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One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Creative Exercises, Stencils | 0 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Yesterday I printed all day with the Stones Divided Stencil which comes in 6″ and 12″ squares. I bought mine at Blue Twig Studio, where I will be teaching in September. I used the larger one on my large Gelli Plate. Working with one stencil is freeing, because I am only making decisions about color and technique. I can print fast and furious, which believe me I did. My studio was draped in paper prints. I used deli paper and Arches Text Wove. Here are some of the samples out of the fifty or so prints I made. I am making paper packs to sell at vendors at Art Unraveled next week. I...

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Passionate for Pastels

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in PanPastel, Workshops and Classes | 2 comments

Passionate for Pastels

Years ago I worked with soft pastel on a fairly regular basis. I had a great teacher, Ken Goldman when I lived in San Diego. He also taught life drawing, and I learned a great deal from him. A classical approach, which I loved then and still do. In the class we drew from models. I changed them up a bit, depending on the mood of the model. I remember this model being edgy. I felt her jitters and recorded them. This is the 4 year old son of a friend of mine. He was playing in the sprinklers, then the yard, on a warm summer day. I wonder if he is still this comfortable in his own skin. This is...

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Velvet Elvis

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Velvet Elvis

Playing in the studio today with Arches Black cover and PanPastel, along with my friend Kass Hall, who is an Aussie with a great book out on Zentangle. My affinity for working with cha cha colors on black comes from childhood forays to Tijuana, our neighbor to the south, and seeing a rich array of art, including black velvet paintings, or what we locals like to call “Velvet Elvis”. Black Velvet paintings are so special because not only are they rich surfaces, the genre covers all our heroes: Celebrity Cowboys (John Wayne, etc), Velvet Elvii (dozens of renditions of our heart...

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One Stencil on the Gelli

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli

I have happily spent the day printing papers and fabrics on my Gelli Plate using the Cell Theory Stencil (mostly). Working with these papers has been so big and fun for me in the last few months. Many of you know I am a paste paper addict, nothing thrills me more than to paint papers all day. This is a variation on that theme, and a way to meditatively make art and not think too much. My cerebrum needed a break. Today I tried to make as many organic papers as I could using mostly the one stencil, and varying the way the paint was applied to the plate and the stencil before hand. My paints...

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Pears

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Pears

It is summer, and pears are a winter fruit, but lucky us they hang around in grocery stores all year in Colorado. I am crazy for pears, how they look, taste and the lovely feminine shape of them. When it came to volunteering to make a fiber arts piece with the subject of food, I picked the pear. I found these illustrations of 19th Century pears. Here are some of my sketches. I used a Gelli plate, paints, pencils and dyes. Then I cut a mask and used that on the Gelli Plate. For the final I printed on fabric, using dyes and paints with airbrush medium. The pear is many layers. the background...

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