I finally completed this artwork that has been over a year in the making. The initial idea came from my daughter asking me, “Mom, don’t you sometimes wish you had eight arms?”
Yes, yes, I do sometimes wish that. This concept of me having eight arms further evolved into Mother Ursula due to my childhood love of The Little Mermaid. However, Ursula is seen here balancing the challenges and pressures of modern motherhood.
For my first sustained, detailed digital illustration, I am pleased. More of this media to come.
Mother Ursula, digital illustration, 2020.
Sea Change, mixed media, 18×24″, 2010.
This combination of painting, collage, and drawing came about as a result of a weird dream I had where this woman was sailing away on a Viking ship. I added in surreal details to add to the dream-like idea. It recently found a new home, in a friend’s new home.
Garbage Landscape, 12 x 16″, mixed media, 2019.
Pretty self-explanatory image. The clouds are tissue paper with paint thickly applied. The ground is corrugated cardboard with the top layer peeled off, and painted.
Hockey Chicken, 12 x 18″, Mixed Media, 2018.
Last summer I spent a fabulous week with other TAB (teaching for artistic behaviors) art teachers in Boston for a week-long grad class. We shared ideas, listened to guest speakers, and had glorious studio time.
This artwork began with the just the chicken head. It is a lino cut block print on orange paper, with drawn details. I started this, because at the time, my then 3-year old son’s favorite insult was, “Chicken head!” I made a series of just floating chicken head prints on painted scrap papers. I started to build the background with blue painted watercolor paper and layered and painted newspapers from Boston.
The chicken’s body is made from cut painted papers, construction paper, and construction paper that is draw on.
The flower blooms and stems are cut from painted papers, with drawn details with bamboo pen and ink.
Ayeka, Mixed media, 9 x 12″, 2019.
Ayeka? Where are you?
The inspiration for the artwork comes from various things- my love for all things science and the art of diagrams, for one. The idea of skin and a barrier to outside forces, and a sermon on Ayeka, delivered via video conferencing, due to a howling blizzard of a day in Iowa.
Tropical Cat, Mixed Media – collage, Gelli printing, ink drawing, watercolor, 2018.
I have gotten so far behind on documenting completed artworks – there will be a spree of posts coming up. This one I completed when I was in Boston last summer for the TAB (Teaching Artistic Behaviors) art teacher grad class extraordinary week of learning and art making. They had the most glorious studio set up for us art teachers to use. This cat was inspired by my daughter’s love of cats and making them in her own art. I also have lived with my fair share of lovely gray cats in my life.
Mona, Collage, watercolor, marker, color pencil, 2019.
I started this Mona Lisa homage years ago, as a magazine face collaged on to a black marker drawing. At that time, I was sorely missing the coastal parts of North Carolina, which had been our home state for eight years.
I just rediscovered this unfinished piece in my studio, and added the watercolor and color pencil this week.
South Dakota, Embroidery, acrylic paint, denim, pine needles, 2019.
Last summer, I enjoyed a week with family, just outside Rapid City, South Dakota. The porch offered a serene view of the Black Hills. I sat and meditatively stitched on the legs of my cut-off jeans, as my children, nieces, and nephews played.
PB & J, Embroidery, felted wool, acrylic paint, 2019. Chelsea Hayes.
I have been enjoying a different type of mixed media lately – embroidery, felting, and painting. If embroidery is like drawing with a needle and thread, then felting is like painting with roving and a needle. My son promptly claimed this art for his room.
Life has been hectic lately, as it always will be. I choose to keep myself busy, but this is a different level of busy. I am also prepping for a show in April, and so I have to really force myself to squeeze out more art making time.
With grad class on hold and winter break in session from school, I have managed to do some of my own artwork. At any given time I have a minimum of five projects going, absolutely filling my brain and art room.
This is a painting I did for my sister, as a Christmas present. I painted a woman in a similar style, dressed to the nines, holding an axe. It now hangs in her office. I really enjoyed that particular painting, and the idea of juxtaposing femininity with a stark axe. So, I decided to juxtapose suit and tie masculinity with a pink frosted cupcake.
In any case, I really enjoyed working on this painting. Acrylic isn’t something I work in as often as watercolor, yet I keep finding myself moving further away from realism and being drawn towards abstraction, and acrylic is the way to make this happen.
Whenever possible, I draw from real life, making my family members pose for me. This break, my five-year old has figured this out, and began requesting me to draw her while she does various poses. She tried to convince my two-year old to do the same, however he cannot sit still.
A couple works in progress, with the blue underlayer still showing.
Another work in progress, before reworking the nose and hand a few times.
Someone give me some more painting subject matter, quick! Before grad class starts up again in February!