I'm headed West this week and will be meeting, in person and for the first time, with my good online friend Deb Trotter. I can't wait to see what we can cook up together!
collage by Linda Koch
It was a great mail day today! This beautiful collage arrived from my friend Linda Koch. Linda's style is a glorious mixture of nostalgia and grunge. The texture she achieves on her pieces makes them that much better. She says it's easy but, when you look at her artwork close-up, you can see there are many layers, techniques and materials involved. She's usually got pieces available on ebay. Check it out...you might get lucky in the bidding!
This is a 5" x 5" piece that I did for an online group project that I'm participating in. The project is a paper bag book that about 15 artists are creating artwork for. The theme is "Zetti" which I'm afraid I'm not very good at! As much as I tried to incorporate some of Teesha Moore's elements, my own style kept creeping in! Once I get the copies made of this, I'll be offering it for sale. Click on my link in the upper right corner for more details.
This week's theme for Inspire Me Thursday is "In Good Time" which means you have 30 minutes to spontaneously create a piece of artwork or, in this case, several pieces of artwork. This is the way I like to do artist trading cards so they were the perfect vehicle for this challenge. Part of the fun of these cards is that I ran into problems with the faces on two of my transfers and had to come up with a solution. My solve was a quick cut and paste. I actually like them better this way than if the transfers had turned out perfectly!
fused collage on paper
I had the opportunity, over the weekend, to create in a real studio (as compared with my tiny studio space!). My good friend Sally Turlington invited me to join her in her awesome art studio for a creative weekend. You can see the two of us represented in the piece above! Sally's got a terrific play space that's loaded with art supplies and inspiration. She also has a brand new heat press which we had a great time putting to good use.
"THE MYTH OF GILGAMESH"
All three of these pieces are fused collages. "Trust" was done on dyed muslin, "Angel 452" is on a canvas base and "The Myth of Gilgamesh" is all paper. Sally and I used a fusing technique we had learned in a class taught by the lovely and talented DJ Pettitt. I think a heat press is the next piece of art equipment I need!
The other thing we did, and my favorite part of the weekend, was to create papers. These papers are a specialty of Sally's and she was gracious enough to show me her secrets. You really can't see from the scans how beautiful these papers are. They're covered with sparkly, glittery beads, bits and color:
We had such a great time but since Sally lives only about an hour and a half away from me, we'll be getting together again soon. At the end of the weekend, I hated to leave but had to get back to the real world...what a shock!
fused collage on canvas
Thank you Sally!!
"THE LIFE TO COME"
I may be out of the slump...although, I'm not ready to fully admit that. I'm not superstitious but wouldn't that just be asking for trouble? Speaking of superstitious, there was a lot of 666, antichrist, devil's spawn, hubub floating through the air today so this seemed, to me, like an appropriate piece of artwork for the day.
The other day, the mailman brought me the next calendar to be altered in the round robin I"m in with MMCA. It happens to belong to my friend Linda Koch who is a very talented collage artist and is especially gifted at creating the grunge look. Linda's been very busy (and successful!) this year selling her work on ebay.
Linda's calendar is already half-filled with spectacular work done by her and the other rr artists but I was especially excited to see that the pre-existing photos in her book are of unusual architecture and sculpture from around the world. Lots of fun to work with! This first page that I altered was originally a photo of a sculpture of a monster or dragon. The angel that I added was my own photo from Glenwood Cemetery here in Houston. The original photo in the calendar included the decorative fence in the foreground which I used as a walkway for my angel. I altered out most of the background to create a starry sky and banished the monster for good!
36 tags later...this is my offering for a swap that I'm in with Melissa McCobb Hubbell's Yahoo group ArtErratica. I'm really excited about the end product for this swap. Each participant chooses a color group and a technique and creates 36 shipping sized tags. The technique used will be described on the back of each tag. The tags will then be sent to our gracious hostess, Melissa, who will collate and bind them to make a gorgeous rainbow tag book of techniques. Since I've been working with some Penscore stamped backgrounds lately, that's what I chose to go with for this project. It's sort of a Penscore grunge look. Although it looks very similar to the Misty Mawn style backgrounds I posted earlier, I didn't use the same techniques. I was too lazy to do the gel medium transfers or the monoprinting so I cut corners by stamping with Penscore and regular stamps then I added antique papers and de-constructed them a little with masking tape. I also lightly rubbed my tags with a dye ink pad for more of a grungy look. I used a lot of acrylic paint and even stamped with bubble wrap. I could have gone on adding layers but, with 36 tags to complete, I thought I should stop!