The Art of Construction ~ color,wood,and tractors.


“She Thinks My  Tractor’s Sexy” ~Kenny Chesney

Here is an illustration/photo of a tractor wheel I did for a note card. People always ask me where I get my ideas for my designs. I like to take everyday things from life and make them into art, like a tractor from a construction site, a sheep from a pasture, or a clothespin from the laundry room. I went for a walk the other day with the intent of taking photos of all the spring flowers in bloom, instead my eyes got diverted to a nearby construction site, I was fascinated with all the colors popping out of the  surrounding equipment, and the tools laying around the site. I am not a professional photographer, and only had my iPhone with me to document what I saw through my eyes.


tractor art by eileen

“But like of each thing that in season grows.”~Shakespeare


If you are in New York from the end of May until October 27, this is a must see exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Written up in Vogue Magazine, the exhibit Four Seasons, is by contemporary artist Philip Haas.

Philip Haas began his career as a documentary film maker, directing ten profiles of unusual artists through early 1990s with the theme “Magicians of the Earth,”commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou.

His feature films include Angels and Insects, set in Victorian England, which was nominated for an Academy Award and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, Up at the Villa, an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella, starring Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft and Kristin Scott Thomas, The Situation, a political thriller set in Iraq, released in 2006, and the highly-regarded The Music of Chance (1993).

On display from May 18 through October 27, Four Seasons is an installation of four sculptures–each standing more than 15 feet high. Encompassing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, the works are inspired by the 16th-century creations of Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Four Seasons is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

The Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Four Seasons by Philp Haas

Four Seasons by Philp Haas

Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Ar...

Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (now at Skokloster Castle, Sweden). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bruce Munro Lights ~ Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna to be alright” ~ Bob Marley

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“Happy Moon Festival”  art by eileen tomson

I am fortunate enough to live by Cheekwood, a 55 acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune~”good to the last drop”. The now Museum of Art is housed in the 30,000 square foot Georgian-style mansion.

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Last night I attended the opening of the Bruce Munro Light exhibit, an outdoor art installation by British artist, Bruce Munro. This is the exhibit’s second time in North America. Designing and creating Light, took over 6,500 hours and installing took 2,000 hours. Bruce Munro is an artist known for immersive large-scale light based installations inspired by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and sketchbooks has been his practice of over 30 years; doing so, he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. The show transformed Cheekwood’s gardens into an enchanting, dream-like landscape. The installation, Field of Light, submerged the viewer within a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem.

  • 4088 miles: The distance between the Bruce Munro Studio in England and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art.
  • 19,822 lbs: The total weight of all the artwork loaded into two, 40 feet shipping containers.
  • 160 miles: The total number of miles of fiber optic cable used in Light at Cheekwood. The cable is reusable and will one day be used to create new artworks.
  • 102: The number of light projectiors used across the exhibition;a mixture of LED, halogen, and metal halide models.

(Fun facts provided by Cheekwood)

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“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” ~ Maya Angelou

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  • A small shelter or box for birds to nest in.
  • An enclosure or large cage for captive birds, aviary.

The “The Birdhouse Thing” is an event benefiting Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School, it helps raise the money that resulted in the fall 2008 opening of its new school. It features 22,000 square feet of usable space including a 200 seat performance hall, a music library, an instrument library, five music labs, fourteen teaching studios and a recording studio. National recording artists Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Brad Paisley and many others were inspired to tap in to another side of their creativity for the cause. The birdhouses were autographed by recording artists.

Each year, event organizers provide wooden birdhouses to local Nashville artists, architects, celebrities and public figures who then fashion a unique piece of work by adding their own artful design. These birdhouses are then made available for purchase through live and silent auctions at the event. In 2011 I was one of the artists that donated my design for the charity.

Founded in 1984, W.O. Smith Music School is a non-profit educational institution created for the purpose of making quality music instruction available to talented, interested, deserving children from low-income families at the nominal fee of 50 cents per lesson. The School offers instruction in all band and orchestra instruments, piano, guitar, and voice taught by a volunteer music faculty representing many facets of the Nashville music community. The school also seeks to encourage student participation in the cultural life of the community through concert attendance and performance.

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“Three Birdies”  art by eileen tomson


“Birdie” art by eileen tomson

“Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night” ~ Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

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Illustration by eileen tomson

Coffee just isn’t the same as it has been in the past, it’s gone upscale. In the movies, we have heard the expression “cup of joe”.  Now we overhear words like, Fair Trade, Barista, Tall, Grande, Vente, Macchiato, and so forth.

Coffee seeds are primarily grown in  Latin America, Southeast Asia, Maldives, and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities.

Some people don’t drink coffee for the taste but for its side effects. Many drink coffee to  jump start their day or pick up a sluggish afternoon.

“Coffe for an artist, is like fuel for a car” 

“Barista Parlour” in East Nashville, TN.

“Intelligentsia Coffee”, Venice, California

“Polo Lounge”, The Beverly Hills Hotel~California


Pantone Color of the Year ~ 17-5641 Emerald Green

Pantone is headquartered in Carlstadt, NJ. The company is best know for its Pantone Matching System, commonly know in the industry as PMS, a proprietary color space, not related to a women’s sometimes monthly malady-but a system used in a variety of industries, primarily printing. It also finds it’s way into paints, fashion industry, furniture, and other consumer-oriented companies to help guide their designs for the future products. Have you ever wondered, how and where does color of the year actually get chosen? Pantone declares a particular “Color of the Year”, every year. Twice a year, the company hosts, in a European capitol, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standard groups. After two days of presentations, debate, and massive amounts of coffee, they choose a color for the following year. The color for summer of 2013, was chosen in London in the spring of 2012. The color presumably connects with the zeitgeist; for example the color, Honeysuckle, was picked for the color of 2011. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going-perfect to ward off the blues.”

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