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!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post I have a few more new “mini art” pieces to share with you today. I really like how these turned out, even though my four-year-old grandson informed me I needed to quit “gluin’ rocks to stuff” all the time. 🙂
Personally this just propels me forward into picking up more rocks and pieces of wood I find along my travels! These pieces are also at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana through May – stop in & take a peek at them and all the lovely art the gallery has to offer.
It’s been 16 months since I’ve created any new “mini art” pieces, I can’t believe it! My inventory was running low and I wanted a few new ones to put in local galleries. It’s interesting to see how my style & approach to these pieces has changed with the passing of time! The three pieces in today’s post all have “recycled” background, using some of the papercloth I use to catch drips and spills of paint. Many of them look so pretty with the dabs of different colors that I hang on to them for use in collages or, in this case, as bright backgrounds for mixed media compositions!
All these pieces are available for purchase at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana now through the month of May. Stop in and check them out in person! I’ve got three more “mini art” pieces to share with you tomorrow, be on the lookout for them!
These little pieces of art went through so many different phases and changes I was quite surprised when they finally came to a stopping point I was happy with! Although really large pieces can seem intimidating on occasion these tiny ones were more challenging than any of the larger pieces I’ve undertaken. You just never know! They started out innocently enough, with some acrylic gel layered on to start off the texture.
Seemed simple enough! I even knew (or thought I knew!) the color scheme that I wanted to use, so next came some acrylic paint.
That, in turn, was covered with more gel medium for added texture and then left until it dried.
Okay, so far so good! Let’s all some details and a little more paint.
Nah, that’s not really what I’m after. What am I after?? (I think I may have forgotten to ask that important question!) Let’s throw some more paint on it and see what happens.
Well that’s not it either. I think there was some more paint throwing before I decided that it was time to go with a more rough texture and some different colors. So on went a mixture of sand & gesso, followed by some washes of color once it dried.
Okay, better. Not great, but heading in the right direction! More color added and then I decided it was just time to be BOLD. So I went with bright colors and dark black for contrast.
Hmmm, okay, perhaps a bit too bold! 🙂 Now to blend in some softer colors and highlight with some metallic paints.
Oh yeah, this is where I was going…I just took the scenic route to get here! A few more touches of color here & there to balance the pieces out and I was finally happy enough to declare them FINISHED! There was a lot of “down time” in between these stages, which is one of the reasons they kept changing. It took 8 months from the time I put the first layer of gel on them until they were completed. So I started then while I was in “Spring” mode, with more pastels and flowery shades and finished them during the last bright days of fall.
How do the seasons change your outlook on things? As I write this I can look out my window at the first dusting of snow and feel the chill of winter. I wonder how my next pieces of art will change with the weather! I also noticed that it’s “snowing” on this blog again! Each year, in December, tiny snowflakes drift down the blog page while you read. You can even change their direction by moving your mouse/cursor around the page. What fun!
P.S. If you’d like to see these pieces of work in person, they are currently on display (along with a great selection of other work) at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg! Check the “News” section on the website for more info.
I finished a few more pieces of mini art over the weekend so I thought I’d share them with you this morning. I had sold the last mini “river rocks” piece I made and had a request for another one…so I figured while I was in that groove I’d just make several!
I also had a request for a mini featuring a beaver. Sounded like a fun challenge so, after looking a few reference photos this is what I came up with.
When I posted my original offer for mini art at a special price a few weeks ago I mentioned that there might be some new pieces added to the mix. Today they are being added! Four more lovely pieces for you to choose from.
To get them at a very special price you need to act quickly – the offer expires Monday night at midnight!
Enjoy what’s left of your weekend as we head into December!