A busy week in Artlandia! Making new work for an upcoming group show, En Masse at Thompson Giroux Gallery. I tried something new with this. The goal is to have many, small pieces for the show, so I made this panoramic piece to be cut into sections. The sections can be read as stand alone pieces, or they can be combined/ lined up to make an extended narrative - this way, adding, subtracting, and rearranging the pieces changes the story (an art build-your-own adventure).
I'm happy with how these turned out, but I admit, cutting them apart was hard. Also, while I'm happy to see that I think they do work as I'd hoped, for this particular show, they won't be hung together . So I know that the concept works, but it won't be put into practice this go round (unless someone were to buy 2 or more, that is O:) ).
|face balloon |
from April 2015
I also got some encouragement to make a figurative piece and picked back up a project that's been set aside since April 2015 (yes - that long ago.) I made a collage where I wanted to put the face in a balloon... but it didn't work out (so there is no face on the balloon in the piece). I saved the attempt though, wanting to get back to it at some point.
This failed attempts was just one of the many things that helped motivate me to pursue a certificate in graphics that I worked on January - November 2016. Going back to it with additional skills, I was more able to make what I'd originally envisioned. Though, the first attempts did not totally go to waste - I used that face as the starting point, scanned it, worked with it digitally, and put the resulting image on a polyester lithography plate.
I got pretty into it and ended up making 4 variants - I started with the one on the lower right and got more adventurous from there.
|Once again, filling the drying rack O:)|
|I also (re-)carved some insect blocks that I've, temporarily I'm sure,|
misplaced and carved the knot and end of the balloon
In para-studio work, I've continued work on the basement (where I marble my paper). I've been parging the old walls with new concrete and then sealing them with drylock. It's been slow going, but progress is being made. It's a very functional repair (prevents the walls from leaking), but it also makes the space look much brighter.
In creature news, Honey continues to love hiking. We switched to a longer (retractable) leash and she really seems to enjoy being able to run ahead a little bit (but not too much :) ). She was very good about waiting for her human.
The garden is winding down, but still some beautiful flowers - I was especially surprised by these lantana. I love that this plant is multi-colored, and it did really well this year - but now, the late blooms - look how some clusters are completely pink and then, only inches away, others have only yellow blossoms (?!) I don't know, I just find this a surprising degree of variation on a single plant. Also, very excited that the blue morning glories bloomed for the first time this year.
|I took this while Honey and I were in the conservation area and I think it's funny - these clouds are so archetypal that, in a painting, they would probably be criticized as "too idealized," haha, but they really did look like this.|