Archive for the ‘creative juice’ Category

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Peaks and Valleys

06/10/2014

PeaksandValleys

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Puzzle 101

06/05/2014

Puzzle 101

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Pools

06/03/2014

Pools

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Vista 1

06/01/2014

Vista 1

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Telling Stories

11/21/2013

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Telling Stories; the story

11/20/2013

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I have been working on this piece (detail above) called Telling Stories. The challenge I set for myself was to go bigger. Could I expand what I do onto a larger canvas? 30″ is about the largest I can fit in my limited space. I have to say it was a satisfying experience and I now long to go even larger. Maybe someday when space lends itself.

The title comes from sitting in a number of critiques and workshops where my fellow artists see narrative, seemingly in every piece. I do not derive my connection to art this way, especially not my own. There is always a journey through my pieces from beginning to end but it is not a story. I guess it is about process, composition, materials and technique. The final work offers up various clues to items that tease the viewer to construct their own story. I want my work to connect for people through their own experience not mine. If that means there is a story in it, so be it.

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Cool Tools

09/27/2013

CoolToolsMy mind is currently wrapped around a new piece (30 x 30 – this is large for me and my small studio space). Today I made some tweaks to the work and the thought struck me that it might be good to share a couple of my favorite tools. While these are more likely to be thought of as manicure tools rather than those in your studio, I can no longer work without them nearby. Their uses are endless but here is how they are working for me;

1) Sanding block – This mini block is great for minor sanding jobs. I also use emery boards but the chunkiness of this block is a bit easier to use on a flat surface . . . and you get 4 sides and some nice corners to work with (be sure to wear a dust mask when you sand).

2) Orange Sticks – Typically used for working magic on your cuticles these babies work for burnishing, holding things down while you glue and even making textures in paint or molding paste.

3) Q-tips – I originally began using these for removing that tiny extra bit of paint that was just too much for the artwork. I have come to adore the Q-tip for blending and softening, adding as well as subtracting. You can tap into your inner George Seurat as well.