Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Week Links: 9

Join me every Sunday when I will share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
Weeks 1 2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8...

And here is Week 9

Absolutely in love these 6 tiny books in a bundle created by Trace Willans from the blog SoewnEarth.

I am finding these vintage photo drawings --posted on I Need a Guide -- by Lauren King quite mesmerizing and compelling. 

Ever want to be part of an art retreat but couldn't because of location, lack of time, expense, or home/job responsibilities? The Reality Retreat, coming this August, from the Art is You crew is perfect for you.

Fascinated by a post on textileartist.org that highlights the variety of effects that 7 textile artists have achieved using traditional stitch techniques in unique and innovate ways. 

Miriam Schulman shares her list of the 10 Best Blue Paint Colors for Your Home. As a lover of all hues blue, I am taking inspiration for my artwork from the color swatches in this post.

Darcy Wilkinson from the PaperArtsy blog created an artwork that used gel medium in 15 different ways. This is like a mini-workshop in a post.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Glimpses of the Masters

I feel so fortunate to live in NYC for countless reasons, not the least of which is easy access to so many museums and galleries. I often find that upon repeat visits, I am drawn to the same works of art over and over. This occurred yet again on a recent visit to the Museum of Modern Art.

As a way to see the works with fresh eyes, I decided to photograph details of each piece rather than the whole. In my mind, though, every glimpse is as compelling and exciting as the entire work.







Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I could spend hours creating these backgrounds. Oh...I actually DO. 4 x4 inch cradled wood panel slathered in layers of gesso, acrylic paint, and acrylic glaze.

A beauty of a bezel from Spellbinders A Gilded Life Collection. This one is called Crown Bezel. It is the large, bronze variety and sets a majestic tone for the rest of the piece.

All the bezels in this collection come with matching dies so that you can cut the perfect inset to place inside. I cut some of my hand painted watercolor paper in shades of wine, red, and pink.

I used the same hand painted paper to cut a shape that I thought would match the curves of the bezel using die #3 from Spellbinders Labels Thirty-Two die set. This would be placed under the bezel.

My pieces would never be complete without the addition of some hardware or found object. I chose three metal pieces that I would layer and inset into the bezel. The gear is from a vintage watch.

To add to the background of the piece, I cut a circle and a loop from Spellbinders Large and Small Standard Circle die sets. The paper was card stock that I altered.

One of the beautiful dies from A Gilded Life collection is the Petite Monarch die. I used it to die cut and emboss a piece of gold craft foil.

As beautiful as this die is, my plan was to snip off four of the ends of the die cut to use as corner pieces in my artwork. The remainder of the die has been saved to use in a future project.

Layering and gluing all the elements that I had gathered led to a completed piece that I call Decree.

Sold. Thank you!

Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer
GLLB-003 Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Crown Bezel Large
GLD-003 Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Crown Circle die
S4-407 Spellbinders® NestabilitiesTM Labels Thirty-Two
S4-114 Spellbinders® NestabilitiesTM Standard Circles Large
S4-116 Spellbinders® NestabilitiesTM Standard Circles Small
GLLD-001 Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Petit Monarch die
F-012 Spellbinders® Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils Assortment 

Other: cradled wood panel, gesso, paint brush, hand painted and stamped paper, metal hardware, adhesive, scissor

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Week Links: 8

Join me every Sunday when I will share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
Weeks 1 2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7...

And here is Week 8

Selling Art, From a Gallerist's Perspective. This post from Brenda Hope Zappitell on Professional Artist website shares insights from three gallerists. It also includes links to 5 fascinating, artist videos.

Love this post on drawing from Lynne Hoppe. I am always mesmerized by her creations and the spirit/personality in each one. Head over to hear her thoughts on self doubt, critics, and drawings without hair, arms and legs.

15 seconds of mixed media heaven: art journals from Ruth Rae.

Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage is hosting Where Bloggers Create 2014, an online party sharing links to a group of 100+ bloggers posting pictures of their studio spaces.

Paint outside the lines by following this tutorial posted on Create Mixed Media and excerpted from Tracy Verdugo's new book Paint Mojo.

Holly Becker from decor8 has a recent post entitled Can Full-time Bloggers Live Off Of Rainbows +Hugs? which she wrote in response to a reader who commented on the recent opening of her online store suggesting that she was selling out. Holly's post (along with the 120+ comments she received) is a must read for all bloggers. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hello Koons, Goodbye Whitney

Those of you who follow the arts scene in NYC may know that the Whitney Museum of American Art is moving from its longtime home on Madison and 75th Street on the Upper East Side to a new home, in a new building by the High Line in the Meatpacking District.

I have seen many amazing exhibitions over the years there, including two that I highlighted on this blog back in 2007 from Kara Walker and Rudolf Stingel. I recently visited the uptown Whitney for what is likely to be the last time to see the final exhibition in the space: Jeff Koons. The Museum has given over 4 full floors to his work, making it the biggest show for a single artist in the Museum's history.

Koons is quite the controversial artist on so many levels. Love him or hate him...he certainly inspires reaction and knows how to get publicity. And that is exactly what many (although obviously not all) artists crave. He holds the world record for a living artist at auction.

For those of you who are not in New York and for those of you who might be curious, I wanted to share some pictures from the exhibition. And yes this was one of the few museum shows that allowed picture taking. Publicity after all!

The Museum was packed and everybody was taking pictures.

This Balloon Dog is much like the Orange one that cost a record $58.4 million at auction.

Like much of his work, the highly reflective surface of Balloon Dog calls out for selfies. I have to imagine that hundreds of thousands will be taken by the end of the exhibition. And I somehow think that there is some deeper meaning to the connection between Koons and ready-made selfies.

Here Balloon Dog is reflected in another reflective piece hung on the wall.

It took Koons 20 years to complete Play-Doh, a commissioned piece.

I have to say that it captured the product quite well. I kind of wanted to grab a piece and use it to copy a comic strip from the newspaper like I did as a kid. I guess in some ways, Play-doh was the first product to create image transfers.

I had mostly been familiar with his work that had pristine, smooth surfaces. But there were several pieces that were quite ornate.

This one as well in stainless steel.


Not quite sure what this guy was thinking...

Selfie. Nobody could resist taking them.

This guy was carrying a Gazing Ball, one of a series of sculptures that premiered in 2013.

Some of the work was not reflective.

But it all carried a certain fascination for me.

There were many more of the nearly 150 works that I did not shoot, some of which were NSFW. But I could't miss taking the next shot, which I found by the building next to the Whitney that is undergoing massive renovation.

Jasper's John

Curious to hear what you all think of the artist and his work. Care to share?