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

i should write more, but

i talk too much during the day. when i arrive in the studio – words are sparse. the kids hate me cause i’m all quiet and stuff. How can anyone create in noise ? i need stillness and space to change my mind – noise takes up too much space. i don’t need the tv on or a bunch of musical noise. i’m weird like that. i know plenty of artists that say music inspires them – but i find that i am worried about the words in the song and listening to the sound and it just gets in my way.

So a lot of things have happened. I was selected in a juried process to participate in Arts in the Middle , middle of Virginia on the peninsula that is. this show is at a plantation and i am really excited about it. It has music – blues and some rock… it’ll be fun.

I was selected along with another artist to be featured at the Carolina Beach Arts Festival – keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details. May is going to be a little busy.

So excuse me if I am MIA over the next few weeks,( like i haven’t been before – hahaha) while I build up the body of work…

Whimsyville House 1

Whimsyville House 1

hello, long time no beach.

This is the only thing i dislike about winter – a little too chilly to walk on the beach and in NC, you never know if you are wearing shorts, jeans or arctic gear during Jan or Feb. Good news is that in about two weeks, it’ll all be gone. Stupid Groundhog….

At any rate, if you can’t be there, dream there ! So without further ado, the results of my studying online with Danielle Donaldson.

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The Village is pretty much a ‘copy’ of her idea. I love it, but it looks too much like her work, so , add a little me and you get pretty much ‘the beach’ – lighthouse, life guard stand and the Inter-coastal Waterway house with trees.

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Enjoy –

Applied learning meets my art …

I figured it was about time to learn some more techniques in illustrator…. this is a simple clipping mask…I love the results of this and can not wait to upload some of my lettering and my gelli prints and marry them into these little pieces of digital art. For those of you who i’ve known a long time – this represents the marriage of my degree from college – which i technically have never used and my love of art… and it only took 30+ years. some of us are late adopters… ha ha.

Valentine Bike Ride

Valentine Bike Ride

The birth of the Whimsical Love Story Map

Really, the last time I posted was July 4th ? it’s October.

So WHAT AM I working on ? Whimsical, Romantic, Sweet little love story Maps.

Earlier in the summer, I was hired by Ben through CustomMade, to create the perfect little love-story map for his bride Rebecca as a wedding gift. Totally his idea.
He was so great to work with – you could actually feel the love for his lady, in the emails he send to me about their short life together thus far – all the things and places that they have shared to date (and I am certain which will become many, many more).

Finished Work

Off went the art piece. Earlier this fall, I heard from a wedding guest that Ben showed the framed work at their wedding. I am humbled to have been a tiny part of such a great beginning !

I want to share the amazing process with you all – for inspiration –

The couple shares space – whether it is all over the US like Ben & Rebecca or just in a single town. As long as there are things to say, places they hang out together – an apple farm, an airport, a shopping mall – it makes no difference how close or how far – it can become their romantic, original watercolor painting, their Whimsical Love Story Map !

The couple or a friend of the couple, shares their story with me. They provide a list of places and perhaps sentiments or quotes and then ideas for icons – one of Ben’s was his home town of Buffalo – so we had a Bills helmet, the falls, snowflakes and the city hall building to work with. This would have been fine if it all occurred just in New York State too – this process is easily adapted to a small area.

Ben provided little snippets of their relationship – where they met, the first ‘I love you’, the popping of the question and all the things in between that led up to the wedding. You can provide details or I can ask for feed back.

Once this list is accomplished, we begin the map. I send little sketches of the areas, you provide feedback. I adjust, we agree and they are then placed permanently on the map! The map is hand painted with Peerless Water colors , cured and sent to you matted and ready for you to frame. It really is that easy.

I hope that you consider doing this for your next wedding gift – it is a heartfelt, original way to express your love for the happy couple.

All inquiries answered promptly. Estimate depends upon number of drawings. Pricing begins at $ 75.00 it generally takes a minimum of three weeks to complete the work.

– Hope you enjoyed this brief snip-it into the art of Whimsyville.

some.some.some.summer

So the ‘official’ start of summer was eons ago the unofficial mark is today, the 4th of July. We had our first hurricane, ART. appropriate.

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A lighthouse seems like the perfect ART piece to celebrate summer. I will be painting some big dogs today, and just finished a really romantic commission from groom to bride, but will wait until after the wedding to share that one – surprises are important !

So enjoy your day and your summer season – we have already vacationed and have some things to attend to – freshman orientation at Virginia Tech, summer soccer training, and maybe some just plain laying by the pool.

Back to the regularly scheduled Sea Art

I am so drawn to the sea. Perhaps it is because I was born in March as a Pisces (although I am not too ‘into’ the whole astrological thingy ma bob), perhaps it was my grandfathers work with boats and taking us out or that we went to the beach for vacation. Whatever it is, it is me.  We will go this year in a few weeks. I will come home with more ideas, but for now – here are some recent paintings ;

Crab Painting

Bohemian Crab , 16 x 20

 

sea star

4 x 4 tiny sea creatures ! angler fish, starfish and two crabs.