Friday, October 31, 2008
i do dress up and do candy and love to see opd's (other peep's decs).
way distracted today with dog stuff. and grumpy. not sure if i am properly strategizing or if we can get lots of peeps out for a hearing. even tho there will be plenty of complaining if it doesn't turn out right.
thank g for the buds. i can say i've been b$%*&y and they say yeah you have and i hate it that they agree with me but have to admit they're right. and they still love me.
i have been thinking about art, just not making any.
too much, but it will come out as art
the last few days have been about the art of making it work. i know i can. just need to navigate and stay calm and focused.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
and anniversary dinner tonight. (yummy asiago. lots of people out. looks like the places with good food & good service are managing to stay alive. so far. yay.)
work and doggy rabble rousing in between.
but art to come- i have been thinking about it!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
not much on this- a smidge more paint and a stencil or two...
playing with the prints that don't print so well.... i did the background with alcohol spatters and then painted plexiglass & used a qtip to make the design. laid it over the background, brayered and et voila! i am liking the streaky hit or miss print, especially with the background.
here's a detail..... will do more around the edges but so far so good.
this has been hanging around textured but sort of just waiting. so i added some color washes & some tissue paper & this print on rice paper. now it has possibilities. love the image not sure where it goes from here.
and.... another heart- what a surprise! i should be doing a valentine's show somewhere..... canvas board, painted, tissue (the stripes), collage element (heart) and rice paper over top. i actually like it and it may be done....
better hit the sack- it's almost 11. after working this weekend and starting at 6 am today my boss told me the good news at noon- we have a 2 day extension on our project! oh boy! glad i worked so hard to hit the first one...on the bright side i'm pretty much done, tho.
Monday, October 27, 2008
i really wanted to play tonight, but i worked late, and then i worked on volunteer stuff like writing this letter and sending out a call to action..... the advisory committee is supposed to decide on a recommendation on the dogs/trails/leashes issue next week.....
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
think the color scheme here was influenced at all by the game? haha! at least one bronco team manages to win! :)
these little guys are in 5x7 mats. i think i will do more for the december show. i like them- they're cheerful, playful & bright. i can sell them for under $20- we'll see how they go over.
i have some print making paper to try with rather than watercolor paper. also some rice paper from the encuastic workshop.
i like how the acrylic is so spotty in how it prints, giving me the random areas to fill in. i think i'll also try some full sized watercolor sheets & some multimedia artboard. then i could play with color washes & texture from different mediums. whatever doesn't work can go in the "misc scraps for future projects" drawer (and tub).
i found a bunch of the little 2x2 square canvasses too- if i have time to make some magnets maybe i'll try some transfers. thought the magnets i made on them last year haven't sold i still like the idea & will keep trying.
off to the work computer, then to fairfield to plant trees. hope for art time tomorrow.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
i have a hard time taking them seriously because it's not like painting a landscape or an animal or anything that should look like something.
i think it may be about being open. the hearts are open at the top to take things in and they are growing roots at the bottom. some of them are sending things back out into the universe. most are also holding something inside.
the older i get the more i think about community and being connected. being open and giving and not feeling soft or vulnerable for doing so, but understanding it as a strength. trying to react with humor and understanding instead of being militant (except with people who won't pick up after their dogs!!!!)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
played with these a bit this evening- started another here....
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
here's this after some gesso. more cohesive. needs more layers of paint. like it better now, tho.
this is closer to done too. maybe it needs a wispy cloud in the upper left corner for balance & so it doesn't look like it's sliding off the canvas to the left.....
will try to get a better shot of this tomorrow- finally painted over the print. i like it. like the transparency of the oil paint and, of course, one of my fave images.....i can see this mounted on a piece of wood- bolted on maybe-
and, when i realized i had no clean turpenoid & had to quit painting i started filling in the blanks of the monoprints that didn't work so well the other day.... it's fun now! more to come. nothing like a little doodling with some bright colors....
Monday, October 20, 2008
whether it's good art, well....
here's the first one- done now, i think. will probably package to sell unframed....
and the detail.....
then i started on these. this is WAY out there for me, and it feels sort of busy by the end. it was really satisfying to use the hammer, though :)
i feel some gesso coming on to unify the left side. it might need some text too..... seems like i might need to haul everything and the kitchen sink to the studio again tomorrow.
here's a base for the second one of these. who knows where it will go from here- but probably another heart- probably 3 hearts in one form or another..
Sunday, October 19, 2008
and bought plants at home depot for fairfield- things i love and don't have room for here like flowering crabapple, red twig dogwood and forsythia. and aspen which will do well up there but don't down here. so next weekend will be planting.
and i worked a little bit on these. had to scan in 2 pieces, so there's a funky break, but they're coming along....
i washed this one off a few times before getting here- it's closer....
and now off to bed-
Saturday, October 18, 2008
one benefit of being home alone is that i can take over the table without putting anyone out...... so here we are- to be cleaned up tomorrow, of course....
put a coat of clear gel on this one. i am trying to remember how i made a frame around another piece on the multimedia board months ago with gel medium.. i must have waited for it to set up a bit before drawing designs in it...will tape around the transfer & try that tomorrow.
the transfer i tried on this (alcohol from 3m) didn't work, so i washed that and the print off and am starting again. thought maybe the stencil under the print would add interest- i will do the other half, then knock it back & go from there... maybe do a rose print under the hips, since they have the most transparency.
tried some monoprints. used acrylic b/c i am planning on using with acrylic medium. dries too fast..... maybe i should have dampened the paper, or kept the paint misted... wonder if i use alkyd if it would be OK in a mm piece since it's on paper?
yep, still nothing done.... tho i did get some varnish on the steel pieces. what golden recommends to use isn't cheap, but if it keeps the prints from scratching that's OK. we'll see. at least boise blue is carrying now, which is good.....
off to bed with a book. hike in the morning (too much junk food, not enough running is helping put on the winter lbs....), maybe more in the yard- and more art-
Friday, October 17, 2008
if you look at this the right way it looks good, but the flower on the left has lost most of its detail. i like most of it, but in the end think it doesn't work because the mid is lost. scrub away, look for more contrasty images. well, that's what experimenting is all about, right?
speaking of experimenting, progress on this one- printed a rose image and have a transparency to transfer. i like the color and the depth and layers. seeing possibilities. it was hard for me to mess with the very clean (boring) print, but it's progressing.....
halle to school tomorrow, and yard work, and art.... hasta