Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Week Links: 26

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 26...


Cannot wait to see One: Union of the Senses by Jose Parla at One World Trade Center.

Every shade of blue from Caterina Giglio.

10 things every artist should be thankful for from Mary C. Nassar.

Check out this interactive eZine called Inspiration Mixed Media from Pebeo. It mostly serves as an advertisement for their products but the format of the zine itself is very cool.

It's all about time from Amy Duncan.

Cecile Graven shares a 4-minute painting video from Agnes Cecile. Mesmerizing.

Thoughts on gratitude (and some beautiful art) from Diana Trout.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Art Enabler

I do my best to make sure my blog doesn't turn into one big sales pitch or a place of blatant self promotion. However, I do happily and frequently share books, supplies and the like that I recommend and think you all would enjoy. I guess you could call me an art enabler and you can file this post under that category. 


Today I want to let you in on a very special online event. One day a year, StencilGirl Products has extra special pricing on all the stencils on their shelves. That time is now. Well...almost now. On Monday 12/1 -- better known as Cyber Monday -- you can get deep discounts on your choice of stencils. And the earlier you shop, the bigger the savings. 


So if you were thinking of adding to your stencil collection, head over to the StencilGirl website on Monday 12/1 and use the codes listed above at the specified times for big savings. Mark this one down so you do not forget.

Happy to say my collections of stencils are included in this event!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Five by Five Exhibition


I am excited to announce Five by Five, a small works exhibition that will take place at The Empty Spaces Project, a gallery in Putnam, Connecticut, during the month of December. The opening reception will be held on Friday 12/5 from 6-9pm. Hope to see all of you locals there!


This collaborative art project began as an extension to my first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media, in which contributing artists responded to questions and prompts by creating art. As a way to involve additional artists, I placed an open call on my blog for contributors to submit work for an online exhibition. Artists were asked to create new work, in the form of a 5" x 5" square and in any medium, that answered one or more of the following questions:

1. If your artwork could talk, what would it say?

2. Who has had the most impact on your creative life?

3. What is one thing you have never shared with the creative community?

More than 75 artists contributed over 110 works. Submissions included works on paper, fabric, wood, canvas, metal and resin using a wide variety of techniques and materials including acrylics, watercolors, stitching, drawing, digital, assemblage, book arts, and more. Participating artists were international, living and working in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. All works were published on my blog in a series of 9 posts that can be found here.

Subsequently, the 5 x 5 project was featured in an 8 page spread in the November/December 2012 issue of Somerset Studio in which 18 works were highlighted.


I am so very excited that a project that started out as a book, turned into an online feature, and morphed into a magazine spread has now become an art exhibition. Nearly 100 pieces of art, all 5 x 5 inches, will be featured at the show and available for purchase. They certainly would make perfect gifts for this holiday season.

You can see all the artwork that is included in the show in this series of posts on my blog. Please note though that not every piece posted online is part of the exhibition. The art will be presented and sold in small groupings. If you are unable to attend, but are interested in purchasing any of the artwork, do not hesitate to contact me for information via email at shap97@gmail.com. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York State Art Teachers Association

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching two workshops at the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) annual conference in Albany, NY. Members come from one of ten school districts in New York State. Every participant seemed excited to have an opportunity to sit back and make art -- something that they watch their students do all the time. There was a lot of creative energy in the classrooms and I was impressed by the level of talent evident in both workshops.

For some reason, not a single photo was taken in my An Artist's Journal workshop -- probably because making and filling a journal in just 2 ½ hours requires a lot of focus. I do have an artsy shot I took of my workshop samples though...


I was able to take a few pics in my painting workshop Background Check. The surfaces were so incredible I wanted a detail shot from each one...



Here is (most of) the talented crew...


Thanks NYSTA for a wonderful experience.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Artists and Makers

These days, a big announcement about a print magazine usually means that the publication is shutting down. Happily, Interweave -- the crew who publish Cloth Paper Scissors - has just released the first issue of a new print magazine called Artist & Makers. And it is good. You are gonna wanna have this one.


The features in this magazine bring the perfect blend of art and business. It almost seems more like a workshop for creative entrepreneurs who are trying to take their creative passions to the next level.


 It is filled with artist profiles, practical tips and supportive approaches. 


Thankfully it does not sugar-coat the creative world but rather shines a light on both the struggles and successes that we all as creatives experience.


 The magazine has a fresh feel, in part because by far the majority of people featured in and contributing to the magazine are outside the usual suspects that are typically seen in our community's magazines.


I contacted Jeannine Stein, the editor of both Artist & Makers and Cloth Paper Scissors, and asked her to share her thoughts about this publication with my readers (and by 'my readers'  I mean you).

In her words..."I've heard from so many artists that they've been looking for a magazine like this -- a publication with up-to-the-minute information on navigating all aspects of the business world, plus great features and profiles. It was really important that the magazine have a peer-to-peer feeling, and I think we've achieved that. Our columnists and many of our contributors are people who are artists and makers themselves, or who work with artists on a daily basis. They live what they write about. Artists & Makers is a fun, lively, entertaining read and I would love to hear everyone's feedback on it."

Click over to Artists & Makers Winter 2015 for more info and to order your own copy.

Monday, November 24, 2014

In My Bones: A Giveaway


 I have been working my way through In My Bones, the newest book by artist and art journaler Orly Avineri. 


I am taking my time and savoring every detail on all 188 pages, each of which is covered full bleed with her journal pages. 


Orly's voice and her imagery is so distinct and so unique that I believe I could recognize one of her pages from a group of one hundred artist journals.


 I am always impacted by her honest voice, poetic language, and powerful imagery. And thanks to Orly's generosity, you can be too.


Orly is hosting a giveaway on her blog for a copy of In My Bones. Leave a comment by 11/30 on her giveaway post to be eligible.


 And if you cannot wait, you can order her book here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Week Links: 25

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 25...


Loving this piece from Finnabair. The colors and the layers are incredible.

For the upcoming holidays, pledge to #givebooks.

Next in the series on paint brushes from Ronda Palazzari: cleaning and care.

Best workshop review ever from Laura Roberts.

Fascinating video: live painting of of a women's life from infancy to old age. Link sent to me by Jacki Long.

Who knew that beer bottle tops and tea could make this? Alice Fox did.

I have been hearing great things about this book by Lisa Congdon. And here is one of her blog posts about doing the work.

The beauty of the discarded. Images of an abandoned textile mill via Patricia Thornhill.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

61 Seconds of Art Bliss

I absolutely love this video of Patricia Larsen at work...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Save the Dates: 2015


I am finalizing details for my 2015 workshops. Many venues and dates are already locked in through December. My teaching travels will be taking me to locations in New York, California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose areas), Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington State, Virginia, North Carolina, and Arizona. I will also be teaching in the UK. And there may be a few more stops along the way.


I plan to retire all but a select few of my current workshops at the end of this year. Developing new workshops is quite time consuming and is still a work in progress. So although I have venues already scheduled, I have not yet fully finalized what workshops I will be teaching where.


Because I know that people often plan far in advance, I have decided it was time to post dates and locations for some of my classes taking place in early 2015. Registration is already open for some of my 2015 classes and links are included below. Think of this as a place holder or a save the date.


January

--Mixed Media Layer Conveyer: Workshop is filled.

January 16 - Gilding the Lily - Fullerton, California
--Majestic Medallions: Registration Open

January 17 - Make Art in LA - Los Angeles, CA
--52 Card Pickup: Registration Open

January 18 - Make Art in LA - Los Angeles, CA
--Picture Windows: Registration Open

January 24 - Artistic Artifacts - Alexandria, VA
--For Your Eyes Only: Please note that this has been rescheduled from the original date of 10/18/14. --Registration open

January 25 - Artistic Artifacts - Alexandria, VA
--52 Card Pickup: Please note that this has been rescheduled from the original date of 10/19/14.
--Registration open 

February

February 27 - The Queen's Ink - Savage, Maryland
--Registration Pending

February 28 - The Queen's Ink - Savage, Maryland
--Registration Pending

March

March 1 - The Queen's Ink - Savage, Maryland
--Registration Pending

March 22 - The Ink Pad - New York, New York
--Registration Pending

April


April 28-30 - Art & Soul - Kansas City, Missouri
--4 workshops: Registration Open

May

May 2 - Studio of MB Shaw - St. Louis, Missouri
--Collaborative workshop with MB Shaw
--Registration Pending

May 16-17 - Pacific Northwest Art School - Coupeville, WA
--Cover to Cover: Registration Open

May 18-22 - Pacific Northwest School Art School - Coupeville, WA
--If Walls Could Talk: collaborative workshop with Orly Avineri
--Registration open

May 28 - ArtWorks - Edmonds, WA
--In the Pocket: collaborative workshop with John Arbuckle
--Registration open via email to John at johnner55@yahoo.com: 1 seat left

Hope to be able to have place cards at seats for many of you. More details will be posted soon but if you have any specific questions or would like spaces held for workshops that are not yet open for registration, please do not hesitate to email me sooner.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Week Links: 24

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 24...


Michelle Ward shares her thoughts on the ritual of gathering and prepping.

In the middle of reading and loving this book from Susan Tuttle.

Ronda Palazzari continues her series on brushes with part 2 on shapes and sizes.

Craft the Rainbow. I love this idea from Brittany Watson Jepsen from The House That Lars Built.

Thoughts on art journaling with a fascinating process video from Tammy Garcia at Daisy Yellow.

Let Your Sparks Fly. Loving the message behind this post from Lynn Whipple.

Check out these indigo cubes from Lisa McGarry found via this post from Eric Adama.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Mixed-Media Artist

One year ago today, North Light Books released my second book The Mixed-Media Artist


It is hard for me to believe that an entire year has passed since this hit the shelves. Writing and publishing a book is a surreal experience that has included so many highlights for me: signing the book contract, holding the completed book in my hands for the first time, seeing the book on the shelves of book stores, and receiving positive feedback from readers. On the flip side, tracking sales and amazon reviews can sometimes be daunting. All part of the deal.

For those of you who are not familiar with my book, it highlights the artwork and creative process of over 40 all-star artists. This is not a traditional how-to book, but rather a journey through the personal inspirations, motivations and creative perspectives of the artist.

Inside its pages you will find:

ART

Juana Almaguer: Finding Balance. The face I show the world is incomplete, ill-formed, vulnerable and changing. Through my art, the world becomes less random, more fixed and cold, but reliable...very reliable. And to the world alone I show my face and find balance.

Juliana Coles: Self-Portrait with Love. As an artist there are so many things I look at in this piece that I feel I should do better - especially if I want to impress my audience. But I don't want to impress you with how good I am; I want to impress you with my bravery; I want to impress you with my ability to talk about the hard things and find my way through it. I think people will like me better if I make something pretty or "whimsical," but I can't. Please don't look away because I have something important to say. I'm talking to you: the woman like me who needs me to tell it like it is because she doesn't have the tools to articulate it. She doesn't have the words or the images to express it, but she knows what I am talking about. I am talking to you and your wound. You are not alone.

Anca Gray: Crash Course in Thoracic Surgery. The bits and pieces will fit. Take great care not to lose even one, torn and bruised as they may be. Hold them up to the sun, one by one, while whistling a familiar tune. As far as the mending itself goes, use what you have on hand, It will do. Pause often for tea breaks. In time, healing is sure to take its course. Eventually, a new song will bloom, just below the surface.

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

What do you do to make sure you are always growing artistically?

Keep my eyes wide open. Cultivate an attitude of curiosity. Believe in the possibilities of amazing things I have not yet personally experienced. Study, learn and try to understand the things I see around me. Look through the eyes of another. Practice spontaneity. --Tracy Verdugo

What is the one thing you dislike the most about the art world?

I don't love the fact that I basically have to sell myself in order to sell my work. Consumers seem to buy into the personality of the artist as much as the work. I'm a bit of an introvert. I'd rather just sit in my studio and create. -- Jason Twiggy Lott

What has been the most uplifting and/or devastating reaction of someone to your work?

In one show, I had an artist statement hanging in two parts. Ones side started with the word "lie" and spoke of the lies we believe about ourselves. The other side started with the word "truth" and spoke of the intrinsic worth of our experiences. One couple held their little girl and read the truth statement out loud to her. It moved me to tears and still does when I think of it. -- Crystal Neubauer

TIPS and TRICKS

Making an image transfer onto encaustic -- Supra Carmaker

Creating layered backgrounds with gesso and glazes -- Seth Apter

Using monoprinting leftovers for ATCs -- Marit Barentsen

ARTIST PROFILES

A motto I live my artistic life by: "You must make an effort to put something in motion" -- Jeane Myers

3 things I am inspired by: The tin box in the movie Amelie, the way that shadows dance, the caramel aroma of fallen leaves in October -- Elizabeth Bunsen

4 things on my studio table: buckets of rusted crews and washers, a pile of sticks, wire, reference books -- Geoffrey Gorman

BLOG SURVEY RESULTS

Have you ever purposely withheld info from another artist to keep your process private?

Absolutely not. I am happy to share...50%
This has never come up for me yet...18%
I will only do this with certain, specific people...17%
I have done this on occasion...14%
I almost never share my process...1%

Do you have trouble identifying you artistic style?

Yes. Although I know it intuitively, I have a hard time describing it...33%
No, even though my artistic style changes all the time...26%
Yes, I find this very difficult to do...24%
No. I have a very clear understanding of my artistic style...17%

Do you have an updated artist statement?

No, I have not written an artist statement...41%
Yes, I have an updated artist statement that I use...36%
I have written an artist statement, but it is out of date and may not reflect where I am now...23%

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Putting Down Roots


I am the guest artist today on the PaperArtsy blog, where I share a tutorial for a journal page.


Head on over for the full reveal in pictures and instructions.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Big 'Small Studio'

I just got back from teaching three workshops at Small Studio in Westlake, Ohio. It was my first time teaching at Ginny Carter Smallenburg's amazing shop and the last set of workshops there for the year. The workshop space and shop are sensational, the students there were uber talented, and Ginny & her husband John were incredible hosts.

THE SHOP















THE WORKSHOPS


52 Card Pickup

My demo cards from the workshop

Amazing work in progress from the students

The 52 Crew

For Your Eyes Only

Page by page

 Books in progress

 Book makers

Text Tiles

Making Layers

Adding paint

Panels and more panels

Thanks Ginny and John. It was a weekend to remember!