|"Sheltering in Place no. 13"|
mixed media collage with paper, fabric and stitch
"That was what artists did, they arranged the unarrangeable
into something that made sense."
- Jodi Picoult from A Spark of Light
That is what I think we all are doing right now as we try to make sense out of this global pandemic.
Even as I write this it seems so surreal.
Life is just currently unarrangeable, at least in the way we are used to doing things.
I think that is what all of my small collages are about.
I am having a hard time concentrating on larger art projects so arranging the flotsam and jetsam
of other artworks and remnants is something I feel I can achieve.
Just like making a small art work is gratifying...a beginning and an end...these collages
allow me to accomplish something in a time when other things resist being arranged.
Be well. Be safe.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
oil and cold wax with collage on paper
30 x 22"
This piece is part of an ongoing series of work I am doing.
I did procrastinate the making of it.
It stared at me (and I at it) for over a month with very little happening.
But finally it came together.
It does seem rather appropriate for the times we are living with the current pandemic.
That is not what I was thinking about when I started the piece. But I see now that the hash marks
are like the days we are spending in self imposed isolation or quarantine.
The origin of the the work is based in the story of Penelope who waited years for Odysseus to return from war.
In order to avoid having to take another husband to rule the country Penelope procrastinates,
saying she will select someone when she finishes the weaving she is working on.
So she weaves the tapestry by day and unweaves it by night in order to avoid making the decision.
While we are not really procrastinating we are definitely marking time
in unprecedented numbers in our own homes for the good of all.
May we all be safe.
Monday, March 16, 2020
The crocus are up!
I haven't had any crocuses in years.
Not that I didn't plant any.
Just that the chipmunks often ate them over the winter.
But not this year!
|Small mixed media collage|
The pink in this piece feels spring-like and rusted areas seem to echo the leaves that are still in my yard
and gardens. I am back in the studio, making small collages more regularly as well as some larger pieces.
I find it advantageous to do the small pieces along with the larger ones.
They give me a sense of accomplishment.
So today will be studio time followed by some much needed yard work.
Perhaps I will find find some more of those crocuses I planted underneath the leaves.
If the crocus are up can spring be far behind?
Monday, March 9, 2020
|Two Small Collages|
mixed media collage on paper
What to do with a failed artwork?
While the overall piece might not work there are often sections that offer possibility
So after a time I cut out those good bits and work with them.
It is sometimes surprising what can develop.
The particular piece that these sections came from was quite large for me...30 x 22"
So I think I will be ale to get a few more small pieces out of it.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend time with some
really talented quilters from Arizona.
We spent a day reviewing and exploring various compositional arrangements of fabrics, discussing aspects like balance, emphasis or focal point, color, movement and pattern.
Time was spent talking about the importance of the stitching line as an additional element to the finished works. Everyone was well underway after the three days of designing, discussing, experimenting and pushing the boundaries of each participant's usual way of working or thinking about quilt design.
Well Done, Ladies!
Here are some of their results!
Thanks for this opportunity to engage with you all.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
|Feb. 8, 2020|
|"The Weight of Winter - Jan 26"|
oil and cold wax on paper
mounted on board with collage
15.5 x 12"
This is the last painting in this series even though as you can see from the photo of my yard
it is still winter here. After a week of unseasonable weather, the snow has returned.
While I have no intention of painting the actual landscape I have been inspired in all of the pieces
by the way the horizon line divides the painting into a dark area vs. a light area.
The paintings have been both fun and a challenge which is always a good sign to me.
Originally I did this series as a way to learn about working with oil and cold wax.
Now I want to work on some larger pieces with these materials.
It will be slow going as I build up the layers.
Stay tuned and wish me luck!