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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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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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Saturday, November 10, 2007
This piece takes its title, "Indoor Games are more exciting" from the caption of a mid-century ping pong table advertisement. I just liked the mild double entrendre, combined with the slightly vapid, white toothed smile of a lady from a toothpaste ad ...
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
Today's piece is another collage, this one with a birdy theme. I have a small section of my shop on Etsy devoted to animal charities, and this piece is destined for that section. All the proceeds from sales in that section will be donated to my local animal shelter, SHAID, in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.
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.