Monday, October 29, 2012

Starting Another Painting...

Maybe almost a year ago I put some crumpled tissue paper over a canvas and then didn't know what else I wanted to do with it so the canvas sat in my studio. This morning I pulled it out and began splopping paint on it...

 I used Golden's fluid acrylics.

 This is a close up of all the texture the tissue made.

 I'm not 100% sure where this is going yet but I like how it's started.

On another subject, Hurricane Sandy is getting pretty nasty. I'm keeping all my friends on the east coast in my thoughts and hope they are all safe.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Meet Leticia...

Surprise! I actually finished the painting that I started yesterday. Now if I can just keep this going I'll be happy.

This is how the painting looked late this morning...

I was fairly happy with her but I felt she needed something else...and then it came to me. A poem my mom used to recite to me...

"there was a little girl, who had a little curl
right in the middle of her forehead
and when she was good, she was very, very good
but when she was bad, she was horrid."

So my girl got a curl!

I'm leaving the hair rather streaky because I think it looks better that way.
I used scrapbook papers for her dress.
All in all, I'm happy with how she turned out.
Oh, there are things I'd change...
but for now she's done.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I'm Painting Today!

I'm not sure what happened this morning 
but I felt like painting for the first time since spring!
I was inspired by Lisa Graham's recent studies in payne's gray. 
So far I haven't finished but here's where I'm at right now...

(The signature is not on the painting...just on the picture.) 

I still have more work to do on the eyes and her nose isn't quite right but I'm just happy to be painting again! I have my fingers crossed that this doesn't wear off tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stencils...and More Stencils name is Janet and I have a stencil addiction! Well, maybe it isn't quite that bad but I do love me some stencils. I keep most of them in a large 3-ring binder...

 This binder has seen some rough treatment...
and there are paint splatters on the front.

It's chock full of stencils...
some I bought and 
some I cut myself.

The Buddha stencil is one I cut myself.
I used it to make prayer flags a few years ago.

 The sunburst was a stencil I cut during 
my first class with Mary Ann Moss.
I loved her stencil class 
and learned so much from her.

I also like using lace as a stencil. 
Something else I picked up from Mary Ann's class.
These hangers are on the back of my studio door
and hold bits and pieces of lace...
plus a couple of larger pieces that I found at the thrift store.
I just cut small pieces off them when I need to.

 My larger stencils are kept in a drawer.
These are too big for the binder 
but many of them are the ones I use most.
I love the ones that are laser-cut scrapbook papers.

Can you tell I love stencils! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Prepped and Ready...and Waiting

I wish I could tell you that I have come out of my art slump and have been busily painting lots of canvases over the past few days...but that would be a lie. I actually prepped four canvases...

But they're still staring at me and nothing has been added to them. There's something so peaceful and meditative about covering canvases with torn bits of paper. I thought for sure it would get the juices flowing again but it didn't.

So I sit in my studio and look through some of my finished work and try to get back to that feeling I had when I painted them.

And then I walk over to the computer and spend way too much time looking at other people's art!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ephemera Storage is a Challenge!

Lee had a post on today asking about how everyone organizes paper and ephemera. That's an on-going challenge for me, too. So I thought I'd do a little update on how I've been organizing things in the studio.

 This is a stack of two 3-drawer units that are made for scrapbook papers. I have my papers sorted by color. I can just remove a drawer and set it on the worktable when I want to use paper.

This stack is on the other side of a little table under my window and it holds magazine clippings and other larger pieces of ephemera. Stacked on the top of it are about 10 pads of scrapbook paper! I can't seem to resist the stuff!

This is not so pretty but for now it works. These cardboard boxes and over-sized shoe boxes hold more paper ephemera...they aren't full! They're sitting on the large hanging shelf over my worktable. Those are big canvases over on the right hand side.

I've tried so many different ways to organize paper and ephemera...file folders, sort by subject, sort by color, sort by theme, etc. None of them seem to work for me. Sometimes I search for things in a color range and other times I want a particular image.

I've done much more organizing but I'll save that for another day. Now I'll ask the same question Lee do you store your ephemera?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Finishing More Little Projects...

Today is a quiet, lazy day and I've been finishing up a few more of my little WIPs. I'm also trying to sort out and organize all my scraps of paper and images. Notice I said trying! I never seem to be able to organize them in a way that's convenient.

 Five more little cards. All but two are postcard size...the two blue ones are smaller. Maybe I can use them on a regular card.
 "I'm not going to cry all the time"

 "I have skirted the law on many occasions"

 "Inner Guidance"

 "She adores, abuses and mocks her guests"

"My target was a skinny guy with bad posture"

I like randomly cutting out words from old books
 and using them on the cards. 
The weirder, the better!

Definitely two different styles. The looser/messier faces were done after a class with Mystele. The other face (the first one) is what I usually do. Which do you prefer?

Whatever you're doing today I hope it's a good day for you...Happy Sunday!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Four Quick Paintings...

It's coming back slowly...I pulled out some more unfinished projects and painted today. These were done on the sides of a saltine cracker box. The long rectangular shape was what I liked about this cardboard...

 When I pulled them out of my WIP box they were just lightly sketched onto the cardboard.

They turned out okay. I didn't do much to their faces...just the basic stuff but I like them. Some of the backgrounds are better than others but I think the girls look cute. I hope you like them, too.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Postcards and Bookmarks...

The weather has cooled down and it actually feels like autumn and yet my mojo hasn't returned. Each day I try to do a little something in the studio hoping that it will kick-start my creativity and get me going again.

Mostly I've been working on postcards and bookmarks...small things that don't take too much thought.

 Above are some of the postcards I've finished. Some of them were partially done and sitting in a box. I got them out, added little bits and pieces and called them done.

The same with these bookmarks. Many of them were only needing some ribbon or a little added embellishment. I still have a couple that still need ribbon. I think that means a trip to Joann's!

I enjoy making these little things. I use the sides of boxes for bookmarks and add images from magazines and any scraps of paper I have. The postcards are sometimes done on cardboard from boxes or from postcards I get in the mail. You know, the junky kind advertising something. I just cover them over and make something out of them.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Some Sunday Inspiration...

Since my mojo has been in hiding lately, HB and I decided to do something different this weekend. The next town over from us has been renovating an area of the town and calling it The Blvd. They opened an art museum this past spring and I kept meaning to get over to see it but just never did...until yesterday.

It's the Museum of Art and History. It's not new to the area but they just built a new museum to house their art...

We picked the right day to visit...Sundays are free! We didn't know that when we went so it was a pleasant surprise. It's a very bright, open and airy building.

When you enter this is the display along the wall...

Do you know Dorothy Lamour...If you aren't as old as me you probably won't know who she is! That's her in the top right painting. Doesn't she just look like old Hollywood when it was glamorous!

The painting you see just before you enter the first gallery was very interesting for me. It has a lot of texture and just spoke to me...

 Frozen by Dan McCaw is oil on canvas and very large. 

The first gallery was showing The Contemporary Figure: Past Presence. It's a collection of paintings by Southern California artists and we loved it.

 This is the view as you enter. That huge face is fantastic. I have some other shots of it later.

And this view is from the second floor walkway.

I'll show you a few of the paintings that we liked...

 This one is called Great Steaks, Old Irish Bar Philadelphia by Sergio Sanchez...HB liked this one for all the detail.

 Sparkle Party At Black and White by Natalia Fabia
...this one really has details!

 This painting done on pellon is JFK We Are All Berliners by Kent Twitchell and it fascinated me.

 It's very large as you will see in one of the photos below. And there were pencil lines along the left side marking different sections of the painting. I thought the painting technique was so cool and I tried to get a close up...
 You can see all those squiggly lines in his shirt...almost as if the painting was stopped before he finished. I loved this piece!

 Here you can see how big it is. It just caught your eye and didn't let you go.

 We both liked this painting...Memory Bliss by Seamus Conley a self-taught artist. The hair on the girl was beautiful. Each strand seemed to be painted separately.

 This painting dominated the room. It's called Zero Nine Two One One Nine Eight Seven and it's by Eric Pederson.
 I tried to get a close-up of his technique. This is the left side of the mouth and nose. I can't imagine working this big! But I'd love to try it some day.

 Another gallery had several of these dresses. They're cyanotypes by Jennifer Glass. She uses vintage gowns from her own collection to create life-size imprints on chemically treated canvas. That's HB getting a closer look.
There were several of these pieces in one room each one showcased by lighting. I enjoyed seeing these and learning about her process.

There was quite a bit more but I won't bore you with any more pictures. The roof of the museum has a place to display large sculptures but there were only a couple up there yesterday. I think they probably use the rooftop terrace for parties as there were a couple of glassed in rooms up there. It would be pretty at night. At the middle of the day with temperatures nearing 100ยบ it wasn't a place I wanted to spend much time!! 

We thoroughly enjoyed the museum and will go back for future exhibits. Now I'm waiting to see if all of this has inspired my mojo to come back to me...nothing so far!