Friday, April 11, 2014

Alternative Art Surfaces

My work and new book, Alternative Art Surfaces, has just been featured on Cloth, Paper, Scissor Today.
Also, Robert Burridge mentioned my other book, Surface Treatment Workshop, on his blog. Always a thrill to be recognized.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fun with Acrylic Skins

I have spent several months playing with acrylic skins and pours. I love the effect but hate the drying time due to my lack of patience but I find if I have a lot of projects to work on that it is not so bad. They tend to stick together until they are aged so store between butcher paper or wax paper. This delicate piece of acrylic was die cut with a die cut machine by Tim Holtz.

Pours are so beautiful and I love how they evolve as they dry. This piece has layered transparent and opaque pours.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Art, Love & Spring

What a difference a month makes. Last month was brown and it seemed like winter would never end. Now the trees are getting buds and blossoms. Spring is all about hope and possibilities to me. Five paintings were started but only a few made it to completion so far this month. Every piece of art I do is a search to learn something new or finding a way to stretch myself. Sometimes a new technique, others a size or proportion of a panel that I haven't worked with before. The shape of the above piece was different for me plus the use of cast paper clay with a metallic look is something I rarely do.

Lucky in Love, 8.75" x 36" mixed media on panel, is about being lucky enough to find the special person, career and friends that you truly love. That love is like spring where it starts out as a bud of possibility and grows in to a flower in full bloom. Hopefully it doesn't wither and die but stays perfect as long as it is meant to be.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Clay Monoprints in the Classroom

As mixed media artists we end up with lots of scraps and practice pieces that we can either leave in drawers or cut up to use for collage. My class has been doing clay monoprints and inevitably they ask what do I do with them now. Here are two samples I did for class that shows how to use them.

Sanctuary, 8" x 8", is composed of several clay monoprints on fabric, the cleanup paper towel, with collaged book spine, stencil with faux encaustic on top.

Sojourn, 8" x 8", is composed of several clay prints on paper, image transfer, collaged elements and stencil.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

10,000 Hours

They say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master in whatever field that you are in.  Most successful, full time working artists create about 65-100 pieces a year (of course, it depends on size, yada, yada) So here I am just plugging along trying to do both. I usually work on 5 pieces at a time because of drying time for all of my layers.

Behind the Mask, 8" x8", is much smaller than I have worked in quite awhile so it was a bit of a challenge. It made me laugh as I remembered the first time I did a huge piece. It was the shock of all the paint it used and making an image work on a larger level. We all have comfort zones.

A Little of This, A Little of That

Here are more demos for my students that become final pieces of art. This week it is was learning more about stencils and paint skins.

Summer Blooms, 12" x 12", has waterslide decal, paint skins, deconstructed and regular stencils.
I am always asked by my students about taking images from the web and elsewhere. I give the talk about copyrights, getting sued, etc.  I talk about mixing images, getting images that are copyright free or are very old and then making them your own so they are no longer recognizable as the original piece. After all, isn't it all about creating?

New Age/Old Age, 12" x 12", has waterslide decal, collage, deconstructed and regular stencils.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Demo from My Classes

This 12" x 12"piece, House of the Rising Suns, consists of a series of demos in my classes. The girl in the arch was created with a waterslide transfer. The round shapes are paint skins while the decorative red shapes are de-consructed  stencils. Finally the flower shapes as well as the embossed archway are made out of paper clay. Brighter than I normally work but sometimes you just need to do something different.

Living a Beautiful Life, 12" x 12", consists of the same techniques used in the first.