Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Even Better Than Elizabeth Murray!

Like Elizabeth Murray, I also got my start in art by teaching teens. Last year, several of my very gifted students used Murray's art as a springboard to create a collaborative project. I was impressed! Unlike Elizabeth Murray, I don't see myself leaving the high school art room. My life is enriched by the creative heart beats of my "girls."

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Shaped Painting and Elizabeth Murray

I first became aware of Elizabeth Murray's work nearly two years ago while taking a class at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Inspiring work. And to think that she was a high school art teacher. There is hope for all of us!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Blue Afternoon

"Cautiously Optimistic"
Lori Easterlin
mixed media

"She Wore White in the Moonlight"
Lori Easterlin
mixed media

Meet the Girls!

I found these dolls at flea markets from Florida to Virginia during the past year and one half. They are the inspiration for my upcoming exhibition.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Red, White, and Black Friday

Yes, I confess! I was at the mall this morning at 6:45. A first for me...maybe a new tradition. On the other hand, maybe not! Yawn.....

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

If at First You Don't Succeed...

Another amazing day in the studio and away from my workplace! I describe the VERY TECHNICAL process behind this piece as: paint on...paint off...paper on...paper off...images on...images images paint on...different paper on...and again...and again....and again!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Give Thanks!

Ahhh...A day off from work to make a mess in the studio. I am thankful!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

La-la Land

Oh, to escape to a place where giant flamingoes, dogwood blossoms, and tiny dolls dressed in party clothes frolic together!
"La-la Land" by Lori Easterlin, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Childish Things

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I grew up, I put childish things away." I Corinthians 13:11

Well, not EVERYTHING! Paper dolls, for example. A precious friend just returned from Philly and many museums and brought me a book of Frida paper dolls. I love the gift!

Friday, November 9, 2007

One Year Later

Just over one year ago, I had the great privilege of showing two years of collaborative altered books with three dear friends. We called ourselves "The Changelings" and the exhibit was housed at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill. I recall the opening on a Sunday afternoon; an afternoon of fresh flowers, refreshments, and friendship.

Shortly after our show, one of us moved to Charlottesville, Va. We have not heard from her since her move. I hope that she is painting with intensity and oblivious to the outside world. And now, another of us is on her way to Australia for two years! I am inheriting her drafting table and bicycle and will be the owner of one of her original paintings.

And so, there are two of us left in the area from the original "Changelings." I am sad. The four of us were good together!