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.

In the Studio

Updates on some of my many studio projects.

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I’ve listed a few of my new rust dyed silk and feather pendants and painting pendants in my online store. They are also being sold at the Alternatives Museum Store at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE.

I reworked this painting. it’s 36 x 48 inches. What do you think? Overflow

I am trying to integrate warm colors and cool colors in my compositions. For some reason I usually have paintings that are all blue or all warm golds and browns. I’m working on this new painting which also incorporates warm and cool colors together. Here I obviously have rust on the brain.

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I just finished teaching Adult Abstract Painting at Highlands Art Garage in Wilmington which will be repeated in the Fall (register here) and couldn’t wait to get back in my studio working.  After teaching about abstract painting and breaking it down to color, technique and composition I think I’m ready to let go of my water imagery. I know people love to know what abstract work is about or what it means or what it looks like, myself included, but it’s time for me let go of the reins a bit. I’ll see where the painting takes me. Stay tuned.

 

Rust Dyed Silk

I love the color of rust. Where some people see decay and crud I see beauty. When I’m hiking with friends we often come across old discarded rusty metal bits and pieces and now everyone knows to give them to me. I’ve been collecting these objects for a while now and I finally got around to doing the deed. It’s not hard and I found great directions at www.hobbyfarms.com written by Maggie Howe.

The process takes a few days for the metal objects to leave an imprint on the fabric. Here’s how to do it. I used silk organza, I love the transparence of organza and use it for jewelry and my sculptures. I wet it with a mixture of 50%water and 50% vinegar. I let the fabric be folded over onto it’s self randomly and made sure it was soaking wet.

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I laid the objects down gave it all another spritz of the water vinegar solution, covered it with plastic and weighted it down with heavy objects.

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It’s important to make sure the objects are in contact with the fabric and the plastic helps to keep it wet the whole time. I checked it daily to make sure it was still wet and because I was so anxious to see how it was doing. After 3 days I removed the objects and here’s what I got. You can see the places where the fabric was folded I got a repeat of the objects imprint.

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I made some soldered jewelry with feathers and matching earrings and cuffs. Some of these pieces are at the Alternatives Gift Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts now. I have a few left that I plan to list in my shop next week.

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Now I’m wondering what else I can dye with rusty objects!