Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Friday, April 10, 2015

Paper cloth and intuitive paintings

I've made paper cloth before, but it has been a while and I recently finished a class in Soul Food on making paper cloth. Basically you start with a piece of canvas and build layer upon layer  by collaging papers first, then adding inks and paints. When you feel like you have added enough paint and pattern you begin "looking" at the painting to see what kind of images emerge.  This is the first piece I made.
This is the second from the same piece of cloth. I like working on the large piece of canvas cloth as it can be cut apart with scissors and different sections used. When the piece is finished it can then be mounted onto a stretched canvas frame that has been either painted or covered with paper.
And here is what I did with the leftover scraps-I covered the front and back of a sketch journal that I plan to take to North Carolina this summer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm really not a slacker!!

I have been making art--just not posting. I've been doing some drawings from photographs of tribal peoples.
I love this little girl carrying the kitty on her back. I used colored pencils on this one.

This man from India. Looking at the photo with the smudges of color-I think maybe he was caught up in the celebration where the colored dyes are tossed around. I also used colored pencil on this one.

This woman from Tibet. Isn't she wonderful! I am pretty sure that isn't blush on her cheeks-but her cheeks are chapped from the cold!
The following drawings are not completely finished or colored in yet, but here they are:

This last one is a little smaller than I would have liked, but I am particularly happy that I got her arm and hand right!! I'll post these unfinished ones again when I have finally finished.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Keeping on...

Alberto Morrocco is another artist that I stumbled across online. I love his color choices and his subject matter. he was born in Scotland, but many of his paintings are of the beach and set around the Mediterranean. He was influenced by Picasso. Here are a couple of journal pages I made about his art.

I think my favorite painting is the woman with the chicken, followed by the woman in white with the sunflowers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Studying the Masters on my own

I loved the Studying the Masters class so much that I have continued with my own studies. There are many living artists whose work I love. The first one is an artist known as Aitch. I love her peasant women and use of color and pattern.
She did a series called The Imaginary Life of. Above is my version of my imaginary life. Notice the panda in the left corner. I love painting and drawing on black paper.
She also did an alphabet drawing girls dressed as fruit. I loved this idea. The two on the right are my  girls. F for fig is a copy of one of her alphabet girls. Mine are  R for rhubarb and A for artichoke. I love the idea of creating an alphabet like this.
This final piece was inspired by her Alice in Wonderland project. I decided to do Red Riding hood. I love the way she makes the bottom of the skirts on her girls.
I really love her art.
All of these pieces are in my personal sketchbook and were not made for sale or reproduction in any way but were made for my own enjoyment and learning. It is so interesting to really look at and study the work of other artists. Please be sure to check out all the wonderful artwork of Aitch

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Art Chain--fun animals

I was invited to participate in an art chain over on Facebook and since I had to gather photos of lots of older artwork anyway, I thought I would post some collections here over the next few weeks-so here is a collection of mixed media pets I have made; Party Boys: Gizmo

Bao Bao: my favorite panda
Lisa's Maddy
Montecore: Party animal
Chewbaca: Teachers Pet

The Doctor is In

And last, but not least: My sweet Sparky

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kind of lazy lately

So I've been kind of lazy lately--in updating my blog and also in making art--holiday recovery time I guess. I made the above mixed media piece for my daughter for Christmas. That's her dog Jasper.
The painting above, I made for my grand daughter Audrey. She wanted a painting of the aurora borealis. Well that was a challenge--not really a subject I would probably ever choose to paint, but after looking at lots of photos I had an idea of how I might do it. I used molding paste through a starry type stencil over most of the background and then painted over it with black and then paynes  gray paint--for the colored part, I used silks paints which have a wonderful shimmery quality and color. For the mountains below I used a handmade black paper and then overpainted it. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
In the Roses on my Table group we made handmade books. This is the cover of the one I made.
And finally a photo of Bow wow's (that's the panda named after the smithsonian national zoo's panda Bao Bao who is rather an obsession of mine).Bow wo's new friend that Santa brought me for Christmas--a little koala with a chubby tummy who I named Ziggy. I am slowly working on some other projects but have been lately sidelined with planning a summer retreat with 11 other amazing women artists!! Seven days in a great spot!! So excited!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Everything Frida

The final artist in the Masters was Frida Kahlo--a subject I have used many times in my art. I decided to do a little Frida retrospective here along with the pages I made in my art journal for the class--so there are art quilts and shrines etc. Many photos. Above is the first Frida art quilt I ever made called Frida y su pericos.

Frida Y Garisols.
Frida y Casa Azul.
Frida with handmade tile top.

Frida shrine
Our Lady of Coyocan--this is the only Frida quilt that I own--all the rest were sold--there are many more artquilts that I made than shown here.
This is one third of a room divider in my studio--it is made of tiny pieces of magazine pages-glued on bit by bit--I must have been crazy!!
A recent painting in the style of a photograph of Frida.
A page from my art journal for the Masters class.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing a few of my pieces of Frida art.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

I was invited to participate in this blog hop by artist and painter Arlene Holtz.
Arlene and I met several years ago when we were taking a class together and from that class a small private yahoo group was formed and we have all become fast friends even though we have never met. I have watched Arlene bloom and grow into the wonderful painter she is today. The most amazing thing she did this year was to challenge herself to paint 100 paintings in 100 days and she did it!! What an accomplishment! Here is an example of her work:

If you would like to see more of her paintings go to Arlenes website

And now to answer some questions about my own work:

1.  What am I working on? Currently I am finishing up Jeanne Oliver's class "Studying Under the Masters: Portraits and Self Portraits". I have really enjoyed these series of classes and have learned a lot in them. I never know from one day to the next what might strike my fancy to work on--I like to try a lot of different things. I am retired, so I don't take myself too seriously. I had a very successful run making art quilts for about 10 years-was an artist in several galleries and was featured in Cloth, Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines. About 8 years ago, I woke up one day and was ready to try my hand at something else so now I putter and play and make art for myself and others-occasionally sell a few pieces but am no longer actively pursuing galleries and exhibits.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? I love ethnic arts and color and I often draw from these sources for inspiration.

3. Why do I create? It's what I do. I work in my studio everyday. If I go to more than a couple of days without making something I get restless and grumpy. It's who I am.

4. How does my creating process work? It really depends on what I am making--sometimes I usually have a general idea of what I want to make--sometimes I have a photo--but I usually just sit down and start splashing paint or start drawing--I don't fuss about it too much--I work pretty quickly--and I don't worry about it too much.

Here are some examples of recent work:

And now I would like to introduce to you an artist I admire: Roberta Schmidt. I started following Roberta's blog several years ago. She has always done studies of different artists. One of the first ones I remember is a study she was doing of Vincent Van Goghs sunflowers. She painted numerous paintings of sunflowers in his style-with her own style also and they were wonderful! She also paints portraits of women and has recently started making abstract landscapes. She thoroughly immerses herself in whatever subject she is interested in and her paintings reflect this. Here are some examples of her art.

You can see more of her wonderful paintings at Roberts's blog. Roberta's post will be December 29th.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Contemporary Still Lifes or is it Lives?

I recently took a class called Table Top Still Lifes taught by Diane Culhane on Carla Sonheim's site. It was so much fun. The one above is colored pencil on black cardstock. And another colored pencil
I loved doing these. Next up is learning about glazing and working on vellum paper. Not so happy with the vellum paper.
And finally my finished painting. I love how this turned out although if I had it to do over I would leave out the smaller pot.
I plan to do more still lifes. So much fun!