Monday, November 7, 2016

Great Work From My Fall Workshop

I did a Mixed Media Collage workshop at The Rogue Gallery and Art Center the past two Saturdays. It was a great group and they created some wonderful art! Here are a few samples of some work that was well on it's way.

Thanks to everyone for jumping in with both feet and experimenting. Such fun to work with you all!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Latest

So here is the latest piece. I kept thinking it was finished (it wasn't). I had it pinned up on my wall and there was something continuing to nag at me. There was one area that just wasn't quite working for me so I kept going back to it and trying to "fix" it. Finally on about the tenth attempt I tried working on a different area which changed the feel of the piece for me and made it better (in my opinion). It also helped me make a few minor adjustments to the area that had been bothering me and voila! I posted it on Facebook with the comment "I think it's finished" (because I STILL wasn't 100% sure) and got a lot of positive response. Now it's being framed for a show I have opening next week so I guess that's that.

Someone asked me in one of the comments on FB how I know when a piece is finished. And to quote Hamlet, "...there's the rub." It's hard to explain it because it's partly based on artistic principles and partly based on a visceral sense of whether the piece is "working." The composition needs to be pleasing and have a sense of balance, and the colors need to coexist in a dynamic and pleasing way; but the final decision is really more of an intuitive sense, like a calm that has replaced the unsettled feeling that something just isn't quite right. Sometimes it can be the smallest of things. And sometimes I'm just pushing to be finished when it just needs more work. At least that's how it works for me!

In addition to the finished piece I've post some of the work-in-progress shots I took along the way. The 5 and 6 are a couple from the end of the process when I was fussing. The others show more of the progression earlier on.




Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pages From My New Collage Book

Back again! I wanted to get these additional images posted before I head out of town again—this time it's a family reunion in Victoria, BC with my husband's family.

I started a new collage book while I was in France. I really like the way these pages are turning out and I'm almost tempted to abandon the book and treat them as separate pieces to frame. I'm still pondering–which of course means I haven't worked on any additional pages since I've been back–so if anyone has an opinion they'd like to post here, I'm listening!

I decided to work with a different color palette on the first spread. Earthy tones and golden, warm hues. Here are the pages individually and as a spread.

This next image is a right-hand page.

This piece really speaks to me and when I finished it, that's when I had to pause and decide whether or not I want to continue with the book or take it apart and use the individual pages. I could even make a diptych out of the first spread. This book is only a slim volume—5 spreads plus cover—and larger than I've used before (approx. 7.5" sq.). Well, I suppose I'll leave it be for now and make the decision when I get back from BC.

Enjoy the rest of your summer; I hope it's been a good one so far!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Through A Prism of Blue

I just got back from 6 weeks in France where I had some time to experiment with paint and collage and finish up a couple of pieces I've been working on. One of those pieces is "Through a Prism of Blue" that I started as a demo piece during a workshop I was giving at  Rogue Gallery and Art Center this past Spring. Below are some images of the piece in it's beginning stages.The fourth image shows the final piece. It always surprises me to see where a collage painting begins and where it ends up at the end of the process.

I also did some work on a new collage book while I was away. I'll post some of the images from that in another post soon. À bientôt!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Gypsy Journals

Here are the finished Gypsy Journals I made using the art I posted a couple of weeks ago. They've been bound and hand-trimmed and each one has 48 pages. 40 of the pages are blank acid free drawing paper and the other 8 are pages from old booklets, old graph paper and color paper, pages from vintage pamplets and calendars, etc. I call them "random pages"–just a few fun surprises throughout the book.  The inside front and back covers are parts of geological or marine maps and the back inside cover has a library pocket for biz cards or notes or whatever. I'm planning to sell them in the gift shop at during my show (which opens March 3rd, BTW) but I've also put them on Etsy for $34 each. No two are alike but I can always make additional ones in similar palettes. The idea for these came from long-time friend and creative muse Lucie Duclos Thanks for the inspiriation Lucie.

I do love making them even though they are quite time intensive! Thinking about working on another batch this weekend.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy 2016!

I can't believe the first month of 2016 is almost over! I hit the ground running right after the holidays and I'm looking forward to a busy year with lots of exciting adventures.

I have a show at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center opening on March 3. The artist's reception is on Third Friday, March 18th so come by and say hi if you're in the area. Then I'll be teaching a mixed media collage workshop on March 26th. Can't wait!

Here's a new piece I just finished at the end of last year. I was working on it when the terrorist attacks happened in Paris. I was heart-broken over the events as so many people were. France, and particularly Paris, are so dear to me. I continued to work on the piece and it gave me solace. I call it "Shattered (Paris 2015)."

I've also been working on some new Gypsy Journal covers. They still need to be bound but here's a few of the raw covers.

I'll post again when the books are complete with binding and inner pages. Planning to sell them at the exhibition and put some on Etsy as well.

Wishing everyone much joy, love, prosperity and creativity in 2016!