The first day is always about making paper putting you personal touch on the papers,
Laying plastic on the floors for the first two days is a must...just not enough room to put them on our tables. One of the main reason I like a studio space to have room...
There was a good feeling being in the rooms of the LaGrange Art League...
The Large Grocery Bag is one of our sources of paper, book pages, maps, drawing paper, tissue paper will be some of the different papers we will be using. Each paper has a different quality to them.
Because we are inside and on the second floor of a studio space we will not be going up and down the stair for any smelling stuff. Magazines can have so many great resource for collage. Sanding is what we are doing with stencils underneath and templates to recreated patterns on the surface and then we can add acrylics if we would to even alter them more.
Susan sanding more magazines getting some great effects.
What a peace of sand paper, stencils and some magazine can do.
the old wood floors....with splatters of paint and cracks that gather bits and piece from every class that enters.
Space around everyone will have plastic floor covering so we can place our collage papers down to dry...there will be palette made.
When I was setting this up I thought, Wow this room is small and then I comforted but the way it use to be when I was teaching here all the time...the many joyful faces that came to learn collage and play around with the papers surface...most have moved on to explore other art mediums and some like to keep coming back....they have turned into some great artists.
I set the room up so people can get up and move around especially for the plastic floor covers and so they can see each other then the backs of each other heads...though there will be two in the middle.
The studio space is on the second floor and it's been a while since I've climbed those stairs....after I was done I though I should go to Swallow Cliff - a steep 100 ft bluff with stairs to climb. It use to be a toboggan hill when I was growing up...but I don't think I could make it but it was a good start on preparing for it...I think I had about 10 to 12 trips up to bring in supplies. I packed lighter as I'm getting older and it puts some stress on my hips and knees. All Good and Ready to Go.
Next to American Science and Surplus....there is a paint story and I just had to take a picture of the window display....BiG Swatches of ColoR, Awesome right?
And here I am on a March date with snow coming down...all the way home too. But to walk this store of surplus is so great....My mind and eye's were at some points...stalled, just trying to read and take it all in...they have this great little explanation for things written on the product boxes that has you reading and looking. REalLY TeSting my DyLexicA....I was exhausted on the ride home.
A piece of my work Keen Eye
was up for sale at the Paramount Grand Gallery and I took it down and changed out my work a few weeks ago and I had a women contact the gallery interested in the piece. She lived out west more so I met her half way in Geneva. Got their early and had Lunch by myself at Nosh's...Bowl of Tuscany soup and some toasted french bread and butter...of course I had to dip it in the soup too. Was a much need day to refill myself with images.
Brown paper packing paper or your paper grocery bags-recycle them. Rumor is Collage artists were the first recyclers...so with that throw some Gesso on there and work your whole body spreading the gesso over the surface, building the thickness, strength of the paper.
After putting on my acrylics to hopeful replicate a magazine page that was sanded. The situation was I need a large amount of this paper for the next four piece I'm needing to make. This is when the creative juice need to step up to the challenge..How do I do that?
When the paper was dried I was able to crinkle it
After I crinkle it I opened up and the high peaks will be where the sand paper hits and pulls away the top layer and I was hoping to see the gesso layer.....
Happy to say it worked....I was so delighted, this will open up a few other doors later for papers I want to make. Wasn't sure it would work but this where you have to give a go and see if not it would still be paper I could use some where along the way.
Lime Green and the blue...what a wonderful combination of color...throw in some raw sienna and black...look out. The Colors have me captivated.
This paper was the paper under neath all other papers as I was creating...then I added a bit more of each color and a bit of white and there you go...littler value to add to any darker ones. It's made to be cut up...but sometime these kind of papers give way to a nice painted piece on it's own.
This morning....no the last two days to be honest I've had an attitude, just ask the husband. I'm not proud of it and I have a few ideas of why or triggers that I've latched on to like they were the truth. I can sit here now as I post I'm grateful for them. There are things one does in the job realm that make one reach out further then they would like. It's not about doing something bad, it's more about swaying to far to one side and feeling disconnected. I know that about myself and I'm grateful. Sometimes it's hard to stop yourself from doing you job so that you can go get spiritual and reconnect...so you/I stay in the hope of doing the next right thing... And I have but I'm not feeling my strong spiritual connection that I would like. So it's time to fill up the well for another round, daily I practice though there are trying time again not bad just character builders that can make you feel spent on all aspects...mind, body, spirit and emotional.
So this year I activated for myself a few things to read to help one really find out what is going on inside. Here is my Medicine Wheel aspect on self help. Four Directions
After morning pages and whining my little child out....I started to read this about the animals...and working through my own thoughts with the enlightening that is brought forth.
There is awareness, Love your self, Slow Down, Quiet Time and see the abundance and gratitude and may I add a Thank You Prayer... Inner turbulence with outer influences and being a bit out of balance can spin me right out of the heart space.
~Life is art and Art is Life....it's also Good~
without my personal journey I have nothing to express in the world as I see it and understand it.
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