Monday, February 23, 2009

SKETCH BOOK: We Are All Made of Stars

Our CD player has a “random” feature allowing for song selection in no particular order. The first song I heard as I pulled out my sketch book during breakfast was “We are all made of Stars” by Moby. Here is an acoustical version of him singing his song:

I love physics, biology and ecology. I also believe in evolution. I started my illustration drawing the two stars as I created my way through the universe (page) with different shapes representing various life energies. My, there are so many things out there, aren't there?

"We are All Made of Stars", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

I am fascinated with the creative mind and how each human being is an individual based upon genetics and environment. Some of the most mind-stimulating people I enjoy reading about are Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Pablo Picasso.

I enjoyed listening to the musical creativity of Moby while creating this piece.Yes, Virginia, I believe we are all made of stars and the need to embrace each others star.

(click on picture for detailed view)
© Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

Out beyond ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there. --Rumi

Thursday, February 19, 2009

25 Random Things about Me

Recently, I listed these "25 Random Things About Me" on Facebook. Thought I'd add some additional info and pictures.

1. The 1st time people visit my home, they come to see me. The 2nd time people visit my home, they come to see my dog, Lucy. She is a wonderful entertainer!

Lucy modeling mom's handmade jewelry

2. In 4th grade, I was awarded 1st place in the entire school district for coloring a picture promoting fire safety.

3. I prefer to sweep my house with a broom rather than vacuum. (The best vacuum cleaner I've used is a Shark Roadster Euro-Pro. Inexpensive too.)

4. I have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and suffer with severe migraines for days after being in the presence of perfume/cologne, scented lotions, detergent, air fresheners, hairspray, synthetic chemicals, foods with preservatives and the like.

5. I love kites and always fly my Crayola kite at nearby parks and on vacations.

6. The moving company said they'd never packed as many cookbooks as I had. I'm into raw food now. A good, easy cookbook is "Raw Food Made Easy".

7. In 2001, my monoprint entitiled "Mummy Dearest" was awarded 1st place in printmaking at ECC.

"Mummy Dearest", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

8. For the last 8 yrs., I've done laundry in this fashion:

* Add 1 cup (plain) Arm & Hammer baking soda to washer bin
* Place clothes in washer by COLOR
* Fill softener cup with white vinegar
* Wash on hot

Viola! Clean clothes, no static, less expensive, NO CHEMICALS.

9. I use organic unrefined coconut oil as my body moisturizer and in my hair for a new look. I cook with it too. NO CHEMICALS AGAIN!

10. I like modern, colorful, eclectic furniture from Axi Furniture, Shoestring Creations  and Sticks.

11. I use my (prescribed) far infrared sauna from High Tech Health weekly to sweat out toxins.

12. My art has graced the pages of Animal Fair magazine TWICE.

13. I studied horticulture at 3 colleges and am a certified Master Gardener from the University of IL Cooperative Extension Service in Kane County, IL. I've physically installed our landscapes at our last 2 homes. I use a Neuton battery-operated mower to cut our lawn. Works great even on our hilly landscape and NO CHEMICAL FUMES!

14. I feed my dog only human food. Lucy loves veggies!

15. I am a self-entertaining individual with lots of projects. My favorite project in 2008 was my bathroom renovation.

16. People are surprised at all the produce in my refrigerator, especially when they see the trays of live wheat grass growing. I juice it!

Can you locate the wheat grass in my refrigerator?
17. I get bored easily. I start one project, another and another. Then I go back to the first project and complete it and so forth with the remaining projects I’ve started. Is this ADD? It drives my husband mad!

18. We open the windows whenever possible to refresh the air. I use essential oils and only organic ones as air fresheners when necessary. Tea Tree oil has anti-bacterial properties that purify the air and kills germs and mold.

19. In 2003, my painting entitled “Shortstop” was awarded 1st place-watercolors at the Contemporary Dog Art Competition held in NYC at Sardi’s Restaurant. The judges were Chris Jussel, past Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s and original host of the PBS television series, “Antique Roadshow”; Dr. Anne Imelda Radice, who serves on the art committee of the American Kennel Club and is past Curator of both the National Gallery of Arts and the U.S. Capitol; and Jane H. Willis, Instructor at New York University and President of the Appraisers Association of America. I'm proud of this.

"Shortstop", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

(L to R)Judge Jane H. Willis
Susan Calvert with painting, "Shortstop"
Judge Chris Jussel

Susan Calvert's Award-Winning Plaque

20. I silly dance daily for a change of scenery. Silly dance = dancing to upbeat music with my dog, Lucy.

21. You will hardly find any processed food in my home (see item #4). I make most everything from scratch. If you drop in unexpectedly, I’ll only be able to offer you H2O or tea. Once in a while, I indulge with a Green & Black’s chocolate bar. They’re the best!

22. I enjoy going to music concerts, especially at Chastain Amphitheater in Atlanta.

23. My home projects receive many compliments and inspire others to be creative.

24. I like hardware, office supply and art stores. Anything to get/keep me organized!  IKEA is my favorite store to shop.

25. I have spent the last 8 yrs. learning about the effects chemicals have on our health (see item #4): how the food we eat, products we place on our bodies and breathe affects our health. I have a library in my home on the subject. We are merely living test tubes!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


New art by Susan Calvert:

Here is my muse, Lucy-dog, above modeling a new reversible soldered glass art pendant I created. "Jade" is from one of my original paintings. The reverse side of the pendant reads:

In Search of: CHOCOLATE

My hubby can attest, sometimes I turn into the very wicked Cruella De Vil searching for chocolate in our home. I've even sent the poor man shopping at all hours of the night for the stuff and I'm not preggers!

What is it that makes chocolate soooooo good? I don't know, BUT I GOTTA HAVE IT when I gotta have it. I'm addicted!!!

As a child, I remember raiding the medicine cabinet thinking chocolate EXLAX was candy. OMG, talk about personal problems!

My neighbor tells me she guards her stash from her family by placing a torn piece of paper between the cabinet base and door. Should she find the piece of paper be on the floor, some one is in trouble. Too funny!

Give this pendant with a box of chocolates and you'll score lotsa brownie points! Perfect for birthdays and Valentines day. Oh, heck, any day is perfect for chocolate!

Large Pendant:

(front of pendant)
© Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

(back of pendant)

Click here to purchase this 1x2" pendant.

Tell me your "chocolate" story in the comments section of this post.

PS: NEVER feed your dog chocolate. Their hearts beat faster than humans. The caffeine acts as a stimulant and can hurt or kill them.