Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
They're fun to do. Taking a bit of time as well. Some taking 3 classes to do them which is fine by me.
I want to do one myself.......
For some reason, my own art took a little vacation.
New moon intention: Get back in there and do something adventurous. Something new. Take a risk.
I just picked up Jane Ann Wynn's book, Altered Curiosities. I'll be teaching assemblages and shrines along with altered photographs and collage on canvas at the new studio at Masterpiece Framing. I'm getting really excited about these new classes - older kids, too. Something new for me.
On the path................
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Time out! and I ran to get my camera.
We have these gorgeous sunsets looking out from this room. I usually wait until this time of the year when they get a chance to see some and then do our sunset paintings.
Kataro kept saying, "like my painting, like my painting"... oh yeah, he is so ready for the next one.
This one was a beaut!
Lately, my art has consisted mostly of photography. I do have some paintings in progress though.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I did some painting over the weekend.
Found an old photo, colored it and collaged it onto a small canvas with modeling paste, and glass beads.
Still working on it.
This time around, doing the daily art, I'm working on several pieces and experimenting more.
I came across the box of 6x6's I did last year as my daily devotion to art and looking at them again actually inspired me. I did mostly pen and ink as well as altered photography. My canvases are actually getting smaller. The most recent is 5x5.... far cry from murals!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
hey, better late than never.
As I was coming home from my mom's, I spotted the moon rise and chase after it until I drove downtown and watched it over the "vacant" lot that hopefull will someday be a park.
I love the moon when it comes up over the horizon, big a full.
I forgot it was cold out and it really brought my energy up. Glorious, beautiful Luna!
I would so love to have a camera that would shoot it like a telescope, to really see it up close. I'd also like a camera that would take extremely close up pictures. I may see if I can get a lens for this.
Now to go alter some photos.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This morning I went right into the art room and played a little with these photos.
I am really loving the Peerless Watercolors, but I may try something new on the next one.
Working on a painting/collage and finishing up on the tiles.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I'm piecing it in here and there, along with necessary stuff, like laundry.
I took Angela Cartwright's new book, Mixed Emulsions, with me to the laundromat and it really inspired me to go back into my photos and take another look at them.
This is from the zoo. I turned it into a black and white, printed it on glossy paper and then colored it with Peerless Watercolors.
As I'm coloring it, I'm seeing all kinds of things I would not have noticed, a little magical kingdom that I am thinking of "pulling" out of this picture... or even creating a new painting from it. Endless possibilites!
I'm still painting tiles. And I'm still playing around painting a chair.
My morning had a wonderful turn-around to it as I learned I won a print from Cre8tiva which you can see here.
I had a wonderful class working with clay (always seems to calm them) and then an evening creating, playing, experimenting...
Friday, November 09, 2007
Then I found another old canvas. I was on a round canvas kick for awhile. Most likely for mandalas and I started one, but never finished it. I kept some of the center and then just added to it today.
I did this after the New Moon.
As part of my new moon intention, which is a continuation of last month's, is to keep painting. On top of that, my intention is to exhibit.
This new moon is in my 3rd house. House of communication and it is my intention to communicate through my art. Put it out there! ( being in Scorpio, some of that deep stuff within I'm sure will come to the surface as well..).
The Art Everyday group is right in synch with this..
Thursday, November 08, 2007
This morning some thoughts on this painting were about the continuation of life, birth and death, the cycle of life.
The nest symbolic of this being round, the egg a symbol of new life and yet appearing as a full moon, symbolizing it's completion. Beginnings and Endings.
The water also represents the journey. I am not comfortable with water. Here is where fear lies. Fear of death, the unknown, that which is hidden from us. Death, grief, shedding the tears to help us release the pain.
In order for newness, the birth of something, to come into our life, we need to make room for it. No more water can come into a full cup.
I am learning how to release and let go in order to bring in that which will bring me joy, self-awareness, experiences for spiritual fulfillment. Growth.
I'm keeping a little room open for newness to enter.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Where it will continue to go, I'm not sure...
Part of it came from a strange dream. I was outside my mother's house in the back on the stairs, pre-deck days. I watched a bird cleaning out her nest. A yellow and black bird, she would shake the nest and then pour water out of it.
I watched my grandmother walk by quietly, putting her finger to her lips as if to say, ssshh, don't say anything. But I did. I told my mother and brother, "I saw grandma, I really did see her"
Nice to have a visit in your dream, don't ya think :-)
I chose to use the round canvas, which I recycled. So much easier to obliterate something that turned out to the least of my expectations. I still find the blank white canvas a bit intimidating and it actually is silly because I can paint right over it if I don't like it. Anyway, I like where this canvas is going, where my mind is heading....
Although my day is broken up today, hopefully I can put in some good creative time before yoga class and then afterwards.
I love that this came in my mailbox today from the Daily Om. If you are an Aquarian, this is just a bit of the horoscope for today:
You also may be ready to stretch yourself beyond your current limits. Another possibility is that you are tired of hiding and are ready to share yourself and your gifts with the world. You were given the skills and talents that you have so you could share them with others and make the world a better place.
and right after I did the heart meditation (on other blog)... love it :-)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Tomorrow's another day.. for now I relax and read, keeping that sketchbook nearby.
This was a canvas that I was playing around with months ago, applying modeling paste and tar gel to it. It was then painted with lumiere paints, copper, gold, purple, blue... I had some foamcore pieces that also had modeling paste, but on a whim I painted over the whole canvas.
I was inspired by a dream I had. I may have written about it before, but instead of digging for it, here it is: I was looking into my bedroom from the art room. I saw a large tent-like cocoon that was filled with small black cocoons which transformed into butterflies. I went over to close the window so they wouldn't get cold and then into the kitchen to get fruit for them to eat.
I started to do some heart meditations, visiting my heart, each chamber recording whatever images came up.
It's about the harvest moon, what we harvest from our heart and how it transforms us. The heart is only halfway seen because it is still in the transformative stage, entering shyly into this new world. Be Brave my heart!
I like that the texture of the tar gel comes through in this spiraling, cocoon-like shape. Sometimes we must go through turmoil in order to reach the other side, to come out of our cocoon is pure faith. Faith in knowing that the Universe holds better things for us if we just allow it...
Saturday, November 03, 2007
She represents the Condor.
I am the tree. I use the image of a tree a lot.
I want to fly. I like flying. To see the earth from another perspective, above, makes me in awe of our amazing planet. So much to see. So much beauty!
In my spiritual life, I seek balance. I can be a bit too "flighty" and I'll chalk that up to having a predominance of Air signs and am very much in my head because of it. I do have some earth though, moon and rising sign and a Taurus husband. Very earthy. He keeps me rooted, maybe he would like me to be more rooted :-)
The painting is about transformation. How can I be rooted and still be true to myself and fly?
Probably no accident that I chose two panels here. The duality of life, trying to maintain balance. Keeping one foot rooted, while ready to take flight with new wings.
Bringing balance by listening to my heart more and not so much in my head.
Tomorrow I start another process of going through the chakras beginning with the root chakra. More on that later.
I need to refine it a bit and who knows if anything will be added, but I know one thing: Don't buy cheap canvas from Michaels anymore.
I did go get my sketchbook and played with an idea for the next step in my painting. I had an idea while doing this. I need a model and why not use the tv... there were some nice native bodies on this show :-)
Today I'll have the day for me... explore the inner depths of my being through art!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Today as I was washing up after class and the strongest feeling of painting again, being in a studio and exhibiting came over me. This is what I want.
I love the classes and all I do, but it's time for me to get back into my own self-expression through painting. These canvases have been collecting dust long enough.
Just keep painting. And today I did.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Better late than never.
So this was how I spent my day. Making some pretty bad cards until I finally let it go. She's getting this one. It would have been nice to drop it in her mailbox today, but tomorrows another day..........
Thursday, October 04, 2007
This is the older group. With the exception of one child, I forgot to take pictures. I did remember with the younger ones though.
It looks as if I will be having two seperate groups. The 4's then the 3's which works out really well. I cannot imagine working with 30 children at once and still have fun.
One little girl is camera shy, so the teacher held up her work. In April, we will have an exhibit.. The Week of the Young Child will be our reception.
The exhibit includes their art, photos and quotes.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
First you prepare the fish by cleaning off the slime. Wine gets rid of the smell :-)
The fish is carefully painted with sumi ink. The eye is usually left unpainted.
Carefully place thin paper, rice paper here on top and begin to gently press the paper, making sure to get all the details of the fin, mouth. We used a sponge.
Gently pull the paper up and....
tada!!! Fish print.
Keeping with the theme we ate a Japanese restaurant in town (a gift from 2 yoga students). Delicious.
Thank you to Kei and her mom and dad.
We had a wonderful time at Kei's house, sharing this experience of fish printing. Kei's father, visiting from Japan, demonstrated it for us and so generously carved a stamp for each of us - a character of our name or the sound closest to our name. My character is (sounds like) Doe or Door meaning Earth or Grow. We carved the character on another block in the reverse, cutting it in the negative to his positive. Kei's mom cooked some dumplings and it was such a wonderful and fun evening with such generous and gracious hosts.
Gyotaku (pronounced ghee-oh-tah-koo), the Japanese art of fish rubbing, is believed to have originated in the mid-1800s (though other forms of nature printing date back to at least the time of Leonardo DaVinci).
In brief, a fish is caught, then meticulously cleaned of all mucus, blood, dirt, etc., and dried thoroughly. The fish is then positioned as it would appear in life; that is, each fin is propped open in the swimming position. Next, the fish is brushed with ink (with the exception of the eye, which may or may not be removed prior to inking) and a sheet of paper is carefully pressed or rubbed over it. When the paper is lifted from the fish, a highly detailed image is left on the paper, in much the same way you might leave a fingerprint. In traditional gyotaku, only the fish's eye may be painted by hand. Although Japanese anglers originally created the rubbings to record precise data of specific catches, they soon recognized the aesthetic quality of the works. Gyotaku has been practiced in the United States only since the 1950s--but never widely.
The first gyotaku were created using sumi ink (a natural carbon-based ink) on handmade paper (washi). Today, various media are used. Many practitioners use water-based block printing inks, but prints are also made using oil-based inks, acrylic paints, and watercolors. (Printing with nontoxic inks or paints allows the fish to be eaten afterwards.) Although fine papers are still widely used in the fish-printing process, fabrics such as muslin and silk are also employed.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Thinking this one of John is good for Halloween. One of our discussions was about getting a new camera... oh yeah, I am loving that conversation!