Saturday, April 11, 2015

What's Been Keeping Me So Busy...

I have been such a bad blogger this year and up until now I didn't feel as if I wanted to share why, but now I think it's time to 'fess up. (No photos in this post...sorry!)

Back in January when I wasn't feeling too good, I had a phone call from the Palmdale Playhouse. I took this directly from their website: "The mission of the Palmdale Playhouse is to provide a place for the enjoyment of professional and community-based theatre, to offer an opportunity for the citizens of the Greater Antelope Valley to volunteer their time and talents to the arts, and to serve as a learning center for people of all ages and abilities to explore the many crafts that come under the umbrella of theatre."

I guess you could say it's our cultural center. Anyway, they called to ask me if I would like to do an art show of just my work!! I took about 2 seconds and responded with a resounding YES! In my sleep deprived/cold/flu ridden mind I didn't stop to think about what all this entailed. I was told that I would need between 20 and 30 pieces of art. No problem...right???? Yikes! That's a lot of painting.

The opening of the show will be on May 28 and my art will hang in the Playhouse until July 26. To say I'm excited is putting it mildly...but I'm also terrified. What if they don't like my art? What if no one comes to see it? What if I don't have enough paintings ready? What if.....on and on.

I'm making progress but it's been slow. I have never been one to create on demand. I have always said I'd never be good at commission work because I hate to "have to" make something. Same reason I don't usually do good with online challenges. And here I am "having to" make 20 to 30 paintings. Oh, I had a few pieces I already had finished that will be part of the show but for the most part I've been making new stuff.

I've also learned that I don't really like painting! I love mixed media art but I don't enjoy just painting something. I can't tell you how many canvases I've sketched out and then covered up only to sketch something else and then cover it up, too. 

So this is what I've  been doing since the first of the year. Every spare moment I have is spent in the studio with a paintbrush in my hand. I will for sure have 20 pieces but not sure how many more than that I can muster up.

Oh, I forgot to tell you...the name of my show will be "The Color of Happy"...wish me luck!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Doing a Little Catch-up...

It seems like I never have time to post anything on my blog anymore. So today I'm playing catch-up and posting about what I did this past week.

First of all, I finished my Gypsy Girl painting...

She now has eyebrows and a bit more definition. I'm happy with how she turned out.
I love using painted papers in my paintings.

And I made a few more hats for the hospital...

These three are lavender, blue, and yellow...mostly scraps
and all knitted.

The little blue hat is my first hat in stockinette stitch.
The little red hat has a tiny brim and is crocheted. It's hard to get a good photo of it.
I was going to add a little flower to it but decided not to.
It would work for a little boy or girl if I leave it plain.

Earlier in the week, I spent a day making painted papers with my gelli plate. This is one of my favorite things to do. HB made me a "clothesline" so I could hang them as they dried. It works great.

It hangs beneath one of the shelves in my studio and is out of the way.

I like seeing all the colors and patterns all lined up. 

This is a view of my messy worktable in the process.

I usually make a huge mess when I do these papers but it's worth it.
Some of them will be appearing in future paintings.

Yesterday my daughter came to visit and we played with the gelli plate. 
She had never done anything like that so we had a good time. 
I forgot to take any pics...we were having too much fun.

Today I'm working on some other WIPs... 
so maybe I'll have more to share in a day or so. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Keeping Busy...

Last week I didn't get as many baby hats made as I had wanted. I knit these all last weekend...

and then my left thumb started complaining! No more knitting until it felt better so I switched to crochet because I use my hands in a different way. I made these baby hats...

I don't have any decoration on the little blue hat. I was trying to think of something for a boy but haven't got any ideas yet. I'll think of something to add to it so it isn't so plain.

I've also been busy in the studio. I have one WIP to share with you today. I have several others but they aren't ready to be seen yet...even as WIPs.

I still have some work on her face plus I need to embellish the turquoise baubles a little more. But she's coming along. I used mostly some of my painted/stenciled papers. You know me...anything to avoid painting hair!!! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Art at the Salon...

Yesterday HB and I went over to the hair salon to refresh the art that I have hanging there. I took down some of the larger paintings a few weeks ago when I submitted paintings for the Legacy of Art show and the wall was looking pretty bare.

Here's how it looks now...

I try to have some smaller pieces down lower because that's the spot where you look when you're sitting in the chair. It gives people something to look at...and maybe they'll decide to buy one of my pieces!

Angel, the woman who cuts my hair, is in a beautiful studio style salon. Each individual who works there has their own private studio/room with a window and glass door that look out into the open area. In the photo below the window and door are to the back of the chair...the mirror is across from the window and door.

Everyone who walks by Angel's studio can see all the paintings hanging on the wall. Angel has a little notice in her window that says all the art is for sale. I've sold quite a few paintings here. It's a win/win situation. I get to display my art and sell it, and Angel gets her wall decorated every few months. I'm very grateful to her for this opportunity. Thank you, Angel!!!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Legacy of Art - Art Show

Last night was the reception for Legacy of Art...the art show at Legacy Commons. Most of the people who participate in the painting group had paintings on display. Some chose not to share their work. We ended up showing two paintings each and they all looked good. The big problem was trying to get photos due to the lighting. It was almost impossible but HB managed to get a couple of me and my paintings plus some other shots.

First of all I want to show you what a beautiful senior center we have. It's bright, airy, clean, and very inviting. It has high ceilings and huge windows on the other side of the area...they let in tons of sunlight.
This is definitely not a dark, dreary, place!

This is a view from the front lobby area down the hall to the back door. That first opening just past the orange wall leads to the lounge area. There are beautiful acid-washed concrete floors everywhere except the lounge...I wish I had floors like that in my house!!

This is the lounge area...the arrow is pointing to the door where I did my art journal class. The door at the right of the photo is the computer room.

The TV in the lounge...and believe it or not, people actually come here to sit and watch TV! The area going to the right past the TV wall leads to tables and chairs and walls of windows, floor to ceiling. It's a popular place to sit and chat, play games, or work jigsaw puzzles.

We also have a lot of books. Anyone at the center can take books from here for free. There are more on the other side of the shelves. I use this area quite a bit. I've found some very good books here. This side is mostly paperbacks with hardcovers on the other sides.

This was one of my favorite paintings on display. And also one that I managed to get a decent photo of despite the overhead lighting. Most of my other photos didn't turn out due to the extreme glare on the paintings. You can see what I mean in the one below, and most were even worse. I wish I could have shown you more of the paintings because there were some good ones.

L-R: Maria, Carolyn, Me, and Juli in front of my paintings. Carolyn is the artist who did the painting in the previous photo. She does some amazing work as do the others. Maria is a fantastic watercolor artist, and Juli is one of the newer members of the group. She's also in the knitting class with me. 

And here I am with my paintings. Everyone loved my top and thought it looked like my art. I wore it with black leggings and black shoes (which were new and killed my feet!)

After the reception, which went from 5:30 - 7:30, HB and I went out for dinner at Applebee's. There were nibbles at the reception but by the time we left we were both starving. We had a nice turnout and I got to see several people that I haven't seen in quite some time. The paintings will be on display until May 29th when they will be replaced with photos taken by the photography group, which includes HB.