a lot has happened over the past year and i hope you have taken the time to reflect on the memories whether they were good or bad because they are all a part of you. i always hate to see a year go but always look forward to the unlimited possibilities a new one brings. i celebrate many milestones with 2011. starting this new blog gives me the chance to explore art without limitations. for finding my creative mojo and allowing myself to believe once again in my artistic abilities. being inspired by everyday things to give me a burst of energy for artwork. to all of you for your willingness to share in my daily adventures - thank you! so as you raise your glass to the new year, i hope you will think fondly on the past and excitedly towards the future - happy new year one and all!
it all started with a crate & barrel holiday catalog. colorful layouts filled with fonts unimaginable and gorgeous photos of holiday wonderment. so, what does this have to do with anything? well, it lead me to several canvases of inspiration. one of red, one of brown and several neutrals just waiting for creativity to strike. this one has found a home in ohio with a dear friend and the others, well, they are filling my studio this festive season. be safe, kind and have a great holiday with family and friends - merry christmas!
i am trying to work out of my comfort zone a little each week just to stretch my abilities in creativity. after finding a magazine page of white, grey and pink, i knew this would be a stellar challenge. not only did it feel very girly and feminine but the thought of pink well, makes me think of princesses and barbie dolls. so while trying to rough it up just a bit i found the black circus fabric and the great twisted paper stems. crumpling everything and making it look just a bit messy made me feel better about the color scheme and added a bit of me to the piece. so i hope you'll be willing to step out of the box every now and then, you never know where the possibilities will take you.
same piece of artwork as yesterday but a new off kilter view showing just a bit more of its entirety. you will now see that the birdcage is actually made into a skirt on a dress form. the ribbon tied at the waist as a sash and well, the bird, just added for sparkle. when working with dimension i have a hard time building up the layers i just love to discover so adding buttons and the clip holding the quote are two ways to do it subtly yet effectively. i'm continually learning and trying to make each layer important and meaningful but sometimes i just want them there without a lot of hoopla, just as a dimensional element. i guess that's why it is called mixed media because it doesn't always have to make sense.
i love irony. its definition - the use of words to express the opposite of what one really means. i'm not using words here but a visual reference. a bird outside of the cage, irony. a pretty ribbon adhered with a rusty safety pin, irony. a patinaed cage and a gilded bird, irony. so fun yet so ironic, love that and it made me smile :D
my thoughts today are on 2012, my goals, my artistic direction, my plan to succeed in this creative endeavor i call art. i've done a lot of stumbling this year and see a path that is inviting, intriguing and creates butterflies in my belly - it's been a while for that and i love the inspirational energy it is giving me. i can't wait for the new year to bring me a fresh start, unexplored discoveries and an artistic journey that holds no boundaries. so, what were you thinking today?
i fell in love with creating sewing pattern flowers of all sizes and shapes on this piece. i also added a plethora of vintage buttons throughout the artwork. a smear of modeling paste secured the row at the top left making sure there was not one out of place. tack nails held the flowers center in place adding a rustic element to such a feminine piece. i outlined the flower with a charcoal pencil giving it nice rough lines of black and also a crudeness of a childs piece of art - love those additions!
although this art journal entry is small in size, the message is larger than life. when was the last time you laughed until your sides hurt? me, just about everyday and it is usually something little that makes me bust out laughing. when creating art, texture is so important to me that i find many ways to incorporate different ones. the raffia tie, the metal charm, the little staple, a found tag - they all add up to loveliness in my book. i love all the elements and the mood they create and well, the message just can't be beat. go out, listen and laugh out loud!
the alphabet paper was the first thing chosen for this piece because of my love for letters and all the endless possibilities they represent. the rose, buds and leaves are painted on. the butterfly is part of the scrapbook paper i chose for this piece but the placement was all mine. i wanted it close to the flower to bring a lot of attention to it. did you happen to notice the subtle shading of the flower stems? love when that can happen. i added the love notes sticker for depth and dimension. all in all i'm pretty happy with the progression of this little framed piece and the way everything is coming together so nicely. isn't it great when a plan works so well?
http://www.art-and-sole.blogspot.com/. i knew the background should be an aqua blue and that it give the feeling of water. so, i gessoed my playing card and did a wash of color, while wet i laid a paper towel into it giving you this great dotted texture. i then spattered with another, duller blue for added drips. the faucet is out of sewing pattern paper and i've shaded here and there to give it dimension. the handle is painted on as well as the drip from the tap. i am really pleased with the whole effect and although simplistic in style, it had a lot of technique to it and was a great learning experiment.
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this graphic came off of another bo bunny line called gabrielle. the tall, erect shape was perfect for the space and seemed elegant and old world, yet came with a past. seize the day is a perfect sentiment because you never know what tomorrow will bring. i layered tissue paper behind the paper just to add texture and dimension, raising those important words a little closer to the viewer so they will remember the message. the paper clip holding the number 2 sign reminds me what is important in my life - john and i. we have been together since i was 15 so he is as much a part of me as i am myself and i like to celebrate that victory every single day!
this door knob is also from 7 gypsies and i'm still looking for an old skeleton key to hang in this rectangle. i want the addition of that key because it was the actual key to the house i grew up in on garfield street, 6319 to be exact. so it's a personal element that fits the theme but is once again a little piece of me adding to the charm of this tray. i also absolutely love the foreground paper with it's coffee stain and ink spatters, not to mention all the handwritten text behind them. such a great textural element and quite the opposite to the shiny little fixture adhered in front of it.
i feel in love with the etc. line by bo bunny and knew it had to be included in this little piece of me. i choose the logo and all it's roughness to give me a bit of the grunge look that i absolutely love. i added the butterfly because it has become the symbol of my creative spirit lately and the colors were perfect. the tissue paper flower still needs a center but i haven't found the right item yet, a button just won't do. i think i am going to have to find a vintage game piece so it adds more interest to that corner. the skinny paper along the edge has the word "live" circled right below the orange paper heart making me remember to do just that. the one above has just random text and that's why i've chosen not to bring attention to it by placing another item up there. for right now, it's just a place to rest with a little discovery.
i am experiencing mixed media for the first time in my art journey and am totally loving it. not only is it freeing to dabble and experiment with different supplies, surfaces and options but i also get to bring along my creativity without holding anything back. it has given me new eyes, an unlimited imagination and endless possibilities to reach for and believe me, i'm up for the challenge. it is opening up a freedom to reach beyond and truly discover anything and everything all at once. can you really ask for anything more? i hardly think so.