Saturday, June 18, 2011

Encaustics and More...

"I Fell Silent"

Used a rubber stamp into joint compound to create the texture although you can't tell what design the rubber stamp was because the compound came up when I pulled the stamp off.  I kept it because of the texture that was created and I liked it.

I added the indenture from a dry branch on the left and a piece of netted fishing thingy on the right.  The black marks above netting were scratched into the wax and black oil pastel rubbed in.

My first encaustic painting

I am taking a class with Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise called Plaster Studio Workshop...there is also a book of the same name and authors which I purchased and devoured the day I received it.  This piece is the result of one of the projects from the book.  It's called "I Fell Silent".
I started several others with the same feel just to get the hang of this one technique of using joint compound and adding textures. 

This is so different from what I've created in the past however, it has lots of texture which is what I am drawn to and love so much.  I feel like I'm moving in a new direction with my focal subject...more earthy and ethereal...and it is the result of exploring new techniques thru workshops with my favorite artists.

Last month I took some classes at an art retreat "Create" in Costa Mesa, the first time coming to the West Coast.  I took Encaustics with Paticia Baldwin Seggebruch; Free Motion Sewing with Alisa Burke; Numo Felting with Joann Manzone.  Each class was exciting and filled me with new possibilities.  So fun!

I am always so filled with anticipation and inspiration to start new projects from an online or actual class or
from a project shown in a magazine or book I purchased on a subject I'm curious about.  I end up doing so many different things that I can easily loose myself in between jumping from one thing to another.  I just can't seem to stay focused on one particular art medium and end up feeling like "jack of all trades, master of none".
It can be very frustrating at times because although I want to continue on 1 or 2 paths, something new tempts me in another direction.  I keep wondering if I'll ever stop wandering away from this or that.

My one steady medium is calligraphy, but I believe it's only because I earn a living at it.  Would I choose to do calligraphy if I didn't have to is a question I hope to find out some day.  It can get mundane and redundant most times because I've been doing it for 30+ years and lots of it is addressing envelopes.  I am fortunate to get creative projects that challenge me and those times are when I can pull from my experiences which makes it all worth while.  However, I want to spend my time creating in other mediums all day.

I believe there are no mistakes in life and I do what I do because it is who I am and what I was meant to be doing.   I hope I can learn to accept this about myself and just relax about all the this and that's I do so I can just relax and play.  The kid inside of me is the happiest when I bounce from one project to another.  But, the adult says, "do what brings in the bucks first then you can go out and play".  Will the kid ever grow up and give me permission to do both?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Friday, June 3, 2011

New Work for Ten Women Gallery

ACCEPTANCE - Mosaic collage in shadow box frame

COURAGE - Not yet framed mosaic collage

EMERGE FROM THE MIST - Plaster on burlap mounted on wood

Close of texture

Hidden title

Ten Women Venice Gallery is about to close it's doors on Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA due to the loss of our lease.  The lease ended a few months ago and the landlord did not offer us a renewal.  Instead, he leased it to a restauranteur to develop another new eating locale in this wonderfully old and charming area which is now an up and coming and raising quickly area.

Abbot Kinney, Venice, 11 years ago when Ten Women Venice first leased the space, was a run down artsy area that you almost couldn't rent for free.  Over these past 11 years, we watched it slowly develop into  "THE" place to be seen, eat and hang out.  It's about a 5-6 block strip of now mostly new hi end retail stores and very new residential loft type buildings.  The rent has sky rocketed to $7 a square foot and the average retail space is around 1,000 square feet.  The new buildings are renting for $15,000 per month.  They will be building a parking facility behind one side of AK on the next block north and planting trees and discontinuing parking on the street itself. This to be completed by 2012.  After searching hi and low for another affordable space of AK we came up so short and one year too late.

What will happen and where Ten Women Venice Gallery ends up is anyone's guess.  For me, the possible loss is heart breaking.  But, for the last month, I decided to create as much as possible and fill my space with all fresh new art.  Not much time so I better get back to the studio...