15 Aug

Abstracting ‘The Rain Horse’ by Ted Hughes

Abstracting The Rain Horse - He Threw Stones

After having a conversation about the short story ‘The Rain Horse’ by Ted Hughes at the opening of my exhibit at Creo Gallery in Wake Forest, NC, I became very interested in the piece.  I’d never read it.  Since, I’ve just begun to work through it, and have ordered (totally self-indulgently) a copy of each of the two volumes of Modern Short Stories, the compendium in which the story is published.

In the meantime, I’ve begun to extract passages ripe with agitated life, and given to depiction – abstraction.  I’ve abstracted the work, thus far, into five minimalist pieces, and am working through more concrete abstractions (um…really…??) as well.    Below is one of the abstractions giving more visually concrete depiction.  This work centers on the turn of phrase:  ”He snatched up two stones and roaring with all his strength flung the one in his right hand.”

Abstracting The Rain Horse - He Threw Stones


I’ve also just looked for some scholarly material about place-identity and come across an  article that delves into the place-person relationship and its impact on identity formation.  CLICK HERE to read the article.

13 Aug

Behailu Academy in The Observer!

Behailu Academy, a non-profit where I teach art and other courses, was just featured in the Charlotte Observer!  I am honored to have been quoted in the article!

Artist and illustrator Ladianne Mandel has been teaching at Behailu Academy since August 2013. She said the lessons are far more than just instructive.

“My students and I often have conversations about the various ways they move through the world and the ways they perceive their environments, and all of this gives us the opportunity to talk about various ways they can move forward in their lives,” Mandel said.




12 Aug

Behailu VOICES!

I am very excited to be a part of Behailu Academy’s Teaching Artist faculty.  This year, our organization won a grant to begin creating a visual and performing arts journal online called Behailu VOICES!  This journal will give our students a chance to learn about content creation and management, personal expression, writing, editing, collaboration, time management, and a ton more.  I’m really looking forward to working with the kids to create this awesome product!!!

03 Aug

Exhibit Opens This Week


022-765x1024I am grateful to have been asked by the publisher of my book of poetry, Play Them Bones, to exhibit my work at the gallery in her new office space in Wake Forest, NC.  So, I’ll be there this Friday and my work will be on exhibit.  The show will include work I’ve created since roughly 2010, and includes my collaged pieces created largely using paper with methods including painting, printmaking, and drawing.  I’ll also be reading from my poetry book – wow – could I make that sound any less exciting??  Truth is, it’ll be really fun – I love to read aloud, and I LOVE making things dramahhhhhtic….  So, come join me at The Paper Journey Press this weekend.  Google them, read about them, and check out their site – and watch here for more details!!

02 Aug

Downloadable Original Artwork!

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I’m so excited to announce that I’m now selling downloadable original artwork!  Take a look!  

Imagine downloading a hi-resolution image and then using a site like ZAZZLE.com to create all sorts of cool things like cell phone covers, t-shirts, invitations and greeting cards and even CUSTOM POSTAGE!

Here are just a couple of examples…  More images to be added to the FlyingSpoonStudios.com Shop soon!

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All of the stuff you find on this website (minus the amazing Fruitful Theme) is copyright 2014, Ladianne H. Mandel