Oh those “lazy days of summer”… they disappeared years ago; It was a very long summer though, broken leg and all. I have spent much more time making art this summer than usual, due to my limited mobility. I am so excited to be focusing on combining many of the processes I have worked with over the last 5 or 6 years. I prefer using acrylic paint because it allows for a more intuitive approach to the artwork, due to it’s fast drying time. I love printmaking, and paper adds a tactile element to my art. I also love wax… it’s wonderfully fragrant and can enhance the mood of a piece. My current path is leading to a merging of those mediums. I “print” the paper with design using stamps, stencils and found items, then use my painted or printed paper to create the composition and finally finish the piece with acrylic glazes and paint and sometimes a layer of beeswax to tie it all together. The very best thing about this is that I LOVE each step of the complicated process. The finished pieces have wonderful depth, texture and the design draws the viewer to stop and look closer… I hope. Connecting with the viewer is always my end goal.
The subjects of these new works are varied. Along with adding to my series of strong, confident and feminine women and girls, I re-visit my love of the tropical landscape and the ocean. The latest large pieces combine the figurative work with the landscape. The time involved in completing new pieces is considerably longer than just using paint, but the process is magical for me. It’s like taking a puzzle or image that has not been fully imagined, deconstructing it and piecing it back together with bits of design painted on paper. I love solving problems… and there are many opportunities for that, throughout the process.
Moving forward in an unfamiliar direction is not always easy. It can be scary to present “new work” to a host of critics; we artists are fragile at times. Most artists understand that change is inevitable… it’s tied to creativity. All the more reason to enjoy the journey, and the challenges that expose those creative opportunities.
Summer is my favorite season, and strangely enough I love Florida summers. Yes… it gets too hot and humid to breathe some days, but that is what the ocean, the springs and swimming pools are for. This summer has been a unique experience for me. I broke my leg at the end of May and I am still non-weight bearing now in mid August. Other than almost daily swimming pool therapy, I am sitting inside this summer.
After three trips down to my studio to pack up art supplies and bring them back to my house, I am working. The first 6 weeks home recovering, I built houses for the HOME show exhibit I organized for Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. See More About HOME. I built beach houses and bird homes and a mountain cabin diorama… oh, and a chicken house. Now that all the “building” is over, I am back to painting papers and making mixed-media collages.
It’s hard to believe that soon… very soon, the fall art show circuit gets into full gear. I only do a few shows in the Fall… especially this year, but lots of new work is needed! At my studio I have these great tall legged tables that I work at so I can move around to different works in progress. Here, at home I have had to adjust to worker smaller, better planning and rotating artwork and supplies. It’s nice to be home with my pups, Beau and Sweet Pea… they love everything I do :)
Today, just back from physical therapy… I am working with my gelli plates to paint some new papers for collaging with. One benefit to not being able to get out much is that the typical distractions of life are fewer and there is more time to work.
A Very Big THANK-YOU, to all my family and friends who have cared for me in so many amazing ways this summer!
Wow! It’s been a year.
Last February 16th was the most artistically challenging 24 hours for myself and a small group of very talented and brave artists here in Brevard County. It’s kind of hard to believe a year has passed…
This was such an exciting exhibition! I love putting projects together, BIG PROJECTS. It is a wonderful experience to work with other artists from all types of backgrounds and mediums and watch a plan come together. The very best part of the our 24 hour challenge was that it was captured on video then edited as a documentary, thanks to the generosity and creative energy of our collaborators; Brandt Ronat & Company, a creative design and advertising company, located in Brevard County .
See the Documentary here
My blog post from last year.
2013 What a Difference a Day Makes; 24 hour art challenge
It’s been a very busy time lately… I’m just finishing up a project that has been “challenging” but extremely rewarding. I organized What A Difference A Day Makes; 24 Hour Art Challenge for my gallery; Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne Florida. (March 1-31, 2013), go see . This exhibition challenged 24 artists, including myself, to create a piece of artwork within an assigned 24 hour period… oh, and just so you didn’t pre-plan everything down to the last stroke, you were given a list of prompts the morning of your workday. One of the most exciting parts of the project is the collaboration with a local creative marketing and branding company; Brandt Ronat & Company. They partnered with us to videotape a portion of each of the 24 artists workday and created an incredible video documentary all about the project, see it online. Our goal, along with the experience of the project was to raise money and awareness for Very Special Arts Brevard. They bring art to children and adults with special needs. It’s a great local organization playing a very important part in enriching lives through art.
I used the challenge to push myself not only to complete a piece of art in 24 hours, but to use the techniques I have been “playing with” over the last year or so. I love the work of Anne Bagby and also love printmaking! The process includes aspects of painting and printmaking with texture, stencils, stamps; designing patterned paper by hand then using the paper as a element of the composition. I am enjoyed the tactile experience of layering with gesso and paint… getting very messy in the process and then playing with the design of the composition. My finished piece, Girl with Papaya was definitely challenging to complete in 24 hours… I looked up the list of prompts and chose the three that I would work with: rare, metamorphosis and flourish, then starting working on ideas for the composition. I am happy to have finished it… in 17 hours, and happy with the comments I have been hearing about the work; it’s very encouraging.
I’ll be finishing my second piece soon and working on many more ideas for this new direction… I still love working with paint, and the stencils and patterns are finding their way into that work as well.
Prints of Girl with Papaya are available here.
These girls keep showing up in recent work and this week they are beginning to take new shape… 3-d form. I was looking through my “inspiration file” and ran across some dolls that I saw somewhere on the internet. I knew when I saw them that they would translate to the girls I have been painting. I had all the supplies necessary; purchased after the initial inspiration, and now I can include all the lovely ephemera I have been “stockpiling”. These girls are strong and confident, they are caring and nuturing too. They are inspired and inspirational…at least that is the message I want to send.
I am having a great time sketching all the possibilities, then cutting, sanding and crafting their faces and attaching their bodies together. Another list is also taking shape; names and personalities. This week I hope to get a few close to finished.
OKAY… not everyone asked, but at least 3 people I know asked why I’m not blogging about food… and gardening and some of the other activities that I get involved in, besides art. So here I am. This new blog will be replacing my art blog and including so many other things.
- the beauty of ingredients; peppercorns, mushroom, shallots (one of my favorites), did I say peppercorns?
- birds and bird activity
- ART OF COURSE