Category Archives: collage
In the prep for having my sister here for the week-end, I have up-ended the apartment to find places to store art that I did not want on the floor, and rearranged the walls to accommodate more of the recent work that hasn’t sold.
I have found canvases, in the process, that have images that do not work. Bonus!!! I tend to get like a mother when I paint something, only to realize that if I saved all of these children….landfills would overflow.
Let the repainting begin. An 18″ x 24″ canvas has a coat of Zinc Oxide. There are canvas panels waiting for me to wipe off their original images.
I grew up in southern California, where lots of things are evil, but humidity is rarely one of them. In my most recent art, I am trying many things, and revisiting mediums with maybe a different angle than eons ago. I have found success in some—and real problems, with others!
I did a fair number of pieces, and larger ones (48″ x 32″) where the plaster remained stable, as long as I poured some white glue in with it. I kept the layers fairly thin on application, as well.
I am experiencing cracking as the pieces cure (now), though even 5 years ago, in Barrington, because the humidity was lower, I did not have a problem. Even after curing, I am still dealing with it! I also think that working with the powder vs. the pre-mixed might also have been a factor, though I am not sure why.
So, any FYI for those of you playing in this medium-I love it but it’s heavy, and now…unstable. I will update if I find a solution.
I am non-religious, but spiritual, and I do believe that when you ask, certain needs are answered. I am reading the “Hunger Games”. and these are the kinds of answers I get. And, when I least expect them.
I have no idea what I will do with this but I watched the bench decay. Today, as I was taking out my trash, I realized that it had been hit by a fallen limb from the tree it sat under. Other yard waste was also present. The bench was flattened.
I uncovered it, dragged it to the deck, cleaned and sanded it down. As a mixed-media, found object painter, it is a gem.
Last week, for the same reason (looking for materials), I picked up wood from some body else’s trash. I now have a tabletop.
I am not anywhere close to finished here-but it is coming along.
Also, stay tuned for Kittery Art Association Seacoast Moderns updates. The group has gelled.
When I started this blog nearly two years ago, I was returning to really familiar art terms from an earlier time. I have been to so many places in my work that I guess I will continue to recapitulate in some manner that is familiar now and for the rest of my career.
I am now pushing out boundaries in the sense that I never included photography in the 1980s mixed medium pieces. But, who had access to digital at that point, and I might have but there was the price of film and printing.
Yesterday, I went to one of my old favorite toy stores, Home Depot. I bought one vinyl floor tile and Japan drier, scooped up a few samples of vinyl tiles, and snagged two pieces of free wood. Since the work has much to do with structural decay, the texture and colors of the tiles made sense. I was also looking for textured surfaces that I can paint. For 89 cents, I get 12″ x 12″ that are all ready to go.
As I continue to organize the KAA Moderns Group, I am also getting myself set for these shows.