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

off to the festival

Its time for the Carolina Beach Arts Festival – and I’ve been working really hard and looking forward to this festival.  Lynnette Ashby and myself will be the ‘featured artists’. Joining several others near Artful Living in Carolina Beach, NC we will each be working on a 24 x 48 panel in our own style as well as overseeing a community ‘sampler’ project of the same size.   I can not wait to see all the arty goodness as well as take in the beach.

Many thanks to Josie for the beautiful article linked above and the board of ICAC for letting me participate.

surf board art

8 x 20 SurfBoard Collage and Paint… a new series of paintings for the Carolina Beach Arts Festival

Carolina Beach Arts Poster

CABF poster

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.

danielledonaldsonstiltbeach

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

It’s almost Thanksgiving – or is it Christmas – I’m so confused…

At work yesterday we were talking about the ‘olden days’ – you know when the Christmas Tree and ornaments appeared in the store after Thanksgiving ? I then mentioned our lake friends the Carey’s, whose pater familius is a natural Irishman and how , when they go home to the Christmas season, it starts with Christmas and goes into the New Year for a few weeks. I’m thinking this suits me more than mushing Thanksgiving seamlessly into Christmas – thanksgiving almost disappears any more and that is one of my personal favorite holidays – next to Cinco De Mayo… (tequila always trumps hours of cooking…)

none the less, as a victim of the “Halloween marks the beginning of the Christmas season mentality”, I created a Christmas Painting this year. Notice the serious influence of winter….

Whimsical Tree - i can add your name to the snow. Uv protected to hang on the front door  .

Whimsical Tree – i can add your name to the snow. Uv protected to hang on the front door .

And then there is the ‘not winter ‘ version of the Christmas Paintings … (they are Christmas paintings only because they are intended to be purchased as Christmas Gifts)

Big Dot Garden

Big Dot Garden 24 x 36

cactus Cactus, the “un – winter” Christmas Tree.