Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Finders Keepers

The great stories our old pieces tell about us and how we have progressed. I found this old chair back and the piece used for the crown in the trash at Las Gaviotas, Baja Norte, Mexico. My girlfriends and I were staying at this lovely complex and were taking a walk one evening and there was this treasure waiting for me. Thank god they are all artists and understand dumpster diving.

Years later I was given a delightful old chair back and it lived in the studio for years. Magically this piece just came together. It had just been waiting for me to see it for what it really was meant to be. It had been missing one finial and that was replaced with a plastic bird that was rusted prior to being attached.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Paint Out!

I decided Memorial Day was a great day to have a paint out in my backyard so I have invited a couple of friends to come and play.

The beauty of a paint out is that you don't have time to noodle your art - it is more spontaneous and free. We have lots of textures to apply paint with and with great conversation, munchies and the dogs getting their noses in everything it should be lots of fun.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Great Way to Start the Day

Every morning as I fix my coffee I get to see this view from my window. One of my friends named it the Moroccan Love Shack. Hmmm? It is a great place for naps, reading, working on my laptop, after dinner dessert/coffee/drink or just telling secrets to my friends. It is also an inspiration for the day and making beautiful art.

Note the gorgeous New Mexico sky and the trail of water on the bottom right left from a swim in the pond by one of my two Newfoundlands.

Paradise for sure.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Alternative Surfaces Photoshoot

Here are a couple of photos from the photo shoot for our book. Sandra needed to cut a candle up and ended up using a saw.  It visually looked like overkill. Christine Polomsky is our photographer in the background in the photo with the top of my head. This is at the end of the shoot and actually looks very clean compared to the first two days.

Some of my favorites from this book are bleach on gold leaf, resin on anything, vinyl and dimensional plexiglas. Actually I liked everything.

Right now our publishers are working on the actual title for the book. Our next step is final writing and then proofing of the layouts. Look for the book in Spring 2014.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bad Canvas, False Advertising

I bought a bunch of cheap canvases at Michael's to use for the projects we used in the photoshoot for our next book on Alternative Surfaces. I knew these canvases were cheap but had no idea how cheap until I peeled off something I had glued down so I could reuse the canvas. Wow. It was not canvas but gesso coated cheesecloth. How it could be labeled canvas is beyond me.

Canvas: Modern canvas is usually made of cotton or linen, although historically it was made from hemp. It differs from other heavy cotton fabrics, such as denim, in being plain weave rather than twill weave. Canvas comes in two basic types: plain and duck. The threads in duck canvas are more tightly woven.