work in progress: Mother of the Sea #1

work in progress: Mother of the Sea #1

Summer is exhaling it’s last breathe this week. I am trying to finish up an ocean themed collage, another in the Mother Nature theme. I haven’t even been to the beach this year, every time I thought of going, I thought it was too indulgent to take a day off from the studio, so I didn’t go. Now the cooler weather is coming, and the window of opportunity is closing.

I actually started two “Mother of the Ocean” collages. In all my readings of other artist’s blogs, I notice that most artists work on multiple pieces at the same time. God knows I have done that with other disciplines, I always have several knitting projects going for example, but with my paintings I seem to like to only work on one piece at a time. I read a quote from another artist recently that said she, like myself, can only have “a conversation with one painting at a time”. The downside to this of course is that when I need to let my painting dry, I have nothing else to work on, which is a waste of good studio time. So I decided to try working on more than one collage at a time as an experiment. Read Full Article →

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Karen at artist reception of "From The Ground Up" Brush Gallery Lowell MA

artist reception of “From The Ground Up” Brush Gallery Lowell MA

 

This past Sunday I attended the artist reception for the show I’m in at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA “From the Ground Up: Celebrating the Joy of the Garden”. The show has been up for a couple of weeks, but I intentionally did not go to see it, rather waiting until the reception to take it in. It is a wonderful show, reminding us how beautiful nature is. Read Full Article →

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I thought you might like to see the steps that I used to create my latest Mother Nature collage. Right now creatively, I am drawn to collage a face, and then embellish it with all types of flora and fauna. It starts out with an idea of a Mother Nature creature that I have imagined. I keep a list of ideas for these Mother Nature characters in a sketchbook. Sometime I am inspired by the mono print that I create for the background. I make these in batches, so at times I sort through the prints, and their depth of color calls for a theme. While I’m working on one, I’m usually thinking about the next one. I also might get a glimpse of some paper or an image that inspires me to make the next Mother Nature.

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My First Art Show at Cafe Darling Bedford MA

I have been happily busy these past couple of months. I had my first art show at Cafe Darling in Bedford MA. It was a wonderful evening celebrating with family and friends. Thank you to all that came to my show and gave me such wonderful compliments. I finished a couple of new pieces for the show which are in the photo above.

Art Is ....You art retreat

I recently attended my first art retreat. It was in Stamford CT and is called Art Is…..You. I decided I would go to my first one alone so I could experience it and take it all in. I took three fabulous workshops with Andrea Mateas DeMeng and Pam Carriker. I met some wonderful friendly ladies who brought me along into their circle of friends. I will look forward to next years retreat and hope to bring some of my friends along with me. There was a wonderful vendors evening where I met Seth Apter, purchased some of Pam Carriker’s Mixed Media Adhesive and Liquid Pencil sketching inks, and also got some incredible stencils from Mary Beth Shaw at Stencil Girl Products.

Here are some photos from the workshops I took at Art Is…You.

Collaging the Translucent Workshop with Andrea Mateas DeMeng at Art Is....You

Busting Out 3D Self Portrait workshop with Pam Carriker at Art Is...You

This week we are busy redecorating our bedroom. We are stripping wallpaper, pulling up the rug, painting, and getting a new queen size bed (we currently sleep in a double!) Even though I am busy with all this I had to sneak in some studio time this week otherwise I wouldn’t be fit to live with! I usually work on 12″x12″ and 12″x16″ sizes for my collages but I decided to play around on a 8″x10″ size.

"The Heart of a Mother" in progress, mixed media collage

I started by cutting a face from a catalog and used it as my focal point to make a “Mom”. I used my new art supplies that I got at Art is…You on my piece. I really liked the Mixed Media Adhesive, it has some artist ground in it so it has a toothy texture. You can work directly on top of it with any medium, like dye inks, and they will dry correctly, unlike using gel medium which forms a skin of which dye inks won’t dry. I also used one of my stencils I purchased from Stencil Girl Products at the vendors night.

"The Heart of a Mother" mixed media collage

Here is my finished piece, I am happy with it. Working smaller has the advantage of getting done faster!

I will try to update more often. I realized that I am making it such a chore. I feel like I have to write a lengthy post and make it really entertaining. I really struggle with writing so it made my blog a struggle too. I had the pleasure of meeting Dina Wakley last month and she gave me some great advice about blogging. I will try to follow her example.

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