Sunday, December 18, 2016

It took a month...

... exactly one month since last posting.  But the head is finished.  I knew it needed a touch more and only recently found the correct material to add to the face.  Photos shown do not show the stand it will be on but not able to get the right shots on the stand.

The color of copper with green within the crackle does not show quite as it really appears.  But the variety of metal pieces, mirrors, buttons show well enough.  The piece is titled:  Despite the blank stare, the gears are still turning.

It is available for sale - $125.00 with free shipping.

And ... drum roll ... I found another head !!!  It appears to have been used for training for acupuncture based on the marks on the face.  These will be removed or painted over ...and then the fun begins.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It started as a....

... vintage beauty school practice mannequin.  Purchased at a garage sale from a retired beautician.  Lovely woman was taken aback when I ooohed & aahed over this acquisition.  My first thought was designing a phrenology head with just snarky sections of the head defined...
Then the work started.  Cut the hair, shaved the head and then resorted to sandpaper to get the stubble removed.  Next was makeup removal - nailpolish remover worked like a charm. The skin color was neutralized by using copper penny acrylic paint and then crackle medium.  Enhanced crackle with green and white paints.
It was then, when looking at the eyes, I knew it would be "the eyes may be glazed but the gears are still moving".  My feeling after the current election and the disappointing results.
The gears were tinted with alcohol ink and added to the head along with buttons, watch parts, and miscellaneous metal pieces.  It is on a stand made of two old wooden candle stands.  I think it is finished..but allowing it to rest & age. Perhaps will add more gears, but then again, it may be done.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Favorite pastimes...

original photo
glass filter with focal b/w
glass filter
... taking photos and then manipulating them.  Have been working with layers and various filters. This bloom taken when in Indianapolis.

And this is old photo taken in 2004 of beached shrimp boat.  Added cutout of man rowing to shore

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Working on alternative plan...

... for my artwork.  Seems Ohana Wellness Center ran out of excuses {paint, permit, a/c out, etc} as far as I am concerned.  My creations sat in the back room for two months.  Obviously, no sales which was the objective here - and with their commission plan, should have been their intent as well.

All art is available via this site as well as my FB page.

In the meanwhile, will be taking a few pieces to The Scrap Exchange in Durham - they are hosting an open-call art show celebration of the organization's 25th year in operation.   The show is open to all artists that incorporate reclaimed materials or found objects into their work.

And these are two new print creations.  Let me know if you would like a copy - digital transmit or printed.  All prices based on size.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November has begun...

... with un-fall like weather.  I've lived in N.C. for three years and I guess 3rd year is the charm.  Yes, today is cooler and misty but not the torrential, continuous rains of the last two years.  The weather guessers are stating things will warm up to mid-70's and be sunny through the weekend.
 Perfect for wandering the countryside.

But in the meanwhile, I've worked on digitally altering a few citra solv papers.  Only after finalizing above design did I notice the two figures in the lower right corner.
The one to the right is citra solv background with additional tree added to the front.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween.....

... one of my favorite - - ok, my favorite !! - - holiday.  Love the "spirit" of the day and the celebration of a new year.

Enjoy the day !!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Experimenting with Alcohol Inks...

on aluminum foil.  Really interesting results that are perfect for backing of packing tape transfers.  Just a touch of metallic with translucent colors showing through.  Finished a few ATCs {artist trading cards} using the foil along with new transfers.
 These transfers are taken from latest edition of the wonderful & free local magazine:  O'Henry.  Beautiful magazine and paper / inks are perfect for transfers - if burnished an adequate amount, the paper lifts off, no rubbing necessary.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Looking for fall....

When I lived in Texas, I would make a road trip in late February / early March looking for spring.  Depending on mood, it could be down to the coast near Corpus Christi, north to Dallas, or east to Tyler.  Grand adventures but never took a road trip looking for fall.
Home now in North Carolina and fall found me.  Visited County Park in Greensboro to just "check it out".  Our weather has been extremely warm so did not expect to see much change in color.  Oh, was I wrong !!!
The next few days promise to be quite cool so will start my plans for a trip to Pilot Mountain and Danbury to see the mountains before it is too late....

And this last photo is playtime - spun a reflection photo sideways and enhanced color...looks like a Rorschach inkblot test...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Keeping the art small...

... and creating ATC's - Artist Trading Cards.  Came across a unique roll of contact paper and it is perfect background when using altered plastic slide frames 
{altered with alcohol ink}.  The original intent was to add to the variety of completed cards for the upcoming Senior Artisans Unlimited {meetup group} meeting scheduled for November 7th and then have materials available to allow attendees to create their own cards.  Well as usual....just found the materials making themselves into cards.  Few hours later....this is the result.

If you are a very mature {senior} artist in the Greensboro area, check out the group on meetup or contact me.  Would love to welcome new artists to the group - pottery, woodworkers, mixed media, poets, writers, painters, photographers, etc.  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Half way through October...

... and it has been eventful.  Traveled to Graham to view Dale Chihuly's Venetian-style glass art, wandered down the road to Snow Camp, went to Art in the Arboretum,  and Reconsidered Goods opened in Greensboro.  Thanks to the last event I was able to purchase old plastic slide frames.
 Altered them with alcohol ink then used them on ATC Artist Trading Cards
Fall weather has arrived and I am looking forward
to a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway next week.
The leaves are a bit behind normal schedule for changing until then, here is a photo of dried weeds.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Still here...

... and creating.  But it has been miniature creations and  photography.  That is between other adventures - travel to Indianapolis.  Downsizing furniture.  Touring local parks.  Discovering I have overloaded my computer - 3 gb hard drive with 95% full.  Will spend some time researching & securing an external storage device and then shuttling photos to it.  Now I know that will be fun {???}.

For little things.....there are blooms.  Will share these and then prepare for computer challenges.  Might delay future postings, but don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to purchase a print, either digital or hard copy mailed to you.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Small art...

... creating ATC for swaps.  Always difficult to discard even the smallest piece of ephemera knowing that some day it will land on the right piece of paper and become a part of an Artist Trading Card.  Joined a group on FB - ATC Artist Trading Cards - that has allowed me to connect with quite a few people in the U.S. and Canada.  AND when they swap, they usually include little snippets of goodies to incorporate in new creations.

(someday I do hope to master arranging photos on this blog...what a hassle)

And today, I signed the consignment agreement and delivered various creations and framed art to Ohana Arts and Wellness Center in High Point.  They will have their gallery area ready and the items on display by the first of next week.  It is quite an eclectic place - offering readings, jewelry, fairy doors, basic belly dancing classes, and shamanism lessons.  I believe I found the right venue for my art.  {but that does not mean you cannot contact me directly should you care to make a purchase...}

Monday, August 8, 2016

Create your own SUNSHINE...

... another project that had been in the works for too long was finished this morning.  That trip to Scrap Exchange yielded the perfect ceramic drawer pulls to finish this board.  The sun / face on the top is metal enhanced with alcohol inks.  There are heat embossed patterns in the background with liquid pearl centers.  Measures  8" x 14-1/2".