My little beauty is four years old today. Happy Birthday, Beau!
We had a big *princess* bash for her yesterday with the family, everyone was in full princess regalia: crowns, pink and sequins, grandfathers included. I wish I had photos to share, it was pretty fantastic.
And on another note: a belated congratulations to Daniela, she is the winner of my print giveaway! (Daniela, please shoot me an email with your address.) Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the last post. I attended the LAAA orientation last saturday and left very inspired and excited... now I just need to create some new work. This summer has been so lazy.
Deborah Baca, an artist who's work I very much admire, encouraged me to apply a few months ago, saying that it would be a great way to get my work seen. In order to apply I had to submit several pieces of original work, a few prints, artist statement, etc. and I felt pretty blasé about the whole deal until I actually walked into the gallery and saw all the amazing art and the very professional staff eying the hopefuls (me) walking in the door. Eeek!
But I made it in.. happily.. and now I get to submit my work for shows year 'round at Gallery 825.
And here is where my giveaway comes in: I have the three prints that I submitted to the LAAA, and nowhere to put them. I have art coming out of my ears, so won't you take them off my hands? The prints are 8 1/2 x 11 and printed on fine Epson paper, ready for framing. They are: The Bug Catcher, Things That Pull on Us, and New In Town. Just leave a comment before saturday midnight and I'll pick a winner.
Courage is an interesting thing, isn't it? When I first hear the word, I think: "fortitude in the face of danger". But to me courage is a quiet, inside spark.
I made this piece for Vicki Sheehan, winner of my custom collage giveaway through Sofia Barão's Creative Ones series. Vicki had asked that her collage theme be "courage" because she's trying to find courage in her own creative journey. I can completely identify with that: just two years ago I was stuck in a creative hole that I'd been in forever. If anyone had asked me for a quality I wished for, it would have been courage!
So I guess this collage is for me, too.
This piece measures 7 x 10 inches, and the yellow string extends off the top a few inches so Vicki can frame it with or without the extra string. (I am such a fan of strings hanging off of things, I couldn't cut it off.) One of my favorite parts of this collage is the tiny plane taking off on the yellow runway at the bottom. It's the last thing you notice, but it gives the collage a happy, "go for it" feeling.
Vicki, I hope you like it! And all the *creative courage* in the world to you.
It's my mom's 65th birthday in a few days! I decided to make a mandala for her to "usher in" the things that I am wishing for her: travel, adventure, grace, beauty, freedom, love, prosperity, and newness, among other things. Since this is the fourth mandala that I've made, I wanted to take pictures to document the changes that happen along the way.
Come have a peek.
Here's the 24 x 24 inch canvas with my initial collaged items. I chose each pattern and piece of ephemera to represent what I was hoping she'd have in her life. She's an amazing singer, so music was a no-brainer, and for some reason travel was really coming up for me while I was making this, so I chose a lot of text in different languages and vintage travel photos.
Here's with the mandala pattern done in gold leaf. This part takes me forever and usually results in a headache.
Yay! Some color, some gesso...
More color and more refinement..
an additional ring added..
Rays of pink and white added to reflect the sentiment in the middle of the mandala, which reads: "The light reaches out, and in each shining ray are thoughts and happy wishes." (those are Beau's and my toes on the chair there, she was helping to take the picture)
Here's a photo I took in the sunlight, you can see the texture of the gold leaf here.
And here's my mom, holding her birthday present! Isn't she cute?
Add on: For those of you interested in learning more about making mandalas, I learned the above technique from the wonderful and talented Anahata Katkin. She teaches her Mixed Media Mandala classes in places like Artfest in Washington and in faraway art retreats in Bali. Please visit her website for upcoming classes, she is an inspiring and generous teacher. You can also look here for some photographs of the class that I took with her and to see all the gorgeous mandalas made that day.