Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Letting the muse lead the way...

Sometimes I really don't have a preconceived plan for the painting or collage. I just start with a background of some comfortable colors and patterns and begin to play around with the materials.  Like with the cloud-like texture on this basket and the tree branches. I did not know an owl would make it's home in the branches at first. But with my latest fascination with owls, it just seemed natural to put one there. And what else would an owl listen to in the night besides the music of the night itself.  The basket measures 13 x 13 x 6 inches.
"The Night Sings" 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What a great way to..........

begin the week! I sold my triptic print painting, "Under the Sea".  And it swam,... or rather flew across the Pacific to Hawaii to its new home.  Yay! I am very happy. Although I did enjoy looking at it and remembering how the paint went down and how it was to roll the paint over the fish for the printing step, I am really jazzed that someone enjoys it now in their home.  Actually she purchased it for her sister. How very nice that she bought it for a gift.
Several layers of paint were applied with brush, rubber fish, real shells, stones, cheese cloth, etc. to create this under-the-sea view. I really had fun experimenting with the paint. More is more, as they say. More paint, more texture, the more it seemed to look like I was really swimming with the fishes.

Made the smaller sections so that you could move them around in different order and the fish swim from one canvas to the others.  This was painted in 2007 for a Art teacher gallery show and has also been displayed in my home and in City of the World Art Gallery in Las Vegas.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pull up a Comfy Chair

Here's some more texture-filled fun I had with paper mache. I was sooooo inspired by Sue Pelletier in the May/June 2008 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors that I had to create my own versions. I hope you like them.

They turned out very cush-ie, I think. I even had a fellow come to the viewing during First Friday at City of the World Art Gallery and say, "I know those chairs..." and proceed to name them.  What fun!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Art Makes my Heart Beat...

Lately my schedule has been overwhelming. When this happens I know that it is time for some art therapy.
So I make up a project that involves my hands in a very tactile way. A project where I have to really get my hands into the medium in order to create what I have in mind. Like modeling papier mache hearts, for instance.

Recipe: white glue + water (1 to 1 ratio), stirred well; plus torn tissue paper. And the fun begins!

Hot tip: It is a good idea to tear a bunch of tissue paper or soft paper before beginning the process. Not so easy to tear strips after your hands are all sticky. Lesson well learned!

 "Fleur de les Heart"


"Silver Springs Evening"

"Blue Heart Key"     

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