Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
what do you do when you are exhausted from a week of designing brochures and booklets for a university, working late nights on paintings, waiting for canvas to dry from a morning spent painting???? Go lay by the pool of course!! Thank goodness we purchased a condo in a complex with a pool because 1 hour working on my freckles is just what I needed!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Life has felt really strange lately- honestly I have had a rough couple of weeks- I have had one foot in my work life and another in my life as an artist- quite honestly it has taken a toll on me- transitioning into a new job, working on art, trying to catch up with stuff, maintaining a personal life, keeping up my work-out routine...it feels like too much at times. I have had a number of “melt downs” the latest being on Friday when I locked myself out of the house as I was getting ready for work in the morning. I completely FREAKEd out and when that happens I typically call my mom- so while I was waiting 2 hours for my husband to come home to let me in I called my mom and lost it- she always gives good advice and she talked me down and ended our conversation by telling me to try not “pull the whole list out” which is what happens when I melt down- the whole list comes out with everything that feels wrong in my world. Unfortunately my list was already out and has been out for the last two weeks and quite honestly it is bringing me down! I have spent far too many hours questioning, aching and feeling overwhelmed and after a couple of hours shedding tears on friday I decided this had to end. I don't have a lot of answers right now but I do know that I have lots to be thankful for and like I have always done in times of struggle- I return to my core and I let myself get lost in creating and while I had lots of projects to work on this weekend I found time to get my hands dirty and spent time painting big (my fave!) and painting for the mere purpose of the process and it actually made me feel better :) Now it is Monday and I am not sure if the 2 hour cry on Friday made me feel better or if I just needed to reach the bottom of my internal struggle and just give up on thinking so much and embrace the now.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
So I got busy yesterday and forgot to post for my "Inspiration Wednesday" so better late than never! Back in college, everyone was on a budget especially when you are a fine arts major- there are tons and tons of supplies to buy every week so I would often try to find creative ways to paint and create CONSTANTLY but not break the bank!
To this day I still use many of the same supplies that I used in college and one of my faves is recycling cracker and cereal boxes when they are empty- if you don't have the time or the money to buy canvas upcycled cardboard makes a great surface to do quick and expressive compositions and can hold up under lots of layers of paint- just what I like!
I start by cutting up my box
and then cover it in a couple layers of paint- not being too perfect of course!
then a little expressive writing and ANOTHER layer of paint
this is when I do a quick sketch- I prefer this exercise to be fast and free- this is a time that I choose to be expressive without worrying too much about composition
then I add my color with paint and a little more free writing
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
So I have decided to designate Wednesday as the day that I share some kind of inspiration, project or idea will all you out there- I have so many little tricks and techniques that I use and I figured I might as well share a few! Lately I have been trying to make use of all the things that go to waste around the house- my theory is that you can paint on anything so I might as well stop throwing out useful things that I can incorporate into my canvas paintings and accessories- Since I have been working on some really cool purses for a "green" exhibition I have come up with all kinds of ways to incorporate everyday trash into something new!!!
Fused Plastic Bags
I know that fused plastic bags are really nothing new these days but I have been using them for a while in my own projects and sewing them into my canvas paintings to create one of a kind yardage to sew and create with. They are so easy to sew, you can paint on them, write on them, and incorporate them into mixed media projects!
Plastic bags of course! (I like to use colorful bags or bags with text on them)
Cut up 4-8 plastic bags (I like to experiment with the number of bags I use)
Layer on top of each other
Lay piece of paper on the bottom and the top
Iron each side for about 15-30 seconds (again, it helps to experiment with the time and the temp)
Pull paper away and your bags will be melted together
After your bags are fused try painting them! I found that spray paint works really well on the surface as well as permanent markers and paint pens! I then use my painted fused plastic and sew it onto the surface of my painted canvas and use my machine to sew lines and squiggles and designs for EVEN MORE TEXTURE! The end result is a cool piece of "material" that could be used for all kinds of fun projects!
Monday, August 04, 2008
I am exhausted! I got about two hours of sleep last night which were on the couch because I couldn't stop tossing and turning in bed- it has been really humid here and my brain would not stop and I watched too many trashy shows before getting ready for bed and all of that stuff equals NO SLEEP for me!!! I had big plans tonight to clean my messy studio and to get photos of artwork cleaned up and to get a jump start on some projects for publications, and so on and so on...but no luck tonight...it will have to wait!
But I am happy to say that I posted a new clutch on etsy!
But I am happy to say that I posted a new clutch on etsy!
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I have been working all weekend- jumping from one project to another and working on some really neat purses that will be part of a "green" gallery exhibition in September- more info to come! I think life has caught up with me- between starting a new job, family visiting and then all the stuff that has come up with my book and my creative life...I'm exhausted and there is no end any time soon! My days are full, my evenings are full and brain is about to over flow! Lately I have found myself questioning if I made the right decisions in the path that I am on, trying to make the switch from fine artist into the crafting world has really meant putting myself out there, hoping my creative concepts will translate, hoping people will understand my book (so far I am still skeptical about this one due to yet another bad review!) chasing my creative dreams while still working a day job so that we can pay the bills. Sometimes it seems like life would be easier if I didn't have this crazy desire to paint and create- but it is unstoppable and I LOVE the process of making art so much that it makes my questions, my exhaustion, the bad reviews all seem like nothing compared the the pure JOY I get from sitting in my studio for hours painting- this much I know is true.