I've been having some fun fiddling around this week. Here are a couple of experiments I did yesterday: I printed two vintage illustrations on not-supposed-to-be-printed-on transparency film, then carefully pressed the sopping-wet print onto notebook paper.
Kind of cool!
I have a ton of things to do before I leave for Seattle, but the weather has been so fantastic, and there have been many walks and planting of flowers...
I'm working on two pieces that I'm (hopefully) going to put in the gallery at Artfest to sell.. I'd take pictures of them, but my dear old digital camera just passed away.. maybe when they're finished I'll snap a picture with my cel phone.
Off I go to buy some supplies for my workshops, I'm getting really excited!
I just finished my latest 6x6 Collage exchange with Carole Hedouin-Leroux of Caen, France. This exchange really kicked my butt, because I was reeeeeaaaalllllly blank on what to do with the materials that Carole sent. I flipped through the contents of her package over and over, and nothing came to mind except for the *same old things* that I feel I am always moved to make.
So I decided to make something different.
(Excuse the blurry quality on some of these, the thick parts of some of them made them hard to scan)
Anyhow-- it was a little uncomfortable for me to do these. I think they're interesting. But are they *good*? Um.. I don't know. I realize that I'm a little attached to making *good* things. And that kind of bugs me when I think about it. It should be okay for me to make things that aren't brilliant.. but now that I am beginning to sell my art I feel a bit of pressure to make things that are sellable. Or at least good! I need to get over myself.
I have two more collage exchanges that have been sitting on my desk for months (Dilar and Elisabeth, thank you for your patience) so maybe I'll experiment some more with those.
I have a lot to be thankful for lately. I mean, I always do, but I've been getting some lovely nods and votes of confidence from folks lately, and I'd like to say thank you.
First of all, I've recently had one of my items on the front page of etsy! This is the first time I've ever made it to the front page, and I was totally thrilled. Thank you, valleybelow, for choosing my bookplates. What a gorgeous treasury, no? I was tempted to buy everything listed. Check out the gorgeous necklace in the middle by florabond.
Secondly, thank you to Cassandra of The Plasticity of Happiness for a delightful (and indepth) review of my collage, From Me to You. Each week Cassandra chooses a piece of art from etsy, a song, an artist, and then a random "surprise" for her readers. Cassandra must have been an art history major or is currently an art critic, because she explains artwork in a way I've never experienced! Her blog is not to be missed.
And thirdly, thank you to Angela of Twofab for posting my work on her wonderful blog. San Francisco-based Angela shares the blog with Los Angeles-based Kelly, and each post reads like letters between the two friends. They both post about what interests and inspires them, and it's a great read with lots of beautiful photos. Plus, they refer to each other as Wally and Dunkle. Love that.
And to celebrate, we're going to Disneyland... another one of my favorite places to sit. When I was little I never understood why they'd put benches in a place with so much to do, but now that I'm older I love sitting down with an icy whipped coffee beverage and watching all the people.
I'm very excited to see all the bushes shaped like animals and It's A Small World. Beau has never been, and I know her little head is going to overload in the first hour, so please wish us luck!
Today is International Women's Day, and I'm celebrating a wonderful woman, painter, mother and wife who passed away two weeks ago. Monica was a lovely and vibrant woman, and an incredible artist. My family already misses her.
When I decided to do a post celebrating her, I was amazed that I couldn't find any of her artwork on the web. Monica showed extensively in galleries, and I've seen many of her gorgeous paintings, but I guess her work never translated onto the internet. The piece below was sent to me by her daughter, Jennifer Bain, who is also an amazing artist.
Blossoms Opening, Monica Bain (1980's)
I remember one Father's Day not that long ago when everyone came down to the beach to fish and laze about. Monica brought a watercolor set and some paper, and after a bit I asked to see what she'd done. She showed me: it was a beautiful picture of the coast as it stretched to Point Dume. I begged her for it, and she laughed and laughed, but finally she gave in and signed it for me. I'm so happy that I have it.
Monica, I will miss you.
I can't remember a Thanksgiving without you at the "Grown-Up" end of the long table, cracking everyone up. Thank you for being a role model for living an authentic, passionate life. Thank you for your art.
To see more beautiful and inspiring art, visit Leigh Medeiros' flickr stream, or visit YES Gallery & Studio. The second-to-last photo above is my absolute favorite piece of Dolan Geiman's: it's the most lovely collage of all different kinds of birds... sigh. Maybe I'll be able to buy it if I sell some more work!