Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekly Pattern Wednesday on Friday

So here it is, "Not Wednesday", again.  But it is done and posted now: Weekly Pattern Wednesday.
I love mushrooms.  Love love love.  Sure I like eating them, but what I really love about mushrooms is their form.  The whole world seems contained underneath the cap of a tiny velvety fungus.

The microcosm of a mushroom is also reminiscent of a piece of coral drifting in the currents.  The gills of the mushroom slowly wave and flex as the fungus grows, develops, spreads its spores and then rots away.  The time scale is the grand difference. Thank you Lynn Krawczyk for the fun and the prompting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Updating and Incubating

So over the holiday weekend I spent some time updating the look of the blog and re routing where takes you.  Thank you Mr. T!  I know it is not your job to be the household IT officer.  I removed my Etsy shop thanks to my colleague, Rachel Jamison, who help me see it is not the place for my current work. By the way Rachel is a magnificent landscape painter.  
She and I need to find an online market place that is suited to our work.  Got some ideas of places for us to look into for selling one of kind, original paintings, artist books, and assemblage? Leave a comment.  

With the updating on the blog I am also hatching some fun projects and ideas that are interactive.  I feel strange just throwing up things on the wall and not hearing anything.  I want to engage in my artist and art loving community.  So stay tuned for some call to action. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Connecting desperate ideas

I was very struck by Julie Alice Chappell connection of something so primitive as insects and discarded parts of computers.  I know up cycling computer parts is nothing new but the justaposition of insects (bugs) and computers is fascinating and humorous.  I think Chappell captured the delicate nature of small insects masterfully with the tiny but clunky parts of technology.  
Here is except from Christopher Jobson article for Colossal:

Winged Insects Built from Repurposed Computer Circuit Boards and Video Game Systems

Portsmouth, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell works with components salvaged from old computers and video game systems to make an entire taxonomic order of circuit-based insects. From used Nintendos to DVD players, any device is fair game for her winged assemblages which she sells online via Etsy


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Pattern Play

I am participating in Lynn Krawczyk's Weekly Pattern Wednesday.
  Ok so it is not exactly Wednesday anymore but I am proud to get this up.  I think next week should be easier.  This was fun a fun exercise and my reward for playing along is getting to see other people's work.

This was drawn with some of my new favorite paint pens Graphik by Derwent
Love love love!
This pattern is part of my compass rose development for my book on mapping motherhood.  Slowly but surely I am making progress.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More Watercolor play

It's not books or journals, but it is fun! I am really enjoying working in watercolor sketches of my yard.  Not only a good art exercise, but they also are documenting the gardens in their glory.
I really do like starting with a little palette play first.  It helps warm up and stretch.  I need to work on my speed also.

Palette out the back, overcast morning. #posTTaska #palette

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Playing with Palettes and Watercolors

I am a sucker for Golden paint products They made me fall in love with acrylic paint after years of sneering.  They are so richly pigmented and have a less plastic feeling binder that other acrylic manufacturers.
 So when I suddenly became obsessed with this "new" watercolor line, Qor, I had to do some reading and sure enough they are owned by Golden Paints,  They are dreamy and one of their basic kits comes with my go to colors: cobalt teal, green gold, quinachridone gold
So I will dabble in the watercolors for a time.  I set up a little travel kit because  I am always on the move and not spending large chunks of time in the studio. I hope that changes more as C becomes more independent. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Color Collecting IV

Just bought a wonderful book by Mimi Robinson called "Local Color".  It is all about creating palettes for places she paints.  So I dug out my Ireland travel journal to look at the palette. 
Funny, I did this backwards from Robinson.  I made a formal palette after my trip. This palette eventually informed color choices for rooms in our house.
When preparing for a trip I do collect colors I expect to find along the way.
I use them to prime the pages before I leave.  It makes the journey start sooner than the leaving the front door.
This is inspiring me to blog more about creating travel journals.  I hope to teach some workshops eventually and maybe even write a book about creating travel journals.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mapping my run

A little sketch of my run.  Mapping motherhood on Mother's Day.  Way finding back to an athlete.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Way Finding: Mapping Motherhood Page

Starting to make some progress.  Wow it feels good to be working on something with gravity again.  
Using my Gelli plate to pull pattern prints.  I use the Gelli plate to simulate paste paper.  I don't have as much control or the lengthy drying time, but it is way easier to manage and clean up in a short amount of time.  

Graffiti inspiration on the way to work #colorcollecting #posTTaska

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Look to the trees #posttaska #distressedfx

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