I’ve spent much of the last few days putting the finishing touches on artwork for “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” that opens tomorrow. I’ll be taking the pieces to the gallery to hang them this afternoon. As always I have a mixture of styles and media I’ll be displaying!
My most recent work (as in the paint was drying late last night on a few pieces!) turned into a small series that I’m calling “Primitive Gestures”. Each piece originated with concrete on wood panels, applied by hand, with lots of symbols, marks and texture. Topped off with layers of color and glaze, my inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their rudimentary tools, people had the urge to create, communicate and share their life through art. Some of the markings I used on these works were from books that I’ve read about the rock drawings and some were just from my imagination. I really enjoyed getting my hands into these pieces, there isn’t a texture or color on any of them that I didn’t touch!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am also displaying many pieces of newly created digital artwork. Those pieces, during the creative and production process, I did not touch at all until I signed my name on them! Although perhaps not as sensory to the touch they are a wonderful experience for the eyes with vivid colors and movement through each piece. Making digital art is fun for my brain, my imagination gets a workout!
Another type of art I’ll be sharing at the show are mixed media compositions that are framed in shadow boxes. More refined that the primitive pieces and a bit more personal and hands-on than digital, I like the puzzle-solving aspect of adding and subtracting different elements to achieve a pleasing composition. I’ve created many pieces in this style for both businesses and homes, they are a wonderful addition to your personal collect for your office.
So there is a mini preview of some of the artwork that will be included in the show. More “sneak peek” posts coming soon! I hope to see you at the opening tomorrow (Saturday, March 3rd) from 2 to 5 p.m. to share other new works with you.
I’ve been slowly building my inventory of prints on aluminum for an upcoming show. The last order I tried out some images printed on oval shapes. I really like the way they turned out!
If you’ve not seen images printed on aluminum you should make a point of seeing these in person, these photos don’t do them justice!
High gloss finish, float mounted, with vivid colors – these pieces really pop! The scratch resistant surface of these light-weight pieces is a breeze to wipe clean with a bit of window cleaner. Style & convenience all in one piece!
I didn’t want my blog to get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day! It was kind of fun searching for some green art to feature that hadn’t already been online, I ended up digging through the digital art files to find these. They include a couple of fractal art pieces, some of my very early digital art, part of my “Static” series and one unfinished series that I started and didn’t get past the second piece. So enjoy a little bit ‘o green here then enjoy your celebrations of the day!
The last time I opened the vault I shared some fractal art with you that had never been displayed before. Today it’s time to share some more! Most of these images have had a few more layers added or have been modified in Photoshop. Once I get to creating it’s often hard for me to know when to stop! 🙂
I hope you are enjoying these glimpses at some past creations, I’ve had fun re-discovering them! Next time from the vault? Digital art!
I was sorting through some images last week and ran across many that had never seen the light of day. Only me and my computer even know they exist! Just for fun I thought I would post a few of them from time to time. Today’s menu includes a selection of fractal art!
These images are so much fun to create! Would you have thought that the first image and the third were different stages of progress during a single explorations? I probably wouldn’t have if I didn’t keep them filed my number! Once I get started there can be so many variations, I am always amazed what comes out of one session. Add to that the fact that I can do further editing and manipulation in Photoshop and there are just endless possibilities. Just wait till you see what comes out of the “vault” next time!
During the Elements workshop this weekend the particpants were also interested in how fractal art was created. If you aren’t familiar with fractals they are a form of digital/computer art that is created using a program that generates images using coded algorithms. Thank goodness the coding is already pre-programmed or there would be very few people that would be able to create these beautiful images! 🙂 The computer processes these images (which are considered it’s native art form since they can’t be produced without a computer) while the parameters and information that they are based on can be changed by the person using the program. Once created they can also be processed or manipulated further in other graphics programs. It had been quite a while since I had played with fractal so it was fun to open up the program and poke around a bit. I was able to show them some basics on how it worked but, honestly, there was quite a bit I couldn’t remember. After class was over I still had the program open & running so I sat down for a bit and explored some more. Here are some of the images I came up with:
I had fun just sitting and playing with the images for a while, I hope I will soon get a chance to better re-acquaint myself with the process and program used to created these colorful works of art!
I am offering up some untitled artwork to go along with my untitled blog entry. Giving artwork a name is often a job that I avoid, occasionally it comes easily but for the most part I struggle with it. It takes a different kind of mental creativity and I’m not in that “zone” frequently. Often my art ends up being numbered instead of titled! Tonight it’s late and I’m getting sleepy and a catchy title just wasn’t in me. 🙂
It seems like, again, I am taking a long time between blog entries! Apologies for that. I just finished updating the website, after noticing it hadn’t had an update since July, so I suppose two weeks between blog entries isn’t that bad by comparison! I added some new images on the site and updated the calendar section while I was there. I am getting ready to take over 30 pieces of art to the Cumberland Art Society’s gallery in Cookeville, Tennessee next weekend. I have the pieces selected but will need to gather them from where they are currently hanging and get them prepared to travel. I had a few of the new “Art & Nature” images printed on 16×20 canvas (they look good!) and will need to get those pieces wired and signed before packing them. It will fun to see how my art is recieved in a different location! I’ve had pieces selected and shown in several other cities/states but haven’t ever shown this large of a show anywhere but in Indiana. I will be delivering the art and staying in Tennessee for the hanging and reception so I get a roadtrip out of the deal as well. Bonus! I love to travel and never mind being on the road alone. I actually enjoy being able to have time to listen to my music, brainstorm and just enjoy some different scenery at my own pace. Between preparation for the show in Cookville, gearing up for teaching two classes and still having a fairly steady amount of photography customers life has been full to overflowing!
I am also still following my quest to get myself in better shape, I can’t believe I just passed the one year mark since I began. Sometimes it seems like I’ve been working at it for a LONG time but most of the time I feel like I am just getting started! I just past the 45 pound mark for weight loss, not quite the 50 I had hoped for in a year but considering my past attempts I am still pleased! I continue to swim laps, walk and do some occasional workouts as I try to become a healthier me. I know there are things that I need to add to my routine to “step it up” but right now I feel like I am doing all I can with everything else going in my life. My grandson & I are going to a water introduction/swimming class for little ones on Tuesday mornings now too! Although it’s supposed to be for his benefit I get a pretty good workout just being in the pool helping him. He is constant motion! His favorite activity is jumping off the edge into the pool & my arms. Lifting him up and out of the water over & over certainly is work, we are both tired, thirsty & hungry when it’s over!
I hope you are enjoying these warm, summer-like days. I know in a few months I will be missing them! Take care until next time.
I just noticed that I’ve posted to my blog each Wednesday this month! Interesting coincidence. The last week has been a hectic & stressful one for our family. My husband, Mark, went in for a lengthy & complicated surgery on Friday so I have spent most of my time at the hospital keeping him company (and making sure they were taking good care of him!). They originally thought he’d be in there 5 to 7 days but, amazingly, was doing well enough to come home Monday afternoon. 🙂 He’s been a great “patient” through everything and we have high hopes that he will continue to heal and this will be the end of a two-year long battle with a rare skin cancer called Extra Mammary Pagets Disease (or EMPD). After exhausting every other avenue it came down to removing all the cancerous skin and doing skin grafts to replace/rebuilt the area. Of course after two years it had spread to cover a much larger area than the original site. 😦 We are cautiously optimistic that the grafts will all heal as they should. Since it’s such a rare thing they don’t really know why people get EMPD nor do they have firm data or information on it’s progression, cure and recurrence. The best news that we continue to get is that it has been localized to the skin and not generated from nor spread to any internal organs. He is not in a tremendous amount of pain but the site on his thigh where they took the skin from to graft with is very uncomfortable, the painkillers seem to keep that under control for the most part. Anyhow, that is my life for the moment. I remembered this image I made a couple of years ago and how it reminded me of the internal workings of our bodies so I thought I’d post it just for fun. I hope each of you are enjoying the summer days and your lives. I’ll write again soon!