retro lunch room chairs at a factory auction

Lunch Table Set

PaMdora Randomness, Vintage Stuff 12 Comments

Auctions are a great place to get art supplies, and I especially like industrial auctions. It’s usually dirty, noisy, and sometimes too many smokers show up, but it’s a chance to poke around in factories and other places you wouldn’t ordinarily be allowed. It’s also a  social event, you often see some of the same characters. Plus there’s usually donuts, …

Vintage Photo Friday – Capri motel sign

PaMdora Inspiration, Journeys, Vintage Stuff 8 Comments

This has to be the best motel sign that I’ve seen in the midwest. During the week of installing Russ’s neon show in Joplin and this week of de-installation, I’ve unintentionally explored many routes in and out of town. By far, my favorite route is old Main heading towards I-44, because of all the old buildings and funky signs on …

Vintage Photo Friday

PaMdora Vintage Stuff 4 Comments

Once I took this class jointly taught by a poet and a photographer. The class was called “image and text” and we did all sorts of interesting projects that I should write up, because they could be the starting inspiration for others too. One project was to find an old photograph or series of photos that you didn’t know anything …

Vintage Friday again!

PaMdora Exhibitions, Journeys 20 Comments

Here are some old photos I scanned to use in the introduction for my artist’s talk tomorrow evening at the Modern Materials exhibition opening weekend. Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt [Artspace] at Untitled 1 NE 3rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Hours: Tues – Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-4pm July 10 – August 29, 2009 Opening Reception July 10 …

Vintage Friday

PaMdora Inspiration, Vintage Stuff 10 Comments

Long ago I told Paper Dolls for Boys that I would post vintage photos on Fridays, but I really haven’t got that many great vintage photos. I do however have a nice collection of mid-century cookbooks — many I found when I bought two big boxes of old papers at an auction. They appear to be the entire 1950-60’s Home …

Help for high waters

PaMdora Projects, Vintage Stuff 12 Comments

It’s hard to take a photo of your own ankles. I finally did this one by sitting down on the floor. Do they still call them high-waters? These aren’t capris, just petites with an extra P which also means cold ankles in winter. December brought lots of painting deadlines, but also the realization that my paint pants were too short. …

No, I haven’t taken up smoking…

PaMdora Journeys, Painting, Process, Sketchbooks 9 Comments

…but I’ve been collecting retro melamine ashtrays that make great brush/water holders for painting. And they come in great colors (I have bigger yellow and green ones at my studio.) This is a small one, which is good for travel, especially on a boat where your brushes might roll overboard. The watercolor pencils roll also, but at least they float …