Well, darn! I'll be off line and unable to post for a few days. My computer is sick - it can only boot up half way. I HATE it when that happens! If you need me, you can email me (I will be trying to get a turn on one of my sweet husband's computers so I can read my email online. hmmm) Or -- just comment here and I'll get that in my email. Thanks.
Meanwhile, Sharon is closest to the correct answer as to what happened in my studio. I DID try to get one more little cabinet of drawers squeezed in -- and I did -- well I will soon -- I mean . . . er . . . um . . .that is, I DID get a new bunch of drawers and I'm trying to sqeeze them in - somewhere! (What is it with me and drawers and boxes?)
When I get the computer back up and scan some pictures, I'll share, for sure.
Until then, prayers are not completely out of order for me as I trouble shoot my computer and as I work on "squeezing" out there in the studio.
OH! NO! My beautiful, clean studio!What's going on here? Is it just what the studio always looks like when I'm creating? Almost - but not quite this bad. So, can you get a clue as to what the situation might be? (Now, Deryn, you already know so don't tell.)
Not so easy, my friends. Here is a B---I--G clue:
The clue is in this picture.
Ok, now you've got it, right? You know what's going on, right? BTW, I'm working as fast as I can to get it together so I can show you. Meanwhile, take a guess, why don't ya?
Partake Not, 6" X 6" (Mixed media collage with vintage papers, stamps, ink, injet transfer, acrylic, and colored pencil)
Popular, skilled mixed media artist and author, L.K. Ludwig, has the first of what she calls her Friday Prompts on her blog post today. It is a found Poem Prompt and this is what she suggests:
choose three pages from an old discarded book. Photocopies are
fine. Put the book itself away to reduce temptation! (you can tuck
what you don't use back inside the pages after, if you like.)
Have scissors at the ready.
Scan the lines of text, not reading for comprehension but for the flavor of the phrases, for the way the words feel. Be like a reading divining rod, looking for a response from inside. Don't overthink.
Snip those bits of phrase, those words, those reactions out from the paper right way.
Arrange, rearrange, respond. Perhaps a second delving into your three pages is needed.
Adhere them to a journal page!
This process should be fairly quick- and simple. React, respond, snip, arrange, glue. Then as my littlest says, "Ta- Daaaaa!"
You can then work the cut edges of paper into your page with a
china marker, a stabilo marks all pencil (they blend with water) a
watersoluble colored pencil or crayon, charcoal, even a bit of paint on
your fingertip, or what-have-you!
L.K. then invites us to have a go at the prompt on one of our journal pages. Sometimes I do it like she suggests with the found text and sometimes I do it backwards, starting with the image(s) first and then picking the text.
I have a sack of old paperback romance novels beside my worktable in the studio. Often, when I need inspiration for a "story" for my mixed media collage, I pull out one of the books, open to a random page, and skim the words looking for a phrase that sounds intriguing.
Now, at this point I could never glue the words in as L.K. suggests in her prompt because sometimes when I'm done, the collage doesn't need the words - it tells the story all by itself, visually. In the case of the collage above, Partake Not, I knew I wanted to use the two figures and the little piece of vintage illustration but I didn't know what the "message" was. So I pulled out a book and found the sentence, "They would neither dance nor would they play any of the card games."
I really liked how the sentence and the two charaters "fit" together in meaning so I began to create the collage. I inked the background, glued on the vintage papers and then the two characters. The background was alittle too plain so to make it match the sentence even more, I masked the figures and papers behind them and then transfered an image of vintage playinig cards to the background.
At that point I thought that the picture all by itself did not impart the meaning of the sentence so I cut it out and glued it on. Voila! My page was finished.
I think limiting myself to three pages of text as L.K. suggests, would be fun to do especially if you start with the text and build the collage around it. Why not check out her examples and information on her blog, Poetic Eye, and join in the fun every Friday?
The Villager, 9" X 11" (Mixed media mail art on back of a manilla envelope with ink, vintage papers, colored pencil, and faux postage.)
If you thought you'd seen one of those images from my collage, Partake Not, before -- you'd be correct. A year ago, I was into some Bantockesque mail art! I also showed you this envelope, which was not so Bantock-like but fun anyway. And there is that little fellow that is in Partake Not. I love him.
I created the faux postage at the bottom from a mixed media collage by my friend and very talented artist, Adrianna Hawks. (Artsy, if you read this, I hope you will email me because I've lost touch with you.)
The whole thing is on the back of a manilla envelope (do you still call them that? or do you call them brown envelopes?)
Wanna see the front of that envelope again?
Limited Edition, 7" X 10" (Mixed media on manilla envelope with ink, vintage papers, marker, graphite, inkjet water transfer, and vintage circle pin.)
I have a huge week ahead of me and two more art projects I've signed on for, as well as a stained glass art project and major ministry assignment for my church. I'll tell you about that later. It is exciting. Hopefully, I can get back to my altered magazine model, too. Oh well, I AM an artist, you know, and often don't finish what I start. I'm committed to that one, though, so I'll get back to it soon. At least, no matter what, I'll give you art of some kind with every post.
Magazine picture mounted on book board and diffused with Nevr-Dull.
Now, after this step, I was not so much practicing avoidance behavior as I was working and messing up! I tried a bit of gesso and hated it so wiped it off immediately. Next, I tried a little flesh colored acrylic but - - o-o-oh, too yellow:
(I might do something to this version sometime but as of now -- I don't like it.)
By now, I was disillusioned with no vision on the horizon. That's when I began practicing avoidance behavior. I didn't want to face it.
Finally, I decided to make a copy of the image on matte photo paper. That freed me to try something else. Sharon and I both saw a sort of hooded piece on her (thanks, Sharon for your comment) so that is the direction I went this time. First I drew in some guide lines for the hood/headress:
[Note: If you are reading this post on Facebook, you'll have to go to my blog to see the videos.]
Oh, yeah, I decided I couldn't make creative drawing decisions and talk at the same time so I hope you like the music I was listening to while I was doing this drawing and painting. I painted in a base for the hood with white gesso:
Next, I had an idea for a lace insert in her hood. I used a real piece of lace, a stipple brush, and Golden's Paynes Gray Liquid Acrylic: (Pardon the fuzziness of the closeups on this one -- I forgot that I had zoomed the lens.)
A-A-A-K-K-K-KKKK!!!! "the &*^$^#% camcorde fell over. I've got to take time to make a sturdier set up for my film making. Anyway, here is the last few seconds of the lace painting -- the REVEAL:
Wow, I love how that lace turned out.
(Click on the image to get a closer look at the lace.)
Now, I have to decide what else I want to do to flesh out the hood and create her face, etc. I'll be letting it sit a while waiting for inspiration. Do you ever have to do that? Put it aside and wait until your ideas start flowing again? Usually it happens to me when i think I have to make a masterpiece . . . I don't know why I ever think that because I have surely yet to make one! LOL.