Well, October has finally arrived! I’ve been anxious for it because it appears that I’ll be able to live life at a bit of slower pace. No art shows, the gallery shows are all hung on the wall, and no pressing deadlines for project. I even have a clean studio! September seemed to have each moment double-booked so I am anxious to slow down. Of course I’m also anxious to get that studio dirty and create again!
After a trip south in a few weeks ago I took a little side trip to a paper store. Oh, how I LOVE the paper stores! Something about being surrounded by all the lovely colors and textures is almost intoxicating. While I intended to control myself, the stack of papers that I selected grew quite tall. They were all so beautiful I took these pictures of them after I brought them home – creating collages and other art with them is going to be so much fun!
I have a tendency to be a bit of an art supply hoarder, so making myself use these instead of just keep them will be a nice step in breaking that habit. I also got a great deal on some canvases and large wood panels. Exactly what I’ll be making with them? No idea yet, but I can’t wait to find out. 🙂
I hope you are looking forward to a lovely month as well!
This is the last of three mixed media collage pieces I created during my time at Blueberry View Artist Retreat. I spent about three days working on this piece off & on. The first day was spent selecting thin papers with various designs for the background. Oftentimes this portion of the collage doesn’t end up showing in the final image but I seem to take a long while selecting them, just in case.
Once those were adhered to the canvas I moved on to adding more layers.
Eventually came some darker layers and pieces, followed by some squares of white, textured paper.
Once those were dry I got out my charcoal and went to town, outlining and adding dark lines throughout the entire piece. Thin washes of acrylic ink were used in the sections that were created by the charcoal lines.
After the ink was added then the black tattoo-like designs were drawn in with a black gel pen in the square sections where the white paper had been added that didn’t have a preprinted design. There are also a large number of very thin lines drawn through the background, I had a hard time stopping once I started adding them! Since they are hard to see in these photos perhaps you should plan a studio visit to see this piece in person. 🙂
This piece is the second of three new mixed media collages that I created while on my retreat last month. It is also the one that I struggled with the most, at least until a creative lightning bolt hit me during an afternoon nap. I literally leapt off the couch and dashed to the studio before the idea disappeared!
It’s beginning were inspired by my goal of having more words & text in my work so I literally covered the canvas with just that!
A bit of texture and design were make with the acrylic gel to give it some added detail. At that point I wasn’t sure what else it needed so I started with some color, a nice warm brown.
That’s where I got stuck! I just could not picture where it was going so knowing the next step was impossible. So it sat for several days and, evidently, simmered in my creative percolator. My sleep schedule (when left to my own devices) includes a nice afternoon nap for an hour or so and as I was drifting off one afternoon a thought popped in my mind. Talking in circles! I already had the words, all I needed was the circles. 🙂 From that point on it was a piece of cake!
Adding ribbons of paper in different colors, drawing the circular design with charcoal, painting the highlights, I had it finished by the time I went to bed that evening. Although you can’t tell it from these small images there are still places in the image where the text shows through.
I think it really helped to have it out and in my view while I was pondering what to do with it. I’ve got several pieces in the studio I need to pull out and ponder on a bit – perhaps I’ll get hit with another creative lightning bolt when I least expect it!
It must have been the beautiful flowers and gardens outside the window of the studio that inspired this piece! A little different than my normal bold abstracts this collage piece came together almost of it’s own will! So quickly in fact that the only other image I have of it is the five blank canvases. 🙂 It was only here in my studio a few days before it was swept away to it’s new home. It’s nice when someone else gets excited about your work and just HAS to have it! And it’s fun to think of all the places my art pieces are going to. 🙂
I had a wonderful experience staying at the Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Riverside, Michigan the past two weeks! I posted a few images and information about my visit while I was there but, since I purposely “unplugged” and didn’t bring a computer, posting from my cell phone made it a challenge. And, honestly, I was too busy making art to spend a lot of my time writing blog posts about it! The next several posts will be about my stay and the art that was created during that time – 20 new pieces in all! The smallest is assembled on a 4×4″ canvas, the largest on a 36×48″ canvas. Today I am sharing with you some images I took of the artwork hung on the studio walls prior to the reception on Thursday, July 14th.
In addition to these images I wanted to share with you an article, written by Terri Gordon, about Blueberry View: Click here to Read! The rest of the posts will focus more on individual pieces and the steps taken to create them, be looking for the first one in a day or two!
Well today was pretty much a bust for getting anything done in the studio, but I rather expected it so I was at least prepared. I’m guessing I won’t get much work done there at all until early next week. Since I’ll be hanging my next show in about two weeks I am feeling the crunch of wanting to finish new work for the show, but I am trying to keep a good attitude about it and just do what I can. I can’t do anything else! As promised in yesterday’s post I did get back out there long enough to take photos of the work that I finished yesterday. So I’ll share that will you today, anyhow! It also occurred to me that I finished a piece last week and never posted it online. Plus I have another digital art post and the last of the photographs from out west to share – no studio time doesn’t mean a lack of blog posts! Even if I have to go “retro” and pull some old work out of the archives, which I haven’t done for some time. 🙂 But for now, here are the latest art images:
I had a lot of fun playing with some paper & fibers to create these pieces! I have a big collection of beautiful papers that I am determined to make myself use instead of just “have” so this was a great kick-start for making myself use them. I have some ideas for using some of the thicker papers to make wall hangings with. Always more ideas than time!
Ahhh, back in the studio after a few days off. This week is going to be a little more sporadic than I’d like but sometime family matters take priority over art time – as much as I’d rather they didn’t! But a few hours here & there will do for now. 🙂 Today’s progress included a decision on a design for a new project, a happy accident when I was floundering, an exciting supply delivery (see above) and some fun new collage pieces! Oh, and guess what else? A long-forgotten residency application came back with a YES! Woo, hoo! Now that was a wonderful surprise! In my last studio update I showed you an image of the newly/brightly colored 2’x6′ mixed media artwork I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks. When I had first started the piece it was entirely black & white and I thought painted a few areas with a copper paint would really make a nice pop of color. Which it did, in black & white. After I added all the bright colors the copper just looked out of place. SO, I decided to paint over the metallic with black and add more black in different areas.
Hmmmm. Well. Better? Maybe? But now what? I pondered it for a few hours and then decided I would add a layer of clear acrylic gel to get more texture on the surface and then probably add some more color once it dried. (This is the happy accident part!) I decided to put the gel on with my hands just for fun (although I did wear plastic gloves) so I smeared it on each painted section of the artwork. Once I’d covered them all then I went back to the first section and began to start roughing up the surface by patting the wet gel to make it stand up in peaks here & there. I had forgotten one slight detail though, I had used acrylic INK not acrylic paint. Acrylic paint dries in a permanent layer but today I discovered that acrylic ink well, it doesn’t! So when I began to work with the surface the color underneath began to lift & blend with the clear acrylic. So I just went with it….lift, blend, pat, smear, blend, even mixed colors in from one section to another.
It looks better than I could have imagined! Woo, hoo! I still have some other touches I want to add to it but I’m really happy at this stage. I’m waiting to see where it will lead me next. 🙂
The last thing I did today was to create some new mixed media/collage pieces on wood. After my delivery of all the wood boards I couldn’t resist working on some of them! I choose six of the 6×6″ square boards to work with, and ended up designing two sets of 3 pieces each from them.
I laid each set out next to each other and then began adding a selection of handmade papers to each set.
After the papers I decided to add a few extra touches to each set…bits of feathers, metallic string, beads. Although they weren’t dry enough to take final photos of them here is a close up of the group while it was still wet.
I will try to get them properly photographed so I can share them with you tomorrow. I hope to make more process with the mixed media wall art that I laid out today. Now that I know what pieces I want to place where it should move a little more quickly. Or that’s my hope, anyhow!
I’ve been in a frenzy of sorting, cleaning & organizing during the last few days and while digging around I found a few more items to add to my “call it what you want” sale!
With the discover of these, plus the fact that many people weren’t around during the holiday weekend to enjoy shopping I’ve decided to extend the sale until December 10th!
I will add these new images to the sale page on my website soon, for now you can view them here.
I’ve still got a few more places to clean before I’m ready to move on to other projects so there may be a few more pieces added this week.
If you haven’t had a chance to look at the sale page on my website be sure to check out all the other artwork on sale. Great gifts for the holidays or perhaps a nice treat for yourself! Even better, add it to your wish list and give it to your loved ones to get exactly what you wanted, without to guilt of spending money on yourself during the holiday season!
A few Monday’s ago I posted a yet-to-be finished group of mixed media pieces with some inspirational words and phrases laid out to be included in the composition. I thought this Monday I would revisit them and show you how the turned out! Here are photos of a few of the steps between white canvas and finished product.
Do words inspire you? What does? Somedays it seems inspiration is everywhere, dancing about me and other days it’s very elusive. I hope today is an inspiring day for you, even for a Monday!
I am finding myself overwhelmed with tasks and short on time so the blog post will be short & sweet today! I’ve got some finished art pieces, photos and works in progress to share soon but for now I thought I’d show you this image:
I am starting some new mixed media pieces using clippings – I played with a pile of different words & sayings I’d cut from various magazines, these are the ones that I decided to use on these three little canvases. I was looking for something positive & encouraging to share and was happy with the way each of these flowed. I love to play with words, text, letters & numbers so it’s fun to incorporate that into my art. Since I took this image yesterday afternoon I’ve laid down a few light washes of color on the canvas. Today I’ll be adding more color & some texture to them, applying the clippings and then adding a few more layers on top of that. I’m thinking of adding some wax markings within the composition too…who knows where they will go!