Archive | October 2014

Having a Blast

Spent much of today working on art! Here are the latest pieces, followed by cards I’ve received recently. I got a little wild with the monoprints, inspired by Kathie M. from Colorado (see below). I even found my old little plexiglas plate from when I took printmaking in about 1987.

Neon Jungle (fabric, acrylic stamped figures)

Neon Jungle (fabric, acrylic stamped figures)

Divine Revelation (monoprint background, colored pencil figure)

Divine Revelation (monoprint background, colored pencil) After doing the background I could “see” Moses, streaming light, and the crowd, so I drew in the figure.

Puzzle (monoprint background, marker puzzle lines)

Puzzle (monoprint background, marker puzzle lines)

Metamorphosis is Messy (acrylic monoprint backgound, collaged critters)

Metamorphosis is Messy (acrylic monoprint background, collaged critters)

Frankenflower, acrylic monoprint background, collaged flower in marker

Frankenflower (acrylic monoprint background, collaged flower in marker)

Original photo, with quote from Lao Tzu

Original photo, with quote from Lao Tzu

 

Original photo with quote from Marcus Aurelius.

Original photo, photoshopped differently, with quote from Marcus Aurelius.

This monoprint from Kathie M. in Colorado inspired me to do the monoprints above.

This monoprint from Kathie M. in Colorado inspired me to do the monoprints above.

A collage from Linda G. in Massachusetts. This cracks me up.

A collage from Linda G. in Massachusetts. This cracks me up.

Another greeting from Catherine in Shropshire.

Another greeting from Catherine in Shropshire.

From Honi in N.Y., the only taste of fall we get in Central Texas.

From Honi in N.Y., the only taste of fall we get in Central Texas.

 

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Secondaries, Tertiaries, New Stuff

After the fabulous markers I posted last month,

After Josef Albers (the only card I've made with the Bic Mark-its so far)

After Josef Albers (the only card I’ve made with the Bic Mark-its so far)

I recently found some water colors in a similar vein:

Next time I go to Michael's I'm buying more--I love the colors

Next time I go to Michael’s I’m buying more–I love the colors

As I used them I realized they don’t have all the true primary colors–the reds tend to be off and I end up using tube color to get true red. But I love them! It occurred to me I favor secondary and tertiary colors more than the primaries–I’d rather have purple and orange, teal or fuchsia, than red, yellow or blue. Although these two might give lie to that:

Floating on Air (water color)

Floating on Air (water color)

Cavendish Sheds, Newfoundland (from a photo by Jerry Curtis) (water color)

Cavendish Sheds, Newfoundland (from a photo by Jerry Curtis) (water color)

I couldn’t bring myself to mail the fishing sheds. It’s being framed as a gift for someone special who loves it.

More new pieces:

Freaky flower (water color, neon paint, water color pencil)

Freaky flower (water color, neon paint, water color pencil–experimenting with the neon paint)

 

Super moon 3 a.m 9-8-14

Impressions of the September super moon seen through blinds at 3 a.m.

Impressions of the September super moon seen through blinds at 3 a.m.

 

More balloon inspirations. The first one was titled after it was finished when I realized the scale was wrong. Then I read this quote from the highly successful artist Chris Ofili, whose paintings fetch into the high six digits. He’s commenting about a painting of his own in which the scale of the figures is wrong, and someone asks him about it: “Oh, yeah. That really bothered me for a while. But I didn’t feel it was my responsibility to change it. In a painting you can do anything, right? I’m making it all up. This thing is too big! But it’s just what it is. Not bad, not good, just too big.” (New Yorker, October 6, 2014)

Even Giants Love Balloons (water color)

Even Giants Love Balloons (water color)

Before I read the quote, I did another balloon card and just omitted the hand.

"UP" (water color)

“UP” (water color)

Two cards recently received:

From Catherine in the UK

From Catherine in the UK

From Patricija in Slovenia

From Patricija in Slovenia (the little tag survived the long journey!)

I’ll be busy for a few weeks with other projects–putting together a condo association newsletter, and house-guests and hoopla for my husband’s show opening, for which I did the publicity materials:

Stella and Lou post card front final

If you’d like to swap cards, or just receive one, send an email to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com with your mailing address. International addresses are welcome.