January 2008 – Although I am happy to share my art with you throughout this blog please be aware that these images are protected by copyright law and should not be reproduced or used without expressed written permission. Feel free to leave comments or questions, I am always excited to get feedback. Enjoy browsing and thank you for visiting my blog!
Posted by L.M. on January 23, 2008
Posted by L.M. on March 5, 2014
Why yes, I am mixing music and artwork in one post! As promised months ago, I’ve finally begun to edit all the images from last year’s solo show that focused on recycled/repurposed art. Today I’m sharing the pieces I created with old piano parts.
First I’d like to thank my artist-friend Quincy Owens for sharing these parts with me after he had used most of the wood from a piano for an artistic project of his own. Thanks Q! Here is a look at the pieces and parts laid out, waiting for me to decide how to use them (along with a tub full that I have left for future projects).
I had these in the garage for several weeks, moving pieces about and generally tweaking things until I felt comfortable enough with the design to start the assembly. I raided my stash of vintage sheet music to use as a background, adhering it to the wood surface using a thin, clear acrylic with a tint of yellow ochre to giving it an even older, more weathered look.
Once on the wood I followed with several more coats of clear acrylic to seal it well and give it a lovely shine. Then the power tools came out and the other objects were attached one by one. The long bar across the top of the largest piece (Calando) is from inside the piano and the wires were at one time attached to each of the eyes that show along the top.
I actually ended up with a “less is more” approach with these pieces as I really wanted more of the background sheet music to show than my original plan. One part that I never varied on was the three foot pedals hanging from the bottom. Now to show you the images of each piece, once completed:
The musical term Calando means “fading away music” which seemed so appropriate for this piece! Cavatina translates into “solo song” and, as most music fans know, Crescendo is described as “an increase in intensity”.
Currently these three pieces reside above the piano in my living room.
Can you picture them in your home?
Posted by L.M. on February 21, 2014
Back in the fall, during my unintentional blog hiatus, I created several new pieces of whimsical art using scrap wood pieces, old dictionary pages and ink. They were fun! I have ideas for more pieces in this style once I get back into the studio. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite pieces from the batch I created. It began with one of these pieces of wood, the backgrounds painted with acrylic:
Add some torn paper shapes:
Then lots of ink details and DONE!
Just for fun I left some of the paper un-attached to the surface to make the pieces more dimensional, in this instance the fin on his side!
P.S. If you’d like to see this, and other creations, in person they are located at ProArt Gallery in Greenwood, Indiana!
Posted by L.M. on February 11, 2014
During our transition from one home to another I took on some projects (with many others in mind for the future), this being the first. I found this cute little dresser at a fun/funky little store in Brownsburg (shout out to Finer Things!).
It took a few weeks to decide exactly what I wanted to do with it but I finally decided on a black & white theme since that would blend well in most any setting and I wasn’t sure where it would end up in the new house. The first step was to apply a couple layers of primer. I had some technical difficulties getting the handles off so I taped them for this first step (later I found the right tools to get the handles off).
I didn’t seal/paint the black ovals as I wanted them to stay black. Finally everything was sealed and ready to start with “real” paint – also in white.
It stayed like that for a week or two. I really wanted to do something inside the ovals but I couldn’t decide what to do. The ever-popular “pop of color” sounded good but, again, I wasn’t sure where it was going to end up so picking a color at this point was impossible. I found my inspiration while shopping one day and finding a pad of decorative scrapbook paper, all in black & white designs. Ta-da!
I cut the oval shapes and also applied a rim of black paint inside the ovals in case there where any gaps between the paper and the black trim. I applied the paper with some collage medium, smoothed it out and sealed it with more medium. Sometime during the process I also spray painted the original handles white.
Here it is, finished, in it’s new room – the guest room at our new house.
I like how it turned out but I may be tempted to add some blue to it once we get around to painting the walls in there. We’ll have to wait & see about that!
Posted by L.M. on January 20, 2014
I thought I’d share some recent fractal creations with you today. It seems this time of year I’m drawn to bright colors as I wait impatiently for springtime. This year has been no exception, although this first piece only has a hint of spring color!
I’ve also gotten into a routine where I create three of these images at a setting. Seems like after the third my brain has had enough!
These images build, one to the next, with added layers, effects and closer details. Sometimes you can see the growth but often they end up looking totally different from their sources. I like that each is unique and stands on it’s own.
Do you have habits and routines in your creativity?
Posted by L.M. on January 13, 2014
Well I’ve chosen my words for 2014, the first two took a while to nail down and just when I thought I was set a third popped into my brain and just won’t leave. So I guess I’ll have three words to focus on in 2014. In some ways they overlap but each resonates with me in a different way! I’m starting with one that is popular with many people, SIMPLIFY. As the last year entailed uprooting from a home we’d lived in for 32 years there has been a lot of packing, sorting, recycling and discarding going on. But not enough! I still find my closets stuffed with items I don’t care for, boxes full of items waiting to find a place (I’m thinking someone else’s place!) and some re-arranging of the items I did keep needs to be done to make life flow more easily. Not only is there home-type items on the simplify list but also artistic, business, personal items and schedules that need to be pared back as well. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I keep referring back to last year’s word, Haven, and ready my description of what I think a haven should be. Simplifying will help me get there!
The second word on my horizon is TRANSFORM.
It’s something I’ll be working on in several different areas and levels of my life. I feel like I’ve been stagnant, just in a holding pattern, waiting for the “right time” to change things up. There’s no better time than now! Art-wise the transformation of an old garage space into my studio space began last fall, with the first of four projects being complete. In that it was also the largest of the four projects we are probably more like half-finished at this point. But there is still lots of transforming to be done, even after the construction phase! I also have been in dire need of some physical transforming, so I’ll be tackling that too. I feel better just thinking about it, just think how good I’ll feel once I finally DO something about it! Which leads to my last word, the one that won’t leave me alone. For some it may not have the impact that it does for me but becoming more ASSERTIVE is a huge step in my life.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a peacemaker, a fixer, a soother, doing whatever it takes to make sure others are happy, no one is ever mad. Any kind of turmoil or confrontation was to be avoided at all cost. To be honest I’m tired of it. Tired enough to think making a change would be easier than continuing! I’ve already practiced a few times this year. (Yes I realize it’s only the 3rd of January!) The world did not come to an end and it felt GOOD. It may not always but I’m ready to try. I’ll need to be assertive for the transformations I’ll be undertaking this year so it goes nicely with that word too! As I kept having assertive come up over & over I also ran across this meme, which says it best:
So, there you have it – no settling allowed!
What words speak to you this year? Hold them close and find all the ways to use them.
Posted by L.M. on January 3, 2014
Look at this…a blog post! Amazing. Wow, what a year. I’m in that phase where you review the year, good, bad and indifferent, and start looking toward the next one. I would go out on a limb and say I’m not the only one! I can’t even begin to talk about all the changes 2013 has brought, and already I am anticipating many more in 2014. If you remember a whole year ago I had selected two words to focus on for 2013, Haven and Explore. I had no idea that my haven would be in an entirely new zip code, in a new home! Although I still have walls to paint and work to do it is more assuredly become a haven. I’ve explored things I didn’t anticipate and didn’t explore much of what I thought I would. Life is an adventure!
Although I’m still deciding on words for 2014 there are a couple that keep coming up over & over – the first being “simplify” and the next being “transform”. Have you thought of any word or words for your focus during the next year?
I’ve slowly been getting back to art and creativity, like the new fractal art at the top of the page. Somehow closing out the year with a blog post feels right too, I’m out of excuses – if I’m blogging I need to show up consistently. So here I am! Speaking of blogs, I’m a using that word “Simplify” already and, at least for this year, closing down my “Digital Art Daily” blog. I’ll leave it online as an archive for now but new digital art will be posted here.
So that’s it – my thoughts for ending and beginning of another year. I hope yours if full of love, blessings and happy surprises!
Posted by L.M. on December 30, 2013
Somehow that title sounds like a shmoozy late-night commercial blurb, doesn’t it? I don’t know if that will draw you in or scare you away! I just thought “Ready to Advance your Mandala Creating Skills? New Workshop Next Week!” wouldn’t fit well in the title bar area very well. That being said….
Well, are you? Ready to advance those creative mandala skills? Hmmm?
Next Wednesday evening, August 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. at Art Lab Indy I’ll be presenting “Mandala Art II” (such a creative class name, no?). If you’ve got the basics of creating a mandala in a square/circle format and are ready to break out of that boxy world then this is for YOU. We’ll explore creating mandalas off-center, in multiples and also be using a new background (watercolor paper) and (surprise!) watercolors, too.
This will be my last class for a while as time for our move approaches, if you miss this one you’ve got a couple months to wait before I’ll be teaching again. Maybe just don’t miss it, how’s that sound? Contact Art Lab Indy to register for class, cost is $35. As always all supplies are provided so just bring yourself & a playful attitude. See you then!
P.S. If you missed the Intro to Mandala Class and are a self-starter, here are instructions on the basics so you’ll be caught up for this class: Making A Mandala
Posted by L.M. on August 14, 2013