Saturday, March 28, 2015

Color bind: Monochromatic postcards to swap

I just sent off these 4 postcards as part of the monochromatic swap on Mail Me Some Art. Each card is limited to shades of a single hue and must include at least 3 different media.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paris street art

Paris street art
Recently, my good friend Ruth sent me photos of the street art she enjoys every day in her Paris neighborhood. 

I asked where these wonderful pieces come from. She says that, "in the beginning, art appeared magically, usually overnight, and in places that weren’t necessarily easy to reach. Some of the artists guarded their anonymity quite jealously, and were careful not to be ‘caught in the act.’"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My yucky muse -- making collages out of an old medical textbook

Collage from old anatomy bookI never wanted to be a doctor, nurse, or ultrasound tech. I don't like thinking about what's underneath my skin. Instead of blood, tissue, sinew and bone, I prefer to believe that I really am made of "sugar, spice and everything nice." 

So why am I so drawn to old anatomical drawings? Yucky images that make my skin crawl?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Word collage

Yesterday our mixed media group gathered to try our hand at collages made from words cut from magazine pages. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos at each stage. I got lost in the process. I'm happy with the grungy result. I think I'll title it "Danger Zone."

Monday, February 9, 2015

My round robin art journal and the Evil Eye

Evil eye
I've been obsessed with the "Evil Eye" ever since my mother told me about a sinister neighbor who she knew and feared growing up in Oakland. Her mother warned her to avoid the old woman because she might put the "Evil Eye" on her. 

What a delicious story for a little girl! (Me, not my mom, who was probably terrified.) No wonder, then, that the theme for I chose for my first round robin journal was "Looking." And that my first spread was all about the Eye.

What will my fellow artists think? 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mixing art and work

For some reason, I'm compelled to combine unlikely images in my work. These come from a book on industrial welding and a guide to the Louvre museum in France.
Collage mixing art and work

Collage mixing art and work

Thursday, January 15, 2015

From ridiculous to sublime -- My first Round Robin art journal project

round robin journal
When I joined my first Round Robin Art Journal project in December, I felt like I'd finally  graduated from kindergarten and entered "real" school. Real art school, that is.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A new (to me) mixed media technique -- creating a multicolored background using Vaseline as resist

vaseline jar
Yesterday was another session of my mixed media workshop. Fearless leader John showed us how to use Vaseline to create multicolored backgrounds.

That's right -- plain old Vaseline! Otherwise known as petroleum jelly.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Deck the halls with bags of coffee -- my upcycled holiday door wreaths

upcycled holiday door wreath made from coffee bags
In the past I've made all kinds of holiday decorations. This year, all I wanted was a pair of upcycled wreaths to adorn my double front doors. Simple, right? 

Ha! What started as a daylong project has turned into a month of trial, error, and tears.