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This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
|5.7 x 11"|
Collage: hand painted papers, acrylic and ink
Continuing on my quest to do a series of "compositions"…this one is called "vertical or horizontal" (obvious I would guess!)
This one is dedicated to "those who have lost their way". Labyrinths, you will remember, unlike mazes, provide a safe journey in and out and despite the trees you will find your way. There you find solace and meditation.
|"The Power of One"|
12 x 12 on 300# Arches wc paper
Collage: paper, ink, acrylics
I am spending some time on a rainy Saturday afternoon exploring some of the different compositional ideas I learned in the Gerald Brommer workshop last April. He calls this composition idea "opposing forces".
I thought as I composed it, "if you can't move a mountain, move a grain of sand." I think that is a song title.
It is also a good time to experiment with using some of my Gelli prints to show to the class participants (in August). See side bar for info on that.
We have had dark skies and lots of rain all day here in the north woods. So disappointing for folks who only have weekends and also for folks who offer local events on the weekends. The only good news is that shop owners in Minocqua always do better on rainy weekends! Makes perfect sense.
Got the news today that I got an honorable mention at the Art in the Garden exhibit at Howard Young on Thursday night. I was not able to be there, but am very excited about that. I have not taken awards there before! I'll post that painting soon.
It's fun to use natural "stencils" when using Gelli print plates. These are asparagus ferns, wild strawberry leaves and another leaf that is unidentified. Also feathers are fun to use!
Makes especially nice stationary, book covers, and cards.
Lovely afternoon today in the north woods…spent our cocktail time down on the pier. Greg got lost of projects done and I was in the studio or curled up with my book most of the day. Obviously spent a little time in the studio too!
These were done, by the way, on just plain copy paper. They remind me a little of Cynthia's sun prints.
11 x 14
|Close up of detail in Boro|
So if you care to scroll down and find the first post on this collage you may be able to see the changes I made in it. There has been some collage add and some "tweaks" in the center of interest including just a touch of orange-red spatter and some tiny gold beads.
I always love a surprise at the center of interest when I am looking at non-objective paintings. I am striving for that.
The issue of the composition is what newbies like me struggle with. When I took the Gerald Brommer workshop last April I was delighted to find that this was exactly what he wanted to teach me. I kept all his handouts and my struggles toward that goal.
I think I need to let this piece go now and start on another one. Practice is what I need! (Boro, you may remember) is a Japanese term for a patchwork quilt made of worn cloth. Wabi-sabi is the elegance of imperfection.
|Collage with paper/acrylic|
11 x 14
Wabi-Sabi and Boro…my first attempt to meet the challenge in this month's "Watercolor Magazine" to create a piece including the concept of Wabi-Sabi and of Boro (Japanese concepts).
These are Gelli mono print papers along with gold paint and gold beads and gold ink. Boro as I understand it refers to a kind of "oriental" quilt that was used when old worn out materials were patched together to be repurposed. Wabi-sabi are more difficult to explain…but basically mean that unintentional marks and slight imperfections are to be honored.
Some of the papers I used were oriental papers which I had not tried using before. They took to Gelli Plate immensely well.
Acrylic on Canvas Paper
Apricots, Mangos and Cherries
Our cool rainy-ish day cleared off around 4 and we got some bright warm sunshine down our pier/deck.
So after getting a little work done on this painting, AND playing with my Gelli plate doing some mono printing on oriental papers, I strolled on down and washed all the deck chairs that had some heavy duty mildew on them. MUCH improved. It also felt good to be in a T-shirt and sandals again! Wow. Sure hope this is harbinger of weather to come!
I have my book club tomorrow afternoon and a few in town errands to run. Tuesday I will be getting everything ready for the Zentangle class in Minocqua on Wed morning. I have 8 signed up which I think is a perfect group size. Thursday we have a pot luck at church. Sizing up to be a nice week ahead.
|11 x 14 acrylic on Canvas Paper|
"Apricots, Mangos, Cherries"
|5 x 8 journal page|
Narwal is a tangle designed by Sam Taylor.
She has a video showing her style of doing it and Helen Williams has just shown a "freestyle" version on her blog. I have a lot of practice ahead.
Sam's demo is here.
And Helen's demo is here.
I can't wait to get better at this one!
Coolish (65) in the north woods today with a mix of clouds and sun. Hopefully it will soon be getting warmer and sunnier! I keep hoping.
My son is coming for a long weekend and I'd like him to have some good fishing weather.
|Mushy Gush Lagoon with Water Lillies|
|Tippecanoe Lake: Sat June 6, Lac du Flambeau, WI|
|5 x 8 journal page|
|Inexpensive canvas tote bag|
|Folding Gelli Plate Book|