Ayeka?

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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

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

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.

New Series -Things With Wheels

 

I am really excited about this new series I have started, for a couple reasons.

1. It’s whimsical, fun, and lighthearted.  Sometimes that is just the break I need from the art ideas swirling in my head, that look a certain way, and never seem to turn out how I want (at least as of lately).

2. My kids are really excited because it is based on the things they enjoy – machines with wheels.   Nothing makes me smile more than their sheer joy.
 My son saw these and exclaimed, “TUCK!!”

More to come soon. Maybe a back hoe or a crane next??

A book is a dream…


I make so many false starts when I make art. I don’t document then very often, as I usually recycle them, squish them, paint over them, or hand them off to my children to tear and cut up into collages.


This time, I decided to give the false start away with the finalized artwork. I started off very enthused about using the polka dot theme my colleague was using in her new baby’s nursery. Partway through, I came up with a different approach – more aerial and dream-like.  And so, I abandoned the polka dots.  In the end, I gave her both. I know, I know, total cop-out and not having to decide to throw it out, right?

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Sorry, Morgan, I promise I wasn’t trying to put the decision-making on your shoulders. One time, I was all ready to throw out my false start art for a friends’ tropical themed wedding gift, but she asked to see it and ended up wanting it as well. When I’m my worst critic, I send along the false starts now as well.  I’ll happily dispose of false starts if I am passing along a terrible task, as I have read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and really appreciated her entire section on gift-giving.

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In other news, despite the loud silence on this blog, I have been extremely busy and productive as of late – my own artwork, school samples, cooking, baking, organizing, decorating, and crafting. You name it – I’ve been working on it.  My hours have been spent creating, not documenting as of late.  Be prepared for a floodgate of posts on here at some point…