I've enjoyed creating two sets of bookends, one "male" (Steampunk) and one "female" (Bookish). Making these has taught me that having a creative vision isn't enough; I must hone skills with tools and mediums to pull it off. I used plenty of power tools on these bookends, and it felt a little scary but I'm happy with the results. Both these pairs will be included in my exhibit at the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival during the Balloon Fiesta the first weekend of October.
The show is fast approaching. I'd like to get about 10 more pieces finished before then, but I'm OK with the hard work it will take. It doesn't really seem like WORK because ideas are pouring out of me at a rate I haven't seen before. It makes a huge difference to be retired from an 8-5 job! For that I'm so grateful.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The work above (Lady Deco) is some of the playing I've been doing ever since I took a class last fall from Andrea Matus Demeng at the Art Is You retreat in Petaluma, CA. It has my own twist by incorporating polymer clay mosaic. I love altering faces and adding vintage objects to create assemblages. It might come from my love of making paper dolls as a child. I used to cut up catalogs from JC Penney and Sears and spent hours filling in scenes or altering the figures. And I still love to play and make up my own story people.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
My apologies to Bloglandia. I admit I've been remiss in posting since I retired at the end of February of this year. But it's not because I've been slacking off! I've been loaded up with studio time (which I absolutely revel in) and with teaching art workshops (also a favorite activity). I'm beginning to wonder how I got anything done at all when I was working...
This piece is a triptych, 40"x30" composed of hundreds of hand-made tiles and found/altered objects. I'm kind of in this Steampunk craze at the moment and I'm enjoying the interest it's been generating. The mosaic assemblages I'm so fond of creating seem to reach into that part of me that loved doing puzzles when I was a kid. Except this time I'm making the pieces AND putting them together - twice the fun.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Finally - after working for the past 50 years or so, my time belongs to me and I can now enjoy the rest of my life. It will be an adjustment for sure... I'm so used to going 100 mph with my hair on fire all the time. "Life balance" is not something I've known for a long time, and now I will. I'm free to pursue my undying love of art - creating it in my studio, teaching workshops, sharing time with other artists, the whole shebang. When I was much younger I dreaded the aging process, but now I embrace it because I know who I am and I'm comfortable in my own skin, wrinkled as it's getting. Life is good and I am blessed.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
This is the finished piece I showed a section of below. To get a detailed view, just click on the photo. This steampunk piece is probably the most fun I've ever had working on a long-term project. Finished size 1' x 4'.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I'm working on a commission for a steampunk piece that will include a clock. The finished work will be 1 ft x 4 ft. This is the top square foot of the piece, and the clock is in the next section down. I'm having a blast working on this as it evolves and becomes whatever it wants to - very liberating for an artist! I'm getting to paint, construct boxes and frames, use vintage doodads, sculpt with clay, collage, add mosaics, etc. The color palate includes rust (of course), metals, golds, greens, and blues. After recovering from shoulder surgery, I'm finally getting my art rhythm and mojo back. Thank goodness.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I'm so happy to be part of an art journaling group that gets together once a month in the basement of a local art supply store, Artisan Santa Fe. For our May meetup, our "homework" was to start a journal page (or spread) with just one collage piece. Then at the meetup, our moderator set a timer for 5 minutes and each person (there were about 12 of us) had to add to a journal page during that short time. When time was up, we moved the journals along and repeated the 5 minute timed spurt until the journals had made it all the way around the table. Every single page or spread was completely different and reflected the creativity of all of us. BTW, the collage piece I started with was the white cat with the cut-out lime helmet. Wow - what a blast we had!