Wednesday, January 30, 2013

lilac encaustic

These shiny encaustic pieces are turning out to be difficult to scan - the glossy surface seems to confuse the scanner and parts of it get blown out.  But I can't get the level of detail I want with photos.  So here's a combination of both...hopefully that gives an idea of what this actually looks like between the two.

I'm trying to get the layers of papers and lines and image transfers to be a little more transparent so you can see through and under them.  Making the lines onto the gesso a bit darker seems to be helping, and I printed out some image transfer bits that are essentially clear with a floating image (in this case the handwriting) on them.  I think that's giving it a feel that's closer to my digital collages where all the layers are working together.

I also decided to start blogging some of my sewing projects but I wanted to keep this space just for art.  I mean, why neglect one blog when you could neglect two??!?  So here's the sewing blog, if you're curious.

Monday, January 28, 2013

not-quite-spring cleaning!

I decided it was time for a change and freshened up my portfolio site a bit.  It's not drastically different but I like it.  It's the same company as before but an updated version of the software that gives me a little more flexibility in the formatting and such.

I've also been working on getting some shows set up for this year which involves lots of writing emails and reading calls to artists and not so much actual studio time.  I'm back in there now and I'll have a couple new pieces to put up here shortly.

I did a lot of sewing and crafty things over the course of November and December.  I've got to stop making handmade Christmas gifts!  It sucks up all my studio time and makes me a little crazy every year.  I need to pick maybe one thing that's small and goes to somebody who appreciates it properly.  Or skip it altogether...  

And then my January has been kind of a wash too!  We flew to CA to visit family and I always catch something when I travel.  This cold just won't go away.  I had a great time in the studio yesterday and then today I feel like death again.  Can't wait for spring...

Ok, that's enough grumbling.  My fingers are crossed that things will be getting back to normal soon.