Saturday, January 30, 2010

Valentine Art at Noyes

New work up at the Noyes Gallery, playing around with fabric scraps and the holiday theme. Each piece is approximately 4x4"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Personal Archaeology

Sorting and tossing paper - including some college notes. I found Astronomy assignments through which I was flirting with a TA.

I quoted George Starbuck:

They are the stars; you can see them flash
like the bonewhite fingers of finical ladies;
and far and away the depth of their cunning
is distance, a tissue of distance. 
He responded with William Blake:

The sun descending in the west
The evening star does shine.
The birds are silent in their nest,
and I must seek mine.
The moon like a flower,
In heavens high bower;
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles in the night.

P.S. Do you happen to have an awesome game of tennis?

Friday, January 22, 2010

GPP Street Team Crusade 36

I just finished a six-piece project that took me nearly a month to complete.  So it's play time.  What better way to play than to join in on one of Michelle Ward's "Street Team" Crusades.

This month's crusade is "Braving the Elements," in which you use  material close at hand to cut paper snowflakes and create a two-page journal spread in an hour or less.

I will confess that I'm not good about using an art journal - I get how it's useful and interesting, I just only do it rarely. And I will almost never do anything in an hour or less, I putz and fuss and evaluate and start over and overwork it until I either abandon it or get it "right."

This time, however, I actually Followed Directions, did it in my journal, and in less than an hour. If Michelle gave gold stars, I'd get one.

I created a splotchy background - this is one of my favorite techniques - a layer of paint and then "splotch it out" with a spray of water.

After another layer of dry-brushed paint in a different color, I began using the cut-out snowflakes as a mask.  I chose reds and oranges because I'm craving HEAT.

I finished the spread with the snowflake masks added as elements.  I tore up the larger snowflake and used it in pieces.

And a detail shot.

Monday, January 04, 2010