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Art days = hens’ teeth

Like almost every retired person I know, I find my days fill up quickly. Appointments, meetings, exercise, household, yard and pool chores, pet care (yes, I have help in all these areas), usually take up most of about four days a week. (That’s not to mention the 12-year-old granddaughter and a husband with a chronic illness.) I also volunteer with two local arts centers, which at least counts as “art.”

So I manage to squeeze in a precious art day now and then. Recent output includes a painting and some postcards. When I finished the painting, I didn’t care for it much, but after it dried I decided it fit nicely in our foyer, with its touches of blue and gold.

The lava lamp is a recent garage sale purchase, for a couple of dollars.

“Bluedrops” – Acrylic, 12″ x 12″

 

I did this photo-collage as a retirement gift for our minister–images from the church’s interior.

Here are postcards since my last post:

“Springtangle” – pens, Prismacolor pencils

Paris from Montparnasse Tower” – original hand-colored black and white photo (taken on our October visit to Paris).

“Spring 2019” – Watercolor and pen (sent to a friend in Canada to brighten her winter days)

 

“Ganesha goes to Bali” – Collage (sent to congratulate a friend on her 100th birthday)

 

“Get Your Feet Wet” – collage, including day and night images of Kerrville’s splash pad.

Finally, I dug out a stashed box of papers I’d almost forgotten about,

Fun with an old friend, Color Aid, a beautiful matte silk-screened paper that comes in more than 200 colors a pack.

and created this collage, limiting myself to only these scraps of (not necessarily harmonious) colors. It turned out better than I expected–sort of an homage to Matisse’s cutouts. (I have seen two exhibits, one at the Hirshhorn in Washington in about 1977*, and a fabulous exhibit at MOMA in New York in 2014.)

“Finding an Old Box of Color Aid,” collage.

* Funny story: I saw the Matisse cutout exhibit with my mother and then-4-year-old daughter. While Mom scoffed that “a kindergartener could do this” and the guards warily eyed the child, I tried to enjoy this incredibly beautiful “kindergarten” art. (Matisse was quite old when he did the cutouts.) Finally my mother offered to take the child out so I could peruse in peace, which I did. When I saw the ’14 show at MOMA, there were school kids on a field trip, enjoying the art immensely. It was wonderful.

 

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.

 

Seven New Pieces

Between a week at the Texas coast with the grand-kids, a one-day turnaround trip to Arlington, recent lunch and dinner guests and now awaiting grandson today and granddaughter tomorrow, I’ve squeezed in some new work. My knitting is suffering, but at least I’m feeding the art bug.

I would absolutely love to get into a mail art exchange. If you are interested, or know of exchanges, please contact me at jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com.

Thank-you card to the nice folks who lent us their beach house, with pictures of Rockport and Port Aransas

Thank-you card to the nice folks who lent us their beach house, with pictures of Rockport and Port Aransas (photo-collage in InDesign)

Fantasy Flowers #5

Fantasy Flowers #5 (marker)

Madras Plaid

Madras Plaid (water color)

Sherbet Sky (Water color)

Sherbet Sky (water color)

Shadow Curtain (Water color)

Shadow Curtain (water color)

Doodle #22 (marker)

Doodle #22 (marker)

Tea Party with Peacock (collage)

Tea Party with Peacock (collage)

 

 

Two More

Next week is grandchild week, this week is winding down, and I’m wrapping up a period both productive and restful. Before I go back into granny mode, here are two more pieces I really like. “Booklove” is going to the Lackman Library in Lenexa, Kansas, for an exhibit of post card art celebrating books and reading. I realize the quote will elicit giggles from middle-schoolers; so be it.

Booklove (photo collage: images from various sources  manipulated in Photoshop and InDesign)

Booklove (photo collage: images from various sources manipulated in Photoshop and InDesign)

 

“Floats and Flipflops” wraps up the series of summer cards. Maybe it’s time to start planning for Christmas.

Floats 'n' Flipflops (collage)

Floats ‘n’ Flipflops (collage)

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