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.
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.
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!
I’m very excited to have this shop as it is one more way to have my work available to the public. Bluebirds of Happiness are the latest creations I’ve been working on at the Farmers Market and what doesn’t sell at the market will be available at my Etsy shop.
One of my goals as Springtime approaches, is to incorporate bees into three collage/paintings measuring 11″x14″. Above, you will see the beginning stages of my work using my blossom sketch, bees I’ve drawn and cut out pieces of paper. I find as I walk outside and see beautiful pink blossoms on the trees and pink and yellow tulips popping, I want to incorporate those into my artwork.
Shown above are the blossoms I painted this morning as well as the background color and the collaged leaves. While working, the thought crosses my mind, “do I want to apply any ink to these paintings, or just stay with embroidery for detail?” Time will tell!
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 …
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.
Thinking a few raindrops might help, I added those, but still not enough …
… 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 …
… more color was added with marker and some Prismacolor to help give it a little more brightness.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.