Saturday, December 31, 2011
Here's a quick re-cap of 2011-
After moving to Fayetteville Arkansas in Oct 2010... In Feb. 2011 I got a studio at the Fayetteville Underground, made great friends there with artists and patrons alike. Had my first solo show there in Sept. Had to move out a few weeks ago, after the dysfunctional board decided to dissolve the organization. In January/Feb. I designed a series of 5x7 scratchbord kits for Ampersand Art and debuted them in April at the art material trade show. Big success! They started hitting the stores around August and are now carried in many stores around the country. June 1st I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer- had surgery to remove it June 15th. All clear. Voice finally came back, but I don't think I'll ever be a singer again. That's a little disappointing. Considering the alternative tho, I think I can live with it. And now, here I am, still making art and working on new designs to license and looking forward to a bright new year. Happy Happy to all of you!
Friday, December 30, 2011
Yesterday I burned a bridge. Well, let's just say it was already hanging by a thread, and was dangerous to cross on anyway, so it needed burning. The story behind this? I told someone who was on the board of a wonderful art organization I was involved with here that they and the rest of the board squandered and mismanaged a perfectly good group. They ran it into the ground. Am I sorry? Yes, I'm sorry they did what they did. Me, not sorry for speaking my mind. Wish I would have done it sooner. And I wish there had been something all of us could have done to stop the decline. Oh well. Life goes on. My studio is at home now. I look out the window at the birds at the bird feeder, and I try to think up good ideas for future art works.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Get out there and make some art. Whenever and wherever you can. I'm still trying to convert the world to the joy of scratchbord, one bord at a time...
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Ampersand for letting me spread the joy!
I'm feeling very grateful today for many things. I'm mourning the loss of the space that the Fayetteville Underground used to fill. We are officially out December 31st. Sad, sad, sad. Because of the Underground, which I joined in Feb., I have met some of the greatest folks. Artists and art lovers alike. Because of the Underground, I have been able to make the contacts to teach scratchbord classes to students at John Brown University (2x) Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, TX, and this weeks classes at Fayetteville High School. In addition, I've taught classes with a cancer survivors group and classes at the Underground. I will miss all of the artists. I know we will stay in touch, but still, there not be another group/place like it. And even tho the A&P commission is going to attempt to re-create the organization at the old post office in the square, it will not be the same. I hope there will be support from the public for artists here in NWA. I'm in my studio at home on the hwy. If you want to see or buy my art, you'll have to come here. Contact me. I will continue to make art like crazy. And my scratchbord kits are at Hobby Lobby, Aaron Brothers, Dick Blick and Jerry's Artarama. Have fun!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Meanwhile, studios at the Fayetteville Underground are being packed up and moved. The artists are going to various points through out the area. Me, I'm back in my little blue house on the hwy, sitting at the table in my living room making art, looking at the birds at the feeder, and watching the cars go by. I'm sorry the group is fracturing, and yet, I had been thinking I needed to move on or change something in how this art business is going for me. The licensing deal on the scratchbord kits with Ampersand is going great. Actual art sales at galleries, kind of slow. And kind of slow does not pay the bills. So, during the winter I will be working on more designs to license, and making some plans to ramp up the etsy shop and such. The 'such' part is the unknown plan that I'm hoping will come to me while I'm working.
Next week I've got 3 scratchbord demo/classes scheduled, two at the local high school and one with the cancer survivors group. Then, to plow through the whole 'holiday' thing. Good luck out there folks. I hope y'all get or give everything you want.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
There is a dusting of snow on the ground outside, I'm warm and toasty inside. Thinking about some commission projects that need to be done before Christmas. Oh my...I'd best jump on those today!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Yesterday I stopped in Aaron Brother's Framing store at Sunset Valley Marketfair. My Scratchbord kits were on the wall, oh joy! Next step, try and set up some in-store demos to introduce folks who shop there to my world.
Ampersand, of course) I used some Golden Acrylic paint and gel medium, along with some vintage papers I had lying around...and there you go-ART! It's not scratchbord, but I did do some scratching texture into the background paint before it dried. I top-coated with a matte Golden Gel Medium to protect it.
Be sure and mark your calendar for the weekend right after Thanksgiving. I'll be out in San Marcos, TX with a bunch of other artists selling our creations at the Eye Of The Dog Art Center. This is the third year I've attended this show as a crafts person. It is definitely a good time. Much different from shopping at the mall, in a very good way. You'll need directions as it is out in the country. But, with art, food, drink and fun, absolutely worth it. Check it out here. Friday night is a sweet party there with Ponty Bone playing. All are welcome, hope you can make it out.
And of course, Ampersand scratchbord demo at Jerry's Artarama Austin, tomorrow, Saturday the 19th from noon to 3pm. FREE! Need I say more?
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The sad thing about this picture is that there is another room in the house that I use as a studio, it is full up too. Sad, because I really just want to sell it all to make room for making more. So, what I ask you is, instead of buying the newest phone, fad, or whatever, buy some art...from me, or any other artist. The economy has hit us hard too.
I really hope folks will support the Underground artists in our new adventure. Check out our morph the org website to learn more.
Meanwhile, I've got a heap o' packing to do...Yah hoo!
I guess all I really wanted to say is...I'm off for a bit, I'll miss all y'all in the Arkansas Ozarks. But I'll be back for our last 1st Thursday at the Fayetteville Square location. I hope y'all can come out and visit with us. Bring your dollars and do a little or a lot of art shopping. And I really hope you will help us continue to bring amazing art to this sweet little burg! Chow babies!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I was reminded last night, at a really sweet party held for the Fayetteville Underground artists, what a great bunch of folks I get to work with. Today there was a misleading article in the North West Arkansas Times saying that we are folding...Correction: The board of this organization, who are unable to raise enough funds to fight their way out of a paper bag, are dissolving the organization at the end of the year. In spite of our best efforts to take over the organization and thus preserving our momentum and enabling us to receive possible funding from the Warhol Foundation grant that we applied for, they decided on a "Clean Break".
Just so you know, There are two more 1st Thursday events (November and December) and shows at the current location until the very last day of December. AND THEN: a metamorphosis, or evolution (maybe even a REVOLUTION!) The artists, who worked very hard to keep things humming at the galleries all along, are going to create something even better than before. Stay with us, follow us, help us keep the creative economy going in North West Arkansas, We Need All Y'all To Step Up And Help!
Friday, October 28, 2011
So, a plumber and contractor I became. And I did it for about 25 years solid, with very little art mixed in with it. It was good, and then art called me back and I answered the call.
I'm not quite sure which side of my brain I used while having my own contracting business. Left, right, both sides, what does it matter? What is important is that I was able to 'stick with it'. Putting my head down and just getting the job done. Good lessons that I've been able to apply to my current art career. And listen, those of you who refuse to be thinking creatively? Please, step aside and let me move forward. Artists HAVE REAL JOBS. Really. In fact, sometimes I think my job is harder because I have to make something up that didn't exist every single time I start a new artwork. The above is an example of that. I worked on this yesterday because I'm trying to fulfill a themed group show at a gallery. "After Dark" is the theme. This is "2 Monkey Night". It's an Ampersand Art scratchbord. I hope the gallery likes it and I can sell it. That's my reality. Not only do I have to make stuff up and execute it well, I have to market it and hope someone likes it enough to buy it. All in a days work for an artist.
Now granted, there are many artists who do fill those stereotypes quite well. But, there are also a lot of plumbers, lawyers, doctors and every other profession who fit it too. So please, understand when I roll my eyes, or appear less than appreciative of your assessment of my chosen vocation. You just have no idea.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Tomorrow I will be giving 4 scratchbord workshops for the VA at the Fayetteville Underground. Total of about 100 folks. What fun! I love teaching scratchbord...hope to be doing quite a bit of it this coming year. Stay tuned. And let me know if you need/want a scratchboard done of your pet.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Here are a few of the things that make me angry. And, because I have paid for enough therapy over the years to buy a house, I'm pretty sure there is nothing wrong with being angry about certain things. In fact, people who 'never' get angry frighten me because I think there must be a shit-load of stuff a'brewing inside of them waiting to explode on someone who doesn't deserve it.
So, to continue, here are a few things that make me really angry;
Bad, rude, dismissive behavior. Men who think it's ok to treat women badly. Women who think it's ok to treat men badly. Mean, ignorant people. Unfair situations. Trying to control me, my behavior or actions (or others) because you are weak or fearful.(or just plain controlling for whatever reason) BULLIES, physical or emotional. People who think they know me, but have never had a conversation with me who say that I'm angry.
These are just a few of my angry things. Thanks, I just had to get that off my chest.
Now, here are some happy things to take your mind off of what an angry woman I am.
So for your consideration..."Looking For Dali" I have to update the photo, I've actually added some color to the clock in the belly. It's a combination of vintage 1940's magazines with a bit of O mag thrown in. It measures 9"x14" and could be yours if you want it. Let me know and I'll shoot a price to you. It's on gessoed mdf panel. I will frame it in a black floater type frame.
Well, that's all for now. I hope I haven't scared you with my 'anger'. Tell you what, who would YOU rather be with? Someone like me who isn't afraid to stand up for what's right and good? Or someone who 'toes' the line and doesn't want to cause a ruckus?
Me, I'm sticking up for myself and you, if you need it.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This piece is based loosely on my memories of growing up in Northern Indiana. There was (or maybe still is?) a major AM radio station, WOWO that had huge wattage. It was an important source of information regarding pork bellies and such. They had a program that started with a song; "In a little red barn, on a farm, down in Indiana..."
And so, maybe that is the name of this piece, or maybe it's just "Down On The Farm". I used a lot of vintage 1940's magazine images, plus some contemporary Oprah mag pages. It's interesting, at 1st Thursday the other night, a friend looked at it and said, "Oh look, there's the Mother and Father...and their, uh" I'm pretty sure it's more like 'High Drama On the Farm"...Honestly, I'm not really sure what any of this means. My collage work is much more in the surreal vein, and more just what feels right together. So, what it means is more up to the viewer. I had no deep intentions, really. I just like putting pieces on a board.
If you are interested, this piece is framed and available. Let me know and we'll talk $$ and logistics of getting it to you.
Meanwhile, I continue to make scratchboard pieces, and teach and demonstrate the process of making art with scratchboards. I'm a happy girl from up there in farmland, living down here in southland. And oh yeah, have a great day out there!
Monday, October 3, 2011
I know, I know, you think, geez, this is just a bunch of scraps of paper glued together. Yeah, well, I went through the magazines, picking out images, cut the boards, gessoed them, glued everything together and then put a nice uv protected finish on it and framed it. You know what I'm saying? This is bonafide work., I'm tired just talking about it now.
I hope y'all enjoy my fun cut paper activities. Hey, have a day out there!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I'll do a top coat with some Golden Gel Medium, heavy matt finish. And then, who knows? Maybe someone will want to buy this. Or I will just add it to the growing stack of unsold artwork. I have to keep on making art....that's what I do, that's who I am, and that's what keeps me sane. Here's the thing folks, once they are done...I'm done. The most recent piece I'm working on is my newest favorite. The older finished pieces are crying out to go home with someone besides me. so if you want it, or need it, shoot me a message and we'll talk details. I had a great weekend. The scratchboard class at the Fayetteville Underground on Saturday was wonderful. Lots of fun art being made. I'll post some photos and more on that next time...stay tuned.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Ampersand Art scratchbords with claybord inks. They are unusual for me as they are horizontal. I prefer a vertical subject matter, but the photos I took of them dictated the orientation, so there you go.
Got a check from Wally Workman Gallery yesterday. The '3Monkeys In A Boat' piece mentioned in the post before this sold to the TV show 'The Lying Game'. Mostly because it got scratched (which upset me for about a half a second) I had to let it go and not worry about it. I have no control over what happens to a piece after it leaves the gallery. As long as they don't use the image without my permission, or reproduce it on products without compensating me; I'm not involved. I don't like the idea of my piece being damaged...oh well.
This morning I opened the newspaper (I love Sunday mornings with the larger newspaper and NPR) and discovered that I had made the 'Society' page for the Youthbridge Starry Starry Night fundraiser in a photo. Whoohoo!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Wally Workman Gallery in Austin was right there on the screen, 2X during the course of the show. Sorry about the blurry photos. I watch TV on my computer screen...no big flat screen high def for me. The piece is an 18"x24" Ampersand Art scratchboard. Funny thing is, I started this piece in response to having a different piece rejected for a show. Glad it happened, although at the time I was a bit miffed. I love the way things turn out when they are out of our control and we just hang on and go for the ride.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
"The Dog And Monkey Show" is up at the Fayetteville Underground in the Revolver Gallery until Saturday Oct. 1. There will be a 'meet the artist' event on Saturday the 17th, and a closing event Saturday Oct. 1. I'll post times when they are determined. I'm also teaching two scratchbord classes at the Underground, both Saturdays the 10th and 24th from noon to 3pm. They will cost $15.00 a class, all materials included. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or come into the Underground and register.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
It's my first solo show there and it's in the Revolver Gallery (which is huge!) I've got around 40 new pieces ready to go on the wall. I'll be in there hanging the show tomorrow, and doing all the finishing touches. I'm excited. I'm happy. There is a lot of really amazing art on the walls in the other 3 galleries, so please, check it out.
I'm scheduled to do two scratchboard classes there at the Underground in the classroom, on Saturday Sept. 10th and 24th from noon to 3pm. The cost is low, $15.00 per person, per class. Pre-registration is requested as class size is limited to 20 folks per class. There will be a sign up sheet in the E Street Gallery, as well as in the Revolver thursday evening. I'll have Ampersand Art Supply scratchbord samples, tools, inks, patterns to trace, and various paints there, everything you need to walk out with a finished or almost finished artwork. Scratchboard is fun, instantly gratifying and all ages are invited to attend. Scratchboard is made with an archival sealed hardboard that then has a layer of white kaolin clay with black ink on top. You scratch thru the black, expose the white and if desired, you can add color using inks, paints etc.. There will be a limited amount of the scratchbord kits that I designed for Ampersand Art available for sale 1st Thursday.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I based this on a photo of Loca the little chihuahua. My friend Joslyn Baker took the photo (she's a fabulous photographer, check her out) and with her permission I translated it into my style. The original had Loca looking the other way, I reversed it and then added the text on the left. It's from an old 'Story A Day' book that I picked up at an estate sale. It's old enough (early 20's) that it had some really offensive racial stuff in it. Don't worry, I did edit it. Hard to believe they could do that with a dog story. And for children. Come on people!
I mixed it up a bit too. Working title is "Really Big Little Dog" or "The Adventures Of A Really Big Little Dog". It's not finished, but has to be done by Monday so I best get going.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I'll be teaching two classes in September at the Fayetteville Underground. Plan so far is Saturdays 12-3pm the 10th and 24th. I bring the goods and you bring me $15.00. Such a bargain!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Here is the lowdown...I use and endorse Ampersand Art scratchboard and their other products. I receive compensation from them for teaching and when they license my designs. I would use their scratchboard, regardless of compensation, it's that good. And besides that, they are a great group of folks, who consistently put out a wonderful art product made right here in the U.S. Buy local, support small mom and pop business'.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Very cool site of a West Coast (San Fran Bay Area) Art Supply. I'll be teaching a Ampersand Art Scratchbord class there within the next 6-8 Months! I love my life! I love scratching!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Fayetteville Underground. KJ if you recognize the trailer, it's yours, or at least it's based on your facebook photo. I of course modified it to make it mine. Working on developing the scratchboard kits for Ampersand Art has changed the way I approach and execute my work. Make the design, trace it onto the board and go to town on it! I used to think I had to freehand everything or it wasn't art. How silly! I now have a pattern and I can make a million different versions of this. Is that wrong? Is it not art, now that I can reproduce again and again? Still feels like art. Still has the touch of my hand on it, and I am not a machine so each one has variation. The ladybug version and the reverse ladybug (#1&2) version are sold. I can make a different version for you if you like. Just drop me a line or check out my etsy shop at the link. I'll be listing some of these soon. May even make some magnets from these designs. All good here. My voice is returning slowly. I am still cancer free. Happy.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Ampersand Art scratchboards in progress. These are all 16"x20" and will be in my show at the Fayetteville Underground this coming September. They will change a lot before they get hung. I started adding color yesterday to some of them, I'm loving it. No more sneak peeks until the show. I still have at least 4 or 5 more large pieces to do. Best get started...pronto! Have a happy and safe 4th of July! I'll be hunkered down in the studio.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Besides my art, while you're at the Underground, there are some really fine pieces by other artists on the walls in the 4 galleries. The show will change before 1st Thursday (July 7th) so come on down and check it out. And then come back for the reception on Thursday the 7th from 5-8pm.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Fayetteville Underground in September. Not enough time? Maybe, but I'm sure game to try! In fact it's helping me to develop a better approach to design and execution. Used to be I would draw a small rough sketch from a photo or my imagination and then just freehand it on the board and go at it. There would be lots of unknowns, and I would develop and discover the design elements as I worked. Now, I'm doing the sketch full size, refining it and then using the chalk on the back technique (rather than carbon paper), transferring it directly to the board. Faster, better and I'm finding myself more intensely involved in the actual design from the beginning. In the past the initial portion of the drawing was not as interesting to me. Just a means to an end. Now I feel totally passionate and engaged from the start. And it's easier to have 2 or 3 or 4 pieces going at the same time, most importantly I can focus on each of them, going from one to the other seamlessly. The boards are my favorite medium, Ampersand Art scratchboards. They will be framed with Illusion floater frames from Jerry's Artarama. Subjects are monkeys and dogs, I'll probably throw in a few other animals, and maybe a surprise creature, we'll see, I'm sure I'll be surprised where this all goes!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Creating the floating canvas effect is simpler than ever! With Illusions, creating the floating canvas effect has never been easier! Back in the 1970's, artists tried to create this floating effect by placing black tape around the edges of their paintings but today you don't need tape! Ill...
Love these frames for scratchboard!
Cons: Good bang for buck
Best Uses: Wall, Framing flat panels
Was this a gift?: No
I use these to frame flat panel scratchboards. The clips are screwed into frame and then glued with e6000 to the back of the board. They are perfect for my work. Only downside is you have to be careful, when dropped they ding pretty badly. Not wood, not sure what the composition is, but easily repaired.