In the Studio – New Work

A while back I was the recipient of a mini grant through Blick Art Supplies in partnership with InLiquid Art and Design. Here are the supplies I purchased with the grant and below is my proposal.

I was given more spray paint for Christmas from my family gift exchange. So exciting, look at these colors!

My proposal:

I have been an artist my entire life but sometimes I feel like I’m wasting my time. I ask myself why is it so hard for artists to make a living making art? Artists are without a doubt undervalued in our society. This is the same society that pays NFL athletes an average yearly salary of 1.9 million. These facts curtail the development of some artists. Without the market to sell their work artists stop striving to innovate and literally stop creating new work.

I aspire to create public art as architectural glass installed in buildings to inspire and enhance the lives of many. To achieve such a lofty goal first I need to work through many ideas and create a lot of work. Secondly I need to get this work seen by the public.

I am proposing to make art and give it all away for free. I’ll be working on Dur-a-lar or acetate with liquid acrylics, acrylic inks and spray paint to make pieces that when hung on a window look different depending on lighting. They also look different whether they are viewed from the front or back. After I make the work I’ll share it on social media and then hide it in public places for people to find. If you find it it’s yours and you can keep it or pass it on. Using the hash tag #ifoundfreeart on Instagram people can share where they found it and where it will be displayed. I’m proposing this project to demonstrate the power of art to inspire, enhance lives and build community.

That’s what I wrote and now I’m in the process of making the work. Next will be the fun part of giving it away. I still have to work out how that will actually play out.

 

In January or February I started with some small experiments. I used pours something I know, along with hand made stencils and some found objects used as stencils. I work on separate layers of clear acetate and frosted Duralar so things can be moved around until something works. All the while I’m holding them up to allow light  come through them like stain glass. To photograph them I either tape them to the window or put them on my light box. I started posting them almost every day on Instagram as a way to push myself to work even if I only have a half hour. It’s amazing what is happening here. I have a whole new visual language developing. Here are some of them and some process shots as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMP Rehoboth – Art Exhibition

I have a closing reception on Saturday March 4th at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE. It’s a great excuse to visit Rehoboth if you’re in the area.

CAMP Rehoboth Community Center is a wonderful place that celebrates diversity and works to create a strong sense of community and a more positive environment for all people, gay and straight. The reception is scheduled for 1 pm, stop by and enjoy some refreshments. I hope to see you there.

On display you’ll see some of my Plexiglas paintings hanging in a small grouping from the ceiling with room for light to come through them.

A small alcove made a great spot to display this silk sculpture with another Plexiglas painting.

I have 2 of my new paintings included in the show. They’re 24 x 24 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. This one is titled Surf’s Up.

 

Skillshare Class

I just published my third class on Skillshare.com. The class is called Understanding Value and the project is to paint a box. This is the first lesson I teach my students and I think it will be helpful for artists of all levels.

Use this link to my class to sign up and get 3 free months of Skillshare. I’ll receive a referral fee if you use my class link. There are literally thousands of classes offered in Design, Business, Technology, Photography , Film, Writing, Crafts and Culinary with excellent teachers. I couldn’t recommend more. I’m still using my membership you sharpen my Photoshop skills.

Check out the introduction to my class and see what you think.

Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. When you set up a box with direct lighting you will see 3 distinct values. I’ll show you how to mix these values and paint a box that looks like it’s going to pop right off the page. If you apply this lesson to your painting whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned artist you will see a huge improvement in your work. My abstract paintings use the understanding of value to create space and the illusion that something is coming towards you.

Inspiring Artist – Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was an extremely talented, bright star of the fashion world that left this earth too soon. His work was art with a capital A and will never go out of style. He committed suicide in 2010, he was 40 years old.
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I’m going to share some of my favorites from his body of work but first…

You may be surprised to know that in a former life I was a fashion designer. If you know me you know I dress in jeans and sweatshirts more often than not stained with paint and fabric dye. I majored in Fashion Design at Moore College of Art in the eighties. When I graduated I wasn’t ready to run out and get a job so I stayed in school for a 5th year study where I painted and did my first soft sculpture. Ultimately I took a job as a fashion design assistant. I quickly moved up to head designer and ended up totally burnt out by the end of 3 years. I dabbled in freelance print design but I didn’t see it going anywhere and eventually left the fashion industry altogether to pursue painting and acting. Acting was a great way to get out all my pent up emotions. I loved that it was okay for my character to yell, scream and cry. Anyway, I can relate to how the industry can eat a creative soul alive.

Alexander McQueen inspires me because he was a rebel. Initially trained as a tailor was accepted to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He received a master’s degree in Fashion Design in 1992. He was immediately in the press when his entire graduate collection was bought by the fashion stylist Isabella Blow. They became close friends and she supported him throughout his career. In 1996 he was hired to take over Givenchy but the house was so conservative that he didn’t have the freedom he wanted and needed to do his best work. From the beginning his shows under his own label were like performance art or happenings. His work evolved and yes some of it is absolutely outrageous, but it stands the test of time because of its powerful narratives and incredible innovations. I love his nature inspired work and his beautiful silhouettes.

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Spring /Summer 1999 his show ended with a model wearing a dress that was spray painted by 2 robots. You can watch it here.

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Inspiring Artist – LuAnn Ostergaard

I found the artist LuAnn Ostergaard on Pinterest. Here is an excerpt from her website “My creative spirit is awakened by the beauty I see in naturally occurring patterns and textures. I find beauty in imperfection and often see it in scarred and weathered surfaces.”

Everyone who knows me knows I love a good rusty object. She starts with an image of rusty surfaces that she then alters digitally. She prints the finished images with archival pigments on hot press fine art paper. The prints are mounted on boxed panels and sealed with clear acrylic gel medium.

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I love the colors and textures. They look like paintings but the fact that they start as found objects makes them feel real and natural.  They look like landscapes which I also love.

Check out her Pinterest board here to see lots more of her work.

My Accessories

I just updated my inventory of accessories in my online store. Here is a sampling below, all the details are on my store page. I also have new pieces at the Alternatives Gift Shop at the Delaware Contemporary, including many with feathers. It’s a great place to shop for one of a kind, handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

My painting pendants are reversible so you get 2 original paintings under glass. It’s like 2 gifts for the price of one. They each come with a coordinating 16 inch leather cord necklace.

Here we have a holiday theme with black, red and a little gold spray paint.

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This is the reverse side.

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Silver spray paint and paint marker on one side.

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Reverse side has peach and hot pink against a wine background.

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This one is real snakeskin, it’s not reversible so you can see through it.

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Here are some purples and blues with a misty white spray paint pattern on one side.

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and on the reverse side, greens and yellows.

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Both of these rust dyed silk, cuff bracelets are listed in my online store. Along with some other bright colored cuff bracelets.

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Place your order before 12:00 pm and it will ship the same day. See more listings and order directly from my store. Click on categories at the top of the first store page to see all the options in that category. Happy Holidays!