Monday, December 22, 2008

Jack Tedrow

5-2-1926 to 12-20-2008
(An obituary follows this post)








October 18th, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jack Tedrow 1926 - 2008

Jack A. Tedrow, 82, of Lake City, died on Dec. 20, 2008, at his home.

Jack Arthur Tedrow was born May 2, 1926 in Austin, to Roy and Sara (Mitchell) Tedrow. He attended elementary school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1944. From June 1944 until June 1946 he served in the United States Navy, serving as a Signalman on the U.S.S. Nicholson. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in education. Jack taught in Bessemer, Mich. for two years, then taught band in the Austin Public School system until retiring in 1985.

He owned the historic Lansing Creamery Building, where he collected MoPar parts and classic automobiles for 43 years. For 17 years Jack played in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and also played in the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Jack was a charter member of Sheldon Theater Brass Band in Red Wing, Minn. He played in area dance bands, including Bobby Thompson Band, Rollo Sissel Band and Bob White Band. Jack sang in the Austin Westminster Presbyterian Choir and the Lake City First Congregational Church Choir. He was a member of Lake City and Austin’s VFW and American Legion Clubs; and a life member of the Austin Elks. He was a member of N.E.A., M.E.A., M.M.E.A. and the First Congregational Church Untied Church of Christ in Lake City.

Following retirement, Jack decided to go back to school taking a band instrument repair course at Red Wing Area Vo-Tech. He then owned and operated his Band Instrument Repair Business, operating in Austin, Stewartville and Lake City.

In 1990 Jack and Doris moved from Stewartville, Minn. to Lake City, Minn. Jack and Doris spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., where Jack played with various musical groups.

Jack is survived by his partner, Doris Benjamin, Lake City, Minn.; two sons, Peter Tedrow, Apple Valley, Minn. and David (Sharon) Tedrow, Farmington, Minn.; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Tedrow, Lincoln, Neb. and Kathryn (Brian) Knutson, Faribault, Minn.; brother, Jerome (Judy) Tedrow, New London, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake City, with the Pastor David Badgley officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials will be designated to music scholarships in Jack’s name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, in Lake City, Minn.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Ring Go the Bells

For GPP Street Team gesso challenge, click here.

I usually don't do the "op-ed" thing on my blog, but today I will make an exception. I know that every year the "Christmas has become so commercial" discussion happens, it's been going on for as long as I can remember. I usually don't participate in those discussions, I mean, what's the point?

There's a commercial for Walmart this year that is giving me nightmares. I can't get the damn bells out of my head. It's the commercial where there's an empty Walmart that's opening up for the day. When the checkout lights start coming on, they sync with the Christmas carol that's ringing. It's horrible. "Ring go the Bells...ding go the bells....blah blah blah..."

Imagine a world where Walmart check stand lights play Christmas music. In an empty Walmart. The cashiers are all robots. I'm standing in the Walmart in my pajamas. The other customers start flowing in. They're all aliens (grays to be specific). I can't find the bathroom. All of a sudden Natalie Portman shows up as the Virgin Mary and gives birth to the baby Jesus in the camping gear department display tent. There was no room at the nearby Days Inn. The three wise men stop by on their way from the electronics section with a GameBoy, a flat screen TV, and a iPhone with a free month of Internet service. The little drummer boy comes with that new gadget that plays music when you wave it around in the air (can't remember the name of it right now). The shift managers are standing in for the animals because after all, this is Walmart and live animals are not allowed in the store (but didn't Walmart used to sell hamsters? Maybe they still do...). Then, seemingly out of nowhere, "Silent Night" starts blaring. It's the ringtone for the iPhone.

::::cringe shudder::::

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GPP Crusade 25 - Gesso!

Time for me to jump in on another GPP Street Team challenge. This month's challenge is to play with gesso, always fun.

For the piece below, I coated a carved stamp with gesso and stamped it onto 90 lb watercolor paper. A happy accident happened when the gesso picked up the ink that was on the stamp from MONTHS ago. So I have a pinkish gesso rose.
I then layered two colors of acrylic paint and "wiped" it to reveal the gesso as a resist. The watercolor paper did not stand up well to my abuse, but it was an interesting exercise anyway.
Next (below), I coated a piece of watercolor paper with a thick layer of gesso, and then used another hand-carved stamp to *lift* gesso from the page. I then applied a layer of neon pink paint and wiped again to reveal the indents that the stamp made on the surface.
I applied another color, doing the same, then let it dry. Then I took the same stamp and stamped with gesso over the background, so the same design element was showing up as both an "indent" and a resist.
Below I painted some circles and lines, then brushed a layer of gesso over it, spritzed with water, and wiped.
Below, I did the "lift-the-gesso-with-the-stamp" thing (lower) and the gesso as a resist (upper), but instead of using acrylic paint I used Windsor & Newton scarlet india ink as a wash, then wiped. I didn't get the contrast I got with the acrylic paint on the lower one, so on the upper one I mixed the ink and acrylic paint and got a better result. Maybe the low-contrast one is interesting anyway :)
An itty-bitty party dress just for fun.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New collage

I did this for the Artitudes show, I guess I am still in "medical diagram" mode. I must be the only person who really likes these, as none of them sold! Two of my three nudes did, however :). I love this quote.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Artitudes Art Show and Benefit

I'll blog more on this later, but I am a participating artist and wanted this information up for folks in the Lincoln/Omaha area.


Haymarket Antiques Building
Southeast corner of 8th and R Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska

Opening Night Event
Thursday Nov 20 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Weekend Art Show/Sale
Friday Nov 21 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday Nov 22 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday Nov 23 Noon – 5:00pm

Monday, October 27, 2008


Tom-tom claims the old dairy crate from the "Pure Seal Dairy," one of the treasures from the Lansing Creamery auction (scroll down for more photos).

Friday, October 24, 2008

Calendar Girl

***Scroll down for auction photos***

In addition to being the August 2009 image, my artwork was selected as the cover piece for the Vintage Image Madness 2009 calendar. Thanks Casie!
The calendars are on sale now, just $10, at the Vintage Image Madness Etsy Shop.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Auction Photos

(above) The building is auctioned. My dad is sitting in the chair in the background. The property and lot sold for $7500. Yes that's right, two zeros. And my dad made a profit on the building! He paid $500 plus back taxes for it in 1965.
Rusty wheels and tailpipes.
More wheels and tires.
Spoke wheels and an old car door.
Boxes and boxes of vintage car shop manuals. Towards the lower right there is a 1966 Montgomery Ward catalog that I grabbed for collage work.
Three rusty reel lawn mowers. I remember when my dad actually used these.

Monday, October 20, 2008

More Auction and a Movie

Auction Coverage - Lincoln Post-Bulletin October 20th

What I Did This Weekend

My Dad's Creamery Auction - Video from Austin's Post-Bulletin
Austin Daily Herald - October 15th 2008
Austin Post-Bulletin - October 17th 2008Getting ready for the auction on the 17th.At the start of the auction it was pretty foggy outside. I almost didn't find the place just because I couldn't see more than a half block in front of me.

A little closer, the auctioneer is in the lower left.
From left to right: my sister Kathy, me, dad, my brothers David and Peter.
A pretty decent crowd, mostly guys for mostly "guy stuff."

More Auction Photos

The attic of the creamery. My dad and I were rummaging around up there and I found a box with some of my grandmother's sewing notions and buttons. And a box of worsted weight wool -- those have probably been up there for 30 years, and I was thrilled. Among the buttons I found were some clear orange glass buttons that I remember in my grandma's button box when I was little.
Among the auction items was a 15 gallon crock that sold for hundreds of dollars.
If you read any of the articles about the auction, you know that my dad had an old car hobby -- these were a few front ends and bumpers up for sale. I love how these look, I can almost imagine them being part of the decor of an urban loft.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Two New Pieces

Two new "paintover" technique pieces, available on Etsy. Don't have much to say about either one of them, the first of course being a bit of a "remake" of the calendar piece.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Paintover Technique for Vintage Image Madness

I spent my weekend working on calendar art for Vintage Image Madness.
I settled into working on the "paintover technique" as shared by Lisa Bebi in the Spring 2008 issue of Stampington's "Stampington Workshop," a technique I've long admired and have wanted to learn. It's addictive.

I wasn't completely happy with the first three pieces that I did (the red/orange/pink palette), but things seemed to come together when I switched to an "ocean" palette. Following are the results.

I found that the armhole of multiple sized toddler top patterns worked really well as a design element at the top of the page, you'll see these peeking through each piece. This is an idea I lifted directly from the magazine, although Bebi used the armhole pattern to suggest mountains in a background. Here, I just wanted a visual for the motion of the dancer.

One thing I did discover is that the acrylic paint is easier to work with using a drop or two of "glaze" (I used Golden's satin finish glaze) on the photograph parts. I like a dry brush look better for the background, which is especially evident in the blue/beige piece.

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Webster at My House

(click on the picture to see more shots of the web)

There is the most AMAZING spider weaving her web between the house and garage, I've been watching her for a couple of weeks. I'm so happy to have gotten some shots of her web using a flash at night, the web is invisible during the day.
Reminds me of a necklace I have that I wore quite a bit in the 80s -- when folks - women mostly - took on the symbol of the spider web as that of a writer - word weaver, Webster, etc. I think I still have it.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

G.I. Joe in Drag

Check out G.I. Joe in drag (Project Runway Challenge #6) at my other blog...

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Artist's Nook on August 2nd

Wow, not much time or inclination to blog lately, the art and writing has taken a back seat to some family health issues. But, in early August, I did manage to bring two worlds - Blythe and Art - together for a moment.

My friend Jody and I went to Fort Collins, CO the first weekend in August to do a workshop with Lynne Perrella. Lynne's ability to raise creative energy in a group is unrivaled, I think. It was held at the Artist's Nook, a wonderful art store and workshop space in Bellevue, just a few miles outside of Fort Collins. The store and workshop space are located in an old house on a lot filled with wonderful rusty things.

Lynne does a "roundabout" in her workshop, where we all introduce ourselves and talk about where we are on our creative journeys. When it came to be my turn I ended up blurting out that I was making doll clothes. For some reason folks found that interesting, so I talked a bit about Blythe, her history, and the sub-culture that's risen around her. I was pretty surprised. I feel a little sheepish about the whole thing, but it does have me thinking about what does an adult get from playing with dolls....there are a LOT of us!

I just *happened* to have my Blythe doll (Stella) with me on the trip for picture-taking, and Lynne agreed to allow me to take her picture with Stella. (Thank you!!!)
Stella and Lynne Perrella at the Artist's Nook in
Bellevue, Colorado on August 2nd, 2008.

Stella watches the History Channel in the hotel room.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Feng Shui Writing

So I've been thinking about the principles of Feng Shui as applied to writing, poetry in particular. I like the idea of thinking about poems spatially. Years ago I had a dream about one of my favorite poets -- she and I were talking about a poem, and it was in front of us like a sculpture -- in 3D. (The weirdest thing about that was that an image similar to that showed up in one of her poems years later - I've never been in touch with her).

Anyway, thinking about poems spatially, or thinking about how "Chi" or energy flows through a poem, or even going more literal in terms of describing a particular space created specifically with Feng Shui in mind, could all be directions in which this idea could move.

Anyone out there have some thoughts? I'll write more as the ideas develop.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Project Blythe Challenge 1

Results of Challenge 1 from Project Runway: create a look using only things you can find in a grocery store. Click on the image for more...