Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wine and Chocolate Art

Drink More Wine 8" x 8" original Water color painting/collage with cork frame $35.
 I've made 14 pieces of Wine and Chocolate related art since my sister Selina has started her Chocolate and Wine Festival of Texas. I have not been able to attend any of them but plan to be there at this one Oct. 20, 2012 in Boerne TX.
Old Wine Original Collage 9" x 7" $35 

Wine is Bottled Poetry $25 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Assemblage

"G" is for Grapes 4" x 4" shadowbox $25

Wine that maketh glad the heart of man. 3" x 4" $15

"C" is for Cherry Chocolate Cake 5" x 5" original collage $25

"W" is for Wine Lover 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"  original collage/assemblage  $25

Cabernet Corks $25 6" x 6" original assemblage/collage

Bottled Memories 5" x 7" original collage framed with wood frame and glass $25

Fine Wine 5" x 7" original collage framed with wood frame and glass $25

Wine Country"5" x 7" original collage framed with wood frame and glass $25

Sudden Friendship 5" x 7" original collage framed with wood frame and glass $25

Chocolate and Wine, Perfectly Paired Box 3" x 3" x1 1/2"  $25

Inside of  Chocolate and Wine, Perfectly Paired

Eery Meal an Occasion 4" x 5" Original assemblage/collage $25

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

More Bike Art

8 1/2" x 11" Collage with bike parts

As I wrote several weeks ago I have been making a lot of bike themed art as this year I have really gotten into mountain biking.  In November I  received a really nice 29" mountain bike from my husband, which made riding so much more fun. We had a very puny snow year so I got to ride all winter. (in the mornings when the ground was still frozen) 

Then came spring and I participated in the Whiskey Off Road in Arizona, raced at the local ski resort in Idaho...qualifying for Nationals!  This year I also road for the first time on slick rock in Utah, sweet single track in Oregon, and across the Golden Gate bridge onto the single track of Marin County.  This combined with my passion for making art from cast off items = no brainer, bike themed art!!
Working Night Light made from rear cassette and found objects

side view of night light

6" x 8" collage with wax and found objects

Bike Jewels SOLD
Collage/Assemblage with Resin 7" x 9"
Bike Gear Star 5" x 5"

Bike Wheel collage/assemblage 25" round

side view of Bike Wheel collage/assemblage

Monday, July 23, 2012

Three Pieces accepted into Silver Linings Show!

This has been a tough spring (art wise) for me. Two of my consignment locations were no longer going to showing my art, I did not get accepted into two juried shows nor a juried art fair nor the public art project I had applied for. I had been on a roll for the last few years getting into everything I applied for, so this had been a blow to my ego.

Imagine my delight this past weekend when I found out that all three of the pieces I had entered in the Treasure Valley Artist Alliance Show, Silver Linings got accepted! Yeah! And here they are:

Every Heart has a Silver Lining 10" x 24" Wood, Resin and Found Objects $125

Should I Stay or Should I Go 12" x 10" x 7" Birds Nest, Found Objects  $50

Our Lady of Silver Linings 6" x 7" x 3 1/2" Found Object Assemblage in a wooden box $85
I guess even dark clouds have a silver lining!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Buried Treasure

 If I had to name one blogger who has done more than anyone I know to help connect the mixed media art community it would be Seth of "The Altered Page." You would think that doing his blog is a full time job but yet he has a full time job, my guess is he doesn't sleep!

On Sunday 7-8-12, my response was featured along with a group of artists to the question “Photograph a still life that you create using an array of objects'  as part of the series ‘It’s Still Life’. He then links everyone's response to their blog. Here is the link: http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2012/07/its-still-life-chapter-6.html
Here is my ethereal still life that was featured. It was created while I was backpacking the Washington Coast. Nothing was harmed in it's creation and all was left to wash away,  except for the wonderful memories that will stay with me forever.

This week the Altered Page is hosting this clever idea, called buried treasure...where artists can link one of their favorite past posts. I sent him a link to one of my favorites, "Investigative Art." What is so great about these linked events that Seth shares are that all the great posts are easy to find and it's a great way for like minded people to find each other and share ideas, and their passion for creating. Thanks Seth! http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2012/07/buried-treasure-2012.html

So who do I have to thank for introducing me to this wonderful online community, well one of my best friends, fellow blogger and  mixed media artist- Marianne. Click on her name to see her new website. Thanks Marianne!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bike Art

 My two passions this past year have been Mountain Biking and making art. I have now started a series of bike related art works. The first one is rather large and will be proudly displayed on my back deck (if I don't sell it first)

Last year one of my husbands friends gave him this bike wheel to give to me to see if I could use it in a piece of art. It went into my storage room until I could decide what to do with it.

When we moved into our home almost 5 years ago, this piece of round wood was in our storeroom, I put it up to the bike wheel and it was the same size! I had my husband drill a hole in the center to I could attach the bike wheel.  

 I then started to add paint and paper to the wood. The theme of the piece is biking in Idaho.

I then added bike gears that I got from the Boise Bicycle Project. As well as other 3 D objects.

The side of the wood has a bicycle chain and 1/2 screwed into the sides. The chainbreaker used to take the chain apart to make it fit, broke...so that was also glued to the surface! The edge of the wheel, were the tire would normally be, I glued orange and green gems all the way around. This took some time as I could glue about 10 at a time while it was standing on it's side so they wouldn't slide off.

The finished piece- and the wheel actually spins.