I have found a new obsession. Watching videos from Shawn Petite on YouTube.
So I have spent my last week, collaging papers onto Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journals with matte medium (first layer) and once I have enough pages to play with, I will be adding the second layer with gesso and acrylic paints. I like to work in more than one journal at a time experimenting with different looks and waiting for everything to dry is agonizing.
Because I love texture and color, Shawn's approach really appeals to me. As you know, my mantra in fiber is "more is better" but I keep thinking, how can Shawn keep adding more and more?
Just when I would say "done" she adds another layer that changes everything. I also love her stencils so I ordered some from her website. We need to support the work of artists so I hope you will take a minute to view her videos and order something from her website!
P.S. Of course you know I am not compensated in any way from my recommendation. I just think she's a talented artist and I wanted to bring her to your attention!
Imagine my surprise when I looked at my garden and saw these beautiful flowers popping up in the middle of February. I have no idea of the name of this plant (can anyone help me out?) but I want to plant many more since obviously, these plants are hardy and can withstand the 50 degree swings in temperatures that are common in Denver. (and it brought a smile to my face!)
It also got me thinking.
Some artists I know choose one word to direct their thinking and art-making every year. I haven't done that but if I had to choose one word that would be motivational for me this year, it would be resilience. The way this flower decided to bloom in spite of the cold and snow. The way the #MeToo movement has finally called into question how women are treated in the workforce. And how these amazing, articulate, smart Florida kids are showing us that something CAN be done to curb gun violence in this country.
Resilience is a powerful word and concept and I will hone my resiliency skills in the coming months, knowing that America will survive this administration and so will I.
I just took a workshop from Carol Nelson (confusing to have two Carol's in the room when people were asking for advice!) and I had a wonderful time playing with mediums and paints. Carol came up with a fabulous way to approach creating an abstract composition. Photograph cracks in the sidewalks and use that as your inspiration. So here's my inspiration. And here's my finished piece. Sometimes, it's just good to get out of your comfort zone and play!
Honestly, I don't know where I'm going with my art but I do know it's getting more political.
I can't help it.
I want our democracy to survive and words/tweets matter. So my words, while not followed by millions of people, are what I need to say at this moment. They will go into the archive of the Internet and no one will read them but it's my small mark on history.
What is our "State of the Union"? I will be pondering that and adding more text to this layout.
I have to admit, I'm obsessed with text. Here is a page form my journal. It starts out by saying "what do I want to say?" This is the right side of the page.
My latest spread is
For years, I have resisted donating my art for fund-raising auctions. Mostly because I think it devalues my art. And, the organizations say "it''s great exposure" but I have not found that to be true.
However, good friend of mine Judith Cassel-Mamet encouraged me to change my mind. At least for this particular organization.
Artma is a non-profit that raises money for children with brain cancer. They believe in the healing power of art. And so do I.
Here's the piece I am donating to their semi-annual fund-raising event. Hope to see you there!
My niece just graduated with an advanced degree in Public Health. I'm so proud of her.
So I wanted to send her something meaningful to celebrate her accomplishment. I knew she could always use some cash (who couldn't?) but I decided to send her a piece of my art instead.
This is a difficult thing to do! What if she doesn't like it? (after all, art is so personal!) What if she doesn't want to hurt my feelings and is stuck with something she has to lug around until I'm gone and she can finally put it in the dumpster. What if she likes it and her friend/husband/partner hates it.
Regardless of all these miss-givings, I mailed this piece to her today. Now I hold my breath.
I always wonder whether taking my grandkids to a museum is a good idea (will they be totally bored?). But today, I discovered that they were as curious as I was about modern art. This is Giorgio, 8, crazy kid, full of energy, but loved all the sculptures -- especially the ones made from rock. Fun day at The Modern in Fort Worth.
My daughter-in-law is from Italy where they take decorating a Christmas tree very seriously! This year her theme was white. I loved that she hung a red ornament on her tree because she got a present from a friend. Reminded me again that flexibility is the key to being creative!
My step son likes to smoke cigars so I am always the happy recipient of his labels and boxes. This week, I collaged the labels he gave me onto a card stock and then scanned the image. I can now print it on paper, fabric, or transfer stock or even send it to Spoonflower to be printed on yards of fabric or wrapping paper.
Darn. I should have thought of this earlier so I could have used it for his Christmas present this year. I tend to think about Christmas about December 20th so it makes it had to personalize presents. I should write myself a note on my calendar in November.....
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!