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Karen Rexrode
Aldie, Virginia
Previous nursery owner, currently enjoy gardening and many forms of creative interpretation.
Interests: gardening, photography, assemblage, mixed media
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With each trip to New Orleans I learn more about my fellow artists, most of which have returned for many years. We become closer each time, a second family to me. The really creative cousins. My travel companion is Sharon Ross, a person with little time but a huge desire... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Studiology
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Our local fields often contain a native grass that has a winter presence which is hard to miss. I have seen it turn a rich rusty red, although this winter it's a tan like the color of mocha. What triggers the darker color is usually a wet fall. I remember... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Studiology
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My 6th trip to New Orleans is like my bungee cord, a winter trip that I look forward to with great anticipation. Even though, and this can't be denied, the French Quarter of New Orleans can be despicable. It's humanity at its lowest form, except for the food, music and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Studiology
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February is the month for hearts. It's also the month for chocolate, roses, maybe even champagne. Many artists create works that speak to the month of love. We like to get in on the action. I made two heartfelt pieces. And just finished is a small piece with two, tiny... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Studiology
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Familiar with the Tyrannosaurus rex? A large dinosaur, now extinct. The theme, as I've worked in the studio, has been dinosaurs. January has been slipping away as I've made small assemblage pieces. Sometimes they are driving cars (or trucks). A modified Hudson (convertible), ferries this little, flared neck lizard around.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Studiology
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With a damaged cherub, I proceeded to build this latest assemblage piece. The cherub was missing a head, already used elsewhere, a missing leg (shattered in a fall), and an arm that needed to come to the front. It was going to be a challenge, but one I was excited... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Studiology
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Suppose that I just handed you a plant tag and the name said (only) "Wrangler's Savage Love". My question would follow, what genus of plant might this be? My own knee jerk reaction is a daylily, those flamboyant hybridizers are notorious for crazy names. And I would be wrong. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Studiology
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I have an east facing windowsill lined with plants. I want winter flowers or exceptional foliage for my collection which can keep me as busy as I want it to. Preening, fertilizing, or rotating pots, simple happiness. A couple of orchids, new tropicals, there's that endless desire for new. Doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Studiology
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As promised, here is the progress made on my most recent piece of assemblage. The first piece of art completed for 2017. When these things come together, many thoughts enter your head; is it going in the right direction?, do I need to do more?, have I gone too far?.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Studiology
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The music is on, playing all day. Listening to David Bowie, Leon Russell, Prince, Sharon Jones, just to name a few. Reflecting on 2016, a wonderful year for me. It's hard to express how grateful I am for the beautiful people in my life. There are also the beautiful places.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Studiology
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I have been working at Merrifield Garden Center almost everyday for the holiday season. It's been hard to get much else done. That time will soon be over, I am a seasonal employee, returning in spring. All of my jobs are seasonal, so winter is a love-hate thing. I love... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Studiology
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Number 3 was delivered today, Krampus the third came together very nicely. Number 1 and 2 have gone to good homes, or shall we say, people that understand Krampus. This piece, along with the altered Christmas light bulbs, are at Art A La Carte, in Occoquan, Virginia. And I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Studiology
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The seasonal flowers of Christmas are few. Nothing like the countless options for Mother's Day or Easter. It boils down to forced flowers that are best grown in a greenhouse or those that require cool temperatures to be happy. With only one exception, the wonderful Christmas cactus that can be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Studiology
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The thoughts in this little two year old's head are usually on wheels, trucks, tractors, and things that roll. His outgoing big sister entertains him, talks for him, and generally introduces him to others. This is Quinnie, she says. He is quiet, studious, has time to think while she chatters... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Studiology
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I am blessed in so many ways, on this day I embrace them all. I have no complaints! Blessings to all. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Studiology
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This half goat, half demon, character has its roots in Germany. The name krampus, comes from the German word krampen which means claw. Its origins are a bit obscure, but the theory is that Krampus punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast to our favored Santa Claus. Some think he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Studiology
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It's always been said that the gardener should get a physical in summer or fall when they are at the peak of their health. All of that dead heading, cutting back of perennials and weeding gives us stamina and mobility. Soon the garden will slumber, Mother Nature drops a blanket... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Studiology
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My back, my hands, are tired. Gardening is exhausting. Today I finished digging my tender plants, they are in their winter homes. Whew! A hot tub soak would be ideal right now. The "putting the gardens to bed" is still ongoing. It's been many weeks but I see results, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Studiology
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I worked today, cutting back perennials to put gardens to bed. It was pleasant, especially with my music set to Pandora and Halloween music. Bebop swing tunes from the 60's played, songs that I used to sing on a school bus with everyone else. In the late 60's I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Studiology
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Tonight is a first frost, or so they say, and I hope not! Yes, I know it's time. What have you been doing, you ask? Why aren't those tender plants dug? Instead I'm thinking about someone special who just passed. Someone that was enthusiastic, in love with many aspects of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Studiology
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The most exuberant, fresh plant in our October gardens are the newly arrived fall flowering bulbs. After a deep summer slumber, they awake and push out of the ground to dazzle and amaze the gardener, who often forgets they're there. At least that was the case with my yellow Sternbergia... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Studiology
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With a well planned get away, I escaped to Canada for a little R and R. It's nice to have kind friends in faraway places. I researched the weather and saw a night of 39 degrees in the forecast. Living in Virginia can bring a nice change in weather in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Studiology
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This Saturday is the opening of "Cautionary Tales" and I've had a blast building the pieces. A big part of the caution in cautionary tales is recycling or using parts that one might not consider when making art. I have used a deodorant container, an eyelash curler, car parts, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Studiology
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The gardener is generally in a state of overload by fall. We've fought weeds, tangled with the hose a few too many times, and deadheaded flowers since spring. But there are those few that consider fall the best season of all. There are reasons to feel encouraged by this seasonal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Studiology
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Listed below are the various classes I will be teaching. All of these are open to the public, check the links if you are interested. Saturday, September 17th Merrifield Gardens, at the Fair Oaks location: 10:00 AM "Pollination" Come and spend an hour with me as I show the various... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Studiology