Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Monday, February 18, 2019

Documenting the Process

The Secret Lives of Leaves (in progress)

The Secret Lives of Leaves (detail, more progress)

"The Secret Lives of Leaves"
10 x 10"
mixed media collage on board

Photographing the progress of an artwork is a valuable tool to assessing the work and noting the changes.
I neglected to take a picture of the starting point but these 3 pictures show some of the changes and decisions that were made along the way.

I know I should do this more often.
But I find the photographing a disruption to my "being in the moment".
What is even more disrupting is when I take notes of the materials and media used in the layers as I work.
But again this is valuable when I want to repeat something that has turned out particularly well.

I like this piece as it currently stands, but I am not completely sure it is done.
I think I need to live with it for awhile.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Unintentional Self Portrait

"Home Ec"
mixed media collage on paper
5 x 8"

Here is an example of how intuitive work can sometimes be.
I was struggling with the materials and composition on this one.
Eventually I covered up the top section which originally was the bottom section.
The small drawings of a jar of chutney, which I make, 3 bottles of herb vinegars, which I make and the
poppy seed muffins which I also make found their way into the top area.

I posted this on instagram and my fiend Barb said it was a self portrait.
I hadn't been thinking of that.
Just thinking how I can get rid of the very dark area that used to be the bottom
 in the original orientation of the work.

So along with the imagery and the struggle to make the piece work I have to agree that
this is definitely a self portrait.
Thanks Barb!
Miss you!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Rust and Old Lace

"Rust and Old Lace"
mixed media collage on paper

I made a lot of papers last summer using rusted objects to create a surface or to use as collage  elements.
I am finding that I love the use of red with the rust.
I have used really deep red, almost maroon with the rust, or as in this piece a red that is rather pink.
There is a push and pull of materials with the lace against the rust.

I don't think this is the final version of this work.
I am considering different ways to mount or display the piece.

I am working primarily small so I can work back and forth between different pieces.
Sometimes that offers some breathing room for making decisions.
But I am working up to some larger ideas.
I'm still in my in-the-house pop up studio which also contributes to the size restrictions.

Maybe I am playing it safe.
But I am working daily.
That creates a rhythm and a cadence important to my artistic life.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Snow Day = Studio Day

This is the path to my studio today! 

New Work, as yet untitled
part one of 6 individual panels
6.5 x 9.75"
mixed media collage

The predicted snow storm arrived in full force yesterday with about 5inches of snow when I went to bed.
But with the wind and additional snow we have drifts that are a foot in some places with other areas
only about 2 inches.  Crazy!
But a good day to work in the studio.

I shoveled the path to get out to my studio to get some more supplies.
As I mentioned in my last post I am working in my "pop-up" studio in the house to save on the electricity
it costs to heat my studio which never really warms up all that well.

The piece above is the start of a new series that will go into a window frame like the one in
"In Case I Forget". ( See post on July 23, 2018)
That piece was about dementia and this one is about the effects of aging, as well.
Just things I can't stop thinking about and am trying to deal with through art.

So now that I have made the trek outside to get some more materials I am off to work.
Hope everyone stays warm and cozy over the next days that are promising maybe not a lot more snow
but lots of wind and really cold temps.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Art with Benefits

Winter Dandelions
mixed media collage: paper substrate with fabric and stitch

Winter Dandelions
mixed media collage: fabric substrate with paper and stitch

Small collages are always a good way for me to get back in the groove.
Just playing around here with techniques I know and hoping to build from this.

I am currently working in my pop-up studio in the house as it is too cold and too expensive
to heat my real studio.  I have set things up in a bedroom and except for the constant
running out to the studio to get "one more thing" it is working okay.
That's the thing with mixed media...
you can always add another layer, another media, anther technique, another collage element.
Not that these two pieces are so involved but I always think of something else that I need that isn't in the house.
I will think of it as art with benefits...exercise!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year's Dilemma

from the "Self Portrait at 60" book

Like many, I view the beginning of the new year as another chance, a new start.
I do some routine tasks like organize, clean cupboards, looking at a brand new year as a brand new start.

While I don't always keep them, I do make up to three resolutions.
My thought is too many resolutions won't have a chance of being kept.
I try to be realistic although I have a continuing resolution of "paring down", purging, getting rid of stuff.
Sometimes this lasts for several months but usually only several weeks.
Hence the need to repeat it year after year.

One of the resolutions is always an art related one.
But I am stumped this year.
I think I am in a kind of slump, a creative desert, with a feeling that I  have nothing of value to say.
What to do?
What resolution will move me forward?
Should I go forward, with or without a resolution, a germ of an idea, a sense of priority?

I probably will.
Making art is part of me.
And as I have said in previous posts, when in doubt...make a collage.
So I will start there.

Happy New Year to you all!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a
warm and happy holiday
with the best for 2019!
Thanks for reading, commenting and your support
of my work this past year.