Three Early Works

These three works might have been made about 12 years ago. I fell in love with watercolor and mixed media in this class. It was actually a watercolor class but the professor was a mixed media artist and he gave us more to chew on. I believe it was his last watercolor class before he retired from his teaching career, Maurice Papier @MauricePapier. The assignment was to make a trilogy, so my basis was from the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” which is also taken from a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The timing was 2006-2007, and that was soon after 911 and so there are references to that. The black and white building was the gatehouse of the Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. We visited Gettysburg on vacation three different times so had many pictures from the area. Each of the three paintings has a clock. I transferred the copy of the building using wintergreen oil, a technique that Maurice taught. The paintings were done on illustrator board and notice the words. I can go back and find other early art pieces that I added words on, so that has always been with me.

A transfer of the twin towers burning. Black and white makes it more stark. Time to Love in a pretty script, with Time to hate making it look like a ransom note.

The transfer building in this one is a funeral home in Fort Wayne, look at the picture and it shows the corner that I used. I wanted to find some architecture that was similar to the Evergreen Cemetery. Making the burka on the mourning woman was satisfying to get the folds of the fabric to look good. The ballerina is decent except for her face, I was never happy with it. Still all in all these are some of my favorite pieces in my portfolio. There is a lot of meaning in the little word groups.

Two Problems Solved

About 2:00 in the afternoon, when the sun is shining, my studio is so bright. So much so that I can’t tell the colors or see things correctly. I didn’t want to put up a blind either. Then one day I solved the two riddles. I picked up these two towels in Lawrence Kansas, at the Raven bookstore in Sept. of 2015. They have cats doing various activities on them, and there were two different towels so I had to buy them both.

They are too thin to dry dishes with and I didn’t want to use them for any activity that would give them stains, etc. It wasn’t an overall design, just six cats on each towel. What creative thing to do with them?

I just kept moving them around because I didn’t want to put them away, because I would just forget about them. They make me happy because the cats are so cute. Then on a really sunny day I thought “I really need something in front of the window for just a few hours”!

So I purchased a spring tension rod, I had little rings and hooks from IKEA and hooked them on to the towels. Shear little curtains that I pull back when not in use, and cute cats to look at when they are. I have to keep them higher so the real studio cats can look out the window. They are the true owners of the space.

They have to have their space. I see the one tea towel is uneven. Oh Well…we all aren’t perfect. If you want to read about the bookstore, click here.

Organize and Maintain

The words of the year…..Organize and Maintain. It may take me all of 2018 before I accomplish my goal. I am working on organizing my photos on the computer. I have 12,000 and I started moving them around and it was not going smoothly then I (AH HA) remembered my photoshop elements program that has a photo organizer on it. I got them all copied into it (that’s how I knew I had 12,000). Now researching how to tag, categorized, save to an external drive also, so I don’t lose them. It has been a real joy looking at pictures that I forgot about, like this one. I painted this for a religion class-Religions East and West-for extra credit. I believe the word was beauty and this may be a Chinese Robin on a Dogwood. This painting must be in my portfolio folder.

I took a black and white photography class where we used the darkroom and developed our own film. The assignment was to take a photo that was not good and color it using different mediums. My husband with his sports and teams that he likes. I think I used marker, pen acrylic ink.

One year I bought these vibrant geraniums to sit in front of the garage. I love this red.

Red tulips from our garden.

This was for a 2D class. We were to do a color wheel in an unusual way. I took fabric I had and made a small quilt. I need to find this also, I don’t think I quilted it! With the color wheel then I put neutral borders. It was fun….now where is that quilt! Oh and other items on my list to organize….email messages, I started out with 32,000 emails. I am making new folders and the sweep button really works well. I have basement storage space I want to utilize better, a pantry that needs organized and my side of the closet needs a lot of attention.