Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Saving Stuff

In the last few entries. I was talking about how I have made a living being an artist.
I have also posted current, finished work.
The work I am posting today is in the realm of the "process". I made these yesterday.

I have been going through my old work. I have noticed that there is a theme inside the portfolios. They are filled with all my ideas, many more ideas than just my old drawings of limited skill, they are in there too.
Most of these idea pieces, never reached fulfillment, for a thousand reasons. When I did have that idea I would go immediately to the studio and make it. Painting it or do a drawing or something. I am revisiting this crow idea now. I pulled out a painted sketch of crows from 1988 after a particularly vivid dream.

I save odd things. I am not a hoarder and I am generally neat, but I like interesting stuff and often create small dioramas on window sills or secret corners.

When my parents were alive, they loved to go to estate sales and garage sales and then send me boxes of stuff! Arriving with love, most of it was junk. In one of the boxes were some ill-cut gold place mats. I kept them (12+ years), did not know why, till yesterday.
I started to paint right on the gold vinyl with flat paint, black and interference blue.
Like a crow going down after some shiny thing, I am a sucker for metallic, iridescence and dayglow. Crows are dream elements for me, so the more visual candy, the better.
These photos are not showing the gold edges gleaming through.
Painting crows right now, come from a renewed interest, after reading "Crow Planet" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. My break time spent watching crows in flight and, as they constantly chase the resident pair of Redtail hawks across the field.
This is all building up to something, so back to the studio with better paper and gold paint.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Good Bye Winter

I think that last snow just wore me out. So even though the current storm is raining and the wind is howling, trees are fall down. I believe it is spring. I saw the tips of the tulips coming up.