Collaborative Artwork

I’ve been slowly working on a collaborative art piece with the fine people at Noble of Indiana.  They are getting ready for the “Art Salon” event at Meridian Design Group in downtown Indy.  It will be part of the first Friday events next week on February 5th.  You can find more details about this event by clicking HERE.  I love working with the people at Noble, it’s always a fun experience!  It had been a while since I had last done a project with them, way back in June of last year. This project started with a visit to the west side Noble center, shortly before Christmas.  It was a festive day there, with live music and LOTS of people.  Of course getting them off the dance floor and into the art area took a little persuasion but their wonderful art therapy person, Kate, managed to get a couple of them interested in making some art.  I had brought in some canvas paper and a few colors of acrylic paint and just asked them to cover the paper however they liked.  It didn’t take long for me to leave with a boxful of brightly painted images.  Although I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do with them it took me a while to get around to the actual work.  I started with some thin pieces of wood, cut into abstract shapes, as well as one other long, textured wood piece for an accent.

plain wood, possible configuration

After that was cut and sanded I played with a few different layouts and then got down to business.  The flat, abstract pieces were covered with a random assortment of images, colors and textures from the paintings.  Once dried the excess paper was cut away to reveal the original shape of the wood pieces.

applying the painted papers to wood
trimming excess paper

These pieces were then set aside and I began work on the accent piece.  First I covered it with a thin layer of aluminum.  Once that was finished I began applying different shades of colored inks, looking for the right combination to get a brilliant rusty orange color.

wood piece, covered in aluminum, starting to add colored ink

After that process was complete I set all the pieces aside for a few days to make sure they were good & dry.

drying before assembly

From there I finished the back of the pieces with some black paint and then played around with different configurations and made the decision on how to assemble the piece.  I decided that it needed a little something else so I dug around in my stashes of “stuff” and found these unpainted wood letters that spell out “dream” (one of my favorite words in the world!).  A quick coat of black paint and a slightly random pattern to them and I was happy.  Glue, clamps and some drying time and it was assembled and ready to go.  I couldn’t decide if it showed better on a white background or a black background so I photographed it on both.

"dream" collaborative mixed media (c) 2010
"dream" collaborative mixed media (c) 2010

What do you think?  In addition to this piece being on display next Friday I will also have artwork on display at the “after party” that night at Forty Five Degrees located at 765 Massachusetts Ave. Come out that night and enjoy some great art and support a great cause!

Lynne

H1N1 Art?!

You just never know what life will send your way and during the last week it’s been all about battling germs.  The nasty flu germs.  Yup, H1N1 was in the house.  I almost afraid to say that I think I’ve managed to avoid it (knocking on wood!) I think if I make it through tomorrow without any symptoms I am going to be in the clear (at least from the germs that were here at home).  My two best friends have been the Lysol spray and the Purell hand sanitizer this week!  Along with good old fashion soap & water hand washing and paper towels. 🙂  If you are looking for some simple tips on lowering your risks I found this article to be very helpful: Swine Flu Prevention

Anyhow, the story here was that we got a note from my grandson’s daycare saying that they had a confirmed case there.  By the next day he was coughing, sneezing…it wasn’t long until he was running a fever & showing most of the symptoms.

at the doctors, wearing his mask
at the doctor's, wearing his mask, feeling lousy

So, he and Grandma got to spend LOTS of time together last week.  Probably too much, but we both survived! 🙂  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sick little one to tend to and five days of it was a test, for sure. The first part of the week he felt so lousy we really didn’t do much of anything but wipe noses, cuddle, nap and get fluids and meds in him each day.  Finally on Thursday the fever subsided and he perked up a bit.  By Friday we were looking for things to do so we had another art play day!  Since it was too cold & rainy for us to go outside and paint like last time we did an inside project this time.  We started with a blank canvas and got out the markers and began to draw some random patterns and designs in different colors.

markers on the canvas
markers on the canvas

I will mention that the markers probably weren’t that important part of the project but we were also looking to use up part of a long day! After we got a good amount of the canvas covered we moved on to the next step. The next thing we did was pick out a selection of different colors and types of paper and then rip them into small squares (using up a little more of our day!) until we had quite a large pile of paper pieces.  Then came the sticky fun!  I layered a thin amount of clear acrylic on the canvas and he began to select paper scraps and apply them where he thought they should go.  After he laid them down I covered them with more acrylic and on & on it went.  Some areas ended up with 10 or 12 layers of paper on top of each other, so it has a surface that varies greatly in depth from place to place.

beginning to apply paper
beginning to apply paper
Adding more paper
Adding more paper
the pile of paper on the table is getting smaller!
the pile of paper on the table is getting smaller!
all finished & ready to dry
all finished & ready to dry

End result?  We spent well over an hour “working” and got a fun piece of art in the process.  It was dry the next morning and today I did some overpainting with white on it.

dry!
dry!
todays progress
today's progress

Although he’s well enough to return to daycare this week he & I will work on it again one evening.  The next phase?  I’m thinking we’re going to over lay threads on it.  Or feathers.  Maybe stickers.  I just throw out the ideas and let him decide!  It’s fun always fun to see where we end up and, as long as we’re having fun together, it doesn’t matter!

Makin’ lemonade from lemons,

Lynne

New collaborative art project

Hello!  I apologize by the sporadic blog posts recently!  The process of setting up my studio space here at home has been consuming my energy, thoughts and time recently.  My goal is to have it completely finished by the first of June…if things go according to plan it may even be sooner!  I am anxious for it to be done and to get settled in and start some new projects.  

Speaking of creative projects, this week I will be visiting the Noble Center in Indianapolis again to work on an art project with the artists there.  Normally I spend the morning doing a project with the participants and that’s the end of it until next visit.  This visit is different because they are preparing for a collaborative art show in June so several of the local artists (including me!) are spending time creating art there during the month of May.  The theme is loosely based on the Beatle’s and artists from the 60’s era.  The piece we will be creating together will feature Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones.  What fun!  I’ve had one of their songs stuck in my head this past week as I’ve been repainting some wooden furniture to use in the studio.  I’ve seen enough of black paint for a while but caught myself humming “Paint it Black” on more than one occasion.  Perhaps that was just warming me up for this project?  

The reception for this event is Friday, June 5 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wheeler Art Center in Fountain Square (1035 Sanders Street, Indianapolis) and is, of course, open to the public.  

I will post an update after our play date on Tuesday to show you how the piece is developing!  I hope to get all the basic pieces prepared during my visit and then assemble it at home.  I have a vision of what we’re doing but also enjoy “going with the flow” as we create so we’ll see what happens during the process.  The only thing I am certain of is that it will be fun!

Until next time…

Lynne

Collaborations

Greetings!  As you can tell by the time between blog entries life has continued to be extra busy for me.  When I peek at the calendar for September it looks like that may be improving soon, I am excited by the prospect! Up until last weekend I hadn’t had (or taken) time to make any art since early July.  Thankfully that has changed!  I know I have mentioned in newsletters, as well as on the website, about my involvement in the Best Buddies program.  It’s that time of year again and I got to meet my new buddy for this year’s art project on Saturday.  He is a great young man named Carl and we spent several hours together creating artwork to be auctioned off at the upcoming “Art of Friendship” event.  The last two years I’ve taken my buddy out, given them a camera & instructions and then used their photos to create a digital art piece.  This year we changed it up a bit and made a mixed media piece on canvas.  The process started by doing several printmaking images on gelatin plates.  It’s an interesting and unique process that used a slab of thickly mixed gelatin (yup, just like Jello!) to print with.  Carl took to the process right away and made some wonderful prints in a very short amount of time.  While they dried we started work on the canvas, covering it with a variety of printed tissue paper and a few other patterned papers that Carl chose.  Then he picked a few of the newly created prints to coordinate with what we had on the canvas and, after tearing & cutting them into interesting shapes those were layered on to the piece.  Although I still need to finish the edges and add some red paint here & there we were both pleased with how the piece turned out.  Carl chose “Red Masterpiece” for the title.  Here is an image of it thus far:

Red Masterpiece (work in progress)
"Red Masterpiece" (work in progress)

 That same day I got a call from one of my best artist/friends that I hadn’t seen in several months.  As it worked out we were able to set aside time the following day to get together, catch up with what was going on in each of our lives, and collaborate on some art.  It was a beautiful, sunny day so we took a couple of easels out into the woods, carried out the paints and supplies, pulled a vehicle close (for musical purposes) and just let the art flow. 

 Being outside was a great change of pace, I enjoyed the freedom to make a mess, drip paint on the ground and just be free about what I was doing.  We each started one piece, then somewhere in the process we switched to work on the other, then back again until we were happy with the final results.  Once I get past the intimidation of painting on someone else’s work it’s a lot of fun to combining different styles and techniques.  Here are the final results:

Collaborative artwork #1
Collaborative artwork #1
Collaborative Artwork #2
Collaborative Artwork #2

We had such a great time we are hoping to get together on a more regular basis and create even more!

I am posting this entry from the Mary Anderson Center in southern Indiana, where I arrived on Thursday. I was so excited to get away and retreat here for a few days! Thus far I have unpacked, settled into my room & studio space, dabbled with some art, eaten well, spent time outside and met my fellow artist’s in residence for this visit.  I’m sure I’ll have more to tell you, as well as some new art images to share, as my stay progresses.  Take care, have a safe holiday weekend!

xoxoxo,

Lynne