Saturday, September 20, 2014

Studio Table

The incomparable Seth Apter of the The Altered Page has challenged us to reveal the truth, and I have accepted the challenge. In Seth's words, "Let's go behind the curtain, throw any feelings of shame out the window, and show the world the underside of art and craft. I'll show you mine if you show me yours!"

Embarrassing as it is, here are photos of my art table in all its messy glory, just as it happened to be on this 20th day of September, 2014. Was I tempted to clean it up, just a bit? Yes, I was. But I left it as it really was, and snapped a few shots to share with you.

Yes, this is where I actually work, in the middle of all this chaos. And I do, pretty much, know where everything is, which surprises me as much as it probably does you.

And, as Seth noted in his own reveal, when we run out of room on the table, the mess tends to spread onto the floor...

For links to over a hundred (and counting) other artists' studio table views, head over to The Altered Page, Studio Table Reveal.  I just love seeing the reality of other artists' messes! Am I some weird kind of voyeur, or does it just make me feel less guilty about my own?  Whichever, it's great fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


collage by Derek Gores

Vietnam War Memorial by Maya Lin

ceramic plate by Kentucky artist Wayne Bates

Native American totem pole, Smithsonian

Goddess by Donna Iona Drozda

Small Dreams by Claudio L'Estremo Montgriffo

The color for "Searching for Roy G Biv" this month is black, and my goal was to find the widest variety of black art works possible.  Do you think I achieved it?

For more photos of basic black, check out the blogs of our hostesses, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen and Julie Booth.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Space Buddha

Space Buddha      5 x 5 inches
ingredients: vintage book pages, image transfers, watercolor pencil drawing, vintage stamps, magazine cutouts

What is meant by the soul as suchness is the oneness of the totality of all things.
                                                                                                                                ~ Ashvaghosha

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prayer Flags III and IV

Two more little collages in the Prayer Flags series, which I'm considering using as replacements for pieces in the traveling show Tripletta. My three Seed Stories pieces sold, so I have to send in new pieces for the show.  Both are monotypes with collage.

  Prayer Flag III

Prayer Flag IV

Have a glorious weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Prayer Flags

For the past few months, I have had three pieces in a traveling art exhibit called Tripletta, a show of miniature works of art. It is now in its third venue, and at the opening a couple of weeks ago, all three of my pieces sold. This is fantastic news, of course. The only problem, which really is not a problem, is that I now have to replace those pieces, since the exhibit is scheduled to go on to other venues. (To see two of them, go here and here; unfortunately, I never had a chance to photograph the third.)

The reason it's not a problem is that I love to make art. In fact, I've started a series of little monotype/collages that I call Prayer Flags. The only problem is that I'm not sure I like them enough to put them in the exhibit; I keep thinking that maybe I should continue with the Seed Story theme instead.

Prayer Flag I

Prayer Flag II

What do you think? Should I go with these, or try to do more Seed Stories?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finally Finsihed - Pieces of the Sky

I finished the panels for this piece a long time ago, but could not figure out how to put them all together. I finally decided to attach them to two pieces of black suede. I feel pretty satisfied with the way this turned out.

Pieces of the Sky             22 x 10.25 inches

ingredients: vintage book covers, brass stamping, vintage book pages, monotypes, vintage puzzle pieces, vintage game piece, star guide, photograph, vintage maps, watercolor pencils, suede strips, brads, metal findings, book binding tape