Thursday, July 26, 2012

An update of many things

Welcome everyone!
So what have I been doing that's made me silent so long?   Tons! Mainly creating new works, experimenting with new techniques and finishing some UFOs.  You can see one of those UFOs above.  I call her Madonna of the flowers.  She was started a couple of years ago while I was teaching my molding paste class.  The Madonna is an experiment in the combination of collage, texture mediums and decorative papers. Added to that mix are little paper punched flowers that I acquired at an art flea market a couple of years ago at Luna's Memories.  Miss Madonna is weird, wild and colorful.  I liked the results of this experiment so much that I have created another collage with this technique.  You can see Flora below.

I  have a third collage planned for this series called Primavera.

I have also been very busy creating my new book cover collages.  You can see three of them in person at Here Comes the Sun on Highway one in Montara and I have also added three collages to my etsy store.  Here's a closer look at a couple of those collages.

Right now I am in the midst of some new designs for my ever popular mint tin shrines. Here's a preview of one of my new designs.

( click on any of these pictures you can see a larger version. )

Other news:  On  the altered book club front I believe that we will be starting a new swap in September so look for altered book posts in the near future. 
As for classes I will be posting a new schedule soon.  Included on this schedule will be  a new advanced collage class at the beginning of September but I am still trying to decided what to teach in August. Hummmm... Any suggestions?  In any case I will have a schedule out soon so please look for that as well.
Announcement: This Sunday the 29th from 10:00 to 4:00pm I will be at the Farmer's Market at the Princeton Mall.
All the artists are inside the mall so look for me there. Come on- dig yourself out of the house this weekend and come down and say hello. I will have several of my new designs available as well as some of my usual products like push pins, mini collages and shrink art pins. Patt Sheldon will be selling  her beautiful jewelry and very soft fiber arts there with me. And don't forget about the yummy local produce outside the mall.

Con's review of the Princeton Farmers Market 
As you probably recall I was showing work at the mall on June 17th for the first time.  I was pleased with the experience overall. Despite the issues that are part of  the inevitable consequence of dealing with other human beings (in this case some of the store owners) I felt that it was a positive experience and I had a blast. No I didn't make thousands of dollars but for an artist any chance to get your work out there and seen is worth the effort. Also worth it is the minimal fee being charged and the fact that I didn't have to haul my art to some show 50 miles away.  And I do believe that the mall is showing a small improvement in sales as a result of the market being there every Sunday. I definitely got a positive and excited response from the locals. Both of those facts can only benefit the community here on the coast as a whole.  So if you are a local artist think about applying to be part of this local event. 

Remember in tough time art is a lifeline.  So collage on!