Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More sketching and painting

Having lots of fun with these pages.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just playing

I've been playing around with some quick projects. Art can let us escape into our own little worlds if even for just a short time.
Trying gouache and using magazine pages for inspiration. For years I have torn out pictures from magazines and saved them in folders. I always like the illustrations that I see people doing of food.
The problem is that I tear out the photos and not the descriptions, so sometimes I have to guess at what the foods are.
What makes them interesting to me is that sometimes they are fruits and vegetables that I don't recognize. 
I got a wonderful book of Mark Hearld's work and got a lot of inspiration for stamp carving from it. And finally, here is a photo of my husband and I on our anniversary last May.
I'm posting it because he has been ill and ended up in the hospital. He is home now, but he has a ways to go before he will be 100% again. So please send a few prayers out way.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Finishing up with Matisse-letting go of preconceived ideas

"Red robe: Violet tulips". Copy of Matisse's painting of the same name. My favorite Matisse paintings are of his women dressed in the different costumes. That would make sense, since I started out as a fiber artist.
"Woman in an embroidered blouse". Copy of one in a series of drawings of woman in embroidered blouse.
And I titled this collage "Matisse and the Modern Girl". This started out as a disaster-the collaged pieces wouldn't stick, they were full of wrinkles etc etc. I was ready to throw it against the wall! I had a preconceived notion of how it should look. The next day I added paint and it was just the pits. At that point I was really ready to chuck it, but being a double Taurus, I don't give up easily! I finally just decided "to hell with it" that I was just going to scribble and paint and use my neon crayons and the more I let go of it looking a certain way, the more I was liking it. Now, still not my favorite art I have ever created, but I can live with it.