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Archive for May, 2015

Polymer Play

I have long been frustrated with the bead selection locally. It is hard to find the kind of earthy looking beads that I like anywhere within an hours drive. For inspiration, I looked to the clay beads of my friend Vladthebat and the work of an artist known as Raggedrobyn whose work I have admired for some time. They make very organic creations with earthen clay.  Even though I have the kiln and clay, lacking the patience for that process today, I turned to polymer clay to try to capture that feeling. Here are the pieces I came up with.

 I textured the sides of the beads by rolling them over some rubber stamps that I had carved. Then I painted them with acrylics and added guilder’s wax for some sheen.

I strung them on black waxed linen cords and added a ceramic button that I made a while back for the closure. I discovered that my macrame needs a little work. :-) It does give it a more rustic look though. Also, there is the texture of my fingerprints. I was once in a Yahoo charm exchange group and the leader of the group would have a hissy fit (southern term for getting really irate) and reject charms if they were polymer clay and you could see fingerprints on them. I have always loved to see fingerprints because it is a part of the artist. Kind of like a signature.

    27″ long   All elements handmade by little old me.

 

 

A Little Helper

Lately I have been experimenting more in digital collage. I recently was inspired by the work of Sloan Bibb, who is a mixed media collage artist who lives about an hour from me. He constructs huge works that include vintage photos, rusty metal bits, and all kinds of random objects. He mixes humor and the unexpected into his art. I thought I might try some of the same ideas in my digital art.

This is the first of the bunch. I’m calling it “A Little Helper.”

Each element is a separate photo which I have applied filters and effects to. The background is a shot that I took while driving to visit my kids near where they live. I opened it in the DistressedFX app and added textures and effects.

Next, I had found this cute little girl in a 1961 Life Magazine. I just love her little white gloves! I mounted her to a piece of mat board and cut her out carefully. Then I painted an egg for her to hold. Looking for a backdrop to photograph her on, I found this old cigar box lid. After photographing her, I added the effects.

Then I took one of my nests that I saved last spring and placed it on top of a vintage white glove and put them on top of a rusted old oil heater. Effects where applied to those too.

Then I combined them in the Procreate App on my Ipad and erased any parts I didn’t want to show up. I found a vintage illustration of a bird and layered it on top and erased the background. In Procreate, you can adjust the color balance so I tried to make the tone of each element coherent. I also opened it in an app called ScratchCam and added an effect to the whole composition to unify it. I may add some text to the mix when I figure out what I want it to say. The fun thing is that I can save the original and experiment with the copies to my heart’s desire.

  
More to come…

 

Enchanted Forest

For several years now, my Mom has been progressing through the stages of Alzheimers. Lately she has gotten more confused and has had to be moved from an assisted living facility to a nursing home. She has extra sitters throughout the day, but for about a week we were dealing with red tape so she was by herself for a while. We visited frequently and she seemed happy there, but there was much confusion about where she was. We would answer the same questions over and over again. “Where am I now?”

I was thinking about how frustrating it would be to know and then forget the same simple fact of where you are over and over again. It reminded me of wandering in a forest and realizing that you are totally lost. You may find the path, but loose it again.

I process things through my art and so I began making some mixed media digital collages using some of my nature photos, painted backgrounds, and pictures of Mom when she was young. I am trying to tell the story of a young girl lost in an enchanted forest. She finds places to rest and friends to help her along the way.  The journey is just beginning and time will tell where it leads.  

The beginning of the journey.

  A place to rest.

  A friend to help along the way. 

From The Kitchen

 Nothing is safe from my camera these days.

 These pears are in front of a painting that I did for my art class when I was 17.

  The catch of the day.

 My tasty pineapple before I cut it up.

 

 The sun shining in on my hubby’s breakfast fruit.

Country Roads

 As I drive down the road from my house…

  I start to see the old familiar sights…

  With new eyes.