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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On The Edge

And here is another piece I completed last week.  A friend gave me a ton of handmade papers that she had brought home from Thailand (thank you Lorraine!), and I decided to tear them into strips and "dye" the strips with fluid acrylics, inks, and dyes.  The horizontal strips are those papers.  The vertical strips are some handmade tissue papers I created a couple of years ago.

Gluing them to the substrate was tricky because of the weave effect, but I managed to do it without getting too messy.  I love the white frame and the white space between the strips.  It almost tells a story of its own. It feels to me that the edges of the strips is the important part here, and thus the name.

What Do You Expect?

This is a piece I finished last week.  I love the vibrant colors, and circles seemed to emerge from everywhere.  The more I looked at it, the more I "saw" a pregnant woman, so I began to bring out that form.    Then I added the collaged pieces of a woman's head and her hands entwined with grapes.  She is so fruitful! Her pregnancy shines as though it is holy.  Not sure if I will keep this title, but it is a bit of a pun, no?

Artist Coach - Career Coaching for Artists

Artist Coach - Career Coaching for Artists

I just read this fascinating article about being in touch with your art as a means to being able to sell it.  At first I thought, "Well, I DO just create art as though it were an out-of-body experience!"  But as I continued to read, I began to understand her point, and I do agree.  What do YOU think?

Friday, October 19, 2012


 Now that my art show is done and my "old" pieces are stored away, I have freed up space in my art head to  continue evolving.  I had a lot of fun doing this piece, using mostly my fingers.  "No brushes were harmed in the making of this art!"  I really like getting my fingers dirty and directly connecting with the canvas.  It does make for messy hands afterwards, but I don't mind that either.
I also completed this piece, recycling an old canvas that I didn't much care for.  I black gessoed the entire canvas, chose greens for the rough squares, and then collaged from there.

I am feeling inspired to get into my studio more now, and loving the creative energy that has returned.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Getting Organized for Art Show!

 This week I'll be busy getting organized for my Art Show on Saturday.  It's called "Offerings of Gratitude," and will be held Saturday from 1-4 at Grace United Methodist Church in Joliet, IL. I am so grateful for what Art has brought to my life, how it has touched me spiritually, and I want to share that with friends and family.

  I am going through all my art, altered books, and assemblages: cleaning up, pricing, packing, and making lists.
I'll be selling some of my newer pieces, also.  I really need to get my art "out" there, (as opposed to in MY house!) so I am trying to price very reasonably, and still take into account the materials and labor required for each piece.  Not an easy task.

Hope to see you there!