Saturday, December 06, 2014

Some art for sale

So a couple years ago Seth Apter made a call for art in a 5x5 format for his blog which I contributed to. The questions for the submission he asked were:

1. If your artwork could talk, what would it say?

2. Who has had the most impact on your creative life?

3. What is one thing you have never shared with the creative community?

He had over 100 works contributed and some were featured in Somerset Studio magazine and now all the works are on display at Five by Five, a small works exhibition that is taking place at The Empty Spaces Project, a gallery in Putnam, Connecticut, during the month of December.

The works are also for sale on Seth's blog and I'm honored that mine is included (#77).

I also participated in Roco 6x6 in New York. I actually made it to the opening which was quite the experience. Each piece is $20 and is a donation to support the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.






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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting things done...

So, for the past month or so there hasn't been a lot of art play time because I'm finally back to installing wood floors. A couple years ago, ok maybe three, I ordered engineered bamboo and with the help of friends and family I installed it in the front half of the house. With major projects at work and as time elapsed I was having trouble mentally gearing up to start again. Well, in September I finally hit the stage of let's get this done.

Right now I am almost finished and hopefully will be done this weekend with the remaining base and shoe molding. Below are pics of the adventure. Completion pictures to come later.

One of the many cut around challenges (powder room toilet).

One corner (clean) with the base molding done.

This is my art room during the process.

Oh and a couple of cute cat pictures for good measure. Trixie is actually asleep in the window.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Not enough play time...

There just never seems to be enough play time. Lately I've only managed one weekend a month and I need to figure out how to pack more into the weekends including exercise. Cooler weather will hopefully help with more exercise since it is more fun to trek in the forest instead if a treadmill.

Well I did manage to play a couple weekends ago. I am still having fun creating abstracts with the Gelli plate. The first two are finished.

These next three are works in progress.

One of the things I've been thinking about is trying glass or plexiglass to do larger pieces. I see a trip to Home Depot in my future.

I also had a fun morning with Mary Freeman and her art journaling get together. She brought some transfer paper for us to play with and it made a great way to add "drawing" for someone who can't. I traced a garden table scene onto a page I had collaged and painted. I made need to go over it with a pen but I really like it. Opens up lots if possibilities.

This weekend and week I'm on vacation and installing bamboo flooring in the family room and hopefully will get the kitchen done. Pictures to come later.

Hope everyone has a beautiful and safe Labor Day.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More fun...

Last weekend I had another lovely Saturday spending time creating.  These are my latest monotype prints using the 12x14 Gelli plate.  I am in my happy place when I manage to spend time creating.  My friend Stephanie was able to join me for the day and she had fun breaking in her new Gelli plate.
I really need to remember to take some progressive pictures.  This print started with a background using Nickel Azzo Gold, Paynes Grey and Bone Black.  I also used the Golden's Retarder to extend the drying time.  I cut out some circles and strips just from paper and laid them out then used Titanium White, yellow (don't remember which) and a bit of Bone to tone it down.

This print is really from cleaning the plate.  I covered it in Paynes Grey and let it sit a bit so I could pull the remnants from the previous print.

If I remember correctly this one is the result of lots of layers of ghost prints from the ones below.

This one and the two below are from covering watercolor paper with book pages and then doing about three or four different pulls.  I used gel medium to adhere the book pages and I don't like how some of the smaller stencils patterns seemed to smear or come out missing details so next time I will make sure I don't put the gel medium on the top of the pages.  All three of these utilized bought stencils.  One or two of them were Crafter's Workshop and the one that is in Magenta and looks like lace is a Martha Stewart stencil.

Oh, I almost forgot, Stephanie and I spent the morning playing with art journaling with Mary Freeman.  Mary has such a heart for God and always has a good message for us to think about and use for page prompts.

I was feeling a bit at a loss for what I wanted to do so I just played a bit with color and drippage.
I hope everyone had a blessed weekend and it continues on.  Hugs!

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Summer is here...

Well, we are definitely out of spring and into the summer temperatures although it isn't as hot as it could be.

I'm still addicted to the Gelli plate and can't seem to step away from it.  There was a sale at Michaels a couple months ago and I bought a really big canvas (for me) and it still has the cellophane on it since it is too big for even the large plate.  I have read that you can use the new smaller ones as stamps.  Now all I have to do is find something big enough to turn the 12x14 one into a stamp and then I can use it on the big canvas.  I'll let you know if I manage that and how it goes.  ;-)

So a couple weeks ago was crafty time with the girls (Rebecca, Misti and Stephanie) and it seems I was in an orange and teal mood.  These four are done unless of course I start adding to them again.

I also had a little art journaling time with the fabulous Mary Freeman and I had fun playing with a little different color combination.  It is always such a lovely time with my girlfriends and the other ladies that come and it is fun to see all the different styles we have.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Little Vacation...

Last weekend I was able to take a long weekend and fly up to Upstate New York with my bestie Rebecca. We spent the weekend with her cousin Brenda and family and we had an awesome time.

We flew in Thursday and Friday we spent the day at Niagara Falls. It was a blast.

Saturday we visited the weekend farmers market and enjoyed some local breads and cheeses and Saturday evening went to Rochester to attend the Roco6x6 opening. It was quite an experience.

My art that I donated hasn't sold yet (5444 to 5449 in case you want to check it out) but it was a lot of fun and we hope to do it again next year.

Sunday was toodling around and checking out an antiques fair and attending a choral concert that our friend Brenda sang in. It was a lively blending of voices and they put on a great performance. Also including pics of the Village of Hamilton where Brenda lives. Lovely town with a great coffee shop we visited frequently called The Barge.

On Monday we went to Golden Artist Paints and had a great tour of the factory and artist residence by the lovely Emma Golden, granddaughter of the founders Sam and Adele.

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