I was able to do some more work on the second painting in my "Resilient Fences” series. All of the colored, and black, stamped shapes are now collaged on the base fabric that’s painted, stitched and stiffened. I’m hoping that over the weekend I can start painting the sections of fabric that have the stamps in them. More photos soon.
I’m working on the next painting in my "Resilient Fences” series, Resilient Fences 2. It’s going to be similar to Resilient Fences 1 but with colored stamped shapes too, not just black. The base fabric is painted, stitched and stiffened. Over the weekend I handstamped the rubber eraser shapes. Next steps are cut the individual shapes out, place them on the base fabric, and then collage them to the fabric. More photos soon.
Below is Resilient Fences 1. Read about it here.
Here is a new painting in a series I’m working on for a solo show this fall. The series is entitled "Resilient Fences”.
Resilient Fences 1 measures 24” high x 56” wide and is mixed media on stiffened fabric. Or, it can be rotated and shown vertically as per below.
The title is a play on how resilient fences are as they hold up over time in various weather conditions, and how resilient I’ve been getting through some recent life situations. I don’t intentionally bring my personal life into my artwork but I feel that at least in the title I want to.
I'm two months in working on my 2019 The Dates in a Life Project, a year-long painting project documenting the number of steps I walk each day. Above is a detail of February's steps.
I'm documenting my daily steps in fractions of 250 steps. As an example, after 2000 steps (which would be the icon with no paint), I'm painting colors to show as close as I can to 2250, 2500, 2750, and then up to 2999, instead of then rounding up to 3000 steps.
The painted colors will change each season. Winter is Teal Blue, Spring will be Green, Summer will be Yellow, and Autumn will be Indian Yellow Hue.
The black icons represent up to 9999 steps walked, red represents 10,000-19,999 steps and yellow represents 20,000-29,899 steps.
To keep track of my steps, I use the Health app in my iPhone.
We didn't get much snow or have extremely cold weather in February until the last week, so I was able to walk 10,000 steps or more 8 times compared to 0 in 2018, when I worked on the Dates in a Life Project 2018.
The longterm forecast for March is much cooler than normal so we'll see how much outdoor walking I can do this month. One plus is daylight is much more than one and two months ago, so that is helpful. As much as I don't like summer, I admit
I am looking forward to somewhat warmer temperatures.
The Dates in a Life Project 2019, which measures 37.5" x 33.5" unless I crop it somewhat before the end of the year, is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence as the background, handstamped rubber erasers on fabric which are collaged on the background grid, as well as handpainting and stitching on stiffened fabric.
Look for updates each month.
I’m almost finished working on my first large painting in a number of years (not including my painting about the number of steps I walked in 2018, and a new one for 2019). I wanted to make new work for quite a while but didn’t have the time for a number of reasons, and I didn’t have the mental energy. I’ve cleared my plate enough to now have more time for making art, and I’ve got new ideas to explore. An extra push came from a gallery director who has offered me a solo show running from October through December. We have been talking about my having a show since 2016, and she’s been very patient and understanding rescheduling me due to circumstances beyond my control. Now we have a confirmed date, and I’m inspired and thankful.
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