Dance Shrines – Current Inspiration

I’ve blogged about my little shrine assemblages many times and I am happy to say that I am at the end of the exploration. This past month I used up the last of my little wooden plaques in the best set of shrines I have created to date!

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The latest series of shrines are all dedicated to my love of dance, specifically tribal fusion belly dance, which I have been practicing on and off for the past 6 years. This last summer I jumped back into the practice and it has been so rich and fulfilling that I felt called to make art that came from the inspiration I feel from the colorful costumes and intricate dancing. I also want to shout out to my troupe, The Tribal Misfits, for being such fun to dance with and to my instructor Ashanti, who is one of the most creative people I have ever met. Thanks!

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Creating the shrines boils down to three steps:

First I find and create the focal image for the shrine. For this collection I used stills from performances of myself and other troupe members. I started looking for fresh images but eventually came back around to using images from my elements series I created in 2014. I then set about watercoloring the dancing figures on watercolor, which is one of my most treasured art activities.

 

Second, I decorate the actual wooden part of the shrine. IMG_8348.JPGThis generally involves a combination of decoupage, painting, and spontaneity. Decoupage is the lovely process of gluing papers and other decorative pieces to an object. I like combining handmade papers, tissue papers, and recycled clippings from cards, gift wrap, and other notions to create a blend of layers and colors. I also decided to spray paint some of the shrines, and also revisit some old patterns drawn on with paint pen that I loved back in 2014. I like all the different textures created from the different techniques.

Third, I put the two pieces together, integrating the dancing figures into the decorated shrine. This sometimes involves adding additional elements to blend the foreground with the background and other times simply means gluing the figure on top of everything to create a more bold composition. I have two of each figure in this series, which appeals to my sense of variety.

I was also pleased to resolve to shrines that had been lying around in my studio unfinished since I started working with them in 2014. They’ve traveled halfway across the country and back, and it feels so good to say with confidence that they are complete!

These shrines, and others, will be for sale at A Place to B’s Summertime Swap and Sell on July 22nd.

If you can’t wait till then – please contact me!

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Canvas to Cuff Contest – Please VOTE!

c2cI am one of the 10 professional artists chosen as a finalist in the first Walters & Hogsett Canvas to Cuff Contest!

My design has a chance to be selected for the newest addition to W&H’s Boulder Artist Series by being produced on to an EVOCATEUR cuff. If I win, I will share in the proceeds of every future sale of that cuff.

Now is the time to vote!

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My Entry for Canvas to Cuff Celestial Being #6

Two winners will be chosen (1 professional and 1 student) by in store and online voting. Follow the link for online voting and share with your friends and family. The Boulder community is deciding, so spread the word! Voting began April 10th and ends at midnight on April 21st.  Winners will be announced the following week.

Walters and Hogsett will host back-to-back Gallery Nights for each category. The professional Gallery Night will be on April 21st from 5-7pm with light hors d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks. Voting will continue during the event.

I would love to see you there! RSVP

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Gelli Print Scrolls

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Butterfly in the Garden Print over Gelli Print Circle

Recently I have been working on a series of hanging gelli print “scrolls.” I started the series while visiting my husband who was working in Chicago for a month last year. While there, I was itching to paint and ended up impulse buying a big round gelli plate, acrylic paints, and a roll of paper.

Gelli Plates are an extremely fun and versatile form of monoprinting. You simply apply some acrylic paint to the plate and then away you go! I was introduced to them by my good friend at Turning the Wheel, and I have incorporated them into workshops and other artistic projects.

Our Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool! -From the Gelli Arts Website

My original plan was to cut the circles out of the paper and collage them into later projects. However, once I had completed a few rounds of the prints I decided I really liked how the gradient of prints looked and began plotting how to keep them intact.

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Unfurling the Scrolls after Storage.

After a bunch of trial and error I figured out how to glue a dowel to the top and bottom of the series. I also continued printing and working on the circles so they felt less rough. I splurged a second time on a set of new stamps featuring children playing and butterflies in a garden. Using the same acrylic printing techniques I incorporated the stamps into the prints. I love how each scroll tells a story from top to bottom, or bottom to top, depending on where the eye wanders first.

The scrolls will be on display in the near future at a Boulder Venue. Visit my website for a list of upcoming events: www.khirilee.com

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Spring Collection on Society 6

What’s better for spring than new bright clothing? New clothing designed by your good friend and artist! My new collection “Magic Carpets” was created with a series of little paintings I created to deconstruct. I loved them so much I decided to create a whole collection of goodies for you to wear and use and have in your home. Check it out!

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My favorite products from this collection

Floor Pillows: These are brand new to Society6 and I think they are truly fabulous. Get Comfy.

Leggings: I love a good pair of fancy pants and these are no exception! Adorn yourself here.

Canvas Prints: Since the originals were deconstructed and don’t exist anymore these canvas prints are the next best thing. I love bright and bold art prints like these. Add some color to your walls! 

Rugs: Who knew there would be a day when I became a rug designer? Spruce up your floors.

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Recap of 2016 Winter Artist Salon

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Last December I was happy to present my art to friends and family at a salon held in my home. I curated a collection of my own pieces dating from college to the present and hung them throughout my new … Continue reading

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Art Show at Anytime Fitness – Boulder

My first public art show is up! My art! On walls in a local venue! Go me!

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I am excited to announce that my art will be hanging at Anytime Fitness for the next three months. Anytime Fitness is a local gym and I reached out after seeing their call for art. Apparently members of the gym had requested art for the space and the team at the store decided collaborating with local artists would be best. I am honored to be the first artist to exhibit in their space.

Anytime Fitness has a super chill vibe, friendly atmosphere, and you can check out my art by scheduling a tour of their facilities. Or if you are already a member, go get some exercise and soak in the colorful paintings. Thats what I plan to do! Paintings are available for purchase. Prices listed in the price sheet in the office.

 

 

 

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Art Creating Change at Flow for Aleppo

On Saturday night I had the honor of performing at and donating to Flow for Aleppo.  I danced with my belly dancing troupe, The Tribal Misfits, and donated a print to the event’s silent auction.

Flow for Aleppo is a fundraising event bringing together Denver artists, poets, musicians, dancers, and foodies for one night only to raise funds for Hand in Hand for Syria. 

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The print I donated was originally created during a 30 days of painting challenge I began in 2014. The somber colors and minimalist feel felt like an appropriate piece of art to donate to the event. I was happy to see a number of bids and contributing a small part to relief.

Flow for Aleppo officially raised $8,170!!!!

 

My belly dancing troupe also showed up for the event. We worked for months on the choreography for the show and brought light and color to the line up. Our wonderful instructor deserves some serious kudos for creating our ensemble costumes as well. We looked great! Check out the video from the show here: Youtube

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Learn more about Flow for Aleppo or Send a Donation HERE

Come check out classes with our troupe @ A Place to B Studio in Boulder

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