The Creation Process: Step 1 – Grabbing the bull by the horns
Armed with a concept to create riverbed patina, it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start the actual making. First the canvas for this creation–the 13 yards of linen–needs to be tamed. Meaning: washed, cut into smaller pieces, and hemmed to reduce fray during the process.
This week I’m putting the final touches on new pieces for the showAmalgamated Transmutations: Flight, Growth and Breaking Open with my friends and fellow SEED artistsNicole Uzzell, andMillicent Greason. The opening reception is this Saturday, May 4th. Please stop by if you can, we’d love to see you. The show will be on view thru May 31st atThe Electric Mustache Gallery. I’m doing some large-scale screen printing on found fabrics for this exhibit and talked a little about my inspiration in a post here. And here are a few photos of work in progress for the show; with more info on the exhibit after the jump.
One project in the studio this month is a 4′ x 6′ piece commissioned by the AFAS Group as part of their Public Arts Initiative. The initiative works to bring art to public areas and into people’s daily lives. AFAS’s project includes an permanent outdoor gallery that opened in the fall of 2012– the brainchild of my friend and fellow Winston artist, Kendall Doub, who invited me to participate in this upcoming exhibit.
Since it’s the 100 year anniversary for Winston Salem, AFAS requested artists to work around a loose theme of “Celebrate W-S” and create work about or inspired by the city we live in. My working title is “Together in this City”, and I am incorporating a whimsical nod to the Winston skyline. Here are a few photos of the painting in progress.
Sunday was the first day of 2013 on lunar calendar, the year of the water snake, and I spent the day printing New Years Cards for friends and family. Here’s a peek into my process for creating the card I’m sending out this week.
A sketchy concept: I expected this year’s design to be a bit of a challenge for me due to my **ahem** healthy fear of snakes. How to make a creature that can appear menacing into a friendly image? After doodling for a few days, I landed on a concept of two intertwined snakes that i really liked (above and here). Now I just needed a way to incorporate the idea of water. The weather was very wet and the image of a snake making her way down the sidewalk with an umbrella popped into my head, making me smile. I was already too in love with the semi-symetrical snakes, though, and adding an umbrella was just not working. I didn’t want to add anything that would turn my idea onto a pharmacysymbol. I decided to focus on the snakey love knot and sort the water side of things out later.
A hunt for inspiration: Sometimes the best way to move forward is to just start looking at things. I started collecting images that set the mood I had in mind and doing a little research into the lore of year of the snake.
I learned that people born into the year of the snake are intelligent and excessively bold, great inventors and full of discoveries. They are contemplative, cunning and can be very possessive. Some snakes you might know: Oprah Winfrey, Sara Jessica Parker, Picasso, Martha Stewart and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. For those of us who aren’t snakes, apparentlyquiet calmness is key to harnessing the good in the snake and avoiding danger. “For all signs during a Snake year, inner growth, spirituality, and discovering the hidden meanings of things come to the forefront.”
Here are a few images that came up as I wandered the web:
Hot off the screens! Clockwise: “I always feel like somebody’s watching me“ (in large and small versions, inspired by rizzocat); “Haunted Toaster“ (inspired by this, of course); “Sunny Side” (which makes me sing this all day); and “The Kick in my Coffee Cup“ (because this song makes me happy).
I’ll be hawking these along with prints, cards, pillows and more THIS SUNDAY at the Hand To Hand Market, in downtown Greensboro, NC. It’s free and there will be a full bar, DJ, Break Dancing Santas, Ugly Sweater Photo Booth, and more. Break. Dancing. Santas. People!
I’ll also be at the Krankies Craft Fair the 14th and 15th in good ole W-S. And if you can’y make one of those fine craftaculars, email me or check out ETSY to hook yourself up. See you on the sunny side!