Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Not All Black and White

This piece I completed a few years ago. The pigs on top I made in Sue Latta's resin workshop. They are glued on a block of wood. I was never completely satisfied with this piece and took some pliers and a razor blade to it and took it apart.  I am working on a series of pieces using plastic cast off pieces and wanted to incorporate this into that series. I was going to attach the whole block to another piece but when I glued the pigs on top they extend off the back edge so it would not lay flat.

 I painted this frame black and added a backing covered with black scrapbook paper. I still wasn't satisfied and took it over to my friend Marianne's Studio for input. She said it's too bad that all the black items are devils, guns etc. and the white items are cute bunnies and hearts. But that's the way these things come and my plan was not to paint the objects but to use them as they are. 

This is the final incarnation. I overcame the problem of all things depicted in white as good and all things depicted in black as evil by incorporating color. My mother tends to be a person that see's things as black or white. That has never been me. As a Libra I can weigh both sides of an issue and always try to see the others viewpoint.

So here goes- my 12" x 16" "Where's Waldo" assemblage I have included things that are controversial, American Flag = extreme right tea party vs a more liberal philosophy - the gun -2nd Amendment vs those that don't think we all need to be carrying guns) cellphone =radiation and government spying, Food=GMO's and what's gonna kill us or give us dementia or cancer, the stethoscope = the Ebola crisis, the Ken doll with the bicycle helmet = helmet laws vs personal freedom,  the computer- is technology making us all less social and is this just another venue for Big Brother to watch us?, The cow and the cheese = dairy, is it good for us, what about antibiotics?, The woman's torso with the red light pointing to it = body image issues and the media, high heel shoe's and surgery, the dice represent gambling (state lotteries giving $ to education?), Dinosaur, is the earth really only 6,000 years old despite scientific data?, and hence the Jesus fish. The white tennis shoe represents exercise- how much is too much?, The spider- people hate spiders but they are part of the ecosystem, the lamb= veganism, vegetarianism, is it healthier?,  lady bug=pesticides, Red Bull pull tab- really?, Eagle= new wilderness designations?, camera= photographing in the wilderness for a fee, coke= obesity epidemic, Halloween and Christmas. paganism or religious holidays?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Painting Artifacts with William Lewis

The class was based on the exhibit of the Boise Fire Department at the Boise Arts and History Sesqui Shop on Main Street in downtown Boise. After a quick slide show of the artist tradition of  painting objects, we were to pick an artifact from the exhibit that spoke to us and paint it in oils. 

Terry kept thinking someone was looking over her shoulder!
I wonder why?

Call Box

Lisa Flowers Ross

Pam McKnight 

the placard that was on my artifact
The instructors painting, I love how he captured the three dimensionality of the hat. 

We were able to paint right in the midst of the exhibit.
The only other time I was able to do this was at the Dallas Museum of art.  


A photograph from the show

William Lewis, the instructor.

Terry Burkes

I like the brick background on the painting and the fact that we got to use real wood palettes. 

PennyLea Mackie

Students' work will be on display in the Sesqui Shop through the end of this month.



I was very impressed with everyone's work. Some had never painted in oils before. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Show us your studio table (unedited)

The Altered Page presented us with a challenge:
show us what your studio looks like when it is not all cleaned up and pretty for others to see.


When it is clean and shiny and lots of work space showing....that means I am not creating.

 This was all stacked on the table, then moved to the fireplace...then more started to find it's way back onto the table... would like to get this all put away before winter so I can use the fireplace.

I took the cutting board out of storage so this would make me keep this space clean. Guess that worked for just a minute! 

So far Seth has 50 links to other artist studios and adding more as they come in. This makes us all feel a little better, art is messy!

Click on the link above and start your tour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Travel Pages in my Re-purposed Journal

This blog post is part two from January 8
  Repurposed Art Journal

These are travel collages, using maps and ephemera and watercolors, crayons and markers.

This 2 page spread reminds me of the nice vacation we had with my sister-in-law.

I usually complete a group of pages at once, instead of one a day.

This 2 page spread captures the lovely weekend we spent with our friends Mario and Bella. 

 The left hand page is a collage from a Public Art Dedication that I went to that my two friends Marianne and Lynn created.

These pages are created while on my trips, I'm usually pretty busy but can find an afternoon here or there to catch up on my journaling. If I wait until I get home, it is too overwhelming and I never get around to it. 

On the left is a tattoo design I created for my friend Mandi. On the right is one of the original pages from my daughters journal. 

This 2 page spread will remind me of the fabulous time I had with my oldest daughter this summer while spending a week at her home. 

Mine on left, daughters on right. I am currently reading "The Time Traveler's Wife"
and working in this journal reminds me of the story a little bit as my daughter and I are not passing the journal back and forth to work in it, but it is her journal from 10 years ago?
And when I see her markings I think of her how she was then instead of now as a young adult. 

"I could never resist the call of the trail" Buffalo Bill

I love trying to make sense of my daughters diagrams and doodles. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August, September and October Happenings

Here is what's coming up next:

1. Gypsy Gallery group showing in the Lobby of C. W. Moore Bldg. at the corner of 5th and Front in Boise. This show is up now during regular business hours.
Far From Average

2.  TVAA show Monsters, Myth and Magic opening August 22 5-8 pm and up till Oct. 31 during regular business hours.
Time for Work
3. Traffic Box Opening Night Thursday Sept. 4, at the walkway to the Grove between Grove and Main on 9th street in Boise. With live music from Dallin McCallister.

Bike Boise

4. Books and Brushes Fundraiser group show at and for the Garden City Library. Show starts September 10. with a reception on the 26th.
Wine is Life
5. Boise Open Studio weekend Oct. 11th 10-6 and the 12th from 11-4. at 2820 N. 28th In Boise. I will be showing at the studio of Geoffery C. Everts and Nancy Panganiban.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Art in the Garden

 I was invited to apply for "Art in the Garden" in McCall, ID July 26th and was accepted. You could set up 6 pieces for the silent auction show. Here is my "practice display in my back yard. My husband attached stakes to the bottom of each foot of the screen so it would not fall over in the grass. 

 Here is our actual set up in the garden, the night of the show. 

 Here is John Killmaster, an artist I admire and is also a member of BOSCO and TVAA. I told him he reminded me of Monet sitting under the tree with his beard and hat. Just a perfect setting.

 A nice gathering despite many competing activities that night. 

 SOLD!
I was asked if I could put a logo on the truck at a later date. I said yes.

SOLD!

It was a fun show and I would do it again. 
Short and sweet is good. It ran from 5:00 - 8:00, 
there was food, they handled the $ and it was in a beautiful setting with shade. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monsters! Myth and Magic

My newest assemblage was created for the next TVAA show.
The title of the show is Monsters! Myth and Magic. The prospectus asked us to create our inner anxiety driven fear. I chose to focus on time and how I never seem to have enough. The piece is titled "Time for Work."  It could mean going to work or not having enough time to get your work done. The monster could also represent technology and how it is supposed to make our lives easier yet somehow it feels like one (blog, facebook, twitter, linkedln, pinterest, tumblr, Flickr, etc.) more thing to get done.  

I've had this metal cage like thing hanging around my studio for so long I do not remember where it came from. The real alligator head was brought to me as a souvenir from Florida from my daughter. 
The before photo.

Attaching carpet tacks

The cage and doll were painted using techniques I learned from Micael DeMeng's classes and books.

On the top row of the cage are upside down carpet tacks with red beads that look like blood. 

 This is by no means a pretty piece but I am definitely feeling the monster these days as I am doing a lot of traveling but also trying to keep up with entering art shows and public art projects.