I’ve been working on post cards for the iHanna swap in May, but sometimes I make one that I can’t bear to part with.
There is a tree outside a window that reflects beautiful leaf shadows and apricot light on our living room wall when the sun reaches it. I took a photo, then tried to render it in a way that captured the magic of that ephemeral light.
After it was finished, I decided to mat it and found the perfect yellow frame, so now it hangs on the wall near the spot where the actual light comes in. I used a vellum overlay, inking in the branches and filling in the color with water color. That is laid over another layer of water color underneath, which I think gives it more depth. The “happy accident” that happens in art is that the ink, which I thought was permanent, ran when I painted in the water color. It blurred the edges a little, just as they are in the photo, even though it was unintentional.
Here is the photo of the actual image.
Just one painting this week, but considering it was catch-up time after spring break travel, I’m pretty happy about it.
I’m working on post cards now, having signed up for the spring iHanna swap coming up in early May. I need 10 cards by the end of April, but I already have a couple in the works.
You know how you can be chugging along just fine and life is great, then suddenly the poop starts flying and hits the fan?
But once in a while things just go all to heck, and for some reason I’ve been converting the poop energy into paint and slopping it on canvas. Along with knitting and cleaning, it’s therapeutic.
Not that I put myself in the illustrious company in the Salon des Refusés show, which was for artists whose work was refused by the establishment: a few obscure artists like Manet, Pissaro and Cézanne.
But I thought it would be fun to share a few pieces that didn’t make it into my gallery show at the Alternative Space Gallery at the First UU Church of Austin.
I am delighted to have my work in a solo show, and once I get some photos from the opening I will post some of those.
iHanna’s fall postcard swap was a great success this year–I received all 10 cards during November. Here they are, in no particular order.
Next: I’m still painting, but with holidays, upcoming design work for Paradox Players and having a rambunctious nine-year-old in the house, it goes slowly. As my therapist says: it’ll wait for me to get back to it.
As crazy as this fall has been, with adjusting to new beings in my life (updates on my other blog soon) and a trip, I squeezed in the iHanna postcard swap. Fortunately I had a small supply saved, so I had to make only a few. Here’s what was sent out at the end of October.
This was a repeat of a previous card:
I have started receiving cards, so I’ll post them after I’ve received all 10.
… and it’s untitled, but for the first time in weeks I have made some art. Another painting, started before major life changes took up my focus, time and energy, is in progress. I’ll get back to that, but this one just came in a rush. (See my other blog to see what has taken up my time and energy.)
No post cards for a while, but I hope to get back to mail art again when my new routine settles down.
Not too much output yet this summer, for the usual reasons. Here’s this week’s work. Apparently I’m into hot colors. Happy July!
The above began as the first version of “Orange, red, purple,” but it wasn’t working so I just played around with images until it became rather whimsical. (I rarely just give up and call a piece a failure–of course there have been some–but I usually try to push through until I get something pleasing or, if all else fails, fun.) I also just realized that each of these four pieces was an attempt to express the same idea, and “Orange, red, purple,” is the closest fulfillment of that vision. Also the simplest and quickest (and last) one. That’s often the way art is. It works best when you quit trying so hard.
Received a nice packet from Honi in New York state, including the scan of a weave, and the dear little purple envelope with butterflies on it and a tiny handmade book inside.