One of my favorite things to do is to explore a city I've never been to before, so I'm happily off to Chicago for the week. I made a little sketching journal out of my newly dyed fabrics that I hope to fill while there. See you next week!
Monday, April 12, 2010
One of the great things about being in a mixed media group of artists is that I'm often introduced to materials and techniques that challenge me and are things I wouldn't necessarily try on my own.
Recently Gaylen had a gallery show of her work featuring her beautiful Santos. She offered to show some of us how to make them after we ooohed and ahhhed over her exhibit. 3-D work and using power tools are way out of my comfort zone, but I decided to give it a try. We met at Kitty's studio in the country this weekend for step two of the process.
It was one of those perfect spring days.
Kitty's property is a feast in itself. She has commissioned beautiful pieces from many local artists.
I'm on the left playing with shooting pictures through the outdoor mirror along with Dayna and Tory:
The Santos project was inspired by Gaelyn, but Tory taught us how to make beautiful, unique heads that took them in a different direction. And Stephanie, our wood carver, made each of us a wooden frame to speed up the project and let us get to the fun stuff more quickly.
Here is Tory's gorgeous Santos that got us on our way:
Paula's had a calm simplicity:
Jennifer's quirky Venetian character:
Stephanie and Dayna's winged wonders:
I added a few finishing touches to mine once I got home:
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Been in one of those creative funks this week when nothing seems worth doing.
Did a bit of sketching to play with Derwent Inktense pencils. I like. They look like a watercolor pencil but are ink. After you add water, they are waterproof and nice and intense in color.
And when all else fails, I take out my journal and do some quick painting and collage just to be moving.