New Mixed Media

This is for Sharon, who wanted to see what I was starting on.  Since I can’t post a #%$%^ photo on FB anymore, I am posting it here and will link to it on FB.

This is my base “canvas”.  It is a collage created of papers and cloth. My thinking on this is to use textures and patterns because over this will be gesso and paint and other layers before the piece is finished.

Working Like a Madwoman

Ever have those times when you wake up in the morning and something starts talking to you?  I woke up yesterday morning very dissatisfied with how the mounting technique for  some mixed media work was coming along.  I have gone to great lengths to order everything to do it in this particular method, even ordering acid free coreboard which then needed the edges painted because I couldn’t find it in black.  But I awoke with a nagging dissatisfaction about it all.  I got up, looked at the work again, and said, oh, it’s ok…but then later the nagging unhappiness came back.  So because they measure 14″ square and of course, no canvases are made that size, I found my self shopping for a new idea, then shopping online and ordering more stuff and spending more money.  But at least I have peace now…these composition pieces are going to look much better, I think. And they deserve to.

Compositions #2

The time until I hang the exhibit is going fast. Today I feel I made much progress.  I worked on Black and White Compositions #2, #3, and #4.  These are compositions on canvas, made with cut pieces of cloth but they will not be stitched.  I don’t know if anyone realizes this or not (surely I’m not the only one!)…our type of work is much more time consuming than the average painter.  For me, there is the creation of the cloth, then the composition, and lastly, the layering and stitching part.  It is slow work.  In the interest of time, I am creating a few like this that will fill in my exhibit in a different color palette.

I also finished the handwork on the back of “Fading Glory” during tv time!

Tomorrow I will get up and do more of the same.  More mixed media Compositions are in the works too.  Can’t wait to get started on them.

The Haul

I went to Evansville yesterday to play with a friend and do some much needed errands, i.e. shopping.  I call it The Haul.  It was time to stock up on some much needed items as well as a few new things to experiment with.  There are times I only buy what I need and there are times I buy products that I have been reading about and seeing on the internet and I am curious about.

Here is part of what I came home with:

There is yarn.  I sold a potato chip scarf, so now I feel the need to make 3 more!  2 black Pitt artist pens to replace my failing other ones…love these pens for writing on just about every surface and medium.  Oil pastels…I am adding a few new colors to my small collection because I do enjoy smudging these rich colors on some of my work.  Matte medium and black acrylic paint…everyone needs those.  Lumiere in my favorite color…Halo Pink Gold (yes, Scarlet, Blick had bottles of this…you just missed it).  I was alerted that the Daler-Rowney acrylic inks were on sale 50% off at Blick…I found them at 40% off, which was still good, so I purchased 3 bottles to try.  Don’t really have a clue yet about them, but I will look up some info online to help me get started.  And the last new thing I decided to try was the water soluble oil pastels, which certainly seems like a conundrum to me because everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix!  But the article I read showed these in such rich colors on a project that I was immediately smitten.  Not shown here are the yards of batting (I do have an exhibit coming up) and yards of cotton flannel (I use this for batting for small pieces) and photo mats.  Those are the mundane and uninteresting necessities.

I also purchased some beeswax (probably impulsive) and some tins to melt it in because……Scarlet and I played with wax….

Here is my first attempt at collage with wax….I tried all sorts of things on here…marks with transfer papers and carbon paper…sequin waste stencil.  It’s not a perfect specimen, and I may even do more to it, but I like the colors and the black lines and I got a bit acquainted with how wax works…all fun!  I also learned some things I would do differently.

Need Help Please

I went to the SAQA website today to post a plea on my Visioning page and while I’m there I am currently deleting 478 emails in my inbox.  Do you know how long that takes doing 20 at a time?  It’s taking a while.  So I decided while I’m doing that I will post a blog post here and ask for YOUR help too!

I have my first solo show in October this year.  I have a series of small (5″ x 7″-ish) works I will be mounting on deep 12″ x 12″ canvases.  I will be painting the canvases before I mount the fiber work.  I personally did not wish to paint the canvases a solid, flat color, but rather wanted to  do swipes of color that had movement, feeling that this was more in line with the fiber work.  But now my question is: what are others going to like?  I really want to sell at this show and am now wondering which method will make the work more sell-able.  Here is how the canvas looks at this point.  Sort of wispy, worn, like the side of an old barn.  But is this what people will want? Eeek!  I really need help with this.  And I know people can only give me their opinion and in the end, I still have to make the choice.  But I still want to hear from you.  And I will ponder any suggestions anyone has to make too.

And if you need a little distance….

Is Your Right Brain Dominant?

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I just took a right brain/left brain quiz here and in 15 out of 20 questions, my right brain was dominant….which makes me VERY right brain dominant. The right brain is the creative, intuitive part. Which might explain why I can’t stay organized at all…

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Strathmore Workshop 1 Finished

In an earlier post I showed a picture of my start on the Visual Journal page.  This is a workshop I have been following online from Strathmore.  Here is the final look of my page.  We learned to use some art materials that I have never used before. It was interesting and I thank Pam Carriker very much for teaching it.

Curry

I love curry powder…actually I love lemon curry powder the best.  It has a little lighter taste than regular curry.  I buy it at the Green Earth health food store when I get to Edwardsville.  I don’t know where else to buy it, but you can get it in the bulk section there.  I don’t use it in a lot of things, but when I want  it, I like having it on hand.  I was filling a small spice jar with it the other day and decided the color was so yummy I had to take a photo.

Now, compare that with this piece of cloth dyed with Curry dye.  Are they close to the same color?  It’s yummy too.  There is also Amethyst on this cloth.  I bought the Curry dye powder this year and now it’s at the top of my favorite list.

I am going to have to do something awesome with this piece of cotton.  As for the lemon curry powder (the stuff you can eat), try it in your chicken salad the next time you make it, along with dried cranberries or fresh grapes and slivered almonds. It makes a delicious salad.

Art Journaling

I have signed up for two journaling projects starting the first of the year. What was I thinking? And will I even be able to do either one? Oh well.
One of them is called the Sketchbook Challenge and there is an icon in my sidebar that will take you right to where you need to sign up. The other one is free classes offered by Strathmore. They have new visual journals this year with all different kinds of papers in them, including watercolor. It sounded interesting, so I signed up back in November sometime. I bought some new art supplies on Saturday when I was shopping in Evansville, but couldn’t get the watercolor visual journal. So I ordered it online. Dick Blick is totally out of them and Jerry’s Artarama have them on backorder! There are over 1000 people signed up for the Strathmore journaling classes, so I guess everyone has pretty well beat me to the 9″ x 12″ watercolor 140 lb. paper visual journal. Evansville Dick Blick did not stock them.
I bought some oil pastels after reading reviews about Sennelier being about the best the reviewers had ever tried. A couple of triple liner markers (these are very cool and come in very cool colors) to add to my current collection, and some Pentel artist markers as well as a graphite pencil. We’ll see what happens! I think it will be great fun if I just give myself permission to do it.

My Blog Book

Well, I’ve gone and printed the first installment of my blog. I did it at Blog2Print.com and I must say I really like the quality of the book. They did a great job. This one is 54 pages and covers April through August 7, 2008. It will take several books to do the whole blog!  Please pardon the flash on the cover.

Printing L A R G E

I was given some old dyes and some cloth that had been soda soaked by a friend who is downsizing.  The hot weather has finally broken here, so yesterday morning I was out in the patio.  I wanted to try out the new screens and I needed to get started working on silk scarves.  But for yesterday, I got out a piece of cloth from her stash.  It is  a white on white print and is over 2 yards long.  I printed on the back of it.  The fabric turned out way too light for my taste, but is still very much useable.  I’m not sure if it needed to be soda soaked again or what the reason was.  She said it had been soaked last fall…which may be too long ago.

I don’t believe I have printed a piece this large before, but I can see myself doing it again.  In the lower right corner is printing from one of the new screens we made. I used a paper resist to make the pattern. The other printing is from a design made with blue gel glue.

Just above that printing is the turquoise from the older dyes she gave me.  I used double the dye powder and thought that would compensate for the age, but apparently not as I can see a distinct difference from the newer dyes.  The new screens work quite well. Today, I printed on silk scarves and prepared screens for breakdown printing that I will print on other scarves.

One more thing:  both of my pieces were rejected for the Working Together show this year….that has not happened before! Oh well…there’ll be another place to enter them.