Saturday, December 29, 2007
Well, Christmas is well and truly over, and it's time to get back to making art. I hung out with my man last night, watching I Claudius and making collages. Here's one of them. I splurged on some fabulous Japanese papers earlier in the month when I was Christmas shopping, and that forms the principal background. The is the first time I've worked with this paper and I adore it -- just stunning stuff.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
A beautiful Treasury by brookemarton made the front page of Etsy this morning, and one of my pieces is on it! I'm so happy -- thank you, brooke and Etsy!
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
I'm so honoured! An artist interview with me has been posted by pepperinapress on her great blog Indie/Pretty/Perfect. http://indieprettyperfect.blogspot.com/2007/12/dangerous-mezzo-nova-scotia-canada.html
Thanks, pepperina, for featuring me! I really enjoyed doing the interview -- the act of describing one's artistic journey and goals is certainly a catalyst for reevaluation and reflection.
And don't forget to check out pepperinapress's Etsy store.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
My second showcase, "White", has made the front page of Trunkt.org, and I'm thrilled. These artisans are incredibly talented and their work is just stunning. I can't believe the incredible artists and craftspeople I've found on this site, and I am so proud to have been included in their number!
Here's a brilliant piece by English jewellry designer Paraphernalia: the Red Heart Necklace. I covet any number of pieces by this artist, who has a portfolio on Trunkt.org and who sells through Etsy.com. Paraphernalia's Etsy Store
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I started this one last night -- and it was just a mess. Boring beyond belief, in spite of some cute handmade paper. I started overpainting it, and it got worse! This morning I looked at it and threw on some more scraps of paper and a raw umber glaze -- suddenly, it's okay. Who knew?
I love collage.
Monday, December 10, 2007
It went through a few iterations. One of the nice things about collage is its flexibility -- if one incarnation doesn't work, well, one can just keep pasting things on until something emerges.
In its first incarnation, the overpainted photo of Maria Callas (my muse, in many different ways) was surrounded by some very pretty modern papers interspersed with vintage text.
It was ... pretty. And boring.
I showed it to my guy, David, who spotted the problem right away. "The edges need more intensity", he said, wisely.
So. back to the worktable I went. In my quest for darker and more intense border material, I started tearing up some reproductions of great artworks: landscapes to begin with, but then I tore up my first Madonna and Child, and it all came together.
The background was originally red -- after using the art snippets for the border, I overpainted the red with umbers, burnt and raw.
Maria Callas is a Madonna without Child. She created herself (there's a little snippet in the lower left hand corner from a painting of a woman painting ...) in her own image.
In fact, she's an icon.
Which is the title of the piece.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Pretty rocks, though ...
These little earrings are made of very nice wooden beads, also bought in Toronto on my last trip. I love the combination of warm wood with shiny silver ... just looks so yummy to me!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Members of Trunkt can curate "Showcases": collections of other people's work, usually unified by a theme. My first Showcase "Circular" just got picked for the front page of Trunkt -- and I'm thrilled!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
What is Trunkt, you may ask?
"Trunkt is a curated buyer's guide to the best of independent art and design.
We support independent artists and designers by giving them portfolio space to present their work. We celebrate their talent in multimedia features.trunkt.org brings the best of independent art and design to a global audience hungry for fresh creative talent. Trunkt now features the amazing portfolios of over 1000 talented entrepreneurs from around the world."
And I'm now one of those entrepreneurs!
I applied on a whim last night and heard that I was accepted about an hour ago. It actually made me teary-eyed -- this means so much to me, I'm at a loss for words to express how I feel.
Here's my portfolio. And thank you, Trunkt. Thank you so much!
I was overpainting a photo of gorgeous film star Hedy Lamarr last night, when I had an epiphany of sort. Or a personal "Eureka" moment, rather. You see, I really hated the bodice of the dress Miss Lamarr was wearing in the photo -- kind of fussy and patterned and not really to my taste. So I started pasting bits of torn up paper over it, and, gosh darn it, it looks okay! In fact, I really like the contrast between the more three dimensional treatment of her face and the frankly two dimensional, decorative treatment of her clothes.
Now, of course I know this isn't exactly new, but it opened up a little door for me, personally. Woo hoo!
Bonus Hedy Lamarr quote: “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.”
Monday, November 26, 2007
So I'm looking at my Moo cards and suddenly I think, "Hey, I'm a collagiste! If it's paper, I can cut it up and glue it to something" So I whip out my scissors and work one of my own images (from the Moo card) into an ACEO for today's artwork.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
How cute is this? This print is by Nonna Illustration and Design, user name shawnanonna at Etsy. Her shop is here. I've just bought a copy of the print pictured above and can't wait to get it -- it's possibly one of the sweetest things I've ever seen, and normally I'm not so into sweet. But this is irresistable, as is the rest of her work. (Smiling brownies, anyone?)
Love, love, love it. Thanks shawnanonna!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
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Monday, November 19, 2007
Okay, I'm really pleased with these -- this combination of coral and bone and brass really seems yummy to me. I got the beads from a new bead store in Bridgewater -- Java Bead. Some really gorgeous things in there ...
These earrings are for sale in my second Etsy shop, operatic .... :)
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Okay, so I've fallen a little behind! It's because I've just spent the last three days with my local opera company's production of An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan, and I just didn't have time or energy to post!
But here we go, today's art: this is a miniature collage entitled "Make-Believe Woman", and uses all sorts of papers from my mid-century women's magazine collection. I very lightly overpainted the central image, from an ad, to make it pop a bit more.
Dedicated to all the women we can't be ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Today's piece is a sweet little collage called Acme of Beauty. Sometimes I like to take a break from painting and just assemble a collage from papers. That's how this one came about. I used various papers, modern (these are often scrapbooking papers) and old (pages from books, periodicals, etc.), a little bird, and some found text from a precious copy of FOLIO, an 1875 music periodical printed on very thin paper. I just love the slight irregularities of the old type-setting and fonts.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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Friday, November 9, 2007
I love this one. I generally at least LIKE all the pieces that get as far as being posted in my shop, but this one tickles me.
This piece started out rather sweet and soft and romantic and all that stuff, but the instant I added the caption (found text from a 1950's ad) the whole thing got a bit more twisted.
At various points in the genesis of this piece, there were magazine covers and televisons in the lower left hand corner. I had to find a really BIG rose to cover them, when I decided to soften it a bit! But what really sold it was the bird ... because the Gainsborough woman and the Gainsborough dog really needed someone to envy them ...
Okay, it's not great art, but what the hell. It's my piece for today!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I am having so much fun with my stash of 1930s to 1950s women's and decorating magazines! This piece is called "Are you still the girl he married?" -- a found piece of text I've combined with a mid-century girdle ad and part of a page from a 1930's novel.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
One of the leaders of VAST, dmriceart, has started a painting a day challenge for herself, and I think I'll join in.
She also suggests setting some art-related goals for November, so here goes:
1. make some larger pieces (at least 8 x 10)
2. organize my collage ephemera
3. paint at least one painting
I'll post some of the items here as I go along, starting with this piece, made from midcentury advertising elements.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
.... by cherryblossomsdesign on We Love Etsy, and I'm just so thrilled. Most importantly, it means a lot to me that my customer enjoyed her artwork and continues to get pleasure from it, but I'm just tickled pink to have been reviewed ... This is the piece she and her husband bought: one of my personal favourites, and the artwork I chose for my business card.
Thanks again, cherryblossomsdesign -- I really appreciate it!
This Toronto-born artist and illustrator brings a child-like joy to her work, which is available both as original paintings and as simply wonderful greeting cards. I love the exuberance and energy of her illustrations -- they just seem to burst out and they never fail to make me smile.
She's also a big supporter of animal charities, which makes her pretty wonderful, too.
You can find her Etsy store at gingercatpress.etsy.com.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I've just joined, and am really proud to be a part of this. My first offering is a work combining nostalgic image and text from an actual 1946 edition of Fun with Dick and Jane, and features the character Little Rabbit. It's for sale in the EFA section of my store.
All proceeds from the sale of this work will go to my own favourite animal charity, S.H.A.I.D. Tree Animal Shelter in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. David and I have volunteered here, and we adopted our two younger cats from here -- it's doing such good work, and on a real shoestring budget.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Here they are:
I've been a little shy about the whole "selling my jewellery" thing, partly because it's not what I've trained as, and partly because there are just so many AMAZING jewellery makers on Etsy, that I feel rather diffident about hanging out my shingle in the midst of so much incredible talent. But I really like some of the things I'm making in spite of the fact that they are frankly assembled costume pieces rather than extraordinary works of art.
But I think these sure are pretty ... :)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Or, rather, my piece "Thrilling Dishes" did ... I am so proud!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I love this photograph by my partner, David Mosey, of the staircase of the old building he was living in in St John, New Brunswick. I love the light and I love the exit sign centre left.
I've got a number of his pieces, in versions he developed himself, to use in my collage, and I've started with this one:
It's called "View" and combines overpainted papers with a fragment of one of David's original enlargements.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Various collage materials in drifts, funky lamps, shipping stuff, artwork by me and others (there are collages by stilettoheights and heathermurray art, among others), my olive can of water, my purple box o' birds, and lots and lots of .... crap. I really need to hang those paintings. And organize my ephemera.
Here's my gorgeous new iMac, my funky lamp, a photo of my horse, a postcard from magicjelly ... and lots of crap.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
There was a discussion that almost got started a couple of months ago on the VAST thread at Etsy about failed art. This is the piece I mentioned -- hideous and ill-conceived. I'm just so sorry about it all, but I thought it might be interesting for us to share failed artwork and discuss what it is we're trying for when we create, and how we know when we've arrived. If we do ...
The thread is here: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5276383
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I started with a photo of a woman from an advertisement in The American Home magazine for January 1947, and began overpainting it. I overpainted more thickly than usual, because there was advertising text on her face and the paper was very thin and the text from the other side was bleeding through (when I do this again with paper from that issue, I may let the bleed-through happen -- it was an interesting effect).
It got to a point when I thought I'd ruined it, and then I just kept going and, wham! It was a tiny bit Gauguinish so I stopped. The paper is from the April 1933 issue of Hobbies magazine -- I just love the warm colour of it, and the tidiness of the rows as contrasting with the mystery in her face.
It just goes to show that I never really knows what's going to happen when I start to assemble my bits and pieces ...
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
One of my favourite artists on Etsy is Jamie Ribisi, one of the friendliest members of Etsy's VAST (Visual Arts Street Team) and a great painter. She lives and works in New York State, and her oil paintings of landscapes and cloudscapes are luscious constructions of colour and light. I really admire what she's able to do with colour, and she's also a terribly nice person who is currently having a Gallery sale at her Etsy store. Check it out!