With my camera all charged and pictures uploaded here are just a few of the pieces I created in the first of Michael deMeng (http://www.michaeldemeng.com/) classes at Art Unraveled.
This piece is called "The offering". I am far from finished but, I think you can see where I'm going with it.
This is called "Balancing Act"...The Panda has Barbie legs which were snapped off a Barbie that I used in another piece. He will be wearing a tutu, holding an umbrella, twirling a ball and wearing a party hat (eventually), giving this piece a circus like quality not to take everything too seriously but keep it all in balance.
Michael teaches a very intricate assemblage art form. My piece looks nothing like his instructions. Being me, I dance to my own art drummer and of course, it isn't painted yet which will make a huge difference. I did do a simple framed piece which is similar to his flavor of art but I haven't taken a photo of that yet. I will post more of the pieces in another post. Just too many all at once.
This is from Karen Michel's class (http://alteredimagery.blogspot.com/).
I truly loved this class and loved Karen.
This piece is wood based and like my mosaic collages, it has the same feeling with the small square blocks collaged with each having a letter to spell out a word...in this case "gratitude".
Working with the wood, I see so much more potential to use letters/words, my first love, and make this my own. My original mosaic collages are done in a shadow box frame using originally designed paste paper for the squares.
This was a little different for me. Lately, I've been wanting to do a series of collaged crosses and this piece is a starting point in that direction. It's called "Trust your Heart" in the same wood format as the "Gratitude" piece.
I plan to go forward with these as I already work with wood and see so much potential in broadening my creations and using more of my calligraphic skills.
This weekend I have a class through the Society for Calligraphy with Yves Leterme on gestural writing. I'm excited to finally get back to my roots of my first love...lettering.
More photos to come....