Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This particular one I'm using is called Creative Paperclay (made in Japan).
It is an air dry clay, meaning you don't need to bake it and can paint on it once dry.
It ends up being fairly hard, although I wouldn't test it too much. It's definitely for smaller projects, but I recommend it.
Here is what I did so far today...
Monday, June 22, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Once I received the cd with the images, I was mesmerized by them.
I just thought it was fascinating to see all the details of what is inside my head, lol.
I was inspired to do a series titled: Ana's Brain. There were approximately 10-12 different "slices" which contain several detailed images. Some are slightly repetitive, so I've decided to do 5 pieces for 11 slides, for a total of 55 pieces. They are all 8x8 inches on watercolor paper.
I would love to have them exhibited together as a group (I can visualize it)...but of course I also would love to sell these!
I need to get the ball rolling on selling my artwork. I have been scared and have lost some confidence regarding my work, because I've sort of been in a "bubble"...not really getting my work out there, other than on Facebook and Twitter, which doesn't garner much response honestly.
I love my work.
I'm proud that I've stuck to my guns and have continued to do work that is personal and introspective. I constantly get "why don't you just paint birds, or flowers, etc". "your stuff is too weird or disturbing."
I can and have in the past done those types of paintings when I've been in that mood. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy them, but that is not my main body of work, the serious/real stuff.
If no one will like my work, well then that's the way it is. But I will not compromise myself and my vision and my voice.
Anyway, enough ranting.
Here are a few photos of the Brain series....let me know your thoughts!
Monday, October 6, 2014
These were the contents:
- Ampersand Aquaboard - a 5x7" clay surface board with a watercolor surface
- QoR Modern Watercolor sampler, with a 4x4" watercolor paper.
- ArtGraf Graphite Stick - it's water soluble !
- Mono Zero Erasure - A high-quality precision eraser.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The theme for February was "Steampunk"...after doing some research and reading a little bit about it, I took out the materials that I wanted to work with and "let go"...my typical way of working.
These were a lot of fun to make and will be difficult for me to give up...
This is "Lady Eve" (Steampunk Paper Doll, mixed media, 2012)
This is "Inquisitor Lila Flinn" (Steampunk paper doll, mixed media, 2012)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The movie last night on lifetime, stirred something within me.
I was sobbing throughout most of it, pretty uncontrollably at times.
I recognized myself within her. Especially lately, I have been feeling an intense longing to be free and to be alone...so that I can work. I've had somewhat of a creative block due to a bad depressive episode that does not seem to want to let go of me this time around.
I've been feeling sorry for myself, of course...I cannot deny it.
But the unseen forces that keep me in the dark, cannot let me catch even a glimpse of hope, that I might be able to actively pursue the path that will start my journey to a new life. What's that saying? Can't see the forest for the trees?? (or something like that). I know there's light out there, but I cannot imagine that even a little piece of it belongs to me.
When (in the movie) Georgia mentions that she had an 18 month period where she couldn't create, I jumped in my chair. I suppose as a former art student, I should have known this already? But it comforted me...because I instantly felt that I wasn't alone. I'm NO O'Keefe, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am an artist in my own way. The fact that she was able to restart her life, despite not really wanting to in the depths of her being, showed a courage that many will never know.
I understood completely.
I can admit to never having been drawn to O'Keefe's work, because obviously I never paid attention to her story. At that time they were just giant flowers and landscapes to me (oh what youth and lack of life experience will cause you to miss in life!)
I see now the significance of her imagery...the symbolism...her desires...her frustrations...her sadness...her desire to once and for all be alone, so she can create and leave behind her unique perspective of the world.
I understand perfectly.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
These are the last two pieces I did.
They're so tiny! (I really can't wait to work big again)
This one is the latest in the "reproductive" series (for the April exhibit at Rex Art)
©"ovaia difettosa" (2009)
- watercolor, marker, liquid acrylic on canvas (5"x7")
© "ovaia difettosa" (2009) bottom view
And this one is from yet another series (what the heck am I thinking? I'm so restless and just can't seem to take a series to fruition before starting another one...oh well)
This is the second and I don't know what I'm calling the series yet (I'm still mulling it over)
© "Processor" (2009)
- Watercolor, liquid acrylics, ink, paper on balsa wood
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I'm working on a series of small paintings about my reproductive system, for the exhibition in April. Call this an internal self portrait, if you will, lol.
I had done the first one on wood a few months ago (which I don't think I'll be using in the exhibit, since it will probably be the only one on wood - not sure yet).
© "bridge to nowhere"
(ink, acrylic paint on wood, 2008)
The second - a small diptych on canvas... (click to see larger image):
© "Procreant Vesicle,2"
(watercolor, liquid acrylic on canvas, diptych, 2008)
Just finished this one yesterday:
© "ineffectual womb"
(liquid acrylics and watercolors on canvas, 2009)
I'm liking these a lot! Yay for my useless reproductive system (lol)!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I've been trying to figure out how to get more traffic to my shops and lets face it to get more SALES! I'm so discouraged, it's not even funny.
I see the advice given by self-proclaimed experts on etsy and it seems to be overwhelming. The amount of time needed to "promote" is insane.
I just can't do it...I don't have the stamina. I mean, when do these people create? Do they have time to breathe? Do they do anything else other than promote??
I also refuse to do all the spamming that others seem to be ok with. Whether it's on Twitter or Facebook or blogs or any of the seemingly trillions of "social-networking" sites...it seems to me that everyone just talks about what they listed in their shops, or what sales they have,etc.
What about telling me that you're craving a chocolate chip cookie? Or just telling me that you're going out for a walk...I don't know, tell me something about yourself, rather than trying to shove your shop up my arse.
See? This is probably why my shops aren't doing well, because I just absolutely refuse to be one of those people. It's not who I am.
I just wish the universe would step in and throw me a bone, without my having to sell my soul.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I finished this one a few days ago. It's weird, but I really like it.
Can you feel a series coming along? Yes, me too, lol.
I'm actually thinking if I get in to the Virginia show I applied to, and they like them, I'd do a series of these for that exhibit. I've decided that I will think positive in regards to any artistic "happenings" that might come my way. I'm only applying to exhibitions/opportunities that I truly believe I can get. If I have any doubts about something, I just won't bother. Why torture myself?
Anyway, wish me luck!
Here's the new piece:
© "Enabler" , liquid acrylic, pen, paper on balsa wood, 2009
Here's the second one in progress, no title yet:
I'm really enjoying these small pieces. They're tiny, but powerful (in my opinion).
OK, that's all for now...have a humongous headache.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I did these ACEO's a couple of days ago.
ACEO = Art Cards, Editions and Original. Miniature works of art, the size of a trading or playing card -2.5 x 3.5 inch.
© "Parasitic Fungi,1" (pen, marker on watercolor paper, 2009)
© "Speak no EVIL" (pen,marker on watercolor paper, 2009)
©"Dancing Hearts" (pen,maker on watercolor paper, 2009)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
A businessman plans to rescue the abandoned format for the sake of art.
Emily Dugan reports (Sunday, 18 January 2009)
For a generation, the Polaroid camera gave near-instant pleasure to millions of users around the world, chronicling everything from births and weddings to the downright explicit. But when digital photography came along in the 1990s – with instant images and the ability to edit and delete pictures before they see the light of day – Polaroid was doomed, its iconic white-framed snaps apparently defunct.
When Polaroid announced last February that it would stop production of its instant film, it seemed the much-loved camera was gone forever. But within weeks, a group of users had started a global campaign for the format to return. And now, thanks to an unlikely saviour, their pleas have been heard.
Click here for the entire article.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I've just begun to list these pendants which I finished a few days ago. I thought I'd try to print miniature versions (edited) of my digital prints, to make pendants out of them.
I like the way they look and figure, it would be cool to wear art around your neck.
Here's hoping that lot's of other people think it's cool too!
Here are some that I've listed today:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
As I sit here typing this, while watching beloved Bob Ross on the Joy of Painting and after having just browsed through several art & artist blogs (just to torture myself of course)...
I am keenly aware of how stifled and suffocated I've been feeling. My inability, for varying reasons, to act upon my inner desires to be free of any and all superfluous obligations is beyond frustrating. I want to be my own person, to be able to act and decide, without having to explain or justify why.
It's no coincidence that I find myself staring, studying and envying the birds that occasionally visit my balcony.
Oh to be able to fly away!
And to think that they probably have no idea how fortunate they are.
Lucky little birds...