Well it has been a busy time and here it is almost October!!! I have a show at the MacRostie Art Center- a regional art center about an hour from where I live. http://macrostieartcenter.org/
The show will be for the month of November. It's been a while since I have made work for a large show. I am happy to report that I am done with the work already- Everything is framed even- So I will do some blog posts showing the new work. The work I am showing today is around 8" x 10". Framed the pieces are 11" x 14". The backgrounds of these collages are monoprints I did using acrylic paint.
I am taking an online class called lyrical. Roxanne Cobble is teaching it. http://bybun.com/ The journal spread we do are based on lyrics to songs we pick for ourselves. I have music on in the studio all the time so I was all over this. She taught several different techniques and I used several of them in the spreads.
This post is about a project i did for a company called Stencil Girl. http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/ They sell stencils that are designed by artists and designers. I was asked to be a part of their Voices- where they ask artists to try out new stencils for those in their stencil club. I received the stencils in advance and then came up with this project a carousel book. The stencils for August were designed by Mary Nasser.http://www.marycnasser.com/ She used subway maps as her source for these very cool stencils. I don't often do this sort of thing but this has been very fun and I liked the challenge. I used my eBrush- this is an airbrush system that uses artist markers instead of paint. The first photo is of the stencils. Then the front of the book the back of the book and the inside of the opened book. The black Silhouettes I cut out of black cardstock and are not stencils.
I just finished part of a collage collaboration with Scott Hatt http://scotthatt.tumblr.com/. Scott started 6 4 x 6 inch collages and sent them to me to finish and I started 6 for him to finish and mailed off those today. I finished Scott's starts today. I will share Scott's finsihes to my starts when he completes them.
Scott's first 3 starts
The next three are these three finishes shown Separately.
Was journal time today-was feeling way off kilter- we had a storm early Thursday morning with
100mph winds and it took out some of our trees- that is always
heartbreaking to me and then backbreaking dealing with it all and then
the crazy week politically - it's almost hard to escape it- so needed my
safe place to work in. This title is Shortcut- It is about many things
but the quote is from what Orly Avineri said in the class I was in of hers in
April- wow can it be that long ago already? I had not set out
to do this but it is what came out and I am feeling good about it. I am
starting to get more comfortable using my own face in my work- I
struggle as I was told that doing that was vain ( thank you mother- I
believed you for years) I have to say I am looking and reading Erin Faith Allen's
incredible book The Underneath-( and by the way that book is nothing
short of deep and she has bared her soul) reading of her doing self
portraits has stuck with me. So thank you Orly Avinerihttps://oneartistjournal.com/ and thank you Erin Faith Allen. http://www.erinfaithallen.com/
I am excited as a project I was a part of just came out in a book. Art art pals, John Arbuckel http://artjuvenation.blogspot.com/ Brian Kasstel http://www.briankasstle.com/ and Thomas LaBadia https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasoo/with/10915962744/ were a part of this. Author and artist Jill K. Berry had put out a call for proposals for a book she was doing Making Art from Maps. John and I brainstormed and came up with a mail art project. We were planning a Creative Gents (that's what we call ourselves ) retreat here in Bemidji at my home. So we made mail art postcards and I made articulated art dolls of us using maps from where we are from- Thomas altered our faces in Photoshop. This was over a year ago we did this project. The retreat here did happen last year June 2015. The first Photo is the book cover then are some shots of the dolls and my post card I made. This was such a fun project. The book is full of map awesomeness - some how-to projects and a great gallery of map art done by artist from all over the world.