Thursday, March 17, 2011

DeMeng Delivery -- DELIGHTFUL!!!

Yesterday's mail held a delightful package. As I pulled the container out of the mailbox and noticed the return address, I knew immediately what it was and hoped I did not manage to drop it from excitement before returning to the house! It was the prize from the colorwash competition held in Michael deMeng's "ArtLab #1" on line class. (ArtLab #2 is coming soon to a computer near YOU!)
I gently peeled the tape off and nestled inside was this utterly amazing piece of art.....
Let me say this; photography is a wonderful medium and you, my readers, know I love it. But to hold an actual piece of art IN HAND that you have only seen on video, from an artist whose work you have studied in books....well....it is day and night. The attention to tiny details absolutely blows me away.
This close up gives an idea:


The work is 3" x 6" but is so incredibly rich and textured, it visually reads much larger. The eye has much to consider  and soak in; the juxtaposition of delicate and industrial is perfect. That is the part that I find hard to express through photo or word.
It is balanced art in so many ways.
It is a gem in a weathered container.
Tough and delicate, dark and light, heavy and fragile.
Exceptional!
Also enclosed was one of the show announcement cards from the opening of "Strange Angels" and I have to say, I would LOVE to see this one *in the flesh*....or in the assemblage...  ;-)

"metatron: the scribe"
Today I am off to try and finish some art I have percolating, if I can get my attention away from my little shrine. And if I spend time meditating upon it, well, it's all good. I'll consider it "Assemblage Theory 101".
What a cool way to study art!
Thank you Michael!!!




Pax....

55 comments:

yoborobo said...

I am now a lovely shade of green, almost jade. LOL!! It is wonderful, and it could not have found a better home to live in. Isn't he inspiring? I would love to see one of his shows. Maybe we can all meet at one! Wooo hooo!!! I know, I am delusional. :) Congrats, Anne! xox Pam

studio lolo said...

myohmyohMY!!!!!!! What a rich piece! I know what you mean about seeing it in the flesh. Your photographs are so clear, yet the feeling one gets from holding it is incomparable.
You lucky dog!! You deserve it though as you are a good student ;)

That angel is something else. Wow, imagine a whole show of them!

i'm still wondering what you'll do with that barbed wire.

Enjoy your "panda day!"

~♥Lolo♥~

dosfishes said...

Wow, what a fantastic piece you won. That is such a wonderful example of his fabulous work. The new strange angels series is so cool. I love the rolled burned bits of paper in the chest of this angel. Michael is so into mythology and his interpretation of it, very, very cool. xox Corrine

Are you still shaking?

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well Pam, if we're going to have DELUSIONS, we might as well have GOOD ONES! LOL!!! Yes, I would love to see one of his shows; to be able to soak in multiple pieces of art at once....wow.....
:-)
BTW, you can do jade green very well, especially for St. Paddy's Day.

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yeah Lolo, I would love to take this around to everyone and say LOOK! LOOK!
It is the whole thing about seeing art firsthand. And why galleries are important, as well as museums---to get the real deal out for people to see.
I am definitely going for the panda day...LOL!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Corrine!

I'm just shaking from a little too much morning caffeine now...hahaha!!! Now I'm all mellow and ready to sit and study. I might get art done, but I would bet money on the sit and study part.
The strange angels must be an incredible group of pieces....I love the research behind the work, and then the interpretation.
Very cool....

XXOO~~♥
Anne

di from di-did-it said...

This prized piece of art definitely landed in the right hands! I hope Michael feels good knowing his work is truly cherished and will be lovingly cared for.

MyPinkTurtle said...

Anne ! This piece is EXTRAORDINAIRE !!! There is somethiung about DeMeng's art that takes me to a dark mysterious far away world, between here and there, halfway between paradise and hell, future and past ... Something archeologic too ... Just love it ! YOU are ONE lucky girl ! But again, YOU DESERVE it ! Hugs xxx

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Di!

I just love it--the work......WOW.
Words do not describe...... ;-)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

You can breath now all the comments are raving about that piece. True mysterious and magical. Great to get that rusting recipe. Now maybe I will have something besides myself in the rusting process. Lol
QMM

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Lulu, you found the words I could not find--it is archeological, and a bit between the extremes....maybe sitting outside Purgatory, looking in. In a GOOD way of course!
It is definitely a PLACE, a FEELING.

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Peggy,

LOL!! I am definitely all rusty today....omgosh.....it may be a nothing-done-day!
But it will be a delightful-stare-at-art nothing-done-day! ;-D

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Marilyn said...

The art is something to be studied..... So much to see in such a small package!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Love,
Marilyn

audrey said...

Anne, it is AWESOME!! I can see that it's a definite cause for excitement and shaking. Just be careful you don't wear the patina off from caressing it so much. I am happy for you. I can feel your JOY! How wonderful to have a piece of Michael's art in your home. Congratulations and enjoy!! I, too, hope Michael can see how appreciated this little shrine is.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY, Anne!!
♥ audrey

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marilyn~~

Most delightful small package!
Happy Wearin' O' The Green to you too!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Audrey,

Other than the initial unwrapping and *posing* for the blog shoot, I am NOT touching it! LOL!!! With my rusty joints, I'm apt to drop it....I'll just leave it here on the table until I decide exactly where in the hall gallery it goes.
Happy St. PAddy's!!! And no, I'm not drinking green beer...LOL!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Lani Gerity said...

Ah, Anne, this is so lovely! And what a wonderful class it was!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks---it is beautiful......
That class totally ROCKED Lani!!! We had a great group and plenty of guidance and even above all the learning...FUN!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Didelis\Gele said...

great work! this is fantastic! amazing-teach how to do this:)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Michael offers on-line classes; if you click the link in the post it will take you to the next ArtLab class being offered.
Well worth the time!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Dezinaworld said...

wow you are an amazing artist, i love what you have done here
hugs June xxxxx

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ooooooo...This is a piece I won from Michael deMeng~~visit his blog through the link in the text and see REALLY AMAZING THINGS!!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

deMeng said...

Hi Anne
Glad you like your prize. I can definitely tell it has a good home. Thats the most important thing about creating art...being appreciated. Cheers to you and have a Guinness to celebrate St Pattys day.
Ciao
M

Ima Weed said...

The most wonderful thing about art is that it keeps speaking to us and allows us to discover more and then more again about the piece of work and about ourselves. Lucky you to have this in your hands.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Michael,

It has an excellent home~~will probably get a shadowbox frame to keep it safe from dust. (I can CLEAN, or I can make ART...hmmmmmmmmm.....yeah....)
How about an Abita for St. Paddy's??? :-D
Again, millie grazie!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Ima,

Yes, truly, it's great art when you see more and more. The constant discovery. That is what makes art as a whole so exciting, especially when people are brave enough to push the boundaries!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Luthien said...

oh my oh my oh my!!!!! what an absolutely FABULOUS thing to find in the post! i, as i read your description, am sucked into the deMeng world! such a priceless PRIZE from the master himself! a treasure like no other :) and a most deserved home it has now my fren :)

freebird said...

I can tell you are just so thrilled. It's wonderful to be able to enjoy something so much and I'm sure it's a mix of the actual object and the thrill of having something from an artist you admire.

Georgina said...

You lucky dog, you!!! I'm so jealous, but it couldn't have happened to a luckier chick!!

I have something for you and I even ordered another one so I could get that second swizzle stick. Actually, upon my return home from my TX trek to Austin, that particular Southwest jet were serving drinks with these adorable red swizzle sticks with a heart at the end. I ordered an ice water with lime, saw the swizzle stick and thought of you (you created a miracle with those sword shaped skewers)I thought, "What could Anne do with this little darling, must order another water or raid the trash bag....nah, I'll just order another water!" So I have 2 adorable heart shaped skewers and will mail them off next week...still trying to get over this friggin' time change..yea, TX needs more sunlight in the summer!! I was in Austin where it's Central time there, then came back to El Paso, where we're on MST...oey vey, I'm jet lagged!! LOL

Have a great week and don't forget to wear green today!!! Are we 12 or what??? LOL

Loves ya,
G

My Grama's Soul said...

This piece is just stunning...I am not as assemblage artist...but oh how I admire those who are.

Jo

Jan said...

superb. Congratulations! Yes, the photos can give you a good idea but seeing any art work for real is such a different experience. Personally, I consider your work to be on par with his. I mean that honestly.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Luthien,

It was indeed a fun package to open~~never one quite like that before! It has my thought processes rolling... ;-)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Freebird,

Yes, I think you summed it up exactly!
I've always had artists whose work I admired and usually knew there was nominal hope of owning a piece, as I am sure all of us have.
But sometimes, well, you just luck out!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Georgina~~LOL!!!

Yup, mentally, I am 12 today. I was yesterday, and the day before too....heehee!
I cannot wait to get those swizzle sticks! OH! They sound tre cool and so many possibilities....my little mind will be working overtime!
Ditto on the time change; like we need more sun once the storms start rolling and the humidity goes berserk. Pffft. I don't know which end is up and the birds are mad getting put to bed an hour early. Johnny screamed for an HOUR the first night.... <:-\
Glad you're home safe!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Jo,

I think MDM is probably the King of assemblage artists; I keep working at it myself but I am still more in the *bas relief* stage as opposed to full blown!
It is fun learning though, and hopefully I will get where I want to be with it.

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Jan,

Well, thank you truly, but he is WAAAAAAY ahead of me.
And I am glad to have something to strive toward!
Slow on replies today; change in the weather is really slowing me down, plus the joy of trying to mark with spray paint every buried thing in the back behind the studio...spray painting in the wind. Yeah. There's a good pastime! oy....

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Elena said...

I was already a DeMeng groupie but you made him sound oh so heavenly. Oh wait, you weren't talking about him were you! Bwah-haha! It is gorgeous. No way did it look this good when he held it up on the video. Awesome that you got it - I knew it belonged with you. Now I have to come see it in person.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Okay Elena....I am coming over there and sending you off to THERAPY! :-D Ah-hahahahaha!!!
Lord girlie....
And yes, you DO have to come see it in person, but I think I will have it behind bullet-proof glass and screwed to the floor or something.....just in case the TEMPTATION to grab and run hit! heeheehee!!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Carol said...

Anne, what a coup! So well deserved, and I can't think of a better person to take possession of this wonderful work of art. As Elena says, it is even more fabulous than that quick look we got on the video, and I know it will be a piece that will speak to you every single time you look at it. An original deMeng - how about that!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Carol,

The one thing I was so surprised about was the little piece on glass with the image behind it. I was lucky to get the light just right for it to show in the photo I took....but it intrigues me. Who is it? What era? All these little things that draw the eye in, in, in....... ;-)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This is truly a lovely wonderful little jewel and priceless because it is from the artist to YOU! I just live the textures and meld of colors he captures in his pieces. You are one lucky hard working woman!!! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Mary Helen,

I think I have my *slug-suit* on today; wore myself out yesterday so kicking back today. Finally got a little sketchbook put together that was SUPPOSED to be simple and easy....ah-hahaha!!!! I made it complicated! ;-D
You know ME!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Pandora said...

You are indeed lucky to have such amazing art in your midst. You deserve it - your color wash is fab! Thanks for sharing and allowing us to imagine what it would be like.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks!!!

I'm still sort of in the disbelief stage...but pinching myself that yes, it IS there and it is not an insufficient caffeine delusion! LOL!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Michele Lynch Art said...

What a wonderful prize and I hear well deserved!! I found your blog through Luthien whom I adore ;o)and I see other faces I recognize :o) Glad to have found you!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Michele!

Welcome! Glad you could hop over from Luthien's blog!
This is a post of *content*....sometimes it's just rambling thoughts, photos or giving Blogger pieces of my mind that I can ill afford to spare! haha!
Be brave---visit again! ;-)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Bella Sinclair said...

Hooray, hooray! Congratulations on receiving a bit of heaven in a box! It is a powerful inspiration, and it couldn't have gone to a more perfect person. I really love the art on the card, too! Wow!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Bella,

The *Strange Angels* group looks like it would be wonderful to see up close. We saw tidbits during the online class~~amazing.
I think he could do a photo book on each series he does!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

peggy gatto said...

what a little gem!!! I a a michael fan!
I loved the journal "warning" and cheap canvas. It is so bright and fun!!!
you have been busy and and I had fun catching up.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Peggy!

I feel like such a schmuck--I have been bad a visiting and commenting; it's not that I don't want to--time and hand issues, plus Bloggers dashboard perpetually jumping around---I miss half of the blogs I used to visit.
Hope you're doing well! I promise I will pop by....

XXOO~~♥
Anne...still looking for that 48 hour art-day....

*Ulrike* said...

All I can say is Wow! The attention to detail, or the little nooks and crannies, pretty impressive!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Isn't it just amazing???
I'm still sitting here, days later, seeing things I missed.
I need to put that attention in my work....

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have kept this post in my reader for all this time so I can regularly drool over it. Decided I really should make a comment and quit drooling (moisture isn't good for a keyboard I'm told). Lucky you to win this!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

omg.....LOL!!!
Well, just put on a bib, and you can drool all you want, or till you run out of spit! ;-D
Glad you had a sec to come by!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Marie S said...

Lucky Girl!! I am so glad you won too!!

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