the test of ‘realness’

So this week i finished a 24 x 24 commission that was sort of rendered by my appearance at the Carolina Beach Arts Festival. A Pelican Collage. Have you seen it before ? yes. Thing is it was for someone that I have to see on a daily basis and it was ‘scary’. He insisted on a substrate I was not sure would work – paper / cardboard. He didn’t want to hear a thing about canvas panels, birch wood substrates or anything that me, the artist, thought would be prudent….

In an effort to appease the client and in a ‘oh what the heck-throw caution to the wind- whatever’  mind set  i did as he asked. Guess what?

It’s fine. He even gave me a ‘tip’ for doing it his way – $ 50.00 –

Moral of the story : Try it – it may get you something in addition to a happy client.

Pelican Collage

The finished collage -Pelican II

Tearing paper, a mathbook and collage

I am a relatively ‘new’ artist – like ten years or so. Before that, I was a math nut. These are two really different sides of the brain… so it only makes sense that i would tear up an ancient matchbook (circa 1865) and create a Pelican. The math book was falling apart literally, but full of really great pictorial representations of how to create fractions and trigonometry and a bunch of fun word problems…. you know the ones… “If you have ten pancakes and there are 5 people to feed, how much syrup do you need…” ha.

at any rate, here is the little guy – and one of his friends….  i hope to continue more in the series this weekend for the upcoming Beach Art Festival…

pelican collage

2015 torn paper and paint 8 x 8 on birch wood panel.

torn paper and paint pink starfish collage 8 x 10 on canvas

torn paper and paint pink starfish collage 8 x 10 on canvas

Keeping on track …

In an effort to keep on track with the ” building a collection thing” , here are four bird works .

They will become the basis of design so each will build out into collection. You probably can see the similarities to the sketches from last week – hopefully .

Working like this is hard for me . In the past I built, drew, painted or collaged what I wanted to. This is a lot less freedom but focus is something I have needed to work on. Happy Friday my friends and thank you so much for your encouragement 🙂 .

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Brilliant Little Birdies – the beginning of a collection

Brilliant Birdies

Brilliant Birdies

here are my ‘morning’ sketches from this week. I was trying to NOT be symmetrical & I think I achieved that . It’s making me a little uncomfortable – but that’s the entire point – to stretch your ideas.  I find them silly – and whimsical. I am always going for whimsical and I am pretty sure no one ever was chastised for silly – they are definitely ‘raw’ at best.

Usually i will not share my sketches because they stink. But as part of the goals that I have set for myself, artistically, over the next few months I would like to try to discover some grounds for collections. Those of you who currently license work know why this is vital- I am having a problem sticking to one idea long enough to complete the collection. ADD.  This time, I am taking a different course, after the sketches, they are getting scanned an given potential placement in a series, with a name. I figure that like the children or the cat we adopted, once they have a name, we can’t give ’em up – so they will need tending too and that means COMPLETION !

I have hundreds if not thousands of ideas like this. fish, birds, raccoons, lighthouses, starfish, sea shells – you name it – it will be interesting to see if this tactic/plan works.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend !

You are my inspiration

Every once in a while I will get addicted to another artist’s work. At first I stare, then I try to do it justice by imitation (something some art teacher taught me in school), and then I try to adapt the learning to my own style. If you take classes in a certain style or technique, it eventually makes its appearance in your own work. As one of my current teachers says    ‘ practice, practice, practice’ …(like I didn’t hear that enough growing up with piano lessons once a week for what felt like eternity).

This weeks artwork is

watercolor, ink and marker

watercolor, ink and marker

Owl Brain

In preparation for May’s Whimsical Women show in Cary , these are some of the magnet designs. Owls surrounded me in college as part of my sorority’s identity. They used to make me nuts until I started making them whimsical… I like their new identity . Happy Paint Party Friday !

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At the risk of repeating myself – Who am I, deux ?

owl painting

a little lighter, and a whole lot messed up..

Owls #2

Sometimes when you run a series of paintings weird things happen. The dude was a mess. He is now fortunately covered by a paper version, but his ‘texture’ was lost and it feels like cheating a little. While collage is a very legitimate artful category, the point was stick to the canvas and paint.

Oh well, may my path to artists’ hell continue for I have now mixed Golden fluid acrylics with the ‘cheap’ stuff , Liquitex glaze, Heavy Artist’s Cement  from US Artquest to hold the dude in place and I think we just about hit every manufacturer there is.

There were supposed to be 4 in this series, but I think I might just end the pain here.

completed 12/28/12.

Have a very whimsyful day !

Who am I ?

Who am I ? Well, that question will never be answered, but here are the results from my class with Jodi Ohl.  I think if you visit her sweet blog, you will definitely see her ‘influence’ on this work.

Mixed Media Owl

I will probably get ‘flack’ for this – but I have never been a fan of owls. They scare me. BUT…. I found out that they really take characterization well. I may just try another one as we all know how I love to make things my own. The techniques
were great and very worth the tiny investment. You can take the class too if you wish , just visit  Creative Workshops .

There are three different types of Acrylics in this piece – for that, I will surely go to artist hell – I have never been one to use only a single product in any project – so why start now. This is one reason that I LOVE mixed media so much.

This has india ink outlines – I told Jodi in a message that I didn’t think I would like them, I actually love them.

I used a white Uni-ball Signo Pen for the details.

The base is canvas- also something that I used to not like and now adore. It is all a matter of playing and practicing until you feel comfortable.