Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Art is flying off to new homes!

I sent three pieces of art off today! 

One was an enlargement on canvas, going to someone's new winter home in Florida. Another was a commission for a wife to give her husband of him on his sailboat, they live in Omaha, Nebraska. The third was a sale made this morning to a regular customer of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. I'd purchased a page in their bi-monthly catalog of art, and a man in New Jersey bought it upon receiving his catalog in the mail.

Good art day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Three more for Door County

I'll be taking 15-16 pieces of art up to the Plum Bottom Gallery in Door County in early spring. These three will be added to the group. Vintage postage stamps, newspaper text and handmade papers join the filtered photos to make the mixed media work.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Door County plans

Plum Bottom Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin is planning for a big year of tourist visits and art sales - yay! They sold 9 of my pieces last year, have 11 in their two galleries currently and want 15 new pieces to start out the spring season. NICE! I have enough appropriate imagery from my recent show to fill that request, but wanted to make a couple more from photos I took when in Wisconsin last spring. This sweet lighthouse is at the entry of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal that gives ships a shortcut from Lake Michigan into Green Bay; there's a Coast Guard station next to it as well. After layering up my three versions of the photo in quarter-inch strips of paper, I embedded segments of some vintage 3-cent postage stamps depicting sailors and a Coast Guard ship.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Working Bigger

I don't normally work this big, but felt the landscape needed to be BIG. This 18"H x 24"W x 2"D mixed media piece took 27 sheets of legal paper cut into quarter-inch strips to build up the imagery! I added in lots of different types of green papers, some gold, and bits of text from a hundred-year-old agricultural newspaper. The original photo was taken by me during a hike north of Boulder, Colorado and show the South Saint Vrain Creek.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Lobby Makeover

The big art billboard project from this summer led to this fun installation of my art in a building owned by Caterpillar in downtown Peoria, IL. We scanned all 7 pieces of original art and then printed the files out on canvas. The largest is a 400% enlargement -- taking a 10"x20" collage and making an 80" wide canvas out of it.

The third photo down shows the original art on the counter and the enlargement on the wall. The 1/4" segments of vintage postage stamps are now 1" high in the canvas reproduction. :-)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

New Year's First Artwork

During this pandemic winter of hibernation, I was looking through my photos and decided to make art from a photo my husband took of our resident barred owl in our backyard this summer. I added some text from a yellowed 1921 agricultural newspaper and decided to include some individual letters from headlines as well as small text. Hmmmm, I think I'll need to experiment some more with that!

The day after finishing this piece, the owl appeared at twilight in our snowy backyard. Nice.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Revisiting my trip to Utah during this time of no travel

We enjoyed hiking in the national parks in Utah a few years ago. Walking under the large arch formations in Arches National Park was stunning. In this piece, I've added in some handmade papers, vintage postage stamps and shredded U.S. currency. IT is 16"H x 12"W on a 1.5"-deep panel.