Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton!

Today is Hillary's birthday, so raise your glasses everyone!
Here's a short slideshow by the H.C.A. of last year's celebration on "Hillary Clinton Island".
Happy Birthday, Hillary!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's Official!

On this ( not so somber) day of Wednesday, October 14th, 2009, I have decided to Officially disband the Hillary Clinton Army.
Right now Hillary Clinton is somewhere on this planet promoting peace and diplomacy,
and we, the H.C.A., helped make this happen!

Many, many thanks to all of you, dear friends, for marching every step of the way with the H.C.A.!

From our beginnings, where you helped get me to a luncheon to make our presence known to Hillary,

to all the super-fun art projects,

happenings, and parties that we threw.

The awesome and ridiculous concepts we dreamed up...

and then made happen on the Global stage.

We made dreams a reality, and then some!

I never would have dreamed I'd find myself sitting with Bill Clinton and watching the debates!

We crossed paths with lots of stars along the way, like Rob Reiner,

Jason Jones of the Daily Show....

Ted Danson,

Terry McAuliffe,

Chelsea Clinton,

and the whole Clinton family!

We played on Hillary Clinton Island for Hillary's birthday,

and traveled the world with the Art Envoys.

We definitely made more fun Pantsuit art projects than anyone on earth....
what a blast this has been!

Now, after way too much Pantsuitin' fun, this Pantsuit and I are thinking it's time to split!

So after over two years, thousands of pieces of Hillart, thousands of blog posts, art shows, fashion shows, Pantsuit art, wonderful adventures etc......I move on to new adventures.
No adventure is fun alone, so I hope you will join me.

Thank you H.C.A., friends and supporters of the H.C.A., and most of all, thanks to Hillary Clinton, for being an unending source of inspiration and light.

Gretchen Baer
Unofficial Art Ambassador to Hillary Clinton,
Leader of the Hillary Clinton Army and Art Envoys

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Anniversary Hillary and Bill!

Today is Hillary and Bill Clinton's 34th wedding Anniversary!
Hillary doesn't have time to celebrate no squaresville anniversary though, as she's just touched down in Swinging London!
She's a mod, mad and totally switched-on bird making the scene in Turned-on London!
Like Wow!Pow!
(Actually she's hard at work, but that isn't nearly as interesting)

Take it, Lynn Redgrave...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Light-tricking Pantsuits

Today I'm thinking about clothing in terms of what kind of shadow you cut.
You should always consider your shadow, don't you think?

Everyone already knows that the purple Pantsuit is the shape-shifter. Unless you are trying to fool your own shadow, this one should be approached with caution.

Shape-shifting, shadow-casting, light-tricking Pantsuits.
This is what I'm thinking about today....
light, shadow, and air.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The UV Pantsuit

I finally got back in the studio today, and let me say I'm feeling rusty with the old paint brush.

Here's a couple of paintings I did today while I thought about.....wait for it....

Nancy Sinatra and the UV Pantsuit.

I've put myself on a diet of strictly Nancy Sinatra, nothing else shall pass these ears.

I like the idea of designing UV Pantsuits and cool UV clothes... the ultimate in Lady's protection.

They must however, pass one vital test from the get-go...

COULD NANCY ROCK IT? If not.... it's back to the drawing board for this gal!

Here's another taste of Nancy.....

Love her! I'm thinking Hillary should do something fun about now like make a music video or have her own T.V. show.
All this endless war and diplomacy stuff... hardly any fun at all!
Does anyone agree with me here?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry bomb!

Today's red hot pantsuit is by "Sun City".

But I like to call it "Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb"!

Friday, October 2, 2009

UV Pantsuits

I met with my friend Kathy from Berkeley today. She mentioned that she wears clothing made of UV fabric, but that most of the designs in this fabric are not going to hit the couture catwalk anytime soon. She has been playing with the idea of designing her own UV fashions.
Hello! What covers the body more effectively AND fashionably than a Pantsuit! I ask you?
O.K., there's the bio-hazard suit, but that tends to scare people off.
I suggested Kathy try on a Pantsuit from my collection and see how it feels....

She went for this scarlet and tangerine number... delicious!

But Kathy, imagine yourself in a coool cobalt making the coffeehouse scene in Berkeley!

Or how about seeing what Haight street looks like through a rose-colored pantsuit?

Or you could lay in the grass, (UV be damned) of Golden Gate Park, and practically disappear!

And why not turn people on their heads in the Purple Haze Pantsuit?

The possibilities are endless. Oh, and let's not forget include the much-overlooked hood onto any or all of these show-stoppers.
Please keep us posted, Kathy, as to your UV clothing designs!

And while we are on the subject of Pantsuits ( as if we are ever NOT) please visit
ExchangesConnect's forum section in the middle of the main page, for the full story of the Pantsuit Printmaking Project.
Your comments would be most appreciated!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New techniques for Pantsuit Printmaking

Today I thought I'd try new technique of making Pantsuit prints.
Instead of having people cover themselves in paint and lay down on canvas, (which was a ridiculously fun to do, but produced mediocre results at best) I decided to go with another plan.
This time I quickly covered the Pantsuit jacket in paint, then threw down the canvas on top.
I then squashed the canvas down to get as much paint on it as possible.
Here are some of the results...

I am naming each Pantsuit Print after the jacket it was printed from.
This Pantsuit print is called "Alfred Dunner".



Claus 2

Mary Kay

These still need a lot of perfecting, but I think I might be onto something!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pantsuit Printmaking Project Preview

Printmaking has been around since the first caveman plastered his muddy hand on the cave wall to say "I was here". 
Pantsuit Printmaking hasn't been around quite as long, but the sentiment is still the same.

Here's a sneak preview of the "Pantsuit Printmaking Project" we did this afternoon...

I'll be posting the Pantsuit Prints and the full story soon!

Pantsuit Printmaking today!

Hey kids, don't forget to come by City Park in Bisbee at 3 Pm today for some live Pantsuit Printmaking... where you'll be the stamps!

If you don't live in Bisbee, check back tonight for the fun photo results of these "high art" shenanigans!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Pantsuit Promenade

Fall is here and it's got me to thinking about a Pantsuit Promenade.
Everybody loves a promenade... young people, old people, cats, dogs, babies, horses, giraffes and oh, just about everybody.

               Max Beckman's "Promenade"

                 Marc Chagall's "Promenade"

       August Macke's "A Stroll on the Bridge"

Don't you feel a Pantsuit Promenade coming on?
I definitely do!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pantsuit Printmaking Workshop

What do you get when you mix Pantsuits, paint, canvas and YOU?

Pantsuit Prints, of-course!
Pantsuit print-making is scheduled  for 3 PM Monday at City Park in Bisbee, AZ.
If you want to be a Pantsuit stamp, you need to wear black pants that can be sacrificed to the cause. 
I'll supply the Pantsuit jackets, if you don't have one. 
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Cloris Leachman and the Clintons

I just finished Cloris Leachman's autobiography ( thanks Emily!) and would like to share with you the  "Cloris and the Clintons" passage.

It seems back in 1992 that Cloris noticed that Bill Clinton's "body was becoming distorted from eating on the Campaign trail" from all that "grabbing and snacking". Though she didn't know the Clintons, Cloris felt she could help him loose weight.
She called Hillary whom she'd never met but who's number she'd had "got somehow", and talked to her secretary for probably 45 minutes. After a leisurely chat, she left a message for Hillary that she could "get our new president to loose a few pounds".
Hillary called her back a couple of days later, and was completely open to the idea of Cloris coming to the White House to cook a few meals that the President would enjoy eating, and help him take off the weight that he'd put on.
Cloris suggested she wear a paper bag over her head, so that no one would know who she was.

I don't think Cloris ever ended up in the White House kitchen, but how much do you love those gals?