“And we get dressed up so we can stay in, feelin’ expensive to drink the cheap shit.”
Clare Elsaesser is one of my favorite artists because she draws realistic dreamscapes, the real reimagined. She lives and works in Jenner, California–a seemingly imagined place made real that’s nestled on the Northern California Coast where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.
Good art, bad art–it’s all subjective, so the real measure of a piece is the emotional response it elicits and, thus, the connection it creates with the viewer. This is one of Elsaesser’s greatest gifts: her art is relatable yet elevated, like when you read a poem and it explains your emotions in ways you never could. Her compositions are innocently voyeuristic, as in “To The Night,” and refreshingly irreverent without losing their impact, as with “Pillow Land.”
She works with matte acrylics, textured watercolor paper, wood panels and also incorporates sewing into her work, which is for sale in forms ranging from original paintings to 5×7 prints on her ETSY site. You can also keep up with her ongoing work in a variety of outlets (Instagram, Pinterest, Blogspot, Facebook), and might I suggest giving her prints as gifts? I did just that, for Christmas a few years ago, and her affordable gems were a smashing success.
Tuesday Sun., April 29 Weather marked as Clear and Cloudy
We had visitors all day. Weeded all day.
Monday, April 28 Weather marked as Cloudy and Rain
Spent day with Lynn. We went to show. I got 3 new records, dress pattern.
Sunday Fri., April 27 Weather unmarked
T.T. had the sabbeth tonight. I was good (I hope). Lynn Mendelson slept over. Didn’t go to sleep till 6:00 A.M. Sat. morn.
Saturday, April 26 Weather unmarked
Kenny & Ror had dinner over here.
Friday Wed., April 25 Weather marked as Rain
Bowled. Got my monthly visitor.
Monday Sat., April 21 Weather unmarked
Went to Dr. Cornelious (wore Aunt Selmas heels & boy do my feet feel awful) says my eyes improve some. Holidays.
Lynns Party. Harvey backed out of going last minute. “God damn it.” Some stupid guy “Tom” took his place. I look real wonderful with mascara, eye shadow & a sexy outfit. Jim took—Riley brought. It was a party where the guys dressed as gangsters & the gals as gun-molls. I won a revolver-lighter as a prise for getting closest in “pin the cigarette in the gangsters mouth.” It broke up at about 12:00 midnight. I sure wish Harvey Rootland would’ve gone. Darn!
Sunday, April 20 Weather unmarked
Ate lunch in guild with Jeanne, tonite. 1st night of Passover Uncle Ruby & Aunt Selma. Aunt Selma gave me her dress & heels to wear to Lynns party.
Saturday Thurs., April 19 Weather unmarked
T.T. choir rehersal & bourd meeting.