Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Our old table is new again!


We wanted to do something with our everyday dining table. At first I thought I would paint a design on it with those new chalk paints I've been hearing about. Then my husband and I got the idea to glue a map that shows all of our travels onto the table and add collage elements around it then pour resin on top to seal it all.
This photo shows the first attempt of trying to glue down the map. I used a whole jar of acrylic gel medium and it had some horrible wrinkles I couldn't even get out. I carefully took it off before it was dry. The photo shows were parts of the map stuck. I poured water on the table and used a credit card to scratch it all off. 

The map sat around for a week while I gained courage to start over and  got some helpful hints from my friend Marianne and the internet. I tore the map apart on its creases and crinkled up each section to make overall wrinkles and coated the front and back of each section. 

It came out perfect this go around.

After I glued down the pieces, I added dots and swirls of paint between the ephemera. 
The next steps were to put masking tape around all the edges and then pour a coat of 2 part resin. Unfortunately the resin soaked through the map making dark mottled areas where the paper was thinner from it sticking to the table the first go around.  Now what to do?

I decided to start painting on the resin.
I painted our tandem bike.
I really liked the way it turned out so I painted some more...
Next I added our teardrop R-Pod trailer complete with
our little pink and blue trailer shoes under the door. 

Next I added our  Dodge Ram Pickup truck we had to buy to pull the trailer, then the second coat of resin was added. We thought it still needed more "stuff" so my husband and I decided to add some current travel photos to the mix...
In total there are 3 layers of resin. I waited until it was dry to the touch to add the second and third layers. After letting it cure for 72 hours, we removed the tape and had to do a light sanding around the edges as the resin had tried to creep up the tape. I didn't have the resin pour off the sides. The table top is 3' x 4'. I have ordered some silicon place mats so we don't scratch it up or cause any damage since it is a table we use every day. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Birdhouse for fundraiser

I received this letter in my inbox the other day from a friend: 

Dear Artist and Friend of the Animals,
I have these sweet little unfinished birdhouses and I’m looking for folks who would like to support the Idaho Humane Society by painting/designing/enhancing one for our upcoming 25th Annual Lawn Party fundraiser.

I couldn't say no and that afternoon a cute plain wood bird was hand delivered to me to "do my stuff" to.


Here is the finished birdhouse, collaged and painted with a cat guarding the entrance 
and a vintage butterfly pin above the door. 

And a view of the back with some more cats. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Alaska

No, I have never been to Alaska but I know it is a beautiful state. I have been collecting items from different states for my mountain biking series but as I am pretty sure I will never be biking there I'm using the items for my color series.

 
 While starting the blue piece I came across the Alaska bag of goodies I had gathered over the years  and added that to the blue items I had been collecting. I tried the silver frame but it just didn't seem good. Too fancy.


I found this wooden tray and that was it, the collection found it's place. 

Alaska
7" x 15"
Available

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring Awakening

http://treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org/exhibitions/
Mrs. Beasley and Her Jaunty New Hat
Join us this Friday night for the opening of the Treasure Valley Artist Alliance Art Show at Boise State Radio. Click on the link for more info. I will have two pieces in the show. Mrs. Beasley and the McBird House. You can click on their links to read about the process of making them. http://pammcknight.blogspot.com/2010/10/mcbird-house.html

Friday, April 17, 2015

Boise City Public Art Academy

   A few months ago I was selected to be a part of the third  Boise City Public Art Academy This is a  career training program for Idaho artists completely free of charge. I was encouraged to apply by friend and artist Marianne Konvalinka who previously attended the academy and had lots of good things to say about it.   We met every Wednesday for 3 hours for 8 weeks. Karen Bubb was our fearless leader and did a wonderful job of leading us from week one jitters of "how could I ever do this?" to last nights final presentations and celebration. I learned a lot from this class and made a lot of new art friends. Thanks for the opportunity!

Photoshopped photo of my project on the construction fence. 
There were lots of great projects presented. I proposed a community chalkboard 4 ft. by 16 ft. People could add their drawings or words of what they love about Boise. They can also add to it by bringing items to glue to the edge which would create a frame of found objects. 

Three projects were chosen. Congratulations goes to: 
  1. Candy Canning’s “Le Retour”
  2. Ellen DeAngelis’s “22”
  3. Ray Kane & Kevin Mills “Falling Dominos”
Can't wait to see them!



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Round Robin Art Journal Retreat Weekend

this is how the dining room table looked for 2 days

Once upon a time ( last weekend) 5 women, 2 dogs and a myriad of art supplies, snacks and wine all met up two hours out of town, up in the mountains at the Studio M Annex. It was time to get away from the everyday, to create some art and have a few laughs. And for the camaraderie- most artists work alone, so it's always nice to get together with some other creatives and share ideas.


My background layer
 Here were the rules- we had 30 minutes each to create a background for our journal page or substrate. A 10 minute break then pass to the next person to add to it.

second layer added by Marianne

Next layer was added by Lisa

The 4th artist in the line up was Jaki

and then Nancy got to leave her mark.

These are the other 4 finished pieces-they are all wonderful and they all have our marks.




After our day of "playing" with the art materials we all walked to dinner at the local bar owned by a couple of women from Alaska and had some great fish and chips. Dinner was followed by a brisk walk back and a viewing of one of my favorite movies "Moulin Rouge" followed by "Rock of Ages." Thanks to Marianne for putting this all together and sharing her Studio M Annex with us.

Friday, January 16, 2015

If I don't document it, does it mean it didn't happen?


The conundrum of the blog post. I update Facebook, Twitter and Instagram almost daily but the blog has seemed to take a back burner. Time to catch up and with the New Year and all it seems fitting. I just finished the cover for my new art/travel journal for 2015.

In between the travels I had a two day show at the Arts and Sesqui Shop in Downtown Boise in December. Fun being downtown with other artists.

January has seen me busy with applying for things: 

1. I applied to get another traffic box art project
2. I met with Boise Brewing and will get to do their beer of the month label for July as well as a one person First Thursday show in conjunction with it.
3. I submitted a piece for the Valentines for Aids fundraiser.
4. I got pieces ready for a Gypsy Gallery exhibit for the end of the month.
5. I applied for the BOSCO show at Surel's Place
6. I applied for the Boise Public Art Academy
7. I entered a piece of art for the New Years Potato drop and got a call yesterday that they really liked it but couldn't figure out how to photograph it well and I was thinking to myself welcome to my world. This past year I have made quite a few shadowbox type assemblages with glass fronts that are very difficult to photograph well. Anyway they didn't get to use it for publication but wanted to purchase it for the Idaho Potato Commission offices. Cool!

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Not All Black and White

This piece I completed a few years ago. The pigs on top I made in Sue Latta's resin workshop. They are glued on a block of wood. I was never completely satisfied with this piece and took some pliers and a razor blade to it and took it apart.  I am working on a series of pieces using plastic cast off pieces and wanted to incorporate this into that series. I was going to attach the whole block to another piece but when I glued the pigs on top they extend off the back edge so it would not lay flat.

 I painted this frame black and added a backing covered with black scrapbook paper. I still wasn't satisfied and took it over to my friend Marianne's Studio for input. She said it's too bad that all the black items are devils, guns etc. and the white items are cute bunnies and hearts. But that's the way these things come and my plan was not to paint the objects but to use them as they are. 

This is the final incarnation. I overcame the problem of all things depicted in white as good and all things depicted in black as evil by incorporating color. My mother tends to be a person that see's things as black or white. That has never been me. As a Libra I can weigh both sides of an issue and always try to see the others viewpoint.

So here goes- my 12" x 16" "Where's Waldo" assemblage I have included things that are controversial, American Flag = extreme right tea party vs a more liberal philosophy - the gun -2nd Amendment vs those that don't think we all need to be carrying guns) cellphone =radiation and government spying, Food=GMO's and what's gonna kill us or give us dementia or cancer, the stethoscope = the Ebola crisis, the Ken doll with the bicycle helmet = helmet laws vs personal freedom,  the computer- is technology making us all less social and is this just another venue for Big Brother to watch us?, The cow and the cheese = dairy, is it good for us, what about antibiotics?, The woman's torso with the red light pointing to it = body image issues and the media, high heel shoe's and surgery, the dice represent gambling (state lotteries giving $ to education?), Dinosaur, is the earth really only 6,000 years old despite scientific data?, and hence the Jesus fish. The white tennis shoe represents exercise- how much is too much?, The spider- people hate spiders but they are part of the ecosystem, the lamb= veganism, vegetarianism, is it healthier?,  lady bug=pesticides, Red Bull pull tab- really?, Eagle= new wilderness designations?, camera= photographing in the wilderness for a fee, coke= obesity epidemic, Halloween and Christmas. paganism or religious holidays?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Painting Artifacts with William Lewis

The class was based on the exhibit of the Boise Fire Department at the Boise Arts and History Sesqui Shop on Main Street in downtown Boise. After a quick slide show of the artist tradition of  painting objects, we were to pick an artifact from the exhibit that spoke to us and paint it in oils. 

Terry kept thinking someone was looking over her shoulder!
I wonder why?

Call Box

Lisa Flowers Ross

Pam McKnight 

the placard that was on my artifact
The instructors painting, I love how he captured the three dimensionality of the hat. 

We were able to paint right in the midst of the exhibit.
The only other time I was able to do this was at the Dallas Museum of art.  


A photograph from the show

William Lewis, the instructor.

Terry Burkes

I like the brick background on the painting and the fact that we got to use real wood palettes. 

PennyLea Mackie

Students' work will be on display in the Sesqui Shop through the end of this month.



I was very impressed with everyone's work. Some had never painted in oils before. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Show us your studio table (unedited)

The Altered Page presented us with a challenge:
show us what your studio looks like when it is not all cleaned up and pretty for others to see.


When it is clean and shiny and lots of work space showing....that means I am not creating.

 This was all stacked on the table, then moved to the fireplace...then more started to find it's way back onto the table... would like to get this all put away before winter so I can use the fireplace.

I took the cutting board out of storage so this would make me keep this space clean. Guess that worked for just a minute! 

So far Seth has 50 links to other artist studios and adding more as they come in. This makes us all feel a little better, art is messy!

Click on the link above and start your tour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Travel Pages in my Re-purposed Journal

This blog post is part two from January 8
  Repurposed Art Journal

These are travel collages, using maps and ephemera and watercolors, crayons and markers.

This 2 page spread reminds me of the nice vacation we had with my sister-in-law.

I usually complete a group of pages at once, instead of one a day.

This 2 page spread captures the lovely weekend we spent with our friends Mario and Bella. 

 The left hand page is a collage from a Public Art Dedication that I went to that my two friends Marianne and Lynn created.

These pages are created while on my trips, I'm usually pretty busy but can find an afternoon here or there to catch up on my journaling. If I wait until I get home, it is too overwhelming and I never get around to it. 

On the left is a tattoo design I created for my friend Mandi. On the right is one of the original pages from my daughters journal. 

This 2 page spread will remind me of the fabulous time I had with my oldest daughter this summer while spending a week at her home. 

Mine on left, daughters on right. I am currently reading "The Time Traveler's Wife"
and working in this journal reminds me of the story a little bit as my daughter and I are not passing the journal back and forth to work in it, but it is her journal from 10 years ago?
And when I see her markings I think of her how she was then instead of now as a young adult. 

"I could never resist the call of the trail" Buffalo Bill

I love trying to make sense of my daughters diagrams and doodles.