A daily dose of collage creativity, in images, words and thoughts. Always remember, "Everything will be alright in the end...if it is not alright it must not be the End"

Monday, August 22, 2016

On a Roll is what I've been hearing...

And that it has been....with forward motion and hard work. Then a need for walks in the woods to balance and to restore spiritual and visual well.

Locked Treasures was part of series, 
 Soon and I do mean soon as times is flying by these two piece will be exhibit at 4Art Inc.Space in the Zhou Brothers Art Center with Robin Rios in her Gallery space.
Daisy is a skate deck that I just finished yesterday...
So happy it's off the check list on the board in the Studio.  

And this little piece I entered was selected to be part of an exhibit, Politics Now at Union Street Gallery.  Behind the grid is a image of chicken...love the chickens...some day will have some.

Time to get going...I have a workshop to present to day...building that Dream House today...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Packing up and heading out...Road trip again

The opportunity to submit my work was given to me as part of my Nancy Merkling Award, this time I entered 4 piece which was the limit.  Happy to say that they were all excepted but......that means a Road Trip in to Harvard IL...both ways it's like taking a trip to my parents..a good 3 or so hours depending on weather and traffic.   I was just sharing with another artist a few days ago....If you were giving advice to another artist what would it be?    I would say Learn how to haul you art and be prepared to drive the distance. Thank God I can deduct my miles...

So off to drop off work today at Starline Gallery for the 4th Friday August 26th Event, this place is truly amazing the walls and gears left over from the day....Story of Starline Check it out 

 Communication, R we really listening? 36 x 36 Collage on Canvas
This piece is a larger study of a smaller piece. At the time of making this I was also doing some research on communication and to my surprise listening is a major part. So R we really listening when we communicate? 
 For the Love of Stacking 8 x 8 Collage on watercolor paper
Looking through my pictures I found my photo of the stacking rocks. I went upstairs to work in my studio and just couldn’t move things stacked all over. I needed to clean my studio before the next project. So in honor of my Stacking Addiction I created this piece.

 Flow of Letters 8 x 8 Collage on Water color paper
Always experiment and exploring different ways I can make paper. Deciding to sandwich poster board letters and reinforcement rings, with tissue paper and acrylic stain was one way to do that.  Use the elements as a guide, creating lines on tracing paper by printing and the repetitive shapes.

Poke Salad Annie 36 x 36 Collage on canvas
This piece started from a series where I used my smaller pieces of art as an inspiration to create larger one. As I was creating this piece my husbands was in his garage working and the music was playing Tony Joe White’s Poke Salad Annie, which became the title of this piece.

And Intentional 12 x 12 collage on wood panel, needs to be dropped off at Naperville Art League to day to replace the piece that sold..hope I can get in there in time before it closes...timing for dropping off the other pieces is tough.    

Friday, August 19, 2016

My Selfie Sold....

Lonecrow, selfie has found a new home...
12 x 12 collage on wood panel 
I was Playing around with this piece for one show a while ago...wasn't excepted and then put it in another show and it sold at Naperville Art Center and Gallery.   As I share with others...it happens when you least expected...so don't sit around waiting or expecting...just it keep going.

Art on Fashion at Veni Vidi Val...."Simply Art" Collection-Dolcezza

 Last night at Veni Vidi Val...25 S. LaGrange Road...Clothing is still there and the art work.
 Window Display
 Visiting Artist Wall
 Selection of scarfs too.
 Taking a closer look
 Chatting with some friends.
 A few piece of my work

 The Dolcezza, "Simply Art" Collection.
Most popular Jacket and style last night...

And Many thanks to my Daughters that came and helped out and took photo's last night...Maddie and Bernie.

Reception Tonight....

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What started as a Exercise has become a workshop

This piece has found a home along time ago... But it was my first house I every did in collage.  It was on canvas with a cut out and a piece of glass that framed out the crow...that was some risky stuff in my early days.  I think the size was 18 x 18 it has citra solv papers in it too, that's when citra solve was just coming out. 

Sometimes in my workshop as a warm up exercise we do a red roof house.   I provide the papers, a piece of drawing paper painted red and everyone gets to dig through my scrap box of coated paper and create a Red Roof.  This morning I created this one while stopping and take photos to document the steps so I could put it in a lesson packet for the workshop...

These start out to be 4 x 4 but we seem to grow as it moves along. So I've been preparing for two things the Debut of the Dolcezza "Simply Art" Reception tomorrow night and getting papers ready for workshop that follows on Monday. I have to do more preparing for this workshop because of time and the students. Whom are at different stage of recovery from Cancer.  So I'm trying to make the experience as good as I can so there's more time to play around with building the Red Roof house itself.  But you need different papers and what better way then to jump right into making your own.  

And this is number 46 of 50....slowing down some but time hasn't allow me to sit and do it as I would have liked.  But what I found out I draw better standing up...isn't that odd...I wonder if there's something to that.  I'm looking over it as I draw instead of looking at angle from sitting down.  Maybe?  Progress on all fronts...the ball  that I've been juggling and become less...feels good. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Just when your ready to give up....it happens

As I'm driving for my horseback riding lesson last night trying to prepare myself with some centering and balance talk and..a few prayers, yes prayers.  I think about my past lessons and remind myself I'm really trying and giving it my best.  The thing is my Best is very immature and new at this.  I try to focus on a few things each time I go...and just thankful I didn't fall off or didn't run into anyone and cause a bit of chaos with other horses... The get a bit moody about things if some are to close other...space and who's in charge kind of stuff.   So here's the stable and arena's at FitzJoy that I go to.  This week I talked to the owners Daughter/teacher and let her know if I'm causing a bit of trouble with my inexperience riding abilities to let me know so I can go to a different day.   

Here's Gally....not a very good picture of him but this is after the session and we got to unsaddle and bridle then take them to be hosed down with water to wash off the sweat and cool them off.  So with an apple as a treat and some hay Gally's mind is not on looking up for a photo op.  But I'm happy to say that Gally has a smoother Canter then Lee and those gals that set up the daily schedule of who will go out and be ridden that day graced me with an good guy...I was able to canter both directions...I have to say I was dragging disappoint me around...but I payed for my lessons and I know I have a few more left and need to at least finish them before I even thing of giving up...or stopping but with this new understanding of how I was doing things wrong with my feet.  Oh my gosh....it clicked...and I think back Maggie?s told me this along what do to but my dyslexic mind didn't connect...till now. So many things to be doing that effect the horse...it's daunting but also truly amazing how these little movements can tell the horse what to do..Genius is what say.

Other things that are going on too is You have to have a strong Core....which I might have when I was younger but not any more...so along with the riding lessons the body needs to be worked...Yoga I understand is a good one to get that going...might have to vamp that a bit more..but I do notice it from my begins lessons the difference.

All new learning experience...and so happy I didn't give up before it all started to click in...might we do that has human's?  Give up when in fact it we stick it out and see what happens one more time.   Now as I work and function...I'll forget it all and then have to be a repeat offender and begin again..but that's Ok...Not every time will be I'm working with many variables to factor in.

I'm just so darn Happy...I did it...I Cantered with my horse.   Can't get photo's because I would drop my phone in the arena some where and that would be good and I would probably loose my grip in the saddle...then what would happen?