Deconstructed Flower Collages

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Here are the results from Saturdays exploration with printmaking and stamps. I ended up cutting up and collaging most of what I had created. However the four prints along the bottom were too cool as is and so I left them alone. The two canvases to the left aren’t complete but I’m very happy with the results so far.

Thanks for checking it out!

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Having a Dedicated Studio Space

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Having a Dedicated Studio Space

Since I got back from my brief trip to Boulder at the end of April I have been working everyday in my studio. I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is to have a dedicated space to explore my creative passions day and night. Not only are all my art supplies in the same room (a relatively simple concept but mindblowing nonetheless) but I can leave my studio as it is and come back hours or days later without anyone complaining about the mess (The Freedom!).

I am making huge leaps in my own visual language and I am working towards a group exhibition in June. There has been a lot of pressure, some of it from my own perceptions of my progress, to get involved in the gallery scene of Chicago, but I’m not sure what I would do with that involvement. A lot of what i’m working on right now still feels pretty tentative. The elevator speech about myself and my art is still in shambles. Until I get a more solid portfolio of work I think locking myself away in my studio for days on end is exactly what I should be doing with my life right now.

This stuff doesn’t just happen overnight!

Shrine Project: Stretching, Striving, Grasping, Reaching, Dreaming

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Shrine Project: Stretching, Striving, Grasping, Reaching, Dreaming

This is my favorite piece from my Shrine Project that I have been working on tirelessly for the past two weeks.

Years ago in the VAC at the University of Colorado I found a small row of fences in a free box. I was immediately drawn to the scale and shape of the fence pieces and made a small set of collages as gifts for my friends at Solstice.

Many moons later I am finally pursuing the project I had in mind more deeply. I have been curious to explore themes of childhood, spirituality, and the goddess. These little shrines have become the perfect vehicle for expressing different emotions I feel toward my own spirituality, especially in relation to soul journey work I have done to delve deeper into my own childhood stories and inner goddess woman. I want to stray away from known goddess images and instead invoke universal themes.

This piece speaks to times of solitude I had as a child and the inspiration that comes from being in that place. It really resonates with me right now, as I am kind of back in that space in my life having just moved to Chicago. I am considering adding text to these works, but at the moment nothing is really coming to me. Every time I put pen to paper to write poetry or verse in relation to the images it feels really forced. I’m going to let it stew around for awhile and see if anything changes.

More to come later !

 

ps. I really need a new camera. The one on my phone is shot, and the little point and shoot I took to BM won’t turn on. >_<

Current Project: The Elements

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Current Project: The Elements

I realize working with the elements is a somewhat cliche thing to do. However, I just needed a series to work through some ideas I’m experimenting with. Right now I’m playing with layers, and manipulating the canvas. These canvases are in the 2nd stage of the process floating around in my head.

The first step was to paint with acrylic the swirled, tie-dye patterns as a base. The silver paint I was using was quite old and mixed with the other acrylic in a really interesting way. I’m not sure how that will affect the longevity of the paintings but they are just experimental right now.

The second step was to apply tissue paper to a small portion of the canvas. I wanted to capture some movement, add depth, and create texture. It also almost acts as the subject of each piece, even though its pretty abstract.

The third step, which I started on the lower left canvas (and will post a picture of later), was to cut out geometrical shapes, leaving a literal empty space in the canvas.

Thats as far as I have gotten, but I know I want to integrate figures into the canvas, and possibly add more layers of paper, tissue, and paint. Or sequins and glitter. Or stencils. Or words. All I know for sure is that these are definitely still works in progress.

8 Years!

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Colored Pencils, Pen

Colored Pencils, Pen

8 years ago today me and my loving husband started dating. Now we are happily married and about to embark on a grand adventure to Chicago together.

I drew this picture for one of the many Valentine’s days we celebrated WAY back in High School. I stumbled upon it again while packing for our trip and I think it has always captured the somewhat magical nature of realizing you love somebody.

Collage from Slumber Party

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How often do you just get together with some girlfriends, watch a silly movie in your pj’s, and make some art? For me not often enough. I was having a rough time my senior year at CU (University of Colorado), and so I needed a break from the essays. I invited some pals over and we got creative!

This was my creation from the evening. I believe the movie playing during this artistic process was Rango. My favorite part of the collage is the top left corner. I tore every word apart so I could make them curve, which I have never tried before. I really like the effect it had on the rest of the collage. And I like the message.

Life Doesn’t Have to Be this Hard.

A good reminder for my present state in the world. I think I will arrange a slumber party for me a my lady friends to relax with some silly movies and yummy art supplies.