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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
Recent Activity
In these stressful times I am privileged to have a place to wander and get lost for awhile. On a few of my trails I have cameras set up and have rounded up a few recent photographs to share. We have a healthy population of turkeys and it's mating season.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Studiology
As a representative of the gallery Art A La Carte in Occoquan, VA, I created our Peep Show for 2020. The title is "Peepzan" as in Tarzan and Jane (of the jungle). The diorama is a jungle scene with tourists taking cell phone pictures and looking at exotic flowers and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Studiology
When you can't keep your thoughts from spinning and a sense of agitation sets in, it's good to go to the garden. With recklessness you can weed, with delight you can uncover newly emerging sprouts, and with clippers you can prune and make things right. It's been my salvation over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Studiology
Maybe all the gardener grows is a vegetable garden, but this is certainly the year to consider growing your own food if you haven't been inclined to do so before. I have had a vegetable plot since I began gardening and last years was probably the best ever, a year... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Studiology
Go outside they say, enjoy the weather, enjoy the garden! Take long hikes, sow some seed, and plant some cool crops, these will bring you joy! And so I have been passing my days with beautiful weather and lots of gardening, thankful that I planted spring flowering bulbs. Garden cleanup... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Studiology
Cheers to Fat Tuesday, to my artist friends that gather in New Orleans, and to the crazy krewe's that perform in the parades of New Orleans. I will end this year's chapter with a look back at my last parade and the fabulous art that was created during our Ghost... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Studiology
Taking full advantage of our cool seasons, lettuce seed can be sown in fall or early winter with an alternative round of seed sowing in February and/or March. Days to harvest from seed can be as long as 70 days and as short as 35 with our climate driving the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at Studiology
The parades continued, passing through the French Quarter, it was a short walk to catch the next one, titled "Krewe Boheme'. I'm not sure it has a real theme, described as "Artsy and Inventive", that it certainly was. Things are still pretty tame, the rowdy parade is on Saturday and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Studiology
As an art group we are in class on most days but for extracurricular activities we are lead by Katherine Engen who lets us know when it's appropriate to don wigs and makeup. There are many occasions in New Orleans to get fancy, it is the town that loves to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Studiology
Priorities are a bit different in New Orleans. With only 15 minutes to spare, I made it to the hotel and then Preservation Hall just in time for my reservation on night one. On my first full day I walked around, this is my 9th trip, so I knew where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Studiology
Once again the time has come for my annual trip to New Orleans. Tonight I will be seated in Preservation Hall, listening to traditional jazz in the heart of the French Quarter. Few things make me happier. This will be the usual art workshop, my excursion for 11 (or so)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Studiology
The latest piece of art was built from a wooden shelf unit that looks like a little house. The unit was very old and somewhat crooked, leaning like an old log cabin might. It was also covered in crumbling paint, which was really challenging. After removing some of the shelves,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Studiology
Our geographical location may not rob us entirely of gardening options in winter. Between pruning, cold crops under cover, or indoor seed sowing, the gardener can find preoccupation. Alas it's not nearly the daily submersion of other seasons so I would like to suggest a few alternatives to fill your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Studiology
The garden is dormant and snow is an inch deep, with more predicted. For a full 4 weeks, if not more, my Galanthus 'Potter's Prelude' has been blooming, withstanding temperatures as low as 20 degrees fahrenheit. So happy am I with its spread, it is even naturalizing a bit. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Studiology
With the year closing out and a look back on 2019 I have to say it was pretty darn good. My last commitment is over, the full time job in the floral department at Merrifield Gardens (for the holiday season) has finished and I can get back to full time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Studiology
Of the 20 or so artists that joined me in Mexico, some have a direction or plan when it comes to building their projects, some haven't a clue and bring items to tinker with and then there are those that buy items on the street and work with them, happy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Studiology
Before I show you what I created in Mexico for my art retreat and workshop, I feel that I have to show you what influenced my creations. If you have not been to Mexico City, then you may not know that it's one of the most artistic cities in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Studiology
A late comer to tillandsia love, some plants take a little more time than others to appreciate. Air plants describe them well, types of bromeliads, these are the kind that collect their food and water from the air, there is no central water trough, no real root, and no need... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Studiology
It's a crazy busy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can add that I am working full time, making art and managing an art gallery, so my busy may match yours or may not, we all have different levels of time maintenance or lack of. Despite that I have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at Studiology
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Studiology
The famous tule tree of Oaxaca is located 6 miles outside of the city, and the fee to enter the gates and visit this enormous tree is ten pesos or about fifty cents. Listed as the stoutest tree in the world or the tree with the largest trunk diameter of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at Studiology
My grandmother always gardened by the cycles of the moon. A very serious gardener, she was adamant about her gardening pursuits as they coincided with each cycle of the moon. The practice of planting in harmony with earth's natural rhythms is practiced by lots of folks and I don't doubt... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Studiology
The colorful city of Oaxaca is tropical and the beautiful floral surrounds must have influenced the use of colors in the buildings and garments. This city of 3.8 million people are a confluence of various indigenous people, predominantly Zapotec and Miztec. Most are devout Catholics and hard workers. The fields... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Studiology
What seemed like a month was compressed into 11 days in Mexico. Each day was organized with field trips, demonstrations and 4 days of art making. I have way too many photographs to share but will begin at the end with the small city of Oaxaca, the final destination. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Studiology
Today I leave for a most excellent adventure. Traveling with my middle sister and my traveling buddy Sharon Ross, we are off to Mexico City and then Oaxaca for Day of the Dead celebrations. Our days are full as we join others and also create art. So follow me on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Studiology