Sunday, August 26, 2012

Get Personal . . .


Develop a meaningful connection between you and your art.
Put your Heart & Soul into your work.
Share a little piece of yourself.
Let your audience feel they have made a connection with you -
 the Artist!

This piece is very personal -
I've put my Journal pages right out there!
I've added so much texture
and so many layers
and way too much ephemera
it is soooo me!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stay Flexible . . .



Think of it as Mental Yoga. Nowadays,
trends come and go and in a heartbeat.
The mediums of art are constantly evolving.
Being set in your ways or being predictable are roads to extinction. You must maintain the ability to adapt
your talents to new ideas and changes in direction.
The 4th step of the Credo.

String Chains Jewels Buttons Beads and Wire!

Side view to see the 3-D effect

Another Close-up

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Break History . . .

Stop doing what others are doing.
Start doing what you always wanted to do - what excites you -
something you've always wanted to try -
something that makes you happy.
Keep setting higher expectations and never settle for "Good Enough"

The 3rd step of the Credo.
Texture Design Color Ribbon
to the background and Placement for the Journal pages.

Something I've always wanted to try - an ASSEMBLAGE on canvas!
Each pile of Journal pages is 6 pages deep.
Only the last page is glued to the canvas, the rest are fixed
to the canvas with "BRASS PLATED FASTENERS",
fasteners that went thru the holes in the Journal pages
and the HOLES I punched in the CANVAS!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Credo - Achieve Results


Duh! Who sets out for less!
The first step is to
Just Do It, and
Keep Your Butt in the Chair!

The second step in my new CREDO.
The (6) Journal pages I want to use in this painting.

More glazing on the recycle painting.
Glued pieces of old painting in the corners.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Be visionary . . .

I found a Credo or Philosophy online that I blatantly stole and
tweeked just for me.
Sometimes I need some direction - right in my face - just to get me going.
There are (5) points in the Credo, here is the first:

Change your perspective.
Follow those crazy Tangents and Thoughts.
Think outside the realm of the ordinary,
not just outside that old, cliched box.

So - I've been thinking about some Journal Paintings I had and what could I do with them, other than keep them in their book.
Glue them to a canvas was one of my crazy ideas - I'm going to do it!

I'm recycling an old painting on a gallery wrapped canvas.
Glazed the original painting.

Recyling old artwork too - this is a mandela in colored pencils.
Glue. Glue. Glue.

More recycled artwork - an old collage and colored pencil drawing.

Lots more recycled artwork .

Friday, August 10, 2012

It's been hot as Hades here, sauna hot and humid,
I'm actually wishing summer was over.
Then this morning - a surprise - RAIN!!
I will enjoy it until the humidity creeps back in.
In the meantime, I recommend you visit this blog
and be grateful you don't have mud!
Caroline Stubbs
Harvest Moon

". . . make hay while the sun shines, and make fudge when it doesn't! Try it, it can only cheer you as the rain beats against the window panes! While my fudge sets I will blow the cobwebs from my sketchbook and see who is waiting to populate the pages."

                                                                                    Cari ~ Harvest Moon

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All Tied Up

It's that time of the year again -
York Art Association's
42 Annual Juried Exhibit

I am entering my ALL TIED UP Assemblage in the Sculpture Category.

I always try to enter something different. Something that will stand out from the traditional watercolors and oils. Even the abstracts that show there are starting to look the same. Don't get me wrong, I love all the traditional stuff. that's what I normally paint. But  for this exhibit I decided to go outside the lines and remind them that there is so much more to art.

I'll let you know in September if I got juried in.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

All Tied Up

My Assemblage is almost done - but I need to add all the extra stuff I am known for. Once I have my jar of glue open - the sky is the limit. I've made little piles of paper - all tied up - to glue on the tops of the canvasses. These fabulous handles from a grocery bag just cry out to be included.

Quotes - I need quotes about being tied up - again - nothing to do with shades of grey.

Here's how it looks so far.
I've added hinges, most of them are faux, but the one at the bottom actually works.

I've taken twine and copper wire and literally - Tied it Up. I need to take a good photo. Outside we go, in the natural light. I have my black background - a black portfolio that is a little too reflective. I should have painted some cardboard black instead. I need something black for the sculpture to sit on - hence the raincoat and the sweatpants. I'm nothing if not creative!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

All Tied Up

The base of the Assemblage/Sculpture is ready. For months now I have been making drawings of woven ribbons and jewelry and flowers. It's all about the weaving - the holding it together - tying it all up - that is my theme. I'm keeping the palette simple - black & white and brown & red - no shades of grey.

Surprisingly, all these canvases glued together weigh a ton. So I needed a way to pick it up and move it about. The antique glass door knob, from my collection of stuff I might need, is perfect! 

I made a weaving from ribbons to accent the drawings.

Here's how it looks so far.


   Merry Christmas