Well I gotta tell you, January is gone and I don't remember most of it. What have I been doing? Sometimes I get through the week, and the last time I checked it was Tuesday. Anyway, I have been getting ready to pack up 18 works of art and head to Phoenix for First Friday Art Walk @ Waldoism gallery. I have never had a solo show before, but I have been to several. After seeing how things were done, extras they had, and running a few of my own ideas through my head, I think I am ready. I have my work all framed, wall info tags done, business cards made, a portfolio of works to show other galleries while I am there, and a pretty good idea of how things will be set up. So I guess that is where January went. But I am excited to see family, and I am driving out with two of my aunts, whose children live in Phoenix, so ROAD TRIP!!!! I have assembled a playlist on my IPod that I am pretty sure won't scare either one of them, (think Paul Simon, MercyMe, Taylor Hicks and Elton John), and I will wash my car!! Yep, ready! I am bummed to be missing my son's open house at school, and a fundraiser that my husband is involved in for a men's recovery ranch, but excited too. I have found a bit of time to do some journal pages for an online class I am taking with Pam Carriker. These are those.
This is a 24" x 24", acrylic and ink on panel board. I am really happy with the background colors, I think they came out really cool. The oak tree literally took 4 hours to draw with a micron pen, and then again over it with a sharpie paint pen. The compass is a combination, compass rose and a sun. I couldn't find a stamp I liked that was big enough, so I carved my own, and then added the smaller compass stamp right in the center.
So all of these things point to the direction that I go. The heart, the Jesus fish, the oak tree, the words on the house and the compass/sun. Or Son, if you will. I will be showing this piece next month, and several times during the process, I had thoughts of "don't make it all religious, people might not like/buy it" More than once I had to quiet the enemy as he tried to get me to conform to this world. And, honestly I wasn't even going in that direction at the time. But as it progressed, I knew where it was going, and I am really happy with how it turned out.
I am excited to announce I will be a part of Waldoism's First Friday Art Walk, February 6, 2009. The gallery is located in Phoenix at 720 N. 4th St #3 Phoenix, Az. (602) 714-0166. From what I hear, the atmosphere is great. Artists, vendors, live music, all around. Come join me!
I am super excited about this. My friend Suzan over at ThriftycollageArtist put together this amazing art doll. It reminds me of the toys over at Sid's house on Toy Story. I don't know how long she had it up on her blog, but as soon as I saw it, I wanted it to be mine all mine!! And so it shall be!! I will be taking a class with Michael DeMeng in May at Art and Soul Asilomar, called "The Isle of Demented Toys", and if I am lucky, my piece will look half this great. It's like 15 inches tall, and uses parts of an old desk lamp, and is decorated all the way around. i love the head, and what looks to be the spine! OMGosh, I can't wait.
This is a mixed media collage, work in progress. I have not done much over the last couple of weeks, I think my muse was pouting about the whole published/not published issue. And I don't blame her, but I had to post something new because I get mad everytime I see the last post. So we have to get some creativity so I can push all that negativity out!! So this one is 12" x 24" on wood panel, and I am liking how it is turning out. Happy New Year everyone!!