Just wanted to take a minute to show some new artwork I have been making.

First of a series of collages on paper

First of a series of collages on paper

I bought this cute tiny Chinese calendar at the Harvard Library book sale last year.

Little Chinese calendar

Little Chinese calendar

It has beautiful botanical illustrations on each page that I thought would look good on the face of one of my drawings. I also have some asian text books in my stash to help fill in the area for the face.

The botanical illustrations are beautiful

The botanical illustrations are beautiful

Here is the beginning of one of the drawings. I use pencil and Caran d’ ache crayons to color and shade the face.

Drawing on top of the collage

Drawing on top of the collage

After the drawing is complete I start the auditioning process for what items will populate the rest of the collage.

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As you can see I tried several different elements.

Tried this bird

Tried this bird

 

I even tried a squirrel

I even tried a squirrel

 

I finally settled on this bird on a branch and the beautiful green leaf. This drawing and collage was finished in 2 days, that is incredibly fast for me!

First of a series of collages on paper

First of a series of collages on paper

Here is another new artwork I started. Please come check them out at my studio. Directions to Western Avenue Studios are here.
Come in at the A building entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. Exit elevator and turn right and follow until hallway ends, then turn left. Look for the black and white striped door! Studio #313.

Drawing with butterfly

Drawing with butterfly

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I know it’s been awhile since I last sat down to write a post, but I have been real busy! I moved! I moved to a much bigger studio in a new place. My studio is now located at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, MA 01851, studio #313.

My husband and I have been so busy rehabbing the space. We did lots of painting. It needed color! It was all white with a dull black floor and one textured khaki wall. Sadly the natural brick was already white washed, so nothing I could do about that. After being in there for awhile, I knew I couldn’t look at that large white brick wall, especially because I planned on keeping the two side walls white so the art can pop off of them. In my experience, it is dicey painting brick walls, I’ve seen some brick walls painted various weird colors. I finally decided on a Tiffany-like blue and I am happy with it. I replicated my pear green color that was on my former studio wall for my “pop of color” wall at the front of house. My husband insisted on painting the floor glossy black, and he was right, it looks much better. I also painted my hallway wall, as throughout the five floors of studios, everyone decorates the hallways too. I chose a strong teal color to accent the other colors that were already present in our hallway. Then the pièce de rèsistance: I painted my door black and white stripe! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I look at it. I have been wanting to do a black and white horizontal stripe somewhere, and finally I did it.

My white washed brick wall

My white washed brick wall

 

My new studio before rehab

My new studio before rehab

 

My gallery area at the front of the studio

My gallery area at the front of the studio

 

black and white striped door!

black and white striped door!

 

I have also been busy in the middle of this rehab to make some new things for holiday open studios. The glitter has been flying at the home studio!

 

A little gift pocket for gift card or small item

 

The glitter is flying!

The glitter is flying!

 

My home studio in Christmas clutter

My home studio in Christmas clutter

I hope you can come and visit my new place during open studios and check out some of these things I have crafted. Directions to Western Avenue Studios are here.
Come in at the A building entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. Exit elevator and turn right and follow until hallway ends, then turn left. Look for the black and white striped door! Studio #313.

Western Avenue Studios Lowell, MA

Western Avenue Studios Lowell, MA

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Grunge IG

Artist Seth Apter is having a great blog hop this week and I thought it would be fun to participate. He is asking fellow artists and craftspersons to reveal their “real life” studio table, in all it’s messy glory. In the last few years, there has been a few magazines that have popped up in the bookstores that showcase artist studios. The problem is, these studios that are shown are sparkly clean and look like HGTV has designed them! Seth asked if we would “throw any feelings of shame out the window, and show the world the underside of art and craft”. So dear viewers, I present to you, not one but two studio tables. Read Full Article →

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Ocean Mother

Ocean Mother

I finished the smaller collage I started together with another collage of the same theme. Since my last post, I finished up on the shading and added a soft black outline around every element to really make everything pop.

I am happy with her, I am especially happy with the shading of her face, which I did a little different from all the other pieces in this series. Like many adventures in art making, what I ended up with was from an accident. I normally shade my faces using a q-tip to blend out the crayon. After doing it this way, I left it, and came back the next day to the studio to find I didn’t like the shading.

first shading attempt

First shading attempt

Her cheek was way too strong. because I use Caran d’ ache water soluble crayons, I decided to hit her cheek with a wet brush to diffuse the color so I could wipe it off. When I looked at what the water did, I loved the effect. It looked much more like she had been in the water, as the shading was now soft and water-spotted. Now I had to create that effect on purpose!

Ocean Mother close-up

Ocean Mother close-up

I especially love the octopus book pages showing through the shading on the face. Notice the third eye she has from an octopus illustration.

She is for sale, pricing information is on my portfolio page,  please send me an email if you would like to purchase her.

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