Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Restoration of Sorts

"Education + Water = Life"
mixed media collage on board

I have been reading a great deal lately...part of my recharging effort.
One of the books is May Sarton's Journal of a Solitude, which I read a number of years ago.
I have always liked her writing, especially her journals, which are so honest and full of references to other things
I know that I should also read.

This morning she wrote about resting the psyche,
It was a January 18th post, so there were also references to the cold and snowy weather, similar
to what I see out my window today.  In the journal entry she wrote:
"The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander,
live in the changing light of a room, not try to be or do anything whatever."

She went on to say that the resting of her psyche has left her "in a state of grace,
limbered up, less strained."  
I too feel that I am beginning to come out of my doldrums.
I am recharged and getting closer to resuming my normal studio routine.
The work above is evidence of me being restored.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Marie Bortolotto as Muse

Marie Bortolotto
Painting 125

I love abstract work that has a strong emotional quality to it.
And I definitely get that in the work of Canadian artist, Marie Bortolotto.
The work is so free.
It is the kind of thing that one can't plan out but something that pours from the
heart/soul of the artist.

While my work is nothing like this, I find the compositional qualities and the drawn elements
so engaging.  There is a depth to her layers that makes me want to see beyond the surface.
That is where I derive inspiration from this muse.

You can see more of her work and connect to her blog in the Muse section on the right side bar of my blog.
Enjoy and be inspired.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Mining the Sketchbook no. 3: Flight"

"Mining the Sketchbook no. 3: Flight"
mixed media collage with wing
22 x 30 x 1"

I finished this piece right after Christmas but had to wait on framing and photography before posting it.

Ideas of flight versus freedom or independence have long been in my work.
Some of the drawings in this triptych date from 2000 to 2010.

My husband found this in-tact birds wing on our property several years ago.
I have been saving it for use in the right work and think it is appropriate here.
The wing becomes the tangible yet unusable symbol of flight.

The birds in the top of the right hand image are freeing the child bound to the ground
by the weight of a stone and the heavy handed gloves.
The falling bird in the left hand collage overlaps the winged feet.

Many for interpretation.

Friday, February 2, 2018


Valentine Cards

Ever since I got that HUGE electric bill for heating my studio when it was
so cold I have been trying to work in the house.
But I am finding lots of distractions like...
 refinishing a small table.
Or baking some cookies because it is cold out and cookies will make it okay.
Or reading.
Or knitting.
Or watching endless cooking and home improvement shows.

All of this tells you that I am not making much art.
But I did manage to make some valentines the other day.
I call these "No Hearts, just Handmade with Love" Valentines.
Maybe I needed the February 14th deadline to get myself motivated.

All in all, I am using this cold weather to recharge myself.
Thinking about projects and processes.
Gathering materials and ideas.
Hoping to get back to my studio routine.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Laying the Ground Work

Jan. 22, 2018
mixed media collage on paper

In the previous three collages, where I have been experimenting with layered text, I started with
a complete sheet of newspaper or page from a catalog and worked the composition from there.
In this piece I was very deliberate in the original layer to use a variety of fonts and sizes.
The beginning layer here was a composition all of its own.
You can see the beginnings of this collage in my Jan. 18th post where I was working in
my Pop Up Indoor Studio.

Using the different texts, fonts and sizes really influenced the composition.
 For the better.
Laying a good foundation is as important as what is going to go on top.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Keeping it Small

Jan.15, 2018 collage
mixed media on paper

These new small collages have been fun to explore and see how deep I can make the layers
without obliterating the original layer that has most of the text on it.
I am working with watercolor, acrylic paint, some latex indoor paint colors and colored pencil.
Also a bit oil crayon at the end.
The first layer of text and the overlay of random lines usually dictates the composition.
I am finding them more labor intensive but rewarding.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Baby, It's Cold Outside

POP UP Indoor Studio
(aka the kitchen)

I got the electric bill the other day.  Yikes!  Warming my studio is costing me a lot.
It takes at least an hour or so for it to warm up to a temperature where I can work in there
with a coat and boots on.  I did that all of last month and now I have a whopping bill to pay.
So I did what any sane person would do...I moved my studio into the house.
That way we are only heating one building not 2 or 3. is warm, often with a fire in the pot belly stove.  Aaaahhh
Disadvantages...I have to clean up after I work because I am making art on my island.
My new butcher block island top!  So I can't be careless, hence the white paper under the work.

This isn't all of the supplies I need as a mixed media artist.
Everyday I find myself going out to the studio to get a few more items.
But at least I can still work and it is warm.