A couple of oldies

Made these a couple of years ago, they have happy homes elsewhere. Small pieces.

 

Making time to make “an art”

You know what I mean.  It’s hard sometimes.  There’s that full time job, commitments after that full time job, people and dog to care of.  But, I still have the lofty goal that I will make something everyday.

For me that mostly turns out to be examples or demonstrations for my students.  I suppose it’s ok for that to be part of my experience in my own art making.  It lets me remember and to practice.  However, it’s still hard to carve out that time to complete a piece.

I tend to use whatever time opens up on the weekend.  This weekend I had a few hours.  It was glorious, except for the part when my dog almost walked across a canvas I had on the floor or the part where I nearly pulled off all the embroidery thread off as I moved my leg.

I guess that’s why I take photos too.  I feel that lets me choose something. Yeah, sometimes it’s a snap shot, but other times it’s a true observation of the subject.

I guess I’m still trying to figure out how to make small things.  It doesn’t seem so hard…. but  it is for me.  Why is that?

A while ago I decided to make little art postcards, like these.

But that really didn’t last too long.

New Studio space

One of the reasons I started this blog was because I’m in the process of creating my own small studio space.  My husband I decided to enclose the porch of our house and make it a part of our home.  In a few weeks I hope to have a space where I can leave out my supplies and go to work whenever I want.

It’ll be nice to have a useful space, instead of a random place normally used for the overflow of unwanted items!

The best parts about this *new* space is that there will be plenty of light, lots of windows, and good ventilation.

Can’t wait to share it and post it.

Revisiting: Phases, a huge departure

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This painting is a huge departure from what I normally do. There is no collage. Just writing, and it isn’t in some sort of a grid, but centers around a circle. I used warm colors against a stark background.

I have never known if I had thought this was completely finished. So I have left it as is. Tons of script. It seems more design oriented. Which I do like. I’m a huge fan of design.

I think I’ll keep working with my script. I often see it and use at as design element, but I’m wondering if it can actually stand alone. Does it require a story behind it? Or can it just be?

Revisiting: Squares

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I’ve decided to try to upload some of my old my work that I do, so that at the very least it’s out there. I really feel like I’m at a crossroads professionally. While I certainly enjoy being an art educator and LOVE to teach, I feel that I need to practice being an artist to make my teaching even better.

This “Blue” painting has a lot of layering. I created a collage on top of the canvas with calendars that I had been saving. Each of the calendar papers has a word a day on it. I let the overlapping of the collage dictate where to draw the dark lines for the boxes. All the boxes are different sizes, and aren’t meant to be equally measured. I added a mixture of colors and pushed them to create a border. Then I added an additional layer of writing with brush. The writing was slightly erased or lightened to create a more transparent layer. Then added smaller box in the center of each of the original boxes. Finally, after it was dry, I added ink writing to create an overall pattern in each square. The collage disappears under the layering.

A note about my writing. It’s something I have been developing over many years. I have been influenced by different kinds of scripts from various languages. Some of the writing might echo a true language, but it does not yet hold any particular meaning. (Although there do seem to be letters that appear– I just haven’t named them yet)

Having said that, I do call it writing. I feel that the writing allows people to read into the painting with their own thoughts or feelings. I may choose to begin attaching letters to my script, but for now I will leave it to the viewer.

Revisiting: Floating Squares

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Ok, so I made this one like a super long time ago. Well, kind of. I prepared the background years ago when i lived in New Mexico (wow- like 9 years ago). When I moved back to the east coast, it was still starting at me. It said,” I’m blank, do something with me!”. So a move here and a move there, I finally just added my script.

I like it because it’s so simple. There are some some tones in the background. But really it’s a lot of color on the bottom layer, and then faded out by a load of white paint, and writing with an archival pen.

Still, one of my favorites, never to be duplicated again…probably.

Revisiting: Gridded Squares

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Ok, so this painting is not really at all what I usually do, but i thought it would be a good one to go to next because the last one contained a few boxes with lots of writing. I like squares/boxes/windows/passages (whatever you would like to see them as). For the purpose of this one, I kind of think of them as bricks or blocks. the warm colors elude to some type of material like, for me.

I love word a day calendars for many reasons, but I tend to keep them and use them over and over again in my works. I mostly like them because they are attached to a calendar. But I also like them for their usefulness. You learn a word, with a definition, origins etc… You may not remember it, but you may recognize it. Or it may come back to haunt you in a scrabble game. Anyway, text is another reason why I like them so much. There is a variety of fonts, and if you cut them off you break up the definition of the word, which can remove the need for the entire calendar because it doesn’t make sense!

So, I saved them, I cut them and made them into squares. I arranged them mostly in rows, but then played with the grid I had made with the paint.

The grid. I drew a grid, and then offset the grid with the squares of the paper. I painted around each square and also made light and dark areas to draw attention to certain spaces. I kind of think of this work like a timeline or something. For me, there is movement going left to write. Almost like a typewriter.

In this work, the writing isn’t as prominent as it is in most of my other paintings. I feel like it fills the space where there are empty spaces and connects the squares to each other rather than drawing a line. While usually my writing is all over, it is only contained in a line.

Revisiting: Torn Maps

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I love maps. I use them in a lot of paintings, sometimes I draw them, replicate places I’ve been and places i want to go, or just places that plain interest me. This is a torn collage. I cut strips of a world map and collaged them in rows. I waited until it was mostly try and and than ripped the collaged pieces off. Some pieces stayed in place depending on the amount of glue or the length of time it was dry. Then I collaged again. Only going in a different direction. Ripped those pieces off where it gave.

I used the torn collaged surface as a basis for where I recreated the strips with paint. It clearly created vertical lines. I added script.