Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Girl Just Can't Help It

I'm an occasional doll collector, and lately smaller plastic ones from early to mid-20th century have really piqued my interest. They're affordable, can usually stand upright, and have a charm all their own.  Dolls in general have such history and cultural import. (Don't want to analyze that too much.)Their imagery, I think, could add an interesting element to my own art. (Don't want to analyze that either.) So here's a photo of a recent acquisition which I juiced up in Picasa. Have nothing in particular in mind except to experiment, see where it leads. Think I'm having more fun playing with pictures of toys rather than the toys themselves!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chicks In The Rain

Chicks In The Rain I

Upcycling - go me. I was inspired to do this piece when these chicks were left over as cut-outs from another project (Easter luminarias). Their final destination is as source imagery for two cross-stitched pictures (thanks to PCStitch software!). I've been needing some piece work to zone out to, and while I admire traditional cross-stitch - yes, really, roses and all that- I want the challenge of designing a splashy, very two-dimensional picture. It'll be interesting to see how the uneven texture translates - may be a bust. Have to try because the scrap quilt is no where near ready for hand quilting

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Holiday on Edge

The challenge to myself was to try some new techniques making an "edgy" holiday themed page in my art journal -- all within a day. Hallmark may not be calling anytime soon but I'm pleased with how the eggs turned out and the fun of tearing layered paper off. Wish my purple paper didn't morph into ultramarine because I wanted to keep the traditional Easter colors, ah well.

Easter On Edge, mixed media collage

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

For Your Inner Child

La Boquita at Manzanillo,Colima, Mexico
Are we past winter's midway yet? Spring still isn't around the corner (yes, even here at drought central) but we can dream. And so I offer up one of mine taken couple years back. The bright colors are cheering and it's one of my favorite techniques: close-up, filling the frame. To highlight details and block out the background can get you to look at ordinary things in a whole new way. These sand toys pressed my kid button - play time is happy time!