Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 5...

Today was a class on texture with Mary Beth Shaw. It was a lot of fun. In all of my classes it was amazing to see all the talent and just how different each person's art came out.

So here is what I've started with a bit of the stages. I'm not done layering colors but the process was starting with a layer of texture and then use just two colors of paint along with white for changing values.

I love the style of simple, geometric based abstracts and I'm hoping with practice I will get better at them and develop my own style.

Oh, and I think I forgot to mention yesterday's class was with Laurie Mika. I can't wait to play with polymer clay some more.

Tomorrow I fly back to Atlanta and back to normal life. I sure will miss all of this creativity and hope to do something like this again next year.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Day 4...

Finally, after staying up late two nights to condition a whole lot of polymer clay, I spent today creating a clay totem. It was fast paced but fun. I'm not done yet but I can create the remaining pieces at home. I still have to tint the face too.

Eventually it gets mounted on a block of wood for the base.

Tomorrow is the last day, sigh. I'm tired but I'm not really ready for it to be over. I have definitely met some cool new friends and had a lovely dinner with Erin, Denise and her husband Steve. We decided to break out and leave the hotel grounds for Mexican.

Well my eyelids are involuntarily closing so off to bed for me. Toodles.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 3

Today was another painting day. I don't like the end result but it was an interesting process. I'm going to fiddle with it and then decide if I will start from scratch or not. Below is the progression and then a couple metal clay pendants. I definitely want to do more of that.

Yawn. Nightie night.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 2...

So today was another interesting part of the process. My painting did not come out the way I wanted because I wanted it to be less collage and more organic but I think I like it. Here is a progression of it.

In the above pic we went through and marked portions we wanted to keep.

I got carried away and covered more than I intended.

Adding in some connecting marks but still feels too blocky.

Putting back some more flow and orange.

I'm not sure if it is done yet. I suspect not but we shall see. It does look a bit different in person.
Well, off to bed for me. Just spent an hour trying to figure out how to condition polymer clay for my Saturday class. More pictures tomorrow.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 1...

Today was day one of Art Is You West Coast and day one of a two day class with Tracy Verdugo.
The class is called Sacred Marks and is all about using symbols and layering. I kept forgetting to snap pictures but here are two of the stages.

We shall see what it looks like after tomorrow. Right now it looks too chaotic to me but I know it is really just a part of the foundation.
Here is the bus we took to class and some pics of the area

Here's Tracy

And here are some pics of the scenery on the way to class

Off to bed now. Hugs!
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Collages...

So, I am still doing a sorry job of catching up on blog reading and blog posting.  I keep hoping that some vim and vinegar will kick in and I'll do better.  Still waiting...

I did manage to take some pics of the trio of collages I finished my last crafty day with the girls.  I'm really loving the colors.

I'm also super excited that Tuesday morning I'm heading off to Petaluma, California for Art Is You West Coast.  This will be my first time and I know I'm going to meet some fun new people and learn cool new techniques.

Maybe, just maybe, I will actually post my adventures a bit during the week. 

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

What I've been up to...

I've been very lazy of late and doing a sorry job of blogging. Last month I did have a lovely crafty day with the girls and I did manage to finish a trio of canvases. Didn't get as far as snapping some good pictures yet though so more on that later.

I received an email too that some of the art submitted for Seth Apter's 5x5 challenge is going to be in an issue of Somerset Studio. Keeping my fingers crossed that mine makes it but there were over a hundred entries so we shall see.

Last week I was up in DC for a conference for work and I actually enjoyed it. Met up with peers from other firms and met some new folks. The conference was at a great place on the river so here are some pics from my phone.

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