Saturday, May 31, 2008
I'm rested and eager to get to some art projects. I have a couple of paintings on my mind and want to start working with my new encaustic medium. Also ready to get my hands in the mud again - it has been too long!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Bigger, though, is the chance to do something about raging world hunger. Hungry children, families in camps, on the run, barely getting by. My heart aches.
Deborah, who is a founder and artist, makes beautiful earthenware an donates all her work to Acorn to Oaks. Please take a look at her pottery. They sell via Etsy (http://acorntooaks.etsy.com ).
Please leave comments as to how you like it and any other sites that are art charities I should see. Thanks! Debra
Saturday, May 10, 2008
It feels so complete to actually mat, frame, and hang my photos. I ususally just review, tweak, and admire them and put them away. These are really done.
Now I want to turn to papers for my new printer. I'm very happy with the print and ink, just not satisfied with the papers I've found locally. I want to try art papers and some finishes that aren't glossy. I tried matte presentation paper and hated the result.
Now that the green is back in Nebraska, I'm ready for another big round of shooting. I have from now to November to capture this part of the state and our experience and scenery here.
I'd like to hear from others about inkjet papers for archival chrome inks.
Friday, May 2, 2008
The largest piece is a 4 panel window I found in the barn under hay and worse. The glass is intact and I'm putting 4 photos bordered in black behind the glass, unpainted wood side out. It is very rustic and the images are all farming related.
The smallest is about 3 by 9, a triptic of the photo on my website (holycowstudio.com) banner.
Wish me luck! I just hope someone gets something from my work.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
- survival - both the metal and the grass have survived winter cold, snow, and ice; the cans have survived years in the elements
- usefulness discarded, hard work in days gone by
- refusal to give up - both cans are damaged as well as aged and yet they are present and to me, at least, artful
- beauty in the ordinary
- aged beauty
- history, stories of lives past
- what else?
This image suggests coolness and calm to me. Of course, I was there and it was cold; but I think it is the coolness of the colors and the starkness of the shapes. Do I see myself or my life there? Practicality, certainly -I could always be washing clothes and dishes, sweeping, picking up, cooking and shopping - everyday practical tasks. Calmness, these days, no, not with two four year olds! :-)
What about internally, less concretely? Boy, I would like to think I am the sturdy, practical, surviving being that has its own beauty. Well, I guess, actually, I am. I am not, however, discarded! I still have lots of life to do.
I hope this image evokes something for you and that you will take time to look at it, at life images, and at other art in this way. It can be quite interesting and revealing.