Final two days of the “Invocations” art show. Head out to Reston Community Center at Lake Anne before we have to take it down. It’s been a lovely show and great experience. So glad it came together over the summer. Can’t wait to get back out there with some more new work in different locations. Where should I show next?
Just in case you wanted to know what I was up to this weekend:
The last few weeks have afforded me some good work time. QUALITY work time. And here are the fruits of my labor…. so far.
First there was snow. Not much in this picture, but we ended up about 8 inches.
Still working on this one. I think I’ve been ignoring it on purpose because I’m kind of playing a lot with textures. This one you can still see some of the glue drying. There is a lot of thread.
Another View. I ran out of blue thread, gotta go find more, so I can finally finish.
Working on lines with pen and ink. Old maps becoming a new map.
Almost there with this one. Working with the pull of the thread for some tension.
A blank one, ready to be worked on!
Lhotse wondering when she’s going to be given some attention. Sorry, my little neglected one.
Finding the river.
Spring is coming, just hold on a little longer
I’ve been a little busy, with a thing called a day job. And in between that job I have what is known as a weekend. And on that weekend is where I try like crazy to get in some quality studio time. I’ve spent the last 2 weeks working on the big ones, but I also started on a couple of little guys once more. They’re becoming more rewarding. I guess it’s because I feel like I”m actually finishing them, or close to it. Either way, here they are.
Oh and yeah, it snowed and it was pretty, and I made granola.
yummo, good food keeps the artist going!
Early color building block… soon there would be many more layers.
More layers still– looking for some darker tones… added some darker reds mixed with a dark brown and black… almost done, will post at a later date.
Started another small one. No paint yet.
Since it’s been a minute since I’ve posted, I thought I would update where I’m at. I haven’t been able to work a lot this week since we’ve been back to school, but I managed to get some studio time in.
I love maps.
Isn’t that how it always works? Just when you figure out that you’re on break, it’s almost over. If I had this much time to work on my art, I’d be an artist. Hummm…..what did I just say? I’m definitely using my time wisely over break, it almost makes me think I can keep up this artistic work ethic when school starts up again.
Except…when I realize it took me almost 8 hours to prep and collage one canvas….
Oh well, here’s what I’ve been up to:
This mess contains 2 big maps. NOT enough to fill a whole canvas, so I had to cut up one more. The maps I used were from 1977 and another from the 80’s. One United States map, one Virginia map, and one Washington DC metro map. I’m keeping it local for the next few paintings. I’m definitely thinking about the content of the collage. I have a plan… I REALLY DO!
After all the cookies and packages being tied up with strings I opted to settle in for a long day of art making in my underused studio space. Working until the sun went down. I can’t think of anything better to do post-holiday to sit back listen to some vinyl records while collaging and painting. Yeah, the days are still to short, but I can slow down time a little bit by focusing on these little guys.
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.