I took the original photos while on walks on the island of Curacao. I liked how the plants were featured in front of the plain, colorful walls. In each, I've embedded text or handwriting, handmade papers and shredded U.S. currency. Each is 12"H x 9"W. The shot of them together also shows some fossilized corral from the island.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
After being away (in warm Arizona and Florida), I'm back in my art studio. I'd printed out and cut the prints for this piece in January as I wanted to try put pieces of blue ledger paper (from the 1850s) into all the blue sky in this artwork. I was anxious to get back to finish this piece and I'm pleased with the result. Some of the handwriting is readable and says "New Orleans" "Savannah" "loose cotton" -- the ledger was from Suffolk Manufacturing Company, a cotton textile business -- so I've named the piece "Southern Exposure". In addition to the photo prints and ledger paper, I've used some handmade yellow paper and colored pencil in this mixed media piece. 12" x 12"
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
It's been rather cold in Illinois this January, so I've been making art of warm vacation scenes.
"Blooming Desert" is comprised of multiple digital alterations of a desert photo all cut into strips and combined with colored pencil, handmade papers and vintage stamps. 14H x 11W.
"Steadfast" depicts a view up from the beach at a regal palm tree made of multiple digital alterations all cut into strips and combined with handmade papers, book text and vintage stamps. 11H x 14W.
"Join Me" depicts 4 chairs at Ephraim, WI facing Green Bay. The altered imagery was cut into strips and pieced together with additions of handmade papers, vintage postage stamps and shredded U.S. currency. 10H x 20W.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Despite the increased social activity of the holidays, I did find time to make art for some holiday shows, new gallery inventory, and some 5x7 woven pieces for my Art Sistas. Looking forward to a new year with travel and more explorations in art.
Friday, November 5, 2021
I've completed a number of commissions in the last couple of months. People gave me good photos of places that were meaningful to them and I gave them additional meaning and interest by embedding things into the art.
They include a sunflower watercolor artwork transformed by my art technique to make reproductions on metal for the woman's children and granddaughters... a field of sunflowers with names in the sky to memorialize three high school students killed in a car crash.... a dramatic cowboy and horse... a Colorado scene for a woman to give to her boyfriend... a NC beach scene at sunrise for a couple to think about their second home.
Monday, October 4, 2021
I really enjoyed giving a gallery talk at the Contemporary Art Center on Friday. I gave a brief history of my art making and showed a work in progress. It's always a good exercise to evaluate what it is you do and how to convey the thought process as well as the physical process. I shared some of the details of my work... like writing the word JOY! on every panel before I start the art... showed embedded stamps and ledger paper in the pieces in the show... told the fun story about being handed 3 bags of shredded money by a gentleman staffing the Chicago Federal Reserve booth at a bank conference...lots of good questions and comments.