Thinking about: Josh Ritter Video

I was turned on to this video the other day by Josh Ritter.  It’s a sweet song, that hits home for me BUT…..the video is an AMAZING art work.  The video consists of a series of paper cuts that are photographed and then put together using stop animation.  Check it out here: http://vimeo.com/36873964

This got me thinking about some paper cuts I started not so long ago.  It’s a great medium, very graphic, inexpensive, and limitless in its possibilities. All you need to get started is an exacto knife, cutting matt, a piece of medium wheight paper (I use Canson Colorline paper 150 gsm) and a lot of patience.

Here are some of my paper cuts so far….

My first paper cut:  “Plain Jane”

Once I got he hang of it (kind of), I tried some that were more complicated:

   “Boy and Cat”

and finally this one: “Akward”

It becomes quite an obsession once you start, so make sure you have lots of time and lots of paper. After posting these photos I got to thinking that I should transorm some of my other work into paper cuts…hmmmm.

 Good luck and thanks for reading.

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In Process: Mixed Media Drawing

A few weeks ago I was a little down becasue I felt so uninspired.  I connected it to my environment.  Living in a big dirty city does not always inspire me to be creative, in fact it does the opposite.  I spent a whole day thinking trying to get my head around creating something more meaningful.   Out of desperation to get something down on paper, you’ll never guess what I decided to draw….yep your guessed it, a bird.

  I took this picture with my Hipstamatic application, so it looks a little peculiar… anyway here it is.  I have been drawing these birds, which really don’t have a species, for a while now.  I just like the way they look and they make me happy (reasons enough).  The plan at the time was to fill the entire paper with them, but then I stopped again, stumped.

…….(insert here special music that signifies time passing)……

Then I started to think about my childhood, which was filled with some good adventures and lots of imagination, but also some loneliness.  I started to think about the times I went to my grandparents and spent hours by their creek and wandering through the forest making up stories.  I also spent a good amount of time making things out of what I found in the forest.  A reoccurring item was a raft.  I tried countless times to make one and float it down the creek in order to get away and live a new adventure.  Needless to say,  it never worked.    So that got me thinking again about the stories I made up as a kid, my desire to escape and explore, and my love for these birds I have been drawing.  What I came up with is the piece I am working on now, which you can see below.

                            

The little girl is enticing the birds to try help her escape her reality.  It relates to my desire to escape on adventures back when I was a child and to my desire at the present moment to escape back to my home and out of this city.  I have an idea to create a small series based on this idea.  I have a lot to work on, and I am having some issues with water-color (an unfamiliar territory); however,  it has been interesting and challenging to work on.  I’ll let you know how it comes out.

Thanks for reading!

What inspires me: Birds

I love birds and for the past few years they have inspired a lot of my artwork.  You can see them in my photographs, textiles, and mixed media work.  My Grandma Harriet loved birds too.  She loved their song, their colors, the sweetness of them.  Every time I see a little Wren I think it’s my granny coming to say hello to me.

This past summer at Penland School of Crafts, I did an entire series of bird prints using various types of printing methods.  I also incorporated old photographs that I had bought at a rummage sale.  I tried to associate what was going on in the minds of those in the photograph and associate that with the behavior of the birds.  In my head I could hear the dialogue the people were having and that the birds were having.

Here are some examples:

The print above  is a multi-layered dry point etching.  The photograph was scanned and printed on kitakata Japanese paper and applied using the Chine-collé method.
The print above  and the one below were also done in multi-layers and utilize two different etching techniques, dry point and soft ground etching.  The photographs were added using the  Chine-collé method.  I love etching, to me it is quite magical and I loved the texture that the  plate tone  creates while wiping the plates.  To learn more about etching check this out.
Lately, crows have shown up quite a bit in my work.  I think they are beautiful birds with their shinny sleek feathers, sometimes they almost seem metallic.  I am also drawn to crows because of their intelligence and their adaptability.   This is an amazing TED Talk that talks about the intelligence of crows.
Thanks for reading!

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog.  I am a mixed media artist, which to me means I love to create with everything.  I enjoy collage, photography, textiles, ceramics…basically any media that helps me get my point across.

My blog will be a mix of what I see and what I do.  I am a traveler and love adventure.  I cook, I garden, I paint, draw and sew.  I hope you’ll find some inspiration here as I share my artwork, artists I love, and some processes I experiment with.

I am an art teacher, and have been lucky to share my passions with students all over the world.  Currently I am in Brussels,  Belgium, soon to be relocating to Asheville, NC.  I am excited about the transition ahead and what it means for me professionally and personally.

Thank you for visiting my blog.