Thursday, December 7, 2017

Travel Always Inspires

A recent trip to Asheville NC and the Biltmore Industries art community 
 provided some inspiration.  The message above says a lot. The link takes you to the site of
 Daniel Essig, a book artist I've admired for years. His studio in in one of the historical buildings. The history of the fabric, tailoring & wood carving that took place there in it's heyday is worth a read.

The car museum had wonderful specimens ripe for photos. 

 The Grove Park Inn was a masterpiece of Arts & Crafts architecture, furniture, rugs, & light fixtures.

We spent a day in Asheville in galleries, shops & eateries. In a gallery of  the now defunct Black Mountain College they had several pieces by Ruth Asawa.  I had recently learned of  her wire sculptures in an Improvised Life post & was enthralled with her work. To see them up close in person was a real treat!

I have been busy in my studio with more fabric vessels, being a vendor in a local art fair, & an attempt to stay engaged while recovering from a little foot surgery. Photos of the vessels and art fair comments to follow soon.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Contain Yourself

I am delighted to be one of the 22 vendors at the Merry Makers Marketplace at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City on November 17th & 18th.  I will also be one of three artists doing a talk next Tuesday for "Coffee @ 10" as part of the promotion for the event. 

I have been in creation mode to get many fabric boxes done in preparation. 

I  refer to them as Functional Self Art, with the prompt to "Contain Yourself" 
on my tags & cards for the fair. 


 The process has multiple phases. From the first layer of paint on the canvas, then three or more layers of texture & stencils, covering the sturdy Pelon with a fabric for the liner, to the pieces being sewn to create the final structure. I truly enjoy the entire endeavor as well as coming up with my own patterns for each size & shape of container. 

Stay tuned for how this goes. It's my market research for the containers I've been obsessed with. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

I'm a Bag Lady

I can't help myself. Paint on fabric that becomes little bags. It's my thing right now.

Background layer.

The thought process of what colors, imagery, & in what order is what sucks me in. 
Then the decision of when to stop has to be made. 

Titan Buff ovals were the final layer. 

 This card from a friend was my inspiration.

  This little book is so helpful in mixing acrylics to get the color I have in my head. 

Although this book is for watercolor, it points me in the right direction. This is a 2007 edition. 
The link above is for a more current & inclusive edition for oil & acrylic. 

Then this happened.

 A new set of decisions to be made. 

I could have stopped here but couldn't resist the spiral I added seen in the finished bag. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Photo Contests & Some Fabric Painting

The deck upgrade we did earlier this summer has been a joy! We spend so much more time there now that we can see the woods while sitting. The air movement is better, it just feels very different.  It was a great project. The company, Feeney,  who makes the "Rail System" we used has a photo contest, as does the company where we got new planters for the deck.  Of course I took the bait & entered both. We should be getting a kick back from Feeney as there are several folks in our Condo Assoc who want to do the same upgrade.

Now it feels like fall will arrive soon  & more time will be spent in the studio. 

A sneak peak at my current fabric project. Details to follow.  

Have a great Holiday weekend!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stencil Mania

Here's one thing of what I've been up to, as well as company, concerts, visiting Chicago to say good bye to older son as he & wife head to London for 2 years. Guess where I'll be visiting. It's been a great summer. With Fall approaching more time in the studio is bound to happen.

Stencils!  Love making my own with card stock. Then embellish journal pages as well use them 
 on painted fabric. There has been quite a bit of that activity. 
The first image as a riff on this line drawing on the left. 

In progress

Finished product.

Then used on studio apron that needed some help covering up an awful graphic.

Plant motif I can use multiple times in one image. Flip, shorten, use a different angle.

These two frames correspond to a quarter page in my journal and an Artist Trading Card size. 

Containing ideas within boxes & frames works well for me.

More on things that make me ponder, inspirational stuff I've run across on the web in the days to come. parting shots of summer things I love. 

Does anyone know what the little black speck in the middle of the Queen Anne's lace is? Is it a male female thing. I've noticed some flowers have it & others don't.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cool City of Cleveland Who Knew?

Took a little trip to Cleveland just for fun. What a great mid sized Midwest city.  We flew ourselves into a small airport within walking distance to downtown, our lodging, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Progressive Field.

First stop was the Morgan Conservancy. A fantastic paper & book art facility. 
I know the director Tom Balbo who gave us a personal tour.  

If you get a chance the R & R Hall of Fame is well worth a visit. 
We spent several hours there & could have spent several more.

Looks like a nice exercise to mimic this lettering in a complete alphabet.

The Cleveland Art Museum is free!

I've been a fan of  Claes Oldenburg since I took an art history class as a freshman in college. His paint tube above & we spotted the huge FREE stamp of his in town on an UBER ride.

Who doesn't love a nice set of chain mail for protection?

I'm a sucker for a nice old door.

Botanical Gardens are something we try to see in the bigger cities we visit. This Lego dragonfly was clever. The hi light was the glass house where they had loads of butterflies including the large iridescent Morphos.

Our Detroit Tigers were in town that week end, we went to game three of the match up. Good thing, we saw them win!!! Progressive field is a beautiful stadium.

The evening weather was perfect for watching a game, drinking beer,
& eating a quesadilla as big as my head. Followed by a waffle cone. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

April Workshop with Pendragons Take Aways

This blind contour drawing of a lily and some yellow flowers with added water color 
& suminagashi on top was my favorite piece from a work shop I attended in April.

The Pendragons is a calligraphy guild I belong to based in Kalamazoo Michigan. Every spring they bring in a well known artist to do a 2-3 day work shop for us. This year is was Sharon Zeugin.

So many ways to write or "create" a word. Lots of exercises where we stretched, 
bounced, or somehow manipulated words & phrases.

A favorite tid bit from the work shop for me was what Sharon referred to as her
  Rorschach rectangles.

 A small rectangle of stamp material, about 2 X 4 inches. Paint water color in lines accross the surface. Place on your paper. You never know what result you will get 
which is the fun & magic of it. 

Fun to break out lots of tools & colors to play with.

Off to my favorite framing store this week. Arnie's in Houghton Lake. There is a stash of art work I've had set aside to frame for quite some time. My two art pals & I are making a pilgrimage to get our stuff done. Then will come the fun of where to put it in the walls.