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!
Getting back to the post previous to the last one, it is time to share more of my hanging process.
Now that the wall was painted (in my subtle green), I took a close look at the wall regarding traffic flow, lighting (which Elliot from the Galleria http://www.andersonvillegalleria.com/index.html happily helped me to adjust), and the wall that is not connected to mine physically, but visually can be a deterrent due to it being perpendicular to the center of my wall. The shadow area at the top of the wall created a visual separation and I wanted to be sure nothing would be cut in half due to lighting.
Next, I took an inventory of some of the items I want to sell. Narrowing it down to three kinds of items I created helped to make the overall placement within the space much easier: 1- the larger size dancer prints from my original watercolor paintings (framed and unframed – the unframed ones can also be ordered here on my website on the Dancer Series page), 2- black and white rabbit prints (also from my original drawings) that I made into one-of-a-kind pieces by adding color with Prismacolor pencils, and 3- handmade paper flowers I created from German crepe paper (a different color on each side) purchased from my favorite paper store in Boulder, Two Hands Paperie http://twohandspaperie.com.
After taking measurements, but before pounding of nails, I created small thumbnails on sticky notes to get an idea of what arrangement I would prefer. I started with my largest pieces, the Dancer Series, and carefully began measuring the placements of L-hooks and nails, taking into account the added space needed from the hangers (tabs or hooks).
Once the Dancers were in place, I measured from the middle and worked my way out to hang the rabbits. Placing the rabbits on the couch the day before to consider the 2 matting colors and the order of the rabbits based upon the visual direction of each piece, made it so much easier to hang because the placement decisions were all ready made.
Dancers and the rabbits hung where the lighting was optimal. The final section of paper lotuses I hung in the shadowed area, to give an overall flow to the top, while spreading the color throughout. The lotuses are made in three different sizes which create more interest and texture in an area that needs the interest without over powering the other pieces.
While hanging the artwork, I kept in mind to leave space for title cards, descriptions and an artist statement.
I’m very excited to announce my work has been juried in to the Andersonville Galleria!
After much work like ordering prints, cutting informing paper, purchasing frames, coloring prince, hanging the artwork, making the tags, making the artist bio and artist statement, the wall was finished!
Before all of that, I needed to paint the wall that is located on the mezzanine level at the Galleria. It previously was a very light gray color that did not complement my artwork. After a handful of many bright colors within my color palette, I chose a subtle green for the wall. For those who know me, it is about as subtle as a green can be in my world!
I was very careful to check with the neighboring vendor next to me to make sure the color I chose also look good against his display, especially cents the last 4 feet of the wall are technically in his booth space.
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!
Last February/March, I began thinking about what I wanted to create for ArtPrize this year.
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.
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!
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!
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.