“America is the country of the art of the future” ~ Marcel Duchamp 1915

In honor of Fourth of July coming up, we honor America. The above quote from the artist Marcel Duchamp, was written in 1915, almost 100 years ago! I love ART stamps. When they came out with a Warhol stamp awhile back, I bought 1/2 a sheet and framed it.


If you like stamps like me, you are going to want to get to your local post office and buy the latest, “Modern Art in America, 1911-1931” Forever stamps. The stamp sheet also includes a quote by Marcel Duchamp and verso text that identifies each work of art and briefly tells something about each artist. Art director Derry Noyes worked on the stamp sheet with designer Margaret Bauer.

These stamps are being issued in sheets of 12 Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. Issue date is March 7, 2012 ~ and of course the stamps are made in USA.



man ray photograph of Kiki de Montparnasse’s head 1926


                           charles demuth ‘figure 5 in gold” 1929                                               


marsden hartley (1877-1943)


john marin 1932


arthur dove  fog horns 1929

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aaron douglas (1898-1979)  arty farty friday


stuart davis (1892-1964)


joseph stella old brooklyn bridge 1946


georgia o’keeffe black mesa


gerald murphy  razor 1929


marcel duchamp (1887-1968)


Charles Sheeler american landscape 1930

  • Stuart Davis’s vibrant depictions of contemporary commercial objects made him an important precursor of the later Pop artists. His oil-on-canvas painting, House and Street (1931), presents two views of a street in New York, forcing the viewer to be in two places at once.
  • Charles Demuth, a leading watercolorist of his era, created his “poster portraits” of friends such as the poet William Carlos Williams, the subject of the work I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), in oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard.
  • Aaron Douglas was the most important visual artist to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. The gouache-on-paper painting, The Prodigal Son (1927), was created in a modernist style that has been described as “Afro-Cubism.”
  • Arthur Dove was one of modern art’s earliest abstract painters and was probably the first American artist to paint a totally abstract canvas. Dove was interested in attempting to duplicate sound as colors and shapes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Fog Horns (1929), suggests the peal of foghorns at sea.
  • Marcel Duchamp, an important forerunner of the Pop art and conceptual art movements, outraged and disturbed many viewers by irreverently flouting artistic convention. His oil-on-canvas painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2(1912), was the most talked-about work at the Armory Show of 1913.
  • Marsden Hartley was one of America’s greatest modernist painters. His oil-on-canvas work, Painting, Number 5 (1914-15), is an abstract composite portrait of Karl von Freyburg, a young German officer who was killed in World War I.
  • John Marin was the preeminent watercolorist of his era. He transformed the medium by experimenting with abstraction, such as in his watercolor-on-paper painting, Sunset, Maine Coast (1919).
  • Gerald Murphy produced only about a dozen works in less than ten years as a practicing artist, yet today he is recognized as a significant painter whose work prefigured the Pop art of the 1960s. The oil-on-canvas painting, Razor (1924), typifies Murphy’s work in its detailed depiction of commonplace objects.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the foremost painters of the 20th century. Widely known for her close-up flower paintings, O’Keeffe also famously painted urban and desert landscapes, including this oil-on-canvas painting, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II (1930).
  • Man Ray was associated with some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century—chief among them Dadaism and Surrealism—and is best known for his photography. His gelatin-silver print, Noire et Blanche (1926), is from a series of photographs juxtaposing a woman’s face with a Baule mask (or a replica) from West Africa.
  • Charles Sheeler explored the balance between abstraction and realism in his photographs and paintings, which often depicted aspects of the mechanized modern world. By titling this oil-on-canvas painting American Landscape (1930), Sheeler explored the relationship between rural traditions and his modern subject matter.
  • Joseph Stella, America’s first Futurist painter, is remembered for his multiple images of the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic New York scenes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Brooklyn Bridge (1919-1920) has been read as a comment on the tension between technological achievement and the spiritual dimension implicit in any human endeavor.

“If you involve the community, then it belongs to the community” ~ Pedro Pablo Silva

Pedro Pablo Silva, was a Chilean-born artist who in 1981 sculpted a mosaic dragon, a 150 foot sculpture here in Nashville, TN. The mosaic adorns Fannie Mae Dees Park, across the street from where I work at Vanderbilt University. We call the park “Dragon Park”.

Mr. Silva studied in Chile before he came to New York on a Pan-American scholarship to study art at Columbia University. Early on in his career, Mr. Silva became enamored with public art, creating sculptures for various playgrounds in Manhattan and Harlem.

The mosaic dragon undulates out of the ground as if it were ripples of waves at the beach. More than 1000 members of the community helped design and install the mosaics .

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“If you involve the community, then it belongs to the community,” he told The Tennessean at the time. “So we made sure everyone was invited to help with the mosaics. Everyone has done a jigsaw puzzle, and doing mosaics is even easier than that.”

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Manhattan Benches

 Sadly, Pedro Pablo Silva died June 20, 2013 at 78 years of age.

“A proper tea is much nicer than a very nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.”~A.A. Milne


“Teapot”  art by eileen tomson

Architect, Michael Graves designed the Alessi tea kettle in 1985. This Alessi designed tea kettle has sold more units than any other item in Alessi history. It is also one of the most sought after whistling kettles in the world. This water kettle is often miss-called the Michael Graves tea pot. Alessi introduced the actual Michael Graves teapot in 2005 to accompany the bird whistling kettle. Both the Graves teapot and the original 9093 kettle are 18/10 stainless steel kettles. The Alessi bird kettle has a personality, with its simple geometry. The dots on the bottom are to signify heat as the kettle is placed on the stove top. The shape of the grooved handle is blue to signify it is cool to touch. And , best of all- the bird whistles. Michael Graves designed the whistling bird large enough to take off when it is cool if desired. The 9093 was designed to blow water faster than any other stove top kettle on the market. This was accomplished by giving the water kettle a broad base that fits on the stove top. The Graves kettle then narrows towards the top creating a very efficient kettle.


Teapot designed by Michael Graves



“Black Tea Trinket” Laser cut relief on dyed paper by nicole maron


“Orange Tea” by nicole maron


“Newspaper Tea”  by nicole maron


“Passion Fruit Tea” laser cut relief on dyed paper by nicole maron


“Teatime” Embroidery by Nicole Maron

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a paperboard or wood. The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue and graph, meaning the activity of drawing.

The plate can be intaglio-inked, inked with a roller or paintbrush, or some combination. Ink or pigment is applied to the resulting collage, and the board is used to print onto paper or another material using either a printing press or various hand tools. The resulting print is termed a collagraph.

Collagraphy is a very open printmaking method. Ink may be applied to the upper surfaces of the plate with a brayer for a relief print, or ink may be applied to the entire board and then removed from the upper surfaces but remain in the spaces between objects, resulting in an intaglio print. A combination of both intaglio and relief methods may also be used.


Nicole Maron will be attending her senior year at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in the Fall. Nicole is a very talented artist and will graduate with an Art degree with an emphasis in printmaking, and just happens to be my sweet talented daughter.




Teapot art by Joana Vasconcelos, Versailles, Paris

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist. She was born in Paris in 1971 and now lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.


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A Proper Cup of Tea

  • Bring water to a boil in a teakettle.
  • Warm a teapot. Fill the pot with boiling water and allow it to sit for two to three minutes. Drain the water from the pot.
  • Place one tablespoon of tea per cup of water into the pot plus one extra tablespoon.
  • Fill the pot with water and allow the tea to steep for two to three minutes.
  • Strain the tea into cups.
  • Add milk and sugar to taste.







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” If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one”

~andy rooney

Golden Retriever

Dog art by eileen

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Homemade Dog Biscuits

1 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 tbls bouillon granules (beef or chicken)

3/4 cup powdered milk

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1 1/2 cup hot water

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

  • preheat oven to 325F.
  • in a large bowl, pour hot water over oatmeal, bouillon granules and butter, allow to stand for about 5 minutes.
  • mix in beaten egg, powdered milk and cornmeal ~ combine well.
  • add yeast and flour, a little at a time while mixing. continue to stir thoroughly. add more flour if necessary to make the dough very stiff.
  • roll dough into a 1/2 ” thickness to cut into shapes and place on lightly greased baking sheet (lightly grease the sheet with butter wrapper).
  • bake at 325F for 45 minutes. turn off oven and crack oven door but leave biscuits in to slowly cool and throroughly dry out.


I Hear the Train a Comin’…a celebration of Johnny Cash

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A decade after his 2003 death, Johnny Cash remains a popular figure with million-dollar sales. A celebration of what would have been his 80th year started last spring and efforts to preserve his legacy continue in Nashville and his birthplace in Arkansas. The Johnny Cash Museum formally opened in downtown Nashville last week and efforts are underway to save Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.

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JC tickets

A yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash’s legacy will come to an end this week with the issue of a new postal stamp and free public concert in Nashville, Tennessee.

The new Johnny Cash Forever stamp goes on sale Wednesday and to celebrate Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, and several friends and family members will gather at Ryman Auditorium. The stamp is based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.


“It just truly embodies my father’s spirit, who he was,”  said the son, John Carter Cash. “It’s different. That’s one thing: It stands out to me as being unique. It’s very commanding when you see the stamp.”

Wednesday’s concert at the Ryman features Cash family members, including the late singer’s brother and sister, Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, and friends Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and The Oak Ridge Boys. Jamey Johnson and The Roys also are scheduled to perform.

On May 30, 2013, a new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash opened. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller. http://www.nme.com/news/johnny-cash/70617#KWuKz82wmaIkkd6D.99

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W.S Holland (Johnny’s drummer) Bill Miller (Museum Founder) and Dave Roe Rorick (Johnny’s bass player) on stage at the VIP opening of The Johnny Cash Museum.

The limited-edition stamp, part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series, will be on sale at the concert and at the Country Music Association Festival later this week.

“He had sort of a magic and a charisma about him,” Cash said. “If he walked into the room and your back was turned, you felt the change. He had that strength about him. That legacy that he began still lives on in many ways. It’s still alive in the hearts of fans.”



Thank you to the Tennessean, the Museum of Johnny Cash, and the Johnny Cash Facebook page for the photographs I used in this blog.





Remember When A Marshmellow Was Just A Marshmellow?


“I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night,” said Ron. “What d’ya think that’s gonna mean?”
“Probably that you’re going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something,” said Harry.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

It used to be that there was basically one type of marshmellow that we all remembered from childhood. We roasted “Smores” at the campfire site, and loved them between our graham crackers. Well, like everything else that has gone upscale, marshmellows have now made the gourmet leap.

I love to support local businesses, and Nashville has so many creative people that it is pretty easy to do so. The Bang Candy Company is an artisan marshmellow company started  in 2010 by Sarah Souther .

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In 2012 they opened up their first physical location in the wonderful Marathon Building (that is another blog in itself!)



 The Bang Candy Company specializes in candy for the discerning palette. Their marshmellows are crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients, no preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors or flavors.

The company also carries syrups, in the likes of Celery, Ginger Rosemary, Habanero Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb and Lavender Mint.

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Here is another wonderful marshmellow company in Orlando, Fl.


Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Clark

Their company name is ‘Wondermade”. They only use cane sugar as the sweetner not corn syrup. They put 16 1″x1″ marshmallows in every box. After being cut to size, they are  arranged in a tidy grid, sealed in a plastic bag and nestled into their signature “Wondermade” 4.5″x4.5″ boxes.

S’more Bar Base
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground Vietnamese cinnamon
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/3 cup honey
5 tablespoons whole milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low to incorporate. Add the butter and mix on low until it resembles course meal.

In a small bowl, whisk together the liquids. Add to the flour mixture and mix on low until the dough barely comes together. Pour the dough out onto plastic wrap and form it into a one inch thick rectangle.

Press the dough into the bottom of a 9×13 baking sheet (that is either oiled or lined with parchment paper.

Adjust the oven rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and semi firm to the touch. Cooking times will vary greatly depending on thickness, ovens, and pans used.

Now that that’s well taken care of, make the marshmallow layer