Monday, July 24, 2017

sketchbook journal - update

I'm working daily in the sketchbook journal that is made from a repurposed magazine. I first blog at it here. Most of the designs are loosely made, which is helping me work through my creative block. It's interesting to me that when creating these designs; other project ideas are coming to mind that are not related at all. By giving myself permission to play, my art brain loosening up.

The designs below are for all intensive purposes finished in their current state. I'm ready to move on to the blank pages in my sketchbook journal.

This designs didn't go as planned. My initial idea was to comment on my personal conflict between commercial vs fine art. I like the elements but the layout is awkward. There are more elements that I wanted to add but the composition wasn't well thought out. Time to move on without finishing



I had fun creating this design with the colors and whimsical theme. It's not my usually style but it does make me smile when I look at it and that's a good thing. Again, the composition is a bit awkward. If the individual elements overlapped a bit then it would be more interesting design.



After staring at this design for a few weeks, I decided it was finished when I first created it. I envy artists who can add layer upon layer to their art. That's not me...yet...or maybe never.




If you read my initial post, this design was created because I like the technique created in the ground. I added purple in random areas and calling it finished.



Crazy mess! That's what I think when I look at this finished design. And that's okay. This design served it's purpose of getting me to put something down on paper...anything.


I have to admit this design could fall into the "Crazy Mess" category but I like it better than the design above. To me, it looks like more of a composition. Messy composition but still a composition.



Now I'm off to create more free flowing, creative block busting art!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Photo(s) Friday

Here are this week's Instagram Photo Layouts from my neighborhood walks. To follow me on Instagram, please click on this link: https://www.instagram.com/mia_bloom/.








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Friday, July 14, 2017

Photo(s) Friday

I really enjoy posting on Instagram.You can find me on Instagram by clicking on this link: https://www.instagram.com/mia_bloom/. I can post a photo or more and add a few hashtags and that's it. It's especially easy on my neighborhood walks. I have been playing around with the different layouts. Here are my morning/neighborhood walks' photos from this past week.







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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Creative Block and Playing

I haven't posted new artwork on my blog going on two months. I was in a creative slump. It has happened before and I'm sure it will happen again. I realize that stressing about it doesn't help. I decided to share because reading about other artists’ struggle with creative block has helped me. Maybe I can help someone going through it.

To try to kick start my creativity I looked at my list of fiber art projects to create and projects that were WIP. Nothing caught my interest. I looked on Facebook and Instagram to see what other artists are creating. Read about other artists working through their creative block, which was helpful. I tried to stay clear of Pinterest because it seems to be a black hole for me that I can spend hours perusing.  

Then I realized that I was over thinking it. I remembered what gave me joy as a child. It was sitting in my bedroom drawing and painting...for hours. Not for a deadline. Not for a specific project. Just for fun. To play. To explore. No judgment. No rules. No expensive materials. I realize that creating in a repurposed magazine gives me a chance to play and explore without the guilt of using up "good" paper and materials. Each design doesn't have to be perfect because that's not the point. To reiterate that point, I'm showing my sketchbook journal pages in the beginning stages. Works in progress. Imperfections. Not social media perfect. I'm working on multiple pages at once. I'm jotting down ideas that I will build upon in no specific order or time frame. My hope is that by freeing myself by playing, it will recharge my art brain. Pushing my art. Adding layers to my art. Adding dimension to my art. I will post updates to my art journal as the designs progress.

Here is the cover of the 10" x 12" repurposed magazine. I decided to keep it simple by painting black onto of a layer of gesso.



The first two pages started with the Warhol's Elvis art clipping from a magazine. This design is slowly developing.



The next pages started with the yellow-orange motifs. I wanted to remember it for a possible stamp or screen print. 



Continuing on with the next two pages. This design started with the mauve-y color paper from a fashion layout in a magazine. I wanted it to be messy. Not my normal style. My instinct is to stop at this point but I'm going to push myself to add more layers and possibly more colors.



I have to admit these next pages were created because I was pushing myself to leave some marks. Any marks. "Just put something on the page, Bloom!" I started by painting black over the whole ground. Once it dried, I took an old credit card and scrapped white paint randomly. I liked the technique and didn't want to cover too much of it up. I'm not sure about the design that's developing on top.



These next pages are falling back into colors that are in my comfort zone but the messiness of the overall design is not. Similarly to the design with the mauve-y color, I would normally stop at this point but I'm pushing myself to add more layers, marks and colors.


Like the design above, the colors in this design are in my comfort zone. More pushing myself to add layers, marks and colors.



Do you get in a creative slump? How do you get yourself out of it?

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

6"x10" collage #05062017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages in-between working on fiber projects. To learn more about this series, please click here.

This collage incorporates some magazine papers that have a pattern. I'm pushing myself to use more pattern papers. The obvious area is in the upper right quadrant - yellow curved shape and the area right next to it. Also, it's a bit hard to see that the lower right quadrant with the black curved area have some variance of color.
 
#05062017 6"x10" collage

The Grey scale version is striking. It shows a good balance of light, medium and dark values.




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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists

I'm excited to announce that my artwork including 3D pieces will be in another Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists' art show about to begin entitled "Expression in Fiber Art". This exhibit will be at the Center Gallery in Anaheim, CA. There's an artist reception on Friday, May 5th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the reception due to my work schedule. Details can be seen on the flyer below.



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Monday, April 10, 2017

6"x10" collage #04062017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages in-between working on fiber projects. To learn more about this series, please click here.

With collage #04062017, I incorporated magazine pages that had grey ombres and subtle patterns. Some of the papers were cut with a scissor and others were torn by hand. I like how the contrast of straight edges played against the torn edges. I'm happy with the way this collage turned out.
 
#04062017 6"x10" collage

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6"x10" collage #03272017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages in-between working on fiber projects. My first collage of this series was posted here.

This collage was finished yesterday but couldn't get a good photo of it until today. I'm still striving for a design with a balance of light, medium and dark values. I'm happy with the way this collage turned out. Good balance of color values and looks a bit mid-century modern.
 
#03272017 6"x10" collage

Here is the grey scale version so you can see the light, medium and dark values.

#03272017 grey scale


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo Friday


A bit of maneuvering to get the right angle so the reading boy looks like he is sitting on the bench.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6"x10" collage #03152017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages in-between working on fiber projects. To learn more about this series, please click here.

The multi-colored magazine scraps in this collage were leftover from the first collage of this series. The scraps were odd shapes, which I like and didn't want to cut up or reshape. To be honest, working with these odd shapes really challenged me to find a pleasing design. It's taken me over a week to decide that this collage is done. The final step was adding the solid orange pieces.

#03152017 6"x10" collage

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rolodex Project II - Cards #5

Back in March 2016, I started an one a day project called Rolodex Project to create one piece of art a day for 31 days. It was a fun project that received wonderful comments from people. A friend gave me another Rolodex that inspired me to create Rolodex Project II. This time I would create a small piece of art based upon a finished, larger piece of art.

After finishing "Bird Removal" for Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists' "Textile Translations" exhibit, I created this small piece for the Rolodex Project II.



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists "Textile Translations"

I'm honored and excited to have my artwork in Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists' "Textile Translations" exhibit at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe gallery. One of my pieces in this show will be from the "Put A Bird On It" exhibit.

640 Alta Vista Drive
Vista, CA 
760-639-6164
The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 
10am to 3pm
March 7 through April 3, 2017


"Bird Removal" artist statement:

Pages from "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Bye, Bye Birdie" were laminated onto tea stained silk organza. The final step was to cut out the shape of one bird flying away to emphasize the title, "Bird Removal".

"Bird Removal"



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Sunday, March 5, 2017

6"x10" collage #03052017

I'm continuing my 6"x10" collage practice using only magazine pages. The limited materials are helping me to focus on design and color.

#03052017 6"x10" collage

Before I determined that this collage was finished, I removed the color in Photoshop. It's a great way to see if the color value is balance. It, also, helps to squint your eyes while assessing the design. I notice that I tend to stay in the medium value range with my artwork.
The dark, medium and light value shapes in this collage seem pretty balanced.
 
#03052017 color removed


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Photo(s) Friday

The Cherry Trees are in bloom! If you're near Los Angeles, make a trip to The Huntington Library see the spectacular Cherry Trees and other beautiful, blooming plants. This Cherry Tree caught my eye in the parking lot.


Looking up into the tree gave me a feeling of being engulfed in bright pink blossoms!




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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

6"x10" collage #03012017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages in-between working on fiber projects. My first collage of this series was posted here.

This collage is a slightly different style for me. The yellow with graffiti magazine page was the inspiration for this collage. It's a small piece that I wanted to get a big impact so I cut it up. The rectangles of light blue, dark blue and lavender was used to let the yellow graffiti and read shapes stand out. I'm happy with the way the rectangles overlap each other.

#03012017 6"x10" collage



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Monday, February 27, 2017

6"x10" Collage #02272017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages using magazine pages in-between working on fiber projects. My first collage of this series was posted here.

The subtle ombre of pink in the papers on both sides add a nice hint of interest. The main focus is the torn scraps in the center. I'm loving the size of the sketchbook that I use for these collages. It's manageable size for me to create.

#02272017 6"x10" collage
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Monday, February 20, 2017

6"x10" Collage #02202017

I'm continuing to explore 6"x10" collages in-between working on fiber projects. My first collage of this series was posted here.

Creating these collages is starting to become a good practice for me. Exploring different shapes and colors while using only magazine pages is pushing me to work on design. I, also, needed to find a way to label each collage. I decided to use the date the collage was finished. Some of the collages may take a few days to complete due to time restraints.

Collage #02202017 started with the background design. I wasn't sure what to put on top so I cut out these loose, oblong shapes. 

Questions that I asked myself when looking at this collage: Do these loose, oblong shapes work with the background? Is there enough color contrast between the background and the shapes on top? Is the design interesting? My answers to all 3 questions is that I'm not sure. Hopefully, the more I create these collages the answers will be more evident.

#02202017 6"x10" collage

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

6" x 10" Collage

I'm involved in two fiber art groups that have booked multiple exhibits this year. My "to do" list of fiber projects is steadily growing. Before I start tackling that list of projects, I cracked open a new 7"x10" Mix Media Sketchbook from Canson so I can loosen up with a quick collage. Ever since I mailed off my sketchbook for Las Laguna Gallery's Sketchbook West 2017, I wanted to continue my collage practice.  

I've used Canson's products before but this is the first time I'm trying this sketchbook. There are 40 pages of heavyweight (138 lb) paper. I like that the pages are perforated to a finish size of 6"x10". In the future, I can remove any of the collages to be framed. 


6"x10" collage made from magazine pages
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Sketchbook West 2017" - Pages 49 to 62; outside covers

I took a few weeks off from working on my sketchbook for Las Laguna Gallery's "Sketchbook West 2017" exhibit to work on larger fiber pieces. There seems to be some good exhibiting opportunities in 2017 and I want to have new artwork to enter.

To learn more about the "Sketchbook West 2017" project, please click here.

Pages 49 and 50: This sketch was fun to create. I maintained a loose hand and worked very quickly. Very improvisational. Materials used: magazine pages, acrylic paint, oil pastels and glue.

Pages 49 and 50


Pages 51 and 52: I have a lot of triangle shaped magazine page scraps leftover from previous collages. I couldn't throw these scraps away. It was tough to find a ground color that harmonized with all the colors and hues in the scraps. I settled on a whitewashed Celadon. Materials used: magazine page scraps, acrylic paint and glue.


Pages 51 and 52

Pages 53 and 54: This collage started with a black/white/grey ground that didn't work out as planned. Instead covering the whole area, I added magazine scraps so some of the ground is showing. Materials used: magazine page scraps, acrylic paint and glue.


Pages 53 and 54

Pages 55 and 56:This sketch was created in 20 minutes. I didn't have much time that day and wanted to complete another sketch to stay on track to finish by February. Materials used: acrylic paint, oil pastels, paper dots and glue.


Pages 55 and 56



Pages 57 and 58: Another quick sketch/collage. I wanted to document an idea before I start my day. Materials used: acrylic paint, magazine pages, oil pastel and glue.

Pages 57 and 58


Pages 59 and 60: Another collage but this one took a few days to complete due to my busy schedule. Materials used: acrylic paint, magazine pages and glue.

Pages 59 and 60


Pages 61 and 62: A very quick collage. Materials used: magazine pages and glue.


Pages 61 and 62


Outside front and back covers: The outside cover of my sketchbook looked a bit worse for wear. I decided to adhere with gel medium some altered bleeding tissue papers. The front cover looks like a landscape. Now it's off to mail it to the gallery!




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Monday, January 30, 2017

FAR Bazaar at Cerritos College

Over the weekend, I checked out the FAR Bazaar presented by Foundation for Art (FAR) at Cerritos College in the old Fine Arts Building. Cerritos College's old Fine Arts building is being demolished in February. The new Fine Arts building is already built. FAR Bazaar was a guerrilla art exhibit. My favorite kind of art exhibit. Here is some of the amazing artist and wonderful art that are on display.

Narsiso C. Martinez


Andrea Bersaglieri created delicate foliage prints. Yes, the ground is real grass!

Inside the wood frames is glue with the impression from Maria Villote's skin. She put glue on her skin then after it dried she peeled the glue off. The impression on the glue sheets were the texture from her skin. Very personal and creative!





Graffiti Room

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