Ravenswood ArtWalk 2018

I participated this last weekend in the Ravenswood ArtWalk!  The variety of art in my location at 4500 Ravenswood was wonderful and I felt honored to show my work with three other wonderful ladies, Barb, Lilly and Sue.  Above is a picture of my Farmers Market!  Making all those felt items brought me so much joy, and it was wonderful watching the joy sneak in and burst onto people’s faces.

Above is Clara, named after Clara Bow from the twenties.  She’s dressed in her flapper dress with long black fringe with the lovely string of pearls to go along.

Amelia the hen, shown above, is stretching her wings.  Named after Amelia Earhart who was the first woman to fly by herself across the Atlantic Ocean.

If Rosie the hen had a a riveting gun in her hand, instead of holding a couple of carrots, it might be a little more obvious that she is named for all those wonderful women in the 1940’s who went to work in the factories to help the war effort, Rosie the Riveter.

If you would like to purchase any of the items, prints, hens, or felted goods, just let me know!

I really enjoyed watching people check out my Farmers Market display filled with felt “produce” and “baked goods”, my lovely hens, and prints of my sunflower paintings. They would grin, laugh, and in general have a wonderful time!  Grateful thanks to those who came, purchased, conversed and participated in the Happiness!

The Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank, Longmont, CO

On Monday, I hung my Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank in Longmont, CO.  On this coming Friday, tomorrow, they will be celebrating their 125th birthday with a barbeque.  I am very honored to have my work on display for this event!  The bank is purchasing a framed print from me in the form of a Gift Certificate, which will be the prize for a drawing they will have.  The lucky recipient will get to decide which image from the series they would like.  It is a delight that the bank acknowledges the value of art (monetarily, physically and emotionally), and the benefit it can have for their customers.  The above photo is located to the right when you walk into the bank, and to the left of the tellers.

Sunflower Series at the Sunflower Bank, Longmont, CO

This grouping is to the immediate left when entering the bank, and the images below are on separate smaller walls in between offices.

Crow Writes Fibonacci
Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Stalks
Sunflowers Different Directions

If you are interested in purchasing a print, please click on the above Sunflowers Series wording at the top of the screen in the black bar.

Birds, Bees & Blossoms

Birds, Bees & Blossoms completed hanging arrangement
Completed hanging arrangement

ArtPrize 8 is right around the corner and I am very pleased to say I, with Russell’s help, have just installed my entry at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown.

Beeline stitching and tweet detail
Beeline stitching and tweet detail

Birds, Bees & Blossoms features whimsical birds conversing, while bees buzz amidst white and pink blossoms on light green backgrounds. It is a grouping of 9 mixed media pieces, all visually connected by the leaves and branches. Acrylic paint, decorative papers, fabric, plastic, colored pencil, ink, and embroidery floss are used throughout the individual pieces.

Blossom and bee detail
Blossom and bee detail

This grouping began as my own wishing and waiting for warmer and brighter days, filled with sounds and sights of springtime.

ArtPrize8 begins on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and ends Sunday, Oct. 8, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Come and fill your senses with a wide range visual delight!  It’s a great place to see art, and meet artists from all around the world!

More … Bee Cause

Last February/March, I began thinking about what I wanted to create for ArtPrize this year.

Notes from my planning phase
Notes from my planning phase

For me, my creative process begins with a thought which my mind looks at, stretches and pulls in many different directions.  To help reign in the concept, I write the thought down and continue to write everything else that flows from that one thought.  In this case, my thought was Bee Cause.  What do I visually want to say about the bees?  What cause … a cause for the bees or a cause for mankind or both?  I look at it more, and write more down.  I draw out my thoughts, literally.  Bees.  Honey. Honeycomb. Hives. Branches. Leaves. Flowers. Messages. Movement. Light. Sound.  All of it I look at to consider.

Upclose image of the backside of one of the bird kites using the bamboo splints for braces.
Upclose image of the backside of one of the bird kites using the bamboo splints for braces.

I knew I wanted it to suspend from the ceiling. I knew I loved working with the decorative papers and wanted to incorporate those into the piece. I knew I wanted it as lightweight as possible. What could give my branch structures little weight but lots of strength? Ah yes, the bamboo splints Catherine and I used last year in our bird kites. But what formation of branches? Flowers, hmm, yes, crepe paper. What color pink, white, magenta? What about the flowers’ centers? Too crazy of a detail to dwell on now. Leaves! Yes the decorative paper and the roll of green sheer fabric would be perfect! But how, how am I going to make those leaves? Glue will add more weight … sewing? Possibly. Bees … that’s a tricky one … they need to be lightweight, moveable by breezes, some color, something to possibly reflect light … plastic? Yes, a thin plastic, like from the pastry shop or grocery store. Perfect! Messages … what do I want it to say, what words? Bee Cause … what?

What helps you to work out your thought process?  I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Paint Cut Glaze Paint Draw

more collage Prior to the NoBo First Friday show (in the usual creative frenzy of thinking I will get even more accomplished before the show), I began nine more bluebirds for 5×7 paintings.  I finished my first one last night!  A section of it is shown in the upper  right corner of the photo.

I began with a small canvas and applied color to the outer edges.  While at one of my favorite stores, Two Hands Paperie, I found a beautiful pack of papers.  After choosing one of these lovely paper as a background for the bird, I cut it to the desired size and applied it to the canvas.  Using one of the previously painted nine birds, I trimmed it out (similar to the one with the white background) and applied the bird to the background.  At this point the background competed for attention with the bird and I brushed on a glaze to tone it down.

Next, I painted more leaves and branches.  After allowing drying time, I picked up a pen and added lines for shading and outlining.  The ink added more depth and dimension to the piece.  All that is now left to do is sign it!

If you are so interested by this little bluebird and would like to inquire regarding purchasing, contact me through the “contact” tab above.

Have a beautiful day!

Joan

NoBo First Friday Show

Tweet tweet!
Twitter? No.
Bluebirds? Yes!
Spring is right around the corner and my mind goes to spring! The thought of warm breezes and the sounds of birds chirping away!

In preparation for the NoBo First Friday Show tomorrow night, I’ve been working away on various forms of 2 and 3 dimensional collage.  Three bluebird canvases will be there with acrylic, ink, fabric, paper and embroidery! Here are a couple detail photos …

leaf detail
leaf detail
bluebird detail
bluebird detail

In addition, I’ve met a clothing designer named Melissa Bell who has generously given me  scraps of her  fabric!  From those, I’m making collage animals by combining her fabrics with mine and adding embroidery.  Each animal is from my original design.

Melissa holding some of my animals - some are complete, some are in process.
Melissa holding some of my animals – some are complete, some are in process.

Here is a link to the NoBo Show information:

http://bouldersource.com/featured-friends/nobo-first-friday/

 

The Gypsy Cart of Art and More

I hope you are enjoying your summer!  With the warm temperatures and cooling nights, my summer is very enjoyable.  Much art activity has gone on during the past three months.

The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!
The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!

Three times now, the gypsy cart of art has made it to our Farmers Market.  I’ve been very happy with the response from people enjoy the cart and my artwork!  On the cart I have smaller original paintings, prints, hand colored prints, floral garlands, notecards, bookmarks, vegetable bags, and pallet paintings (which are actually off the cart) for sale.  The market is held downtown Iron Mountain, across from the library by the stage.  If you get a chance, stop by say hello and you may the perfect piece of art for a gift.

Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.
Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.

A few weeks ago, I helped The Friends of the Braumart to put together the “framework” for the Inaugural Mostra D’Arte show, held during the week before Italian Fest weekend.  It currently is the only gallery style juried art show in Iron Mountain.  Sixteen artists, three jurors, and numerous hours of planning and setting up and striking the show, made for a wonderful exhibition of art.  I was surprised and delighted to win the Third Place Jurors Award on my watercolor painting of The Three Graces which depicted three women stomping grapes.  Sometimes hanging a show can be challenging, but I was so happy with the ease that two women and I had in curating it.  We received many positive comments regarding the hanging!

Meanwhile, up in the studio I’ve been framing watercolor and ink paintings to hang in the gallery.  This is the week I plan to rehang!  During the week, feel free to stop by the gallery downstairs to see what’s new.

The Dig In and Bike On project continues to move along.  Through Kickstarter, 3 racks have been funded and created. Outside of Kickstarter, 3 racks are ordered and a voice agreement for another.  Ronnie Bradke is doing a fantastic job of fabricating the racks.  Two have been installed in the downtown and I hope the third can be installed this week in time for the Labor Day weekend.

May the rest of your summer and the coming weekend bring you much delight!

Joan

Mail Art entry 12!

Cut, sew, draw and repeat …

Mail Art entry 12a

Stage 1 of front:  I sewed the little orange ribbon on, the little butterfly cut-out, and then drew the rest with the addresses and stamp.  Still seemed ho-hum …

Mail Art entry 12b

For the flip side I cut out tulips from a rectangle piece of paper and then tore around it.  I sewed the tulip silhouettes, ribbons, and the cardboard cut-out onto the back. After stitching it onto the backside of another sheet cardboard, I scribbled into some of the border with the blue ink pen and added a request to Spring … still not pleased.

Mail Art entry 12c

Thinking a few raindrops might help, I added those, but still not enough …

Mail Art entry 12e

… I decided to darker the one set of scribbles in the border and add a second set.  The looseness of the line gives a “stitched” look to it.  Back to the front …

Mail Art entry 12f

… more color was added with marker and some Prismacolor to help give it a little more  brightness.

Off it went … with added postage.

 

Mail Art entry 11!

mail art 11a copy

Inspiration once again came from the stamp and wanting to play with black and white gouache .  For this piece, I began with a piece of cardboard from a sheet set that had printing on one side and blank white on the other.

mail art 11c

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well, I sanded the blank side with some fine sand paper. After addressing and stamping the cardboard, I set it to the side and cut a smaller piece of card stock that fit inside a printed border on the back side of the cardboard.  From a recently acquired package of miscellaneous papers, etc., I pulled out a solid teal piece and a playing card.  I sewed the teal paper in the middle and cut the card at an angle. Placing the card in strategic locations, I sewed those into place.  Next, I added a piece of red ribbon.  Finally, I sewed the new “sewed” card onto the back of the cardboard.

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well to the slick cardboard from the sheet, I sanded the blank side with some fine grade sand paper. The gouache stayed onto the card beautifully.

Once I finished the front and let it dry, I flipped it over, looked at that 3 of hearts and began to reminisce about all those Canasta games. That playing card brought back many memories of playing canasta with my family. Being allowed to play Canasta with the adults was truly a right of passage.  Numerous Sunday afternoons were spent playing cards with my family and visiting with cousins, aunts and uncles.  My Aunt Agnes always placed bowls of chips and chocolates onto the table only to be washed down by soda pop.  Strategy, stories, and laughter often ensued.  Enough reminiscing for now, back to the project …

mail art 11b

Originally, I thought I would draw or paint some silhouettes of figures (like those the stamp) onto the sewn back side of the card, but it seemed only right to add the Williams Rule book and a few thoughts.

Mail Art 10!

Mail Art 10a

With yesterday officially being day 3 of Spring and knowing white snow surrounded me, my psyche ached for spring flowers and color.When working on this envelope, this landscape composition extended from the stamp, which is rather ironic when looking at the industrial landscape of the stamp.

The front of the envelope I worked on last night and placed it on my drawing table for the morning project.

Mail Art 10b

This morning I saw the flowers and decided to create a still life with more of them, only larger on the back.

Media I used for this envelope included ink and Prismacolor pencils.