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Pause here for visual refreshment. CatRutgers4art is an essence: less than everything, much more than a fragment, all original art. This free-floating waltz of an undefined tempo is designed to be danced with relish. All love from the boundless possibility zones, Cat

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Unconditional Love: Aunt Marian’s Handwork

Created and Signed by Marian Rutgers Cogsdill 1986; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018There are many types of art that often go unsung. Personal work that transcends the ordinary – through skill, discipline, devotion, and utterly generous creativity. My Aunt Marian’s ornaments, for example. Every year, Marian Ruth Rutgers Cogsdill created an artwork for every member of the family, dozens, for decades. They were each special, and all amazing.

My holiday observances are tempered by ambivalence, including that it’s a kind of weird thing to bring an entire tree into your home. So it doesn’t happen annually, but in 2016, I wanted the ritual, and especially, the scent of pine. It was an odd but beautiful tree: the top was cut off, so it was a bit short, yet round and full and lovely. I carried this heavy thing home on my shoulder, crossing Coney Island Avenue, trudging to Buckingham, up the front steps, and into my apartment.

It was delightful unpacking my carefully stored ornaments, sorting through the boxes, unraveling tissue and bubble wrap to uncover these treasures, each with a history marking loved ones and moments. Took a few days to place the lights and decorations. It looked marvelous.

As for the story behind this post’s title? I always loved to talk with Aunt Marian, and one day, telling her how wonderful it is having a niece I really enjoy knowing, she smiled and said, “Yes. Everyone needs to have an aunt who offers unconditional love.” At egotistical first take, I thought she was referring to my relationship with my sister’s daughter, the lovely Megan. Then I noticed Marian smile a second smile and realized she was saying
I love you unconditionally. How awesome is that?

Ribbon, Pearl Beads and Needlework; Image © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Kitten with Mittens by Marian Cogsdill; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Gold-thread stars and yarn (detail); Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Jingle Bells from the Back; Image © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Notes and Glass Beads by Marian Cogsdill 1998; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Jingle Bells Detail by Marian Cogsdill; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Customized Santa; Image © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Original art by Marian Cogsdill (b. 1923 – d. 2007)
Unconditional Love © Catherine Rutgers 2018

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Eighth Friday (Wordless 2017)

Extreme Green v2 © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Garden's Edge © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Laws of Physics © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Goddess © Catherine Rutgers 2017

In Turn © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Orange Zero © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Its Peak © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Copper and Sift © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Memories of the Scent © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Party 0557 © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Eighth Friday © Catherine Rutgers, 2017

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Extreme Gardening (the 2013 season)

Before © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Embedded © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Fingertips © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Fruits of the Digging © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Uprooted © Catherine Rutgers 2017

U Rock (Number Four) © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Clean © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Seeded © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Soiled Hand © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Sign © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Alive © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Extreme Gardening © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Zen Storm (translating canvas to screen)

From Paint to Shining Paint © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Sans Subtitles © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Dramatic Horn Music © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Unscripted © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Something Zenlike © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The After Party © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Retro Vibe © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Fickle Finger of Fate © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Zen Storm © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Some Mums (A vaguely Victorian secret language of flowers)

Under the Feet of Venus © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Imagination and Eternal Sleep © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Conscious Adoration © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Ever-Expansive Abundance of Love © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Redeeming Bouquet © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Soft-Shed Kiss © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Aglow from Within © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Pleasant Shock of Being Opaque © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Some Mums © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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The Sound of Nothing (is a loud noise)

Present Presence © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Land of a Thousand Dances © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Thwacking Blades © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Surf © Catherine Rutgers 2017The Seaweed's Dilemma © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Witness © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Climbed Every Mountain © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Meteor Splash © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Sound of Nothing © Catherine Rutgers 2017
With my gratitude always for the music of Lone Vein.

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Kitchen Twenty-Seventeen (Another Kind of Paint)

Winter Twenty-Seventeen (My Kitchen) © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Yestreen © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Loop Tuning © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Noise-Shaped Error © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Phase Lock © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Non-Subtractive Dither © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Idiolect © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Monophonic Tell-Tale © Catherine Rutgers 2017Kitchen Twenty-Seventeen © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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