Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stamp paintings

Im happily in the process of making my stamp paintings! You can see the stamps I made, in the back there - two birds, pussy willows, and a grass blade. I even carve them so that I can use both sides.

These paintings already have 4 or 5 background layers done, and most have 6 or 7 layers of stamping done as well.

I actually paint directly on my stamp with acrylics. I try to get that perfect balance of "not too much" and "not too little" paint. :)

Then push down on the canvas, making sure all the edges and middle parts get solid contact. I'll stamp over with several other colors, until I get it just right.

Once the right mix is achieved, we have a completed painting ready for etsy!! (will throw it up there tomorrow)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Diving back in

After a long break, I'm jumping back into my larger projects! This one is close to being done, and it will really complete a cycle for me.

It will be so exciting to figure out what I'll be working on next. :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Inspiration of the Month!

Beth Robinson's dolls are the stuff of dreams! (of both varieties) I love how fanciful her creations are and how strong each doll's story is, without them having to say a word. I've been lucky enough to watch much of her career unfold, and she has done amazing things! I look forward to seeing what new paths she forges.

What are your main inspirations in art?
Pathos, anxiety, insomnia, anthropomorphism, an appreciation for the grotesque and the absurd.

What is your art background? (education, experience, etc)
I am self taught.

What is your process for creating your work?
One part is mental and one part is physical. Mentally - I am something of a scavenger. My boyfriend often hears me say, "That person is one of my dolls." Or after overhearing a conversation I will say, "I need to make a doll from that." Also, I am very much a 'listener.' Oftentimes private conversations with a friend will leek out of my head and into my hands. So I am constantly taking mental notes.

Physically - I think the discipline of working each day on my artwork is extremely important to keep the creative juices flowing.

What is the single most important thing you want to communicate with your work?
The most important thing to me is that people feel a connection with the work.

What are your career goals?
I suppose 'more of what I am doing now' would be the simple answer.

What one object has been the most instrumental in helping you achieve what you have so far?
Object? Hm. I suppose it would have to be polymer clay.

Tell me three random things about you.
• I grew up in the Bible Belt
• I don't want to have children
• I am a lefty

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Art journal

Another mini journal page. :)

Tomorrow I'll publish my new inspiration of the month!
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