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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

whispers--finished piece

Detail showing wood icing and collaged items.
Detail showing tar and a handmade cloth bead.
Detail showing handwritten text on cardboard.
Here are the finished pieces, a diptych titled "whispers." These were practice boards we used to learn various techniques. I am happy with how it turned out, although it was a challenge to unify the whole piece because of all the techniques.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Valley Ridge Inspiration

It's been awhile since I posted. I have been doing art, but every once in a while, I just need to be recharged. This last weekend, I took a class at Valley Ridge Art Studio in Muscode, WI, with Mary Beth Shaw. And am I re-ignited! Learned so, so much, in such a marvelous environment. There is just nothing like an art class in a beautiful environment. Above, is a collograph I made in class (on left), and a print that it made (on right). I will be making many more of these!
Here's a side-ways view of the claybord diptych I am still working on. That black part is tar. Yes, tar. I will have a challenge, incorporating it into the piece, but there was a little chip on the edge, and I thought the tar would conceal that.
Here are two more boards where we practiced several new techniques. I have worked more on it since this photo, and it is just about finished.
And here are the same two boards, early on. Here, it's obvious I used grids. The challenge is to start out with them, to aid composition--then, to move out of them to make the work cohesive.
I had so much fun, and learned much more than I had even hoped.