1.09.2014

Kick start

With the new year, comes new beginnings...
I find at the start of the year, I'm always ready to plunge into an art project to get the creative juices flowing...

Opportunity met up with inspiration when I read about Lesley Riley's call for submissions. Lesley recently published the book, Quotes Illustrated, which is a compilation of artistic interpretations of selected quotes.  The initial run of the book caught the eye of a larger publisher, so Lesley is re-vamping the book and thus looking for additional art submissions that will lead to a bigger and better version in the fall.  I emailed her with my information and the quote that I wanted to illustrate...once I got the go-ahead, I worked to create three different interpretations of the quote.  I was allowed to submit two illustrations...which can't be shared here...but I thought I would share the third illustration which was not submitted...

the quote is one of my favorites...







































I'm experimenting with a new art process...incorporating a scan of an original multi-media collage with layers of original photographs...image on top of image...some parts revealed...other parts obscured...

There's still time to submit illustrations if you're interested...but the clock is ticking...get all the info over at Lesley's site - www.lesleyriley.com/weblog

With inspiration flowing freely...and having the enthusiasm of the new year, I decided to start cleaning up my office and my studio in the spirit of fresh projects to begin...I like giving myself the challenge of creating a collage from the scrapes leftover on my work table...limitations has its virtues...

I found a few snitchels of paper targets...you might remember that I participated in the Target Practice Project with a host of other artists...all coordinated by Laura Tringali Holmes...you can read about the project and see all the artist submissions here...

so with bits of targets...and a few other scraps...I created the King Charmer...




After the completion of the paper collage, I scanned the image and then continued to layer texture over it via Photoshop...it was great to be able to experiment with different techniques and applications without ruining the original composition if something didn't turn out as I expected...















As I stated at the start...a new year always brings renewed enthusiasm...I've been clearing out my studio...and getting ready to re-stock my etsy shop with great finds and vintage treasures, along with original art collages...now if the weather would just cooperate with a few sunny days so I could take decent pictures...stay tuned!

10 comments:

  1. So inspirational - I love that quote, and the way you expressed it, and good luck with your submissions!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks Barb - I'll let people know here on the blog if my artwork is accepted...

      Delete
  2. About limitations: I'm reading a book called "Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art" by Stephen Nachmanovitch. In a chapter called "The Power of Limits," he explores how artists use limits -- practical, physical, structural -- to enhance their art. He talks about bricolage "which means making do with the material at hand..In bricolage, we take the ordinary materials in our hands and turn them into new living matter." That's your King Charmer!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Claudia - I love that there's a term for the limiting process...I use it quite often in creating - because looking at all the possible supplies at hand is too overwhelming - and then nothing gets created. I'll have to explore more - thanks for the info!

      Delete
  3. I was using that quote just this afternoon in a reference for a beloved student… love when sychronicity happens…

    Patti

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great King of Diamonds piece. Thanks so much for my stationery package. I love it all!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thank you john - loving the work you're producing too...that journal tutorial on your blog - wonderful!

      Delete
  5. Gorgeous images! I like the idea of "bricolage"...I've been doing some of that myself lately! Can't wait to see what ends up in your Etsy shop!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Christie - I'm trying to get it all organized - but gray days makes photography impossible - but hopefully soon!

      Delete

thanks for visiting...appreciate your comments...I love hearing whatever you have to say...even if its just to let me know you stopped by...and I want to respond to every comment...but if you have "noreply-comment" as your email, I can't respond...

worth a look...

Related Posts with Thumbnails