Monday, November 24, 2008

I can't read knitting abbrs.!

I call this one "New Growth"
The scarf was knitted (in a stitch I accidentally invented) with handspun yarn dyed with cochineal. The red is so intense!
Under the scarf are her animal ears (of course!)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Big Oil Week

It has been a huge painting week here! Everything is still in progress. A painting based on the November sculpture with 3-d tree element. I'm psyched about the possibilities of combining the paperclay sculpture with paintings. Here is an artist that I came across the other day who is doing amazing combos of painting and relief sculpture www.melissaferreira.net
This one is bigger - about 2 feet high. Just an impression that flitted through my head, like a memory or light through the fall leaves.



And I went back into this one, adding foreground and tightening some things up. This is it with two different lighting schemes - the light bulb it is under really makes a difference in terms of the warmth of the painting.

Since these are near finished pieces, I thought I 'd show some that I started today. This is what my underpaintings look like.

These two are little 5x7's. I'd be pretty shocked if I sold the larger ones, but these little guys are more affordable and easy to find a place to hang. Plus they are fun to do =)


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tagged!

This is a fun game =)
I've been tagged by Cat at Darkling Woods Studios. Thanks, Cat! The rules are to tell 7 little known things about yourself then tag 7 others (be sure and link everyone!)
So here are mine:
1. I like to read Mother Earth News and day dream about going 'back to the land'
2. I drove around Australia after college and worked on organic farms with people who had gone 'back to the land'!
3. Bottecelli's 'Primavera' moved me to tears
4. I sing and dance along with my music while I paint
5. The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers) and Janis Joplin (Pearl) are on heavy rotation these days
6. My brother and I were at Phish's last concert in Vermont and walked 12 miles from my car to the venue
7. I was a ski bum. Twice. Kind of. Is there a such thing as a cross country ski bum?

I, in turn, would like to tag these 7 wonderful bloggers!

Epicwerkes

Painted Sky Woman

The Fairies' Nest

Nenufar Blanco

The Blackberry Briar

Anouk and Boobouk

The Singing Bird






Saturday, November 8, 2008

More from the field

No title for this one yet. I was thinking about 'Blessings' though because s/he reminds me of a sheaf of wheat or corn stalk and the hand gestures look almost like a benediction of some kind. I don't really start out to make them spiritual - they just all seem to take off in that direction! Oh well, I don't question the muse or else she may get fed up and leave me. Maybe I'll call him/her 'November' to make it a bit less direct and that is when s/he was born. In college, I refused to name anything because I wanted the image to say everything. However, it is an opportunity to add another layer of meaning or to give some insight. I like the names that Kina Crow gives her ceramic pieces for that reason. But when I make art, I don't think verbally at all, so it feels a bit contrived to name it after the fact. I have to think some more about this...

The felt is dyed with Osage and coffee this time. The base is carved from wood, which will be better for shipping if necessary. The last one had a rock as a base - lovely, but not so practical. This one will be for sale at the Essex show December 5th and 6th.