8.19.2014

lessons learned

This past weekend was the Fresh Paint Art Festival...
edited with kk texture awaken - soft light 60%























there was the threat of rain...its been dry all summer and of course had to rain the week of the show...but the clouds broke after the morning fog and the weather was great...being held at the Everett Marina, a beautiful day on the water...enjoying art...what could be better!






I want to thank everyone who stopped by my booth...
old friends, 
new acquaintances, 
a couple of cute dogs, 
several curious children...
it was all great...


























What sets Fresh Paint apart from other art shows is that the artist demonstrates their craft in their booth...I spent the weekend showing how the simplest of materials combined with an easy technique can create art...I wanted to impart the lesson that expensive supplies or an involved process is not necessary for inspiring images...all I used was a glue stick, a pair of scissors, a straight edge and a 8"x10" piece of mat board...my examples...

I call this my David Hockney inspired collage...magazine ads and a photo from the local electric company bill


























the Friday NYTimes Art & Entertainment section, the outside envelope of an Audubon Society solicitation, 
magazine travel photo, magazine ad







































the inside of four different envelopes from bills received in the mail, picture from a food magazine, 
wrapping from a Trader Joe's salami roll, image from an old postcard, more NYTimes copy







































and finally the crowd favorite...more NYTimes (glad we renewed our subscription!), wine bottle labels 
and the cat from the cover of the Sunday paper insert, Parade Magazine, from a couple of weeks ago







































The response from most people was laughter...and agreement that art is approachable...but more than one person responded that this would be a great activity for kids (which it would be - but why limit yourself) and that they wouldn't attempt it because  they aren't creative (everyone is...you just need a nudge)  At which time I would tell them about the art parties I hold...which are about fun, play, chocolate and art...all for adults...

But I had neglected to prepare the fall calendar to hand out at the show...and to let everyone know what's happening at the workshop studio this fall...

My lesson learned - be prepared!  
Working on the schedule this week...I promise to post the art party info before the end of the month...

And I'm hooking up with the group over at  kim  klassen's Texture Tuesday...
now there's some great art worth looking at...

8.14.2014

Fresh Paint this weekend!

If you've been following along, you most likely know that my big art show of the summer is this weekend - 
Fresh Paint Art Festival held at the Everett Marina







































I'll be in Booth 21 along the Promenade of the Marina...lots of new work to show...
One cool aspect of this show is that artists need to demonstrate their craft in their booth
so people get a feel of the artist's perspective...

Since I'm all about using materials that usually get thrown away...and letting people know that it doesn't take expensive supplies or elaborate techniques to create, I'll be demonstrating collage made from junk...namely, junk mail, magazines and the daily newspaper...and encouraging others that you can do it too...everybody's creative...sometimes you just need a little nudge...

While on our recent Southern journey, I challenged myself to create, 
using only aforementioned junk as my inspiration...one such example...







































I hope you stop by...see what I'm creating...soak in the atmosphere...leave inspired!

8.12.2014

metal lust

source - curious sofa






































































































three components...a galvanized flower pot, a metal duct cap and a bit of museum putty...all of which I already had in my possession...couldn't be simpler...a perfect peach of a project...satisfies my metal lust...

these two photos edited with kk texture dollard soft and gentle...
















and then the final photograph inspired me to play...its all just one continuous creative circle...
"scientific study of a peach while contemplating the sky"








































Joining the group over at kim klassen's Texture Tuesday...
and Knick of Time's Vintage Inspiration Party...

8.08.2014

at a moment's notice

sometimes the most improbable moment becomes the most memorable...

It seemed ironic to me that the exercise for my bestill52 class this week deals with the "unstaged" photo shoot...focusing on more of a realistic approach...as opposed to arranging the composed vignette and then capturing the opportune setting in a perfect shot...rather its about the moment at hand...and all the potential it holds...

I've been following other creatives on Instagram with different inspirational prompts...it pushes me to think in different directions which is good exercise for exploring alternatives and revealing new avenues in my work...one of the prompts this week was "craft"...and as I sat at my desk, I was a tad stumped...so I just reached up on the shelf behind my computer screen and pulled off a couple of items...threw them on the desk top...and took a photo with my phone...I love that you can see the dog hair in the upper left hand corner...that makes it real...Calvin's hair is everywhere...







































Here's another shot...sitting in my office at the computer...the evening sun shining in...I notice immediately to my left, the sun reflecting off the antique scale...grab my phone...take a shot...



























not more than 10 minutes later, the sun is gone...
the moment lost...










Capturing this photo...something more was needed...sitting on the floor at my feet...a dried leaf that Calvin dragged in...goldens with their long fur...unbelievable amount of debris in the house...especially during summer when the back door to the garden is left open...I pick up the leaf - throw it into the shot...
































So back to the original thought...this week's assignment for bestill52...the unstaged photo...washing the slipcovers on the living room furniture...fresh from the dryer, I plopped them down on the ottoman...the pillows from the couch and the bottles from the side table were easily in reach...







































I have to admit that I've become quite enamored of my phone camera (and its not an iphone...I'm one of the Android users...have a Samsung Galaxy) Even though I took my Canon with me on our recent trip, I used my phone most of the time...it was so quick, immediate, seemed to capture "real life" at a moment's notice...

Joining the group over at kim klassen's Friday Finds...where my find is realizing that the potential for creative inspiration is right in front of me...totally unstaged...

8.05.2014

layer upon layer

I've been busy getting ready for Fresh Paint, held August 16-17 at the Everett Marina...
its a juried art show sponsored by the Schack Art Center here in town...





I've taken a new direction with my art this year...combining paper collage...with digital photographs... and then adding dimensional vintage elements as a finishing touch.

Though any one step by itself is not very involved or time consuming...when placed in the context of a completed piece, the time and effort can take months...

I thought I would share a condensed version of what goes into such a creation...to both inspire you as well as cultivate an understanding of my process...











The germ of an idea for the main collage of my highlighted piece started here...
Above are two scanned images of original paper collages from a commissioned art journal I constructed in October 2013...With techniques I acquired through the Photoshop Grunge class that I started in January 2014 (and I haven't even completed all the lessons yet) I found a way to merge these two images together while adding two more photographs of mine...so that's 4 images that went into this montage...with additional layers of textures and grunge...the resulting collage looks like this...























I then produced a high quality print...and started creating the larger multi-media assemblage...






At this point, the print sat on my studio table...for many moons (you can't rush inspiration...it sometimes takes its own sweet time)...











I often use old drawers as the foundation for my larger collages...but this print was an odd size - 10" x 16" ...and was confounding me...until I was cleaning out the basement...and found an old typeset drawer that was falling apart...it was perfect...







From there things came together quickly...wanting to pick up the blue tones of the collage, I covered the surface of the typeset drawer with a sheet of blueprint diagram (friends of mine had to scrape a remodel project and I happily snatched up a set of plans that were going to the trash) The white background of the paper was a little too bright...so my favorite patina to the rescue...







Several coffee washes later, I'm ready to put the photo print in place...finishing with a light sanding and a wax buff, this process of waiting for each layer to dry before proceeding takes about a week...















Wanting to keep with the original intention of the typeset drawer, I pull out my wooden type...and cobble together two words that express my message...
























running short of traditional letters...you've got to use "poetic licence"... that number 3 is now an "E"





















The inside edges still needed something...so it sat another couple of days...until I decided to add a length of metal measuring tape...secured in each corner with the letters n, s, e and w (for north, south, east and west)

























At this stage, I leave the collage at a place where I can look at it each day - in this case, the dining room table - deciding whether or not it is complete or if something else is needed...once I'm happy with it, hanging hardware is attached then signed, labeled, ready for the show...


























Come visit me at the show...I'll be in booth 21...and you can see this piece up close and personal...


8.01.2014

the best kind of mail

Most days when the mail arrives, it is not the least bit interesting...but when you see a multi-colored envelope among the white...it catches your eye...and offers a little excitement to this ordinary activity...


A couple of months ago, I invited fellow bloggers to participate in an art swap...I sent a piece of original art and in return, I received a piece of original art...nothing better than getting art in the mail  (ok, wait...getting money in the mail is great too!)











Last week I received one of my swaps...this beautiful collage is from Cathy of ma vie trouvee...







































Cathy is an accomplished artist and phenomenal photographer...living in Singapore with her husband, she totally immerses herself in the culture and takes advantage of all that she can learn from living in a foreign land...

Not only did she send the collage...but a collection of special papers representative of her asian environment...


this collection of joss papers really appeals to me...I'll have to create something special to highlight them...
the jewels that they are...















One of the joys of blogging has been the friendships made across the miles...offering a bridge of understanding, inspiration and camaraderie that I cherish...

Joining the group over at kim klassen's Friday Finds...
where my find is connecting with Cathy who I met through kim's blog...

worth a look...

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