Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Change in Seasons

Sept. 5 Collage
mixed media on paper
5x8"

Notice that these new small collages aren't titled; instead just dated?
I think I am revisiting the idea of making small collages on a regular basis.  Probably without the pressure of making one every day but perhaps beginning my studio time with a small collage as a warm-up.
While my original collage-a-day series had lots of recognizable imagery, these pieces are definitely
more abstract and non-objective...not always totally without imagery but leaning toward layering and transparency in the compositions that become more important than any recognizable thing that might also be there.

I have been doing a lot of rusting of papers and those pieces are appearing in the work.
It is black walnut season here on the farm, so eco dyed papers and fabrics will probably be making an appearance
as well.

The change in seasons is good for me.  I can shift my thoughts and my working time from outdoor work to being in the studio more regularly.  At least that is the plan.

I will be taking these small collages to Christkindl Art Fair in Canton in November.
But if you want one now just email me and I will send you an invoice for paypal payment on line.
$15 each

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When In Doubt...

September 4
mixed media collage on paper
5x8"

September 6
mixed media collage on paper
5x8"

When in doubt...make a collage!
That is my "go to" medium for getting back into the swing of things
Or when time is short.  Or when I need a gentle push to get back into the studio.
So these two were last week's gentle push in a week when I had little time to work.

I will be taking these to Christkindl Art Fair in Canton in November.
But if you want one now just email me and I will send you an invoice for paypal payment on line.
$15 each

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Promise of Fall

an untitled small collage
5x8"

As summer winds down and fall enters, I find a renewed sense of purpose that
makes working in the studio the priority.
Studio work is always on my mind but not always the work that I do.
Summer was full of work in the garden and teaching opportunities.
While I couldn't always get into my studio, I was thinking about my art and doing what
I like to call "making art in my head".

Working small allows me to create something that has immediate gratification.
It also allows me to work up to some larger more time consuming pieces.
I look forward to a fall routine that finds me putting the garden to rest and opening the doors
of my studio with regularity making both small pieces and larger works created in my own voice...
mixed media collage with an emphasis on "mixed".

Thanks for waiting patiently for me to return to blogging.
I always appreciate your comments.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Before and After

"Notes to Self no. 3" (before)
30 x 22"
mixed media

"Notes to Self no. 3" (reworked)
30 x 22'
mixed media

This is the third piece in my series of expressive or automatic drawings.
The one on top seemed a little too safe as if I didn't go far enough.
So I went back into it with more brown conte crayon, black colored pencil, black paint and of course lots of white.
I am happier with the reworked piece, although there might be no end to this process.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Brain's Desire

"Notes to Self"
mixed media on paper
30 x 22"

This work is an experiment in automatic drawing which I've read about but never really tried with any depth of exploration.  Automatic drawing lets you sink into the quality and experience of making marks and developing the relationships between them which in turn lifts you out of your logical brain’s desire to make something that’s “good” or “accurate.”

I saw a video on the internet, don't remember quite where, and borrowed a book from the library called "Expressive Drawing".  In that book the process was to make the random marks suggested in the definition above using a dark drawing media (charcoal, conte crayon, pencil, black paint).  After a certain amount of time, the drawing is obliterated with white paint, also done randomly.  One works back and forth between the drawing and the veiling of the work with white paint.  After a certain point you begin to assess and make decisions based on the shapes and revealed elements on the paper.

This is my second try.  The first one got pretty dark and messy because I use charcoal...lots of charcoal.  This one has charcoal but only at the end to really emphasize some dark areas that I liked.  The rest of the drawing media was pencil, a black colored pencil and black paint.  I am sure I cheated, as I started mixing gray to get the tones I wanted.  But the whole idea for me was to see where this process would lead me and to make it my own.

When I refer back to the definition I feel like the process did lift me out of my logical brain for the most part, but I couldn't keep it totally at bay.  But my brain's desire was still to make something not necessarily accurate, but good.  Not sure how "good" it is, but it was fun and somewhat of a revelation.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

From the Garden / From the Studio

Perennial Garden with Vintage Chair Back

Sewing Ritual
encaustic monotype and collage on paper with hand stitching
5x5"

My time is split, and not evenly split, between working in the gardens and my studio.
I am still working on the sewing ritual series.  At this point there are 25 pieces that I plan to sew together.
I have a few more of the individual pieces to hand stitch and then I can arrange them making one larger overall piece.
Presentation of this will take some thought.
It will depend upon how transparent  the final work is and whether it is important to see that transparency in a 2D work that needs to be mounted to something.  Mat board? Framed? Free floating?  TBD
Some of these small pieces are taking on a landscape feel, as this one does.
That is kind of unavoidable once you emphasis a horizontal line that becomes that separation between land and sky or sea and sky.  The sewing is totally intuitive and playful.  As I was thinking about the work this morning it is also somewhat quilt like with these individual blocks that have a common color palette but random stitching.
Fingers crossed that they will be a cohesive work in the end!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Garden Fence!!

Old Garden Fence
New Garden Fence


Early in the Spring, I asked my husband if he would make me a new garden gate.
The current one was pretty wonky and had a huge gap at the bottom...easy access for the bunnies.
You can see in the top picture the window screen that I used to block that gap.

He did my request one better.  He ordered a whole new fence with rabbit guard wiring attached.
We had a larger area enclosed than the previous garden.  It included along with the raised beds and blackberry bushes some young blueberry bushes that were in wire cages and his two year old persimmon trees.
Also enclosed at the back is my compost bins.

I loved the fence made from trees cut from the woods on our property, but that fence was 12 years old and beginning to deteriorate.  We decided to keep the tall pergola that was what the the old gate was attached to and also the wrought iron fencing at the back of the garden.  The new fencing looks great!  The gate is easy open, easy close and rabbit secure.
Thanks John!!

I'm sure the garden is doing so well (knock on wood) in part due to the new fence.
Or at least that is what I want to believe.

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