When Seth asked us to post a shot of our studio tables, I thought "uh-oh it won't look messy enough!" I'm one of those odd creatures - a left brained artist. I adore organization ( have my entire stash detailed on a computer "Master List" telling what cigar box, library cabinet drawer, locker basket, etc each type resides in). Mixed media requires so many supplies and bits of ephemera that I'm really happy I have the ability to do this. Anyway, I do tend to clean up my studio table after each project and sometimes, gasp!, even in the midst of a project. So this maybe as messy as it ever gets - a piece I'm putting the finishing touches on and the supplies I used to get to that point. Off to the right a small stack I'm amassing to take on my trip to Venice next month.
This is where we'll be living for 10 days in Venice next month. The cream coloured building to the left of the bridge, on the third floor - the one with the arched windows and a lovely view of the canal and the bridge. Renewed passports have arrived, ditto electric converters and the shoe repair guy gave my classy walking boots (that I used in Venice 9 years ago) an overhaul and they look brand new. Three weeks to go!
Here's the finished piece. The substrata, I picked it up at the local swap meet, is a shadowbox/faux type drawer kind of thing. I painted the various openings in red oxide, titanium buff, and carbon black. Several of the openings have bits of The London Illustrated Times from 1860 (an eBay find several years ago) in them.
Then I used heavy gel medium to affix all
the various pieces of 3D ephemera.
How fun it was to go through cigar boxes, tea tins and
The big news here is that next month Margot and I will be visiting Venice for 10 days!
My chemo will be over for awhile and the doctor has given us the OK to travel. As you can imagine, we are both very excited. Plane tickets have been purchased, we have reserved a delightful little apartment on a small canal, and I'm busy gathering supplies for my travel journal.
We are all artists--so when creativity calls, be sure to answer!
Growing up in Azusa, California, my kindergarten teacher gave me an "unsatisfactory" in
Cut&Paste, and I believed her for 50 years. Now I am a mixed media artist and work in a library.