I wanted to share my experience of an exhibition I opened over the weekend with 4 other artists. We are 5 artists that rent a studio together and on a whim late last summer one of my fellow artists asked a roadside restaurant whether we could have an exhibition there. Well they said yes, and as the time approached we all worked hard on our paintings. At the end of last week all our paintings were ready, but as many probably know, there's a million other things that need to get done -…Continue
I have had success with cutting plexiglass on a band saw as well as a scroll saw (not the hand-held type that is also called a jig saw...though if you use a blade with fine enough teeth, that should also work, especially on plexi that is not too thick). I wanted to cut other than just a straight line and these were the best choice for me...if you go to my photos, you will see two of my gourd pieces where I used plexiglass to simulate the surface of water and I used a band saw to cut both of…Continue
Since my husband's death, I have been re-evaluating my life. In a way, his passing brought to a close the life I knew, and I am having to build a new life without him. I have realised that I can view this as a blessing or a curse and have chosen to see this as an opportunity (albiet painful one) to recreate myself and choose the life I want instead of letting circumstances dictate it for me.
I have never really learned how to dream or set goals for myself, so I am on a steep learning…Continue
My family took a short road trip today to the little town of West Bend, Iowa. We went to see The Grotto of Redmption.
Hey, everyone. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past five years, you might have noticed that the quality of student grade acrylic gesso has gone down the drain. It is much runnier and more transparent than the thicker gesso we grew up with. Certainly, you can go ahead and invest in Golden products, but I have come up with something better. So...what do we do? Don't throw out your poor quality gesso! First of all, you'll need to head back to your art store and buy a bag of…Continue
The sky is darkening
much like my heart...
my heart, ever beating it's brilliant
colored red waves...
waves that rush through the dark...
dark within it's being...
dark within my soul...
A storm on the horizon
is fueling the bitterness
I need to make a choice.
I need to entomb my wretched plague…Continue
I was on the train.
My zipper was down.
The train jumped up and back,
tipped me over
and all my colors spilled out.
The lightest of blues rolled to the feet of a girl with a small face and big eyes.
For all the tears I cried.
A forest of green bumped the toes of her new lover, someone tall and lean.
My friends got the yellow for they make the sun rise.
The black rolled to the…Continue
I didn't realise this was part of LMM I thought the link went to our own blogger or whatever blog. I will have to make an effort to say something once in a while!
Just a few shots of a couple of paintings that are being framed prior to them being sent to their forever home.
New frame design. The blocks in the corners allow the painting to set into the frame at the correct depth, as well as add structural support.…Continue
Thought you might be interested to take a look at this fantastic mixed media artist called Ron porkrasso.
I know this post isn't about art, but I could not help but share it with all of you. I was taking a bike ride today evening when I came across a black squirrel just laying in the grass. I didn't think much until it started hopping in circles like a rabbit, and it wasn't afraid of me either. Now, one would think it might be rabid. However, I'm not convinced considering the fact that I've seen a squirrel with a bleeding jaw foaming from its mouth before. Since I'm an animal lover and my old…Continue
Took a shortcut through an alley on the way to my daughter's drum lesson, and was totally charmed by an unexpected bit of whimsical alley art. Someone set ceramic mosaic tiles into a tarmac patch while it was still soft. Love it!
Unfortunately, the pics aren't great, but had to share anyway.…Continue
I've been through some heavy crap lately. I won't go into the gory details, but I tell you, it can be life altering. I am trying to get a foothold - and I turned my attention (finally) back to art to help me cope.
I always had this view of artists in their studios, with their easels and paint, supplies in nice arty boxes, maybe an oriental rug on the floor, stained glass in the windows, listening to wonderful music as they create. Somehow, I felt this was an achievable model…Continue
I just wanted to pop my head in and say a quick howdy doody...I have been ridiculously absent for a while now..but I promise I sneak in and see what youre all making,( i just dont often leave comments)...and can I say..you amaze me....all of you are so inspiring.
as for me....
I have just submitted my final assessments for my first two Units at University.(Im studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts)...and loving it!! Although..theres a lot of work that doesnt…Continue
It was Saturday night, the night we were all waiting for, the night of the BIG, HUGE, EPIC event….the LMM party. We all made our way to room 533 (i hope i have that right, otherwise i will never hear the end of it). Mary was busy making…Continue
I was just poking around on one of the art blogs I frequent, when I came across a couple of artists who's work I have been following for a little while.
I won't drown everyone in a deluge of artspeak. I just wanted leave the links to a couple of artists who's work I really admire. I would love to hear your thoughts.
I love my job. I work for an art supply retail chain, in the product information department. This means I can indulge my passion for less money (employee discount), get to talk to artists as well as teachers and parents of aspiring artists all day, and I get to learn about new products via seminars.
We just had a seminar on Montana Spray Paints today, so I thought I would share a bit since so many of the texture…Continue