Saturday, November 14, 2009
I recently participated in a private collage exchange and here is one of the collages I submitted. It is 9" x 7" and mounted to an 10" x 8" piece of watercolor paper. Part of the image was a collage that was scanned and printed on W/C paper, then additional imagery was added.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog with new spinal drawings here. Although I don't work directly from my drawings, I do use them to map out where the major elements fall on the page as I want to get proportion right. I saw a post about Rapid Resizer, a software program that allows you to enlarge your drawings that I had heard about some time ago but had never tried. I downloaded a trial of the product and found it very easy to use. Here is an enlargement of one of my drawings:
Density; 24" x 24"; industrial felt, paper, thread; 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Marilyn Pappas has been included in exhibits at the Snyderman-Works Galleries in Philadelphia and had a solo exhibit at the Nancy Margolis Gallery in NYC. She taught for many years at the Maryland College of Art and Design. Marilyn will be exhibiting her work and speaking at SOFA Chicago in November.
I'm particularly drawn to her new work titled "The Life of Beauty." Marilyn says about this work that they are "meditations on Western concepts of beauty throughout time." She also states that she is interested in the "imperfection of beauty and the beauty of imperfection." She also talks about the comfort of hand work, the meditative quality and the slow development of her work. You can read more of Marilyn's statements here.
Here are some examples from The Life of Beauty series:
Nike and the Life of Beauty (left and detail, right); 2006; 102" x 59"; cotton, linen, gold
Left: Nike with Broken Wings (detail); 2002-2008; 68" x 33"; cotton, linen, gold. Right: Venus, Marilyn and the Life of Beauty (detail); 2009; 70" x 52"; cotton, linen
And from the Fragments Series: left: Fragment of a Wounded Amazon; 2000; 32" x 23"; cotton, linen. Right: Fragment of Killimachos Aphrodite; 1995; 36" x 15" x 2"; cotton, linen
Monday, August 17, 2009
As part of the process, I made full size patterns to test how they worked before making any fabric choices. Below is the composition with the paper pattern after I had made my final shape choice. Read the full story here.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This is a small (6" x 6") collage of two kinds of handmade paper stitched onto watercolor paper. It is fascinating to me how the holes in the paper become such a strong design element:
And here are two pages from my just completed sketchbook and a tiny painting of my funny spine "forests." The sketchbook pages are 9" x 12" and the small painting is about 6" x 6". The sketchbook pages are done with graphite and the painting is Pitt pen, gouache and pencil.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here is an example of Eleanore Mikus' artwork with her lines caused by the folding and re-folding of paper. Images from her website below:
Three Horizontals, folded nacre paper, 1968, 13.625"x10.5"
Architectural White Paperfold, 2000, 5"x14.5"
and from her Black Paperfold series:
and from her Colored Paperfold series:
I have her book, there is also a catalog from The Drawing Center on her work as well. The book information: Eleanore Mikus: Shadows of the Real by Robert Hobbs and Judith Bernstock; Ithaca: Groton House, 1991. Amazon link here.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Alyson Stanfield writes a newsletter weekly and I enjoyed this one - "Listen, read, act, repeat." Alyson discusses how we automatically respond to people "I already know that" when just stopping and listening may open yourself to new experiences. Scroll down to check out this good read.
This title was followed up yesterday by her newest newsletter topic "Stop, and then get to work." This topic refers to falling into the trap of doing endless research or endless searching as opposed to just doing. Alyson writes, "Stop! Stop gathering information, stop looking for something that doesn’t exist, and start doing." Good advice.
You can sign up for her free newsletter to be delivered once a week via email. Highly recommended.
I love this basket by Japanese bamboo artist, Fujitsuka Shosei. See more images at Tai Gallery here.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A few days ago, an article came into my inbox from Mark Forster, the Time Freedom Coach. I have no affiliation with Mr. Forster – a few months back I signed up to receive email updates from several coaches as part of a group offer. His was among them. Forster is the author of the Autofocus System, a system which is a framework to allow your intellect and intuition work in balance.
In the email, Forster talks about how he is experimenting to develop a system even better than Autofocus – even though he is committed to his original product. He hopes that Autofocus will help him to:
1. Get the simple business of running his daily life back on track.
2. Avoid taking on commitments without a positive vision of what they are for.
3. Get a vision of what he is doing in his life.
No. 3 interested me a lot. In the discussion, Forster talks about "hovering around" being one thing, yet wanting another. He wants to have clear focus.
Blue pants collage, found papers, paste paper, print, oil pastels, 5" x 7", 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
In my opinion, no female artist has had the impact on art that Eva Hesse had in her short life. (1936-1970). I am particularly enamored of her drawings and her sculpture. Her drawings have a child-like feel to them and she was a master at using color. From the Estate of Eva Hesse site:
This book on her drawings is worth checking out if available in your area.
Recently, I got the Quilt National catalog for 2009. There is some very strong artwork in this exhibit, in my opinion. I hope to see the exhibit in person in September and will wait to review the show until then. However, on the QN site is a page of the award winners. I'm very impressed with many; particularly the work of Jen Swearington, Sandra Woock, Judy Rush and Anne Smith. Go to the above link and scroll down & look at Sandra Woock's piece. I see the X's, circles and strong vertical lines that reminds me so much of Hesse's drawings.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The Times (U.K.) ran a poll asking readers to vote on the top artists of the 20th century. 1.4 million people voted and the results were published Monday (6-8-2009) here. (be sure and click on the artist name for a link to artwork) As I think happens in a public poll, artists who were good at publicity and whose estates keep that publicity going come out on top (e.g. Picasso is #1 and Frida Kahlo is #19). Predictably, women are in short supply in this list. Kahlo is the first woman on the list ahead of Louise Bourgeois (#70) and Louise Nevelson, whose sculpture makes me weak in the knees, is nowhere to be found. (see examples of her sculpture here and here on the Pace Wildenstein site).
Bride and Disk and Groom and Disk, 1959-67, from America-Dawn, 1962, originally from Dawn's Wedding Feast, 1959, painted wood
Next post will be on one of my all time favorite artists, Eva Hesse.
Monday, June 8, 2009
All artwork is 18" x 18":
This list is by no means comprehensive – there were so many that were fantastic – these are just the highlights for me. If you have a chance to see the show, it is up at the Belger Arts Center through August 15, 2009, I highly recommend it.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I had been told prior to my first SDA conference, that the Member Show would be a highlight of the artwork I would see while in Kansas City. As usual, my astute friend was right, it was beautiful with some amazingly innovative and, beautiful, artwork. All artwork was 18" x 18" as stipulated by the requirements. Here are a sampling of my favorites:
Comfort and Peace; hemp (traditional funeral fabric), perle cotton & synthetic thread; technique: rust dyed, hand stitched, French knots, © Shin-Hee Chin
Sunset Composition; cotton, silk, perle cotton; technique: hand dyed, screen printing, discharged, hand & machine stitched; © Gerrie Congdon
O.K., it looks like I have quite a few more favorites than I thought, so I'll stop here and pick up the rest in a later post. Enjoy!