Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring update

Happy Spring!!

I haven't posted anything here lately, so I am back to share a few things I've been working on.  The first two are a couple of collage paintings I've mostly finished, just leaving them out on my table for a few more tweaks here and there, until my muse tells me "it is finished".  

I think I titled this first one, "fishing party".
Materials: cardboard, acrylic paint, magazine cut-out images, ink markers, modge podge, oil pastels, watercolor pencils, old book pages, stencils, stamps.

I love using my crazy sense of random humor to put things together collage-style that are totally ironic and unexpected.  Here I'm having fun letting the fish give humans a taste of their own medicine, a little treat at the end of a sharp fish hook, lure in those stupid humans with cupcakes, ha ha!!! (my evil side comes out, muwah-hahahahahahahahaaa!!!)

                                          And my lovely lady dog walker, featured below.
                          (same basic materials as the fish party painting, plus computer printer text.)                                                                   A little she-power here..

                                      These next pieces were pages in my art journal, created on a mermaid theme, a story I've had running through my head, sort of an analogy of some things on my mind lately.  I did these in mostly watercolors and markers.


                          This last art journal spread had a few more added ingredients, such as:
magazine cut-outs: sea life background, sea turtle, also a piece of drywall tape for a fishing net, more acrylic paints, oil pastels, and pearlescent dye inks.

                 And again, this was also a continuation of the mermaid story that's still swimming                                                                        through my brain.

                                     And finally, I decided to do a little rearranging of my "studio" today...
(I love calling this re-purposed dining room "My Studio" sounds so professional-artsy-fartsy!!)

I basically just scooted the long table over a couple feet.. (much harder than it sounds, considering I keep crates filled with stacks and stacks of magazines for cutting up underneath the tables, which I of course had to pull out and move around, too)...and made more room so that my daughter and I can now work side by side on the table, as you can see in our projects below:
                          (she does the cool eyeballs, I do the weird collage paintings.)

                          oh and we must not forget my trusty studio assistant, Malcolm the orange tabby!
He does an excellent job of warming up my chair anytime I get up for a minute.

              My other reason for the move was so that I can now view the tv screen in the next room while doing art at the same time... just in case they're watching something other than Pokemon or Johnny Test or something on PBSKids (though I'm fine with watching all those, too...)

oh and one more thing...thanks to my daughter's advice, I put up a curtain between the family room and my "studio", so that #1.) it sort of sets apart, hides the mass of clutter and mayhem that lies beyond the doorway and #2) it makes me feel sort of "special" to saunter through that curtained doorway, like a royal fat queen, TA-DA!!! into my favorite room of the whole house!!! (and i mean that!!)


 So there you have it.  A little art, a little playing around in my space.  Me and my cluttered little mind and my creative wonderland to play in.  I'll be back soon with more processes and finished work.   bye for now!


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