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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Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Sketchbook West 2017" - Pages 35 to 48

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 35 and 36: I decided to jump back into this project with this very loose sketch. I had to remind myself that it's a sketchbook so by definition the art does not need to be finished looking. This sketch records a color story along with a design idea. Materials used: acrylic paint, pencil, oil pastel and tissue paper.


Pages 35 and 36
Pages 37 and 38: More pages that are a loose sketch used to record a color story along with a design idea. Materials used: acrylic paint, ultra thin black Sharpie and thick white Sharpie over white oil pastel.

Pages 37 and 38

Pages 39 and 40: I usually don't incorporate pastel colors in my art especially pastel pink. While I was leafing through a fashion magazine, I was struck by a 11 page spread featuring  model Aamito Lagum wearing pink clothes against a pink background. It was stunning! Further into the magazine, I noticed mint green used in a few advertisements. To document this color story for future reference, I cut up some of the magazine pages and glued into this sketchbook. Some white sharpie pen to add some additional elements. Materials uses: magazine pages, white Sharpie and glue.


Pages 39 and 40


Pages 41 and 42: Looking through the same magazine as I did for pages 39 and 40, I noticed some wonderful grey and red/burgundy/maroon elements. Materials used: magazine pages, glue and white, black, red Sharpies.




Pages 43 and 44: I enjoyed using pages from a magazine to create pages 39 to 42. To push myself a bit, I decided to create a collage using this material. I'm excited and happy with the way this collage turned out. Especially since I used a stick glue instead of Yes glue. The papers didn't wrinkle as much as pages 39 to 42. Materials used: magazine pages, acrylic paint and stick glue.

Pages 43 and 44


Pages 45 and 46: Another collage using magazine pages and acrylic paint.

Pages 45 and 46


Pages 47 and 48: Another collage using magazine pages and acrylic paint. See a trend happening?

Pages 47 and 48

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