 3 miles from Laura’s Mayslake classes.  Many of the students travel considerable miles, even over the state lines of Indiana and Wisconsin.

I was fortunate to see the David Bowie exhibit at the Chicago Contemporary Art Museum last year.  I have been a fan forever and have often thought how “Changes” is the theme of this blog.  “Space Oddity” and “Life on Mars” are also two favorites.

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My music memorabilia includes the guitar pick pictured above.  I will be using it in a David Bowie tribute piece in the art class.  I’m also looking now at a Jerry Garcia doll I bought at a garage sale and anxious to look up my Eagles albums with Glen Frey’s recent death.  All are treasures.

I bought a record player for my granddaughters at Christmas and selected some special albums for them from my collection of thousands.

Thank you for the music–and so much more, David Bowie.  What an exceptional class act!  At this stage in my life your last album is an especially meaningful gift.

 

Labor Days Past–What I’ve Done for Money!

And then today….

I’m grateful for my work ethic as learned from my family while growing up on the farm.  My dad encouraged resourcefulness and initiative.  I think that’s why I’ve often been “self-employed” in so much of my work.

Last Monday, Labor Day, I began to think back and list my lifetime of jobs.  They include:

  1.  Detasseling corn and baby sitting–early teen years…..it was so exciting to make money.  I used to pour over the Sears catalog with the thrill of deciding how to spend it.  I believe I bought clothes and maybe my first record player & records.
  2. Waitressing and store clerk–once I turned 16……my junior yearbook is autographed by many truck drivers who would routinely stop at The Galley along Route 66.  I then graduated to a bigger restaurant, Paul’s New Log Cabin in Pontiac, because the tips were better.
  3. Shoe salesgirl at Marshall Field–ages 18, 19…..while I spent a year in Chicago studying Fashion Merchandising at Patricia Stevens.
  4. Grocery checker–ages 19-21…..while I went to college at Illinois State.
  5. Teacher 1968-1969…..summer school, first grade, fifth grade, and substitute teaching while our boys were young.  (Regrets, I have a few, but then again, to few to mention.  However not getting back to teaching is my one main regret.)
  6. Homemade Barbie Doll clothes, a couple of children’s stories and a greeting card 1970-1977….the first lady who answered my ad for handmade Barbie clothes bought $70 worth and I was hooked!  I even made original patterns for Barbie and sold my copyrighted patterns via McCalls Crafts Magazine.  It was fun to get money in the mail.
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7.  Sculpture “People” sold at art fairs throughout the country–1978-1992….designed and created all kinds of themes and sizes under my business name of Marli Originals!  Modest Melvin was always a favorite.

8.  Real Estate Broker 1988 to present….with Prudential for many years (2003 Chairman’s Circle Winner as advertised in the Wall Street Journal) and now with Re/Max.  I never dreamed I could work so hard and make so much money in the really booming years of production.  I wanted to call my farmer parents (deceased) and tell them, so we could have a good laugh together.

9.  eBay 1999 to present….through years of gathering garage sale treasures (began when I was making my “people”) I have an eclectic mixture of items I’ve sold and continue selling on eBay.  I usually only list items before the holidays.  My best profit came from vintage Air Jordans I bought for $2 and sold for $665.00.

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Moral of this story:  If anyone is willing to work hard, take changes, and put yourself out there, you can make money and have fun doing it!

Vinyl Record of the Day:  

Listening to an oldies album, At the Hop, and especially picked the song “Get a Job” by the Silhouettes.

PBS NATIONAL GALLERY Documentary

And then today….

Before I got out of bed this morning, I finished watching the last segment of this  3 hour documentary — awesome!

The DVR description says:

“Sequences feature the galleries of the National Gallery in London that shows how the exhibits are studied, restored and planned out over time.”

I love to hear English people talk, but I love even more hearing English people talk art!  I caught the programming (initially released in 2014) in the middle of the night and was awake enough to push the record button.

For the second time this week, the Bible story of Mary and Martha, was discussed.  First at a funeral and then with the artwork above.

The artwork of the early masters are particularly thought provoking.  The “Virgin of the Rocks” below is one example they discussed.

 

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I would encourage all to invest 3 hours of your life and enjoy this treasure.

And hopefully some day we can visit the museum in person.

 

 

Did Someone Really Buy These Ladies?

And then today….I rediscovered this photo which reminds me of my days as an artist??? when I would create and sell soft sculptures at art shows throughout the country.  Having no art background and teaching myself (like now, learning how to make  this website), I could not believe the respect and awards and money I received.  I felt like an imposter!

In the early 1990’s I turned to real estate sales for income.  The artwork had become so isolating I needed to be with “real” people again.

However, the moral of the story for me is that I loved the “high” of the creative process and the wonderful characters I met along the way.