Insider Art – Bloomfield Farm at Morris Arboretum – what happened!

Where I was on October 15…

Claudia McGill, Artist

Yesterday, Sunday, October 15, my husband and I participated in the Bloomfield Farm Day Insider Art and Craft Show.

Bloomfield Farm is part of the Morris Arboretum, located about 15 minutes from my house. We are members, which is how I was able to participate – exhibitors are all staff or members of the Arboretum.

Bloomfield Farm is a section of the Arboretum that is not generally open to the public to wander, though it contains the education center in which classes are held. There is a historic grist mill which has been restored by volunteers on the site as well as research projects in progress on the grounds.

This event allows the public to see the site, visit the art and craft show, listen to music, and tour the ground and building. The grist mill also goes into operation and is open for tours.

OK. I’d never done this…

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Pedestrians Two: Real and My Real

A photo I took on Market Street in Philadelphia, PA, in August, 2017. Notice that the lady is the same one as in a previous post.

Now here she is in my painted version. A bit of an appearance change. Can a person do this kind of magic just walking down the street? No, but I can, with my paintbrush and acrylic paints. And India ink. And NeoColor I crayons. On an 8″ x 8″ wood board.

“Lady Wearing a Hat on a City Street”

Pedestrians One: Real and My Real

Here is a photo I took in August, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Here is my painted version. A little different but a little the same. That is what painting is all about for me.

Acrylics, NeoColor I crayons, India ink. 8″ x 8″, September, 2017.

“Lady and Man Walking on a City Sidewalk”

Ghostly Men

These ghosts. They may be shadows in an alleyway. You know, when you get more than one light source, and a single object creates multiple shadow personalities. Can a ghost cast a shadow? I say yes.

Or maybe it’s just three ghosts practicing their piece for a dance recital. I caught them just before they launched into some high kicks.

Yes, of course.

I created these ATC’s using cut out silhouette-men – the paper was paint sample card from the home improvement store. I them painted a thick layer of acrylic over them and wiped it off.

These were done in June, 2017.

Paint Cards and People and Faces

I have a love for paint cards from the paint store or home improvement store. You may remember some other things I have done with them. Anyway, here are two artist trading cards from July, 2017, featuring that ever-useful accessory to the collage world…paint cards.

Three With a Family Resemblance 

I often make several artworks at one time. This way of working keeps me from fussing too much with any one piece. That is something I find very easy to do. So I do it. You know what happens next – and it’s ugly.

Anyway, group sessions work well for me. You can often see a continuity of materials and mood in the pieces I work on together.

Here is an example. Three artist trading cards from June, 2017. Mixed media, acrylics, ink, and crayon.