Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Today I'm on a plane on my way to a Lynne Perrella workshop this weekend at The Artist Nook.
My checked bag is full of art supplies. I have a small carry on with a few clothes, and my purse has my journal, pens, camera and books. But not my laptop. I have blogs scheduled to post while I'm gone and will have all kinds of exciting news when I get back next week. Lynne and I will both be staying at the lovely home of the delightful and talented Lisa Hoffman.
What a week this will be!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
An assemblage box that whispers of intrigue, secret assignations, the whirl of a cloak around a dark calle leading to the Grand Canal.
The background paper is from 7 Gypsies, the glove, an enlarged detail from a Renaissance painting. These are topped with a vintage foreign coin, a spray of wrought iron leaves and a rusty pair of vintage barber shears that I've been saving for awhile, waiting for just the right piece. And this was that piece!
Come closer and listen, to the sotto voce innuendo of The Glove & the Blade.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Another red rosin painting this weekend. The face taken from Caravaggio's The Lute Player. Portfolio water soluble oil pastels on Xerox copies in several sizes on a piece of red rosin paper, gessoed, with cheesecloth , and then painted, dripped, splattered, collaged with the faces and stamped with an Anne Bagby stamp and black StazOn Ink.
I chose a rich palette to recall the majesty of the Renaissance, but also used lighter, less brilliant colours in other areas for an aged feel.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My entry for 2009 is The Quick Brown Fox... which I featured on my blog when I finished it last month. The use of at least 8 full alphabets and parts of 6 others (different colours, fonts, materials, etc.) gave birth to the title.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The Diary of Frida Kahlo is this week's selection from the bookshelf. A marvelous facsimile of Frida's personal diary/sketchbook from the last 10 years of her life. Featuring an introduction by Carlos Fuentes, commentaries by Sarah M. Lowe and full translations of the diary pages.
On many of the pages the inks or paints that she used bled through the page which adds an eerie layer to the entries.
There are glimpses in the sketches of some of her larger well known works.
And on most of the pages references to the constant pain and body trauma that increased almost daily until her death in 1954.
---translation of above page by Barbara Crow de Toledo and Richard Pohlenz.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I loved the textures and the lettering and what I really wanted to do was make rubbings of them(like gravestone or brass rubbings). But considering the amount of pedestrian traffic on even the side streets of Boston, I think I did fairly well without lots of feet and legs in the pictures!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
They come in so many different fonts and sizes. The perfect touch to add one ,or several (spelling out a word or phrase), to an assemblage piece. It's also fun to use stamp pad ink or acrylic paint and stamp the letters on a journal page or canvas.
I bought my first piece of wooden type, an "E" for Erin, over 30 years ago in a wonderful shop in Carmel. My most recent piece, won in auction, last week on e-Bay. Beautiful to look at, fun to use and the chance to hold a small bit of history in your hand.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Now that most merchants are using phone dial-up to run credit card purchases - even at outdoor venues - most of us don't often see the old fashioned "swipe" machine that credit cards were run through in years past. But guess what? They make the perfect small printing machine! I took a class from Marsha Shaw who teaches up and down the coast here in California and learned how to create small lino prints using a modified credit card machine. This was the not only the first printing I'd ever done, but the first carving as well. There were about a half dozen of us in the class and we made enough prints for us all to have a small portfolio (that we also made in class) that included one of everyone's prints. These three are mine and I was quite pleased with the results.
For any of you in the San Francisco area Marsha will be offering this class twice this coming week at the San Francisco Center of the Book on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
We try to take a walk along the harbour in Morro Bay every evening when I get home from the library. This summer there have been some glorious clear blue skies and the water has handfuls of sun pennies thrown across it. There are pelicans and seagulls wheeling around the top of Morro Rock and otters and seal lions cavorting in the bay. But this was not the case on last night's stroll.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This was a very fun piece that I did for my colleague Destiny Carter's birthday last year. She's a big pirate fan. I started with an old jewelry box with a leatherette map on the top. I added, in the bottom drawer, a dagger and hip flask (for the rum of course!). I made a hard tack biscuit out of paper clay. Then embellished it with mold - fashioned from polymer clay - and plastic weevils. Old cheese rinds and a faux lime rounded out the luncheon portion.
The top of the box held a rag filled with pieces of eight, a compass and telescope, and this book. Made from a vintage photo album, the front is embellished with skull medallions and encaustic wax. It opens to reveal several piratical pages using vintage images, a fold-out map and more encaustic wax.
The final spread features this grisly guy in all his buccaneer glory!
All photos courtesy of Destiny Carter
It was a kick to work on and a delight to see how pleased Destiny was on receiving it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Some from e-Bay, some from countries I was lucky enough to visit, and some of the most interesting from a coin & stamp shop in Victoria on Vancouver Island. I went in and asked if they had any old ragged scraps of foreign currency that were cheap and - he brought out 4 shoe boxes full - every piece only $1.00 Canadian. I spent a blissful hour going through the boxes and picking out my favourites and using up my budgeted $20.00.
I had no idea that one could find these at Coin & Stamp shops - picked up the tip from authour Barbara Hodgson (if you're not familiar with her you are in for a treat). Look here on Friday 's "From the Bookshelf" for her latest Trading in Memories.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Done on red rosin paper, gessoed with string and cheese cloth added for texture. A palette of lavender, French blue and light pink craft acrylics with accents of Golden Quinacridone Crimson and Iridescent Gold Deep (Fine).
The image is Raphael's "La Fornarina", xeroxed in several sizes and coloured with Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels. Squares of metallic gold paper, wooden crosses (covered in the Golden Iridescent Gold) and a rubber stamp of script (Hampton Art Stamps) complete the work.
Techniques learned from numerous workshops with the master Lynne Perrella. I'm pleased with this piece - it turned out exactly as I had envisioned it - which as we all know is not always what happens. One more piece ready for Open Studios!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I put the final touches on this one yesterday. Above is the finished artwork, below what it looked like before adding encaustic wax. It all started when my friend Joen gave me this very cool piece of rusted wire. She finds amazing and wonderful detritus for me on an almost daily basis and is one of my biggest enablers, LOL.
The shape suggested an animal to me. I was just getting ready to do something with it when I received my goodies from Seth's blog giveaway - which included a handful of old book pages in several different languages. The title leapt to mind -The Beast of Babel - and I began creating. A 10x14" canvas board was collaged with torn bits of the different papers affixed with matte medium. Rusty bottle caps. rectangular pieces and the "beast" were attached with E-6000. I coated most of the board with clear encaustic wax and then added royal blue wax as accent.
On one of the old book pages I found the heading "A Handful of Translations" which I thought quite apt for the project. This snippet was collaged along the center top. It was a fun piece to do. Thanks to Joen and Seth for making it possible!