Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dreaming of the Positive

When I find myself getting tighter and tighter with my work, I try to break out of it by doing a loose piece where I start to hit my discomfort level then back up a step. This piece is an example of that.

The other thing I discover periodically is that there is a cupie doll inside of me that keeps trying to break loose. Where I want to go with my art and where the cupie doll wants to go are totally opposite directions. Very Sybil of me, I know.

The second book on Surface Techniques should hit the bookstores in April. Sandra and I are hoping it is on Amazon for pre-orders by Christmas. Fingers crossed

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dog Farts, Art & the Future

Here I sit surrounded by 3 dogs farting. I can barely breathe. It must have been the pig ears. They are so totally cut off!

It appears that the art market is bouncing back. Several of my friends have had big sales in the last week or two. Other friends are having fun trying out new things. Spring has sprung. Yah Yeah.

Sandra and I put in a proposal for book number three and first response has been real positive. Still has to go through several more folks before we hear anything definite but we are very excited about the possibilities in what we are proposing.

I am in a show at Jennie Cooley tomorrow night, Hot Monkey Love, which should be very edgy since all my friends are doing deviant art for it. Reflection on my friends, isn't it. Personally, I hate monkeys - if you read my last newsletter, you already know that. Long childhood story.

Back to the studio. With book deadlines and my husband's health issue, I haven't had time to play. So ready. Bet you are too.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring is Around the Corner!

We shipped the book projects out for the surface book and will by flying to Cincinnati in two weeks for the photoshoot.

Of all the techniques, Sandra and my favorite is a faux monoprint technique. We haven't come up with a good name for it yet. This technique is so incredibly versatile and with virtually no cleanup. I am using my class as beta testers on it to see how far we can push it. They are as excited as we are.

This piece, Loving the Drama, is 85% faux monoprint with minimal collage and a stencil. It is helping me loosen up and understand abstract painting.