Saturday, June 23, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I posted a slightly different picture of this woven paper thingy. It was made from leftover painted wonder under backing paper and newspaper. I've continued to work with it and I'm almost done with the completed piece. I added text using t-shirt transfer paper and then monoprinted a brushstroke effect with pearlized white paint. Finally I splattered it with more white paint. After a couple of coats collage pauge I ended up with this really cook graffiti style background.
I just had to take some pictures of this before I started adding elements on top. Someday (yeah, that) I want to take time to learn more about making art digitally and I think this background could be really cool. Or I could print it onto fabric and stitch it, or......
I've been super busy in the studio lately. The ideas just keep on coming. Its a rare and wonderful state to be in. Don't get me wrong, each piece goes through its stubborn stage. Sometimes I spend hours just looking at a piece trying to figure out what it wants me to do next. A friend of mine once suggested I try working on more than one piece at a time. I was resistant to that idea because my studio is small and I don't have room for multiple pieces. In spite of that I decided to try it and it seems to have freed me up in some way. I'm into the fifth piece in this series that started with the disastrous attempt at making a quilt for a local art show. I've been challenging myself to work with the same set of fabrics and corresponding paint colors. Like every artist I have a ton of stuff and like too many people I have a lack of money. It is an ongoing challenge to try and use what I already have. My favorite source of art inspiration is other artists. I spend a lot of time reading books and magazines and perusing art blogs and as a result I'm always finding techniques I want to try. But all that inspiration means that there is always a reason to keep every last scrap and blob. You know..... surely I can do something cool with that! LOL! At some point this series has to end. I'm beginning to feel the stirring of boredom with the materials and color scheme. Not quite done yet, but its coming. Right now I've got some quilting to do, and I need to go buy a canvas to mount the above piece on and I wanted to try that thing with those scraps, and..........
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Judi Hurwitt. Check out her work, its gorgeous! The experiments were a ton of fun. However, the pictures of the artwork came out incredibly blurry. Whats the deal? Same camera, same room, same photographer, and the pictures I came in here to take suck while the "incidental" photos are fine. Hmph.
Here is a photo of the lovely sewing machine I work with. My mom can't recall exactly when she bought it but it is approximately 40 years old. I learned to sew on this machine. Its a serious work horse, but at this point it kind of lacks finesse. Unless I win a contest somewhere I'll never be able to afford another machine so I'll probably use this one until one of us dies.