Friday, June 21, 2013

Moving Along with WIP

I'm amazed that it's already summer solstice! Summer officially starts today, and time keeps moving along- what's that they say about time flying when we're having fun? Somehow, time always seems to move faster than I do, but I'm still moving along with my art at my human pace, trying to take advantage of the free time (ha!) I have now to get things done.

I thought I'd share my progress with one of the pieces I showed you in this post.  It's called "Story of My Life", which I took from the title of the lovely vintage book cover I'm using as a substrate. It's hard to resist a ready-made idea like that, right? The book is actually about the life of William Taylor, an evangelist missionary who was Bishop of Africa during the 1800's.

These are 2 of the many configurations I've tried as I continuously rearrange, ad, and subtract various elements, in search of the best composition I can come up with.  I should have taken more photos, and intended to, but I get carried away when I'm working and forget, or just can't stop long enough. They help me to remember where I placed everything, which can be really helpful.  Oh well.  I hope to be able to post the finished version of it soon.

Also, I should announce that I have a piece in the National Collage Society's Annual Postcard Collage Exhibition.

The exhibit will be on display at Kent State University until July 20; subsequently, you can view it online at the National Collage Society website.

Happy Solstice, everyone!  Have a wonderful summer!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Seed Story IV

Seed Story IV
ingredients: acetate, monotype, acrylic ink, cheesecloth, watercolor crayons, stitching, vintage book page

You may have noticed that I skipped Seed Story III. There is one, but I had to send it off to the curator of the traveling show just as I was getting ready to leave for vacation, so I didn't have a chance to photograph it. Instead, I've posted Seed Story IV, a piece which I decided not to put in the exhibit. Eventually, when Seed Story III returns from its journey, I will be sure to post it here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Seed Story II

 Seed Story II
ingredients: monotype, acrylic ink, watercolor pencils, stitching

Two down, one to go!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Seed Story I

Seed Story I
ingredients: monotype, watercolor pencils, metallic gel pens, stitching

This is the first of three pieces I'm going to have in a traveling exhibit curated by multi-talented artist and Northern Kentucky University instructor Paige Wideman.  You'll probably want to check out Paige's website; she does some very cool work in a wide variety of media.

All of the pieces in the show have to be no more than 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.  This was kind of challenging for me- you know how much stuff I usually put in my work - but I learned a lot.  I'll let you know the when's and where's of the exhibit as soon as I get the info.

And stay tuned- Seed Stories II and III will be posted soon!