Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Why Travel

This is an artist book that opens out into a tea light candle shade! Words like 'adventure' and 'romance' are cut out so light can shine through. No matter which side you look at (including the inside) there's mixed media collage and even embroidery. It can be set out anywhere and when necessary, even folded. I used three battery-operated tea light candles for a powerful glow at night.

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Little Souvenir Book

How to create a momento of a special trip rather than a painstaking travelogue? What mattered more to me was a way to create a shorthand of "mental landmarks" that would tickle the memory rather than recreate the journey for others (unless they volunteer!) And so I collaged the paper ephemera I collected in Chile to make a background for an accordion-folded book. After painting and stamping randomly I scribbled down some phrases and observations that held a personal significance.
My take-aways: Golden Fluid Acrylics are a bright delight. Stamping with found objects is quite satisfying. The accordion-fold format is marvelously flexible: something to see on both sides, displayed on a variety of flat surfaces, and easy to send or store.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dream Pockets

Dream Pockets are meant to hold a wish or a dream near and dear to you whether written on a piece of paper or invested in a charm or a coin. No two hand-painted 2" x 3" are exactly the same although each is decorated with a loteria image, button, glitter, stamping, and fabric scraps. These elements combined create a cocoon of spiritual energy for your heart's desire!
Dream Pockets are now available at my Etsy store; the link is on the right.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

From Stone To Wax

Statuary I
Came across these wonderful "faces" in a picture book of gargoyles and grotesques; these stone carvings likely decorated a building's exterior. Now they've found a new life in encaustic paintings. To me they're not only expressive but exotic. Regrettably we don't have such architectural ornamentation around here. Would daily life feel more dramatic if we had these things hanging around our environment? In the meanwhile a 6" x 6" portrait could give us pause for thought..

Statuary II

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cow Palace Pumpkin

Cow Palace Pumpkin
Halloween is for goofballs too! I warned you last week the alien figurine (he found me!) might crop up, and I couldn't resist just one more diorama. These carve-able pumpkins ask for it frankly.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Queen Charlotte Pumpkin

I've been kicking around this idea for a pumpkin diorama since mid-August and was finally able to pull it together in a week's time. Believe it or not, I was inspired by the autumn floral displays at Michael's. It was a pretty short jump from acorns and chrysanthemums to doll queen. What can I say -- I geek out over those little scenes inside Easter eggs, the recreated caveman tableaux at museums, etc. The "seed" was an old brass finial with some 'frozen charlotte' molds and costume jewelry thrown in. Just one quest through eccentric Crestline was needed for a noggin and ta-daa! This looks pretty coolat night with an LED tea light. You may see another one - featuring a glow-in-the-dark alien figurine (I swear, this stuff finds me) sooner than you think.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween From The Vaults

Halloween Family
I made this 22" x 15" wall hanging a while back as a family portrait. (Can you guess which one I am?) The technique appears to be needlepoint or rug-hooking, but it's actually a series of running stitches worked closely and irregularly together on a base of burlap! I had fallen in love with all the variegated chunky yarns at Michael's and needed a way to play with them. Since I don't knit or hook and am nuts for folk art anything this was my self-invented solution. It definitely takes some time but therein lies another benefit: meditative handwork.

Halloween Family, detail - 1

Halloween Family, detail - 2

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Everyday Art for Everyday Life

Hearth Angel
This little 5" x 7" piece I completed in the Spring and it's a good example of what I mean when I say I make Everyday Art for Everyday Life. Home, family, friends - and the kinds of stuff we share going about our existence is what fascinates me and so its the basis of my artwork. We're each unique of course but we have so much in common - experiences, dreams, and the feelings they bring about in us. It's how we connect -- and I want to affirm that. So  'Hearth Angel' here with its houses, homespun fabric,  heart, wafting chimney smoke and a floating angel, a little tattered but still there, speaks (I hope) to your imagination. It's quiet, doesn't scream, just wants a little corner so when you catch a glimpse you'll have some nice thoughts about the good things in life.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Is Back and So Am I!

Imperfection I

Happy Autumn, Everyone!
I am very pleased to announce that the PegasaurusArt blog is back in business after an extended hiatus.

There's plenty new art to show but let's start off with these three fall season-friendly pieces. They are encaustic - meaning beeswax and resin were applied in layers. This affords a wonderful depth and translucency - items within the layers appear to 'float' and can be randomly obscured, adding a little mystery.
Why the title 'Imperfection'? Each leaf, each glass bit, is unique yet obviously related to others. And therein lies the beauty - the little things that set one apart.

Imperfection II

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Imperfection III