Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Eco printed greeting cards dyed in black walnut dye bath!

We have a black walnut tree in our back yard. The squirrels usually get the benefit of the nuts as they are difficult to shell and turn your hands black.  I guess the squirrels don't care about black hands!
And neither did my mother!
Mom would often go to my grandfather's home to gather black walnuts which she loved and used in baking.  That's a lot of work Mom!  She also used the stain from the nuts to touch up nicks on the furniture. My interest in the past few years for these nuts is the beautiful dark brown dye they make.

Enter Robbie Grodin, owner of Alpaca Fiber Studio in Chagrin Falls OH.

After meeting Robbie Grodin this past summer, we struck up a friendship based on the many interests we have in common.  She took my encaustic on paper class.  Soon I will be taking her eco printing class where we will use botanicals to print designs on silk scarves.  And finally we will be teaching together, combining her knowledge and love of eco printing on fabric with my love of that same technique on paper.  

All of the images in this post are of eco prints on paper, some in a black walnut dye bath and others just steamed with the botanicals releasing their tannins to make beautiful prints on the paper.
You can see the effects on the scarves by visiting Robbie's Alpaca Fiber Studio.
Come join us for the fun on October 29th from 9AM-3PM!
You will walk away with a scarf to wear and some papers to use as cards or as inspiration for other artwork.  And with a whole lot of new knowledge about working with all of the gifts Mother Nature offers us.
Signing up is easy:  Just go to Alpaca Fiber Studio and you can sign up on line.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thanks Oklahoma Arts Institute!

Last weekend I was thrilled to be teaching a mixed media collage workshop at Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.  I had a wonderful experience which can be contributed to the fabulous staff who organize this event, the incredible teaching faculty they pulled together and the creative and talented teachers from the Oklahoma school systems.

We started out working on small pieces where everyone had the same collage materials to which they could add other elements.  From there some began to work larger and from their own imagery and ideas making work that was narrative and personal.

All of the pieces pictured here are from the participants in my mixed media class.  I can't show all the work they did but wanted to share with you the great variety of styes and final products they created.  Thank you all for making my weekend at OAI so memorable!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Keeping Up With It All

Untitled collage
mixed media collage on paper

Some times it is hard to get it all done...the social networking, blogging, art making,  marketing, teaching, gardening, house keeping, putting by the produce from the garden.  The list goes on.
So some of the items from above get neglected.  It seems that I concentrate on one or two of these
aspects of my creative life and let others slide by.  For awhile it was the Instagramming that got neglected.  I have barely looked at Facebook in at least a month. And this blog has also suffered from my lack of attention.

But the garden is beginning to wind down, although these warm October days are keeping
things going longer than usual. I am seeing that I will have more studio time and hopefully more time to
write, both here and in my journal ( another neglected element).

I love all these aspects of my life.
But I need to put some perspective on some of what I do and perhaps narrow
down my expectations for what I can accomplish and accomplish well.
Fall is a good time to "fall back and regroup", assessing how I can keep up with it all.
Or perhaps find those things that are the most relevant and keep up with those.

Lest you think that blogging is one of the elements that I will terminate, I am here
to tell you that I am not ready to give this up.  I find that it allows me to make some of my inner musings
more concrete through the act of writing or typing.  It is a way to sort my thoughts, prioritize,
clear my head, prep for the day.  The blogging may be less often, but I need it in my daily ritual.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Change in Seasons

Sept. 5 Collage
mixed media on paper

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When In Doubt...

September 4
mixed media collage on paper

September 6
mixed media collage on paper

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Promise of Fall

an untitled small collage

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.

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.