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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Embossing Addiction Continues

   I can't help myself. I enjoy turning on the light box, getting out the alphabet components and disappearing into embossing. Every word can be a bit different every time.


 Deciding the way they should all go together is the fun.

They can also be used as stencils. Much quicker but a different result.

A good view of the cut letters on the light box & the stylus I use to make the impression in the paper.
Canson Mi-Teintes with it's slight texture gives a nice result. Lots of color choices.

I plan to create even more letter forms to play with. Custom cards anyone? Just ask. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Come to the Elk Rapids Art Event

 I'm happy to be a part of "Experience Art Rapids".

"Bursting at the Seams"

 A 15 day Art event happening all over the sweet little town of Elk Rapids Michigan. Click the Learn More button to see a full brochure of the venues, artists, & titles of all the pieces in the show.  

In the show are three pieces of mine seen above & below.

 "The Fiber of Her Being"

"Urban Sprawl" 

There is an artists meet & greet on June 21st, Wednesday, from 6 -9 PM. 
Anyone in the area I suggest you come check it out. Patterned after Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI 
which has become a HUGE thing. This is small in comparison, but it may grow over time. 

I hope you get a chance to visit.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Things I'm Into Right Now

More t shirt yarn. This stuff is fun to make. I have ideas about using it 
in conjunction with fabric vessels & fashion.

The process is fairly simple and satisfying.
 Need to go to Good Will or the consignment shops to find lots of colors to turn into yarn.

Last round of fabric boxes are done & in use.

I used the arm rest cover that came with our couch to make the one above. 
I never let any pieces of upholstery fabric go to waste.

On another note, I joined the Letter Writers Alliance

Seems like a lofty ambition to promote more letter writing. 

These gals look like fun. Plus I love their design sense.

The entire membership packet I received.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Musings

It's finally Spring, some days.  Still not shorts weather. 

Since the A to Z Challenge ended my posts have dropped off. 

The trip to Denver, work, and general activity have taken precedent.  
My plan going forward is to post 2 times per week with shorter ideas from the studio,
nature, as well as general artistic tid bits that cross my path.

 I have three pieces that will be in a 15 day long event in 
Elk Rapids June 10-25. Stay tuned for more on that.

While driving on the express way a couple weeks ago I noticed the perspective of the clouds.
Decided to do a quick sketch later to catch what I saw in my travel journal.

These are my May offerings for our ATC group in progress. 

 The finished product that just went out in the mail.

Scraps of hand painted fabric stitched, then a bit of stencil with acrylic paint added.

I've done several more embossed cards recently. More on that next up.