Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stephanie's Class in Collage and the beginnings at "I AN I Artists Retreat" August 15-22 2015

First we had a smudging ceremony to clear the energies before
 embarking on our week of classes and creating.

John Williams starts the process

Chuck Potter is ready to be cleansed.

Reneemarie as well.

Here is Stephanie posed to begin our wonderful journey into the 
subtleties and complexities of collage. Note the beautiful surroundings. Great place to work.

The two pieces below are from Chuck Potter

Here is just one of Stephanie's from her Geisha series.

The following are just some more examples of Stephanie's she worked on during the week.

Reneemarie Jordan was so prolific this week it was hard to keep up with her. 
Driven is the word that comes to mind as well as inspired.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Work from the recent "I AN I Artists Retreat" in the high Sierras [ August 2015 ]

These are the pieces I completed while at the retreat. I took two wonderful classes given by two amazing artists. First there was a collage class taught by Stephanie Gray where we learned how to put "underpants" down first to give a base collage coat. It changed everything. Our second class was in Encaustic taught by Reneemarie Jordan. It was the full on deal using not just beeswax but also Demar varnish and a torch.I am so thrilled with all I learned. I taught a class myself in Monoprinting using a Gelli Plate. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and some of the work that came out of it was just mindblowing.

These three were my first pieces from the collage class with Stephanie

The following are my encaustic pieces from the class 
with Reneemarie Jordan.
 I absolutely loved this class. The last 3 were collage pieces I started in Stephanie's class and finished in the encaustic class. That is the beauty of a week long art retreat.

The two next pieces were done with work I did in my Monoprint 
class, collaged them on board, then used encaustic over them.

(Collage then encaustic over)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Make it in Design Classes

I just finish 4 weeks of an online class where I took on 3 sections at the same time. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. It is called the "Make it in Design" Summer School and the group was International. It is based in England where so much creativity flourishes and that was definitely the case here. I may have bitten off more than I could chew but the challenge was great and in the end I think I learned more because I had to push my own boundaries, especially technically. I think one of the greatest benefits was a private Facebook site where all the various designers were able to share their work and get feedback. I got a lot of technical help from some very generous designers. The work that came out of it was quite wonderful and I am determined to be up to speed before next summers "Summer School" session. I am posting a link if there are those of you who may be interested in this or other courses they offer to textile designers. They also have a very informative online magazine called "Moyo". You should check it out.

Here are my last 3 submissions to the 3 design Briefs

This was my intermediate submission; using typography as design using classic fonts with hand drawing using subtle motifs, shapes and layering. Having lived in Paris for 13 years this was close to home for me.

This is the Advanced brief submission. "Solarized Psychedelic Summer" was the title of the brief. Using photography, solarization techniques, effects and filters to create the outcome.
Using summer, the oceans and the tropics as the inspiration.

The Beginners brief was done the last and took a few tries to get what I wanted. Eco Global/Geometric.was the brief title Global -Tribal- Geometric were the key words.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Still trying

Still trying to get the hang of all this. Maybe I should try a few more images. Not to be too boring...Here are some Art Figures I did a couple of years ago.

 Still working on the series...

Fallen Angel


Nubian Princess

Deco Damsel

Blue Goddess

The start of something new

Today is the day I start my new Blog. Kind of looking forward to all the riches I might find to put here. Back to designing my Blog for now. I am adding a few of my Surface Design Patterns just to get us started