Thursday, July 21, 2016

Deep Blue Sea

“Deep Blue Sea” is a bit different for me.

Collage, the way I do it, is deliberate. I think about each piece before applying it to the artwork, weighing color, placement, size carefully. I’ll often look at a piece for several days before gluing anything down.

It’s a very different process than painting, which for me is energetic and spontaneous.

For this piece, however, I tried to be more free. I glued papers down without agonizing over the placement. After a while, I went over the whole piece with that rusty orange brown to unify the composition. Then I added more papers on top.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Dunes, a collage

“The Dunes” was an enjoyable collage to put together. Rather than raiding only my stash of papers and yarn, I took a walk outside and picked up plant materials (grasses, leaves, petals) that I included in the artwork.

So is it an exact place? No, it’s meant to just suggest seashore, dunes, beach grasses, rocks. I was going for a sunny, breezy feel that could be anywhere along a coastline.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Roots and Roads #3, a collage

“Roots and Roads #3” picks up on cues from the first in this series. A little less realistic than #2, with added yarn – and even buttons!

A tree, along a rocky path, stands along save for bits of scrubby grasses. Buttons and yarn mark the path along with strewn flower petals.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Roots and Roads #2

“Roots and Roads #2” is a continuation of a series of artwork that explores roots (where do we come from) and roads (where are we going).

Inspired by the idea that we need to be grounded in our past helps us grow toward our future, I made “Roots and Roads #2” from old book pages, maps, and printed images. No thread or yarn in this one; it didn’t need it.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Become Art During The 2nd Friday Art Hop

The Art Hop on July 8th presents “Living Art”, an interactive event where real people become famous works of art.

Throughout town, you will see living statues and masterpieces come to life. Don a costume to become the Mona Lisa or take your photo at the fashion photo booth. Artists will be doing quick sketches, showing off wearable art, and setting up super cool lighting.

At my studio at Uncommon Art (178 1/2 N. Main Street), we’ll turn you into Whistler’s Mother while you pose for a photo. You’ll also be able to brush up your drawing skills by sketching The Girl With A Pearl Earring.

Elsewhere, there will be lots of opportunities to become the art and have your photo taken.

Feel free to come as you are, or come dressed as your favorite artist or artwork.

To top off the fun, stop by the Oddmall Backyard Bash at Hudson Park Center, 5245 Darrow Road.

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