Tuesday, February 28, 2017
So here is one last artist from the Deland Art Tour on Feb 25.
This is Bobbi Baugh. Bobbie is a self described mixed media artist who works with paper and fabric. She sublists her media as "monotype, collage, textile art, and art quilts.)
You can find her here.
Because I play with many of the same mediums (less quilting) it is inspiring me!!!
Not only is her art amazing...her thoughts are amazing too. Her blog contains bits of what is happening in her life and in her journey through it. They are worth following just to make you try out thinking more about what makes you tick.
Bobby shares her art so genuinely and freely. She has such thoughtful stories that spin through her art. I absolutely love her stories and her art.
|Robert Brooks...February 25, 2017|
I mentioned in my last post that I was going to share with you a few of the artists that I got introduced to this past week in Deland, FL at the Art's Tour.
I can't remember when I've experienced such a wide variety of approaches to art and creativity. But Robert Brooks exemplifies a sense of story and beliefs that just blew me away. Robert (who suffers from Parkinson's) is prolific in his need to express his feelings about life and time. You can see his gallery here.
Bob works in pen and ink, pencil, acrylic and oils. He is a sculptor and a picture framer, a poet and has a doctorate in Christian Education. All of his work is exemplary and stunning! But the ones to which most of us are drawn are his wood sculptures. They border on "steam punk" which you know would appeal to me!
Some of his most recent works reflect his feeling about time and it's influence on our lives. I was personally drawn to his non-clock for lots of reasons. He calls his work "whimsical" but the depth of thought is very more than what that might lead you to think. Although the clock ticks and the center sort of goes around, there are no numbers on his non clock and no hands to record time. In fact the hands have been "locked" in a box at the base of the non-clock (you can see a padlock there). Near the top is a compartment for "extra time" but it is empty and we really don't have any.
Besides being a gorgeous piece of woodwork, the non-clock comes with a thought provoking poem.
In the Passing of Time
In the passing of time
Three things all conspire
To measure our days
In seconds and hours.
The larger the hand,
The greater the power.
Each in it's own way
Set to devour.
First gentle in springtime,
Then summer and fall.
The older we get
They're not subtle at all.
What we need is a clock
That doesn't tell time.
No long pointy fingers there to remind
That we're late or we're early or even on time.
A slave to those hands I shall not be.
With no hands on the clock,
It's easy to see
That time doesn't count, if we're not counting time.
So let's live in the moment, the present, the now.
To those hands on the clock, let us not bow.
Who cares what time it is anyhow?
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sketches done at the Farm Center in Leesburg, FL on a funny ole weather day...little showers kept passing through all day. Clouds flying over ahead. Temps around 75...daughter Julie with me.
We both sketched for about two hours. There were about 6-7 other artists sketching that morning. LOVED the chickens!
A two page spread is 8 x 11 in my Stillman and Birns sketchbook.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
|3.5" tiles held together with hand-made washi tape|
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
So here's the deal on this sketch done this morning in Leesburg, FL just a few blocks off Main street. This building (built in 1913) is the now historic orange and grapefruit packing house for the Belle of Florida brand of fruit (possibly others too...as I have found half a dozen crate labels marked "Leesburg"). But this is the only label I could find with the Herlong name on it.
The building was named for an important Congressman (A.S. Herlong) who represented Fl for a number of years. The building is now obviously 104 years old. And it is getting ready for demolition in a few days...purchased by a local college (Beacon College). So the art group came down to take photos for further sketches and I sat down and spent about 1-1/2 hours enjoying visiting with people while I did this sketch.
These labels are collectable. And so down here in FL you are apt to find them in museums.
(I am wondering who the lady is? Mrs. Herlong?) She is surrounded by orange blossoms.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
|5.5 x 7" accordion folding sketch pad (2 page spread)|
Saturday, February 4, 2017
4 x 6 notecards
Tangles on shaving cream marbling.
I've mentioned doing this marbling in previous posts. You can get the instructions online or if you look through my "labels" on the side bar for marbling I think I may have it there.
The "black and blue" series however seemed a little mysterious and it called to me to do something a little different with it. It felt "outside the box" to me. It was a bit time consuming mostly because I spent quite a bit of time searching out the tangles I wanted to use on it.
They reminded me of reflected oil slicks on puddles.
I stuck with the black and blue theme. Although looking back it might have been cool to tangle one space with red...give it a bright center of interest.
Both of these are on the front of cards and un-tangled marbling on the back of the card. I found some great buys on colored card stock at Michaels a few weeks ago and I stocked up. Also bought nice stock envelopes. No reason to ever buy another Hallmark card!
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
|This is what happens when you have 12 grandchildren!!!|
|I love using home made washi tape on envelopes. |
The Valentines themselves are made from "shaving cream prints" that come out looking a lot like marbling. Very fun. You can do it with watercolor, food coloring, or fluid acrylics. I used mostly pinks, purples, and red. I added some stencil work with acrylic paint, some glitter, and some cute plastic stickers from Michaels.
Inside I embossed "Happy Valentines Day".
My grands range from 11 to 26 and so there's quite a range.
Miss them all. Abby (17) is having heart ablation surgery on Feb 2. Everyone is holding her close to our hearts in a whole new way right now. She has sinus ventricular tachycardia. This is her second ablation. Tough for someone so young!!! But she has fantastic doctors. We are trying not to worry.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
It's been awhile since I've been "organized" enough to get back to some of my challenges. This one (The Diva's Challenge) is a weekly challenge that Laura now says has been going on for 300 weeks. THAT is a lot of challenges. She does now and then use a guest challenger on her blog but she still has to plan and organize it. So she's been committed to this for like forever!
The first tile is about a new feature that the founders of Zentangle® have started called "Kitchen Table Tangles" where they demonstrate some new technique or idea on a video. A weaving of Diva Dance and Paradox is the result. That is this week's challenge...to do our own weaving. The link will show you the the entire video. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and plan to relax.
The second tangle, which should have been posted for last week's challenge, is a tribute to Laura's son. Laura tells her very emotional story about how Zentangle kept her from falling "off the edge" after the birth of her second son, a premie who was diagnosed with a rare abnormal condition called Moebius Syndrome. I was able to hear Laura tell about this in person at my own CZT training (CZT 15) in Providence a few years ago. Each year she asks us to do a challenge using the symbols and colors of the condition. (Thus I've added a little purple which is color attached to it.)
Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
|8 x 10 watercolor on Multi Media paper|
|Sketch before color|
My palette colors follow Brenda Swenson's palette...mostly. Most of them are Daniel Smith brand. Leaf Green, Hansa Yellow, Raw Sienna, Quin Gold, Winsor Orange (Winsor Newston), Scarlet Lake, Aliziran Crimson, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Violet, Ultra Marine Blue, Cobalt, Antwerp, Cerelean, Bamboo, Viridian, Quinn Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Magnetite (a granular black).
You can follow Brenda' blog here.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
|large poster 4' by 4' on foam core painted with black Gesso|