Saturday, October 15, 2016

My First Art Festival!!...and Some Other Happenings

It's been a long time since I've posted and lots has been happening. The summer has been art filled and I've been busy.

The older I get, (and I just had a birthday in September...#73!) the more difficult it is for me to find time for everything. I know I've said this before but it's true. My blog suffers from neglect as I stay busy in the studio.

Last month was the second annual Generations art show. Art was shown at Legacy Commons and across the street at the Palmdale Playhouse. There were three categories: ages up to 17, ages 17 - 54, and ages 55 and older. It's always great to see the younger people's art.

I entered three pieces and they were all three accepted...and I won 2nd place in the 55 and older group! This was my winning entry...

This is Ancestral Home. It's 11" x 14" unframed. It has a LOT of texture and I must have explained how I did it about a million times that night. Everyone was interested in this piece.
Then this month, October 8th, we had the first Kaleidoscope Art and Music Festival. The city is hoping to have this become an annual event and from the turnout this year I think it will be. I had a booth, and got my first experience at an art festival. It was scary at first when I agreed to do it but as time went on and the date got closer I felt terrified, anxious, overwhelmed, and then over the last few days before it happened, I got calm and decided that everyone had to do their first festival. I just decided to have a great time no matter what happened.

These are some shots of my wasn't easy to get photos due to the sun.

In the photo above,
I sold the tree painting in the upper left...

I sold the green painting in the upper was the last one I finished before the festival. The blue painting at the bottom was one of the pieces I entered in Generations. And the B&W piece was one I entered in the fair this year and won 1st place with.

I sold the painting in the upper left...(the upper left area was good for me!) That piece was one I entered in Generations and you can see the piece that won 2nd place right next to it.

Here is a closer photo of the tree painting I sold...

I sold the painting in the lower left...
it's the one that won 1st place at the fair
a couple of years ago.

I also sold a couple of other smaller pieces that don't show up very much in these photos. All in all it was a FANTASTIC day!! 

A huge thank you to everyone who bought my art...wherever you are, and also special thanks to everyone responsible for Kaleidoscope 2016. I hope it continues for many years and I hope to be a part of it. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Some Art by People in My Class...

I thought I would catch you up on what some of the women in my art journal/mixed media class have been doing. I am so proud of them all. They are doing excellent art. Here's some examples...

A journal spread in the making.

Half of the face from a magazine the rest is all painted/collaged with painted papers.

She works wonders with magazine images.

She is working on cardboard fans.

Sorry about the glare on her nose and mouth. She is using bits from 
a coloring book to enhance this face.

This is a painting in progress
and below is her inspiration.

She is experimenting with pouring medium.
This is amazing in the sunlight.
There's gold paint throughout and it just glows.

This is done with gel printed papers.
It's beautiful.

She is enhancing a magazine page.

Another amazing transformation 
done by the same woman who did the red one at the top.

And this one is last but not least.
Beautiful colors and little stamped flowers.

These women are amazing!!! Every week I get to see them create and they always inspire me. I will miss them this month as I am not going to be teaching my class until after July 4th. They will still meet and play together and inspire each other but I won't be there. HB has had some surgery and I'm staying home to play Nurse Janet! He's doing fine in spite of my less than stellar nursing skills, and I will be back to my class before you know it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Am I Fooling Myself??

Making art. Why do we do it? Is it for pleasure, for recognition, for money? And should we try to follow the pack or strike out on our own?

I've been thinking about all this for quite some time now. I usually create art simply because it's fun and I enjoy it. But lately I've noticed that when I create for my own enjoyment I create the same kind of art over and over. Is this just my style or am I in a rut and getting lazy?

When I first began doing mixed media/art journaling, I wanted to learn everything. It was all exciting and new. But after a while I realized there were some things I didn't enjoy doing and other things I loved to do.  

You may have guessed that collage is at the top of my "enjoy" list. There's nothing I like better than to sit down with a big stack of magazines and start finding collage material. I have tons of it! And I love to create journal pages using it. But am I really creating art or just playing with junk? Am I stretching myself enough?

Here are a few things I've been doing...

Working in black and white for a change.
It isn't finished but I like where it's going.

The quote above and the heart seemed to go together.

I found this quote on Pinterest and loved it.
Somehow the person just seemed to go with it.

As you can see, I'm mostly doing simple collages. Nothing earth-shattering, nothing unusual. Just doing what I enjoy. Is that bad??