Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
This mixed media work had its inception in 2002 when I purchased the original canvas at a garage sale in Dallas for $10. On it was painted a man falling from a skyscraper and sprouting wings, which I can only guess was the artist's attempt to come to terms with the horror of 9/11.
During the following year I covered this with a very dark still life of bottles in a doorway. As I didn't care too much for this either, I started adding collage and 3-D elements such as a picture frame, a mirror, and some dog tags that read Every Little Thing. At this point I began to consider it a somewhat of a "self portrait", as it contained many elements drawn from my own life.
In 2007 when we moved from Dallas and purged many of our belongings, this unfinished monstrosity narrowly escaped a second garage sale. Since that time it has hung unfinished like an albatross in my studio, akin to a book you have been meaning to read, just not right now.
After doing some work at Marianne's studio the other night, I took home a handful of small items to work on including a wooden shrine/cabinet. After painting it the thought occurred to me that it would be a nice addition to this painting, thus began phase 3 of my self-portrait with a new title, Search For Meaning.
In this hopefully final incarnation, I tried to express how women, including myself, struggle with both internal and external expectations in creating their sense of self. Some of the myths and social icons I have tried to touch on are represented by:
* A gas station photo from the 50's with a sign stating, "Marriages performed with the purchase of 5 gallons of gas."
* Several Goddess-like figures, including a saint holding a badge that says "achievement"
* The quote "Who says you can't burn your candle at both ends?"
* A shrine holding little bottles and boxes that
might contain secret potions of eternal beauty or power.
* Above the mirror is the phrase, “you'll always be lovely to look at”.
* Two fortunes attached to the inside of the cabinet doors state, "your artistic talents win the approval and applause of others" and "Soon you will have a chance for a profitable transaction" (I received both these fortunes this past year in fortune cookies.)
I have entered this piece in the 2011 We Art Women Juried Show. I will let you know if my artistic talent wins the approval and applause of others. Who knows, it may even end in a profitable transaction.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Well today I got juried into the new Co-op gallery in town, Green Chutes. Earlier this week my husband and I went by to check it out, we were impressed with the space- it has a hip big city "loft" feel to it. We also had a really good lunch at the cafe housed in the same building. I took home an application. After discussing it, I decided to go for it and spent the last two days updating my resume and biography and getting samples ready. Today I met with the owner who said I had been accepted. I spent the day filling out more forms, and picked out all the pieces I wanted to put in the gallery, priced them and made up an inventory list. Rent is $60 a month and I need to work one 8 hour shift a month. Next is getting my info. in for their website. I'm excited, hope this turns out to be a good adventure!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I was busy in the corner working on the 5 pieces of art I promised from my facebook post to Ellen, Patti, Marianne H. PennyLea and Denise. and the 2 ATC's I promised from my blog to Amy and Rebeca.
Thanks Marianne K. it was a productive afternoon and lots of fun!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I created my piece out of a yellow block of wood leftover from a pergola, two small white plastic boxes from an order of business cards, a clay pin with beads from a garage sale, the inside of a dental floss container and a switch and gauge given to me by my friend Nancy, which I think she got at the Reusium. And the book was used for ideas on Electrical drawing.
I painted all with gesso and then planned the layout. The papers are candy wrappers and the envelope from the invitation.
I looked up electrical stuff in the Mechanical Drawing book and drew some symbols around the edges.
These are the products I used. Gel medium to glue down the papers. Pickling gel to wash over the entire piece. Glitter/glue on the light switch. Alcohol ink to cover the metal on the light switch plate.
Monday, January 10, 2011
My idea was to mount these on black paper. I cut out these two and it looked great with this handmade red paper with gold leaf design. On the side is a piece of red acetate that Vicki gave me on Sat.
Well those plans fell apart as I could find no more solid black paper. I did find four sheets of this scrapbook paper (leftover from my daughters scrap booking days) with words printed on it. This would work. But the design on the red paper was now too much. So I decided to go with just the red acetate.
I was going to use my handy xacto paper cutter but it wouldn't cut through 4 sheets of paper at a
I wanted to use spray mount for a perfectly flat adhesion but the pieces were so small I could forsee problems with that. I remembered a technique from a book making workshop I attended using white glue and a piece of cardboard and laying a smooth coat of glue over the entire back. Well this didn't seem to work too well...
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When Marianne came over the other night she thought this piece above would be good for the Valentines for Aids Auction...looking at the invite, it's all electrical stuff and it says "you turn me on" Nancy gave me the pieces below...I may play around with them this week and see what else I can come up with.
In my last blog I also mentioned the print exchange "leftovers" I started on that project today. I drew out a design of some flowers on a disk that Vicki gave me, then carved out the design. I inked it with black acrylic and then printed it on Joss papers , with gold and silver leaf that I bought at the Asian Grocery.
Next I will mount them on black paper and then see if I need to add anything else. Photos to follow.
This week lots of meetings. Docent recruitment and Boise Open Studios on Monday. Wed. and Thurs. Treasure Valley Artist Alliance Board Meeting and Education Committee meetings. :)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
6" X 8"
My husband was cleaning out one of his backpacks the other day and started pulling out bits of metal and discarded items that I had forgotten about in a pocket, and he was like, what the??? and I said oh! wait... don't throw those away, they are mine. His response, I should have known.
What's next, well after unpacking everything from the Gypsy Show in December and the end of 4Q Gallery this past week. I was thinking to myself that I needed to get my art back out there for the new year. Well within a week. I have 5 events/projects to work towards!
There is a new all ages art/ music club looking for consignments. I sent an example of my work and have an appointment on Wed. to possibly consign with ColorCube.
I received my coveted invitation to create a piece for Valentine for Aids. I was on the waiting list for 2 years.
During First Thursday I stopped by Atomic Treasures and visited with Cindy, the owner and she invited me to be the guest artist for the First Thursday in February. The store motto is Repurpose/Reuse/Reinvent. Just up my alley!
Amy over at Wingtip Press is doing a printmaking swap called Leftovers. She is looking to get 100 artists signed up, so I signed up. If you have an interest -click on the link.
And last but not least Marianne, Queen Gypsy has found a cool venue for The Gypsy Gallery for the month of March with an opening reception on First Thursday.
See you around!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I have been saving used tea bags to use in a project. I saw some stacked in an art piece in a gallery about a year ago and then I saw them used again in the winning piece in the We Art Women Show last year and really liked the look. When I saw how well they fit, I knew what I would use the box for. I had a copper kettle to balance out the piece along with some scrabble pieces that spell out TEA.
One of the top New Years Resolutions every year are organizing and cleaning. Today as I was doing just that...dusting my shelves, moving items around, unpacking from my last two showings and making room to make more art. It dawned on me that I was playing just like I used to as a little child when I would rearrange my doll house miniatures. Now I rearrange my collections to get ideas for possibilities new assemblages.