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Long-Drawn-Out People Plus – Part 2

Back in October or so I did a big sofa-art TV-watching binge that involved a three-fold paint brochure. I realize I never gave this creation its moment. So, here it comes.

I drew each person’s body parts according to the paint name. In the spaces that didn’t follow all the way through, I went with the paint name inspiration.

Here’s a sort of tan and yellow and neutral section.

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Long-Drawn-Out People Plus – Part 1

Back in October or so I did a big sofa-art TV-watching binge that involved a three-fold paint brochure. I realize I never gave this creation its moment. So, here it comes.

I drew each person’s body parts according to the paint name. In the spaces that didn’t follow all the way through, I went with the paint name inspiration.

Here’s a green section.

I love these brochures. I wonder if the paint store has got some updated ones for me to work on?

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending September 7

 

Art Diary. A weekly wrap-up of art activities. For earlier posts, search under the category Art Diary.

Art every day of the week, please!

Saturday, September 1 – Here are photos from yesterday’s take-down of the exhibit at the Gallery at the JCC, Allentown, PA, where my paintings had been for the last couple of months. It’s an anticlimax, really – it’s very quick to take a display apart! We took in our boxes and bags:

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and started to take items off the walls and from the display cases.

Soon everything was neatly packed away.

Empty walls and cases…

We took the tags off the walls and then…the party was over!

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The arts group here has invited me to participate in their holiday craft show, so…I’ll be back in December.

Saturday, September 1, nighttime – I did some paint brochure drawings – this is a gray-themed group. As you may remember, I often choose an activity like this one for when I am watching TV at night. These brochures are addicting.

Sunday, September 2 – I sat down with a friend to do a planning session.

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I spent a couple of hours or so going through my projects (art and poetry)and working out plans and possibilities I’d like to explore in the next 6 months or so. I do this exercise about every..6 months…I guess, and it helps me to review what I have going on and where I want to go. I wrote it in a notebook and will type it up tomorrow and put it in my studio.

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Then I went down into the basement and cleared out my head by working on a couple of clay cylinder people.

Monday, September 3 – I did some odds and ends around the studio. Not exciting, but necessary, these things were. I have a collection of 6″ x 6″ drop-in frames that I have used for clay tiles. Well, I admit that lately I’ve sent to the trash a lot of earlier work that was glued into these frames.

I am sure this may provoke gasps of horror at the idea of destruction but sometimes, there is no other answer for past work that I don’t feel is up to my standards today. And, these frames were perfectly good. I gessoed over the name and date of the previous works.

I tentatively intend to use them for the 6″ x 6″ paintings on board that I have been doing. I tried out the look with a few and I love it. I plan to velcro the paintings to the frame rather than gluing them, so I’ll have some TV-watching work ahead of me in putting all these together, I guess.

I also gessoed over a couple of paintings my husband sanded down for me. Ditto the clay tile situation – time passes and older work does not always please. I have learned that onceI feel this way about a painting, I will never change my mind. It is better for me to wipe it out and do something new.

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Art is not always about creation, I guess!

I did a quick cover-up of the back inside cover of my current Large Artist Sketchbook. Once it dries I am ready to take it to Poetry Marathon sessions to get some text done for it.

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Tuesday, September 4 – More secret project.

Then I went into the basement to work on cylinder people. Things continued to progress. One guy, though, I was not happy with how his outfit was turning out. It seems that in every group, there is one figure with whom I get off on the wrong foot and my attempts to salvage and re-make a design just get – uglier. When that happens, I wash off the old.

Then I give him a new undercoat. I will start over again next session.

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Here are the others, in progress.

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Wednesday, September 5 – I worked on finishing up the cylinder people today. The one in the remade outfit is a lot happier now, or at least I am, with his attire.

I took them, plus puff people and a few tiny tiles, and loaded the kiln.

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In the past I would never have contemplated firing a load this small. No, absolutely not. But I think differently now about this subject, as well as about a lot of other things! In the past I would have had these figures wait until I had made enough new work to fire (because with low-fire clay, you can fire bisque and glaze loads together as they fire at the same temperature).

That would have been fine if I were in an ongoing claywork mode (which I usually was). Now, though, I do less work, and if I hold these until I get more to go with them, it could be months. I am planning to do some other things for a while and clay’s not on my schedule right now.

And I’m impatient – I want to take these cylinder and puff people to a show next week – plus I have several other clay shows lined up in the near future. I don’t want to rush making more work just to…fill up a kiln-load? The cost of one firing is just not enough to make me worry about it. I’ll probably get these guys fired this weekend when the weather is cooler.

Thursday, September 6 – Last night I decided to paint a little… just a little. By dinnertime I had this start:

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Hint: it’s the former Beach Lady painting. Anyway, I almost never work after dinner, but for some reason I got engrossed in this painting (despite not knowing what I wanted to do with it).

Here is where it ended up.

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Don’t know if it is finished. I don’t want to be doing this kind of work, really – I want to move on. (Destination: unknown.) I think this exercise might have been the equivalent of comfort food art – using a well-known recipe and getting predictable results. I’ll let it sit a while and see if anything else happens to it.

Friday, September 7 – This morning my husband and I drove to Allentown, PA, to pick up my painting from an exhibit at the Baum School:

Here’s a quick look at how it appeared hanging on the wall, before I took it away with me. I inserted an arrow to direct you to its location:

I thought I might do some artwork later this afternoon, but since I’m not sure, I figured I’d post this week’s Diary and clear the decks for another week.

OK, that’s it for this week! Thank you for coming along with me.

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending August 3

 

Art Diary. A weekly wrap-up of art activities. For earlier posts, search under the category Art Diary.

Art. Art. Art.

Saturday, July 28 – First, a look at some paint brochure work I did while TV-watching on Friday night. I like to do this kind of thing for relaxation. I have a few brochures on hand pretty much all the time just for this purpose…I realized too late I was using a non-water-resistant pen and so there are some smears. Oh well. In order to preserve the images from harm, once I’d finished, I gave the page a spray with a matte varnish kind of thing that seals it.

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In the afternoon of Saturday I had time to work on coloring the set of figurines I had fired a couple of weeks ago. I was finishing some figures and clothing some naked ones:

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Here is where I ended the session (please excuse the blurred photo, I didn’t notice until later)

and a closer view of this larger guy:

Here are the in-process figures.

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You may say – where did those two small black figures come from, as I thought you’d started to color all of them? And you would be right. Sometimes, though, I get off on the wrong foot with designs or colors or whatever and then I never get back on track. I usually try to “fix” it and make things worse instead. It’s better to do what I did here – wash off the color, repaint a black base, and start over. I guarantee these people will be happier for this extra care.

Sunday, July 29 – I finished up the coloring of the remaining small figurines. I was right, they are happier with these new outfits.

I also did a few 2″ square tiles. They are perfect for using up color on the brush when I am working on larger projects. Here you see them getting their initial coat of Jet Black Velvet underglaze.

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These tall figurines are all that are left right now. They will need to wait for a different kiln firing as they need to be on the bottom shelf, because of their height.

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What about us?

I added the completed figurines to the kiln. It’s ready for a firing.

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A couple of notes about that kiln picture. That mint-green thing? I made a tray-like dish thing some time back. It has been sitting around for a while – it’s not really functional because it has not been glazed, only underglazed. You need a glazed surface on a functional item for health reasons – a non-glazed bowl, for instance, is not sealed so that bacteria can be washed off – instead, they can grow in the porous surface. Bad.

I decided to glaze this dish so that it could be used. The glaze is that green color. It will be a shiny clear when fired.

You also may recognize some sgraffito tiles. And you thought my assortment had all been fired? Yes, I had done so, but upon examination, in various tiles I saw small white flecks and other imperfections in the black color, where maybe clay crumbs had landed or some other thing was a little wrong. It occurred to me that I could repair these flaws quite easily. I touched them up with Jet Black underglaze (you can see where I did the repairs as a somewhat grayer-toned area) and put them in for another firing.

Last, I made some cylinder people. You know, they are very easy to construct – the time consuming part is in the color application. I’m currently really enjoying coloring (my version of adult coloring books, these figurines?) and I’ve decided to make a dozen or so of these to submit to the Baum School (Allentown, PA) holiday market that I participate in each winter.

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Monday, July 30 I had time for a few more cylinder people today.
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Also, I rolled out this slab of leftover terracotta clay. It was too dry to do much with. On impulse, I covered it with black underglaze and without even waiting for it to dry (a big no)I did this quick sgraffito image. We’ll see how that turns out.

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I also did a firing – no pictures of the kiln at work, but it was.

Tuesday, July 31 – I opened the kiln. Everything looks good
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except for that glazed dish.

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See the cloudiness at the bottom of the picture? I believe that it is a sign of glaze that did not completely vitrify. I had the idea this might happen – I fire my work at Cone 06, usually, and I think the glaze requires Cone 05 (which is hotter) to get the right results. I didn’t check the jar…I just kind of knew and did not want to know…)

I do not like to fire my underglaze work at Cone 05 – I think it burns out the colors just that little bit too much – meaning that they are darker and muddier. I think I’ll send the dish back through – nothing needs to be done to it – with a bisque load that I will fire at Cone 05. See what happens. If it still looks bad, into the trash it goes.

Wednesday, August 1 – Time continues to be short for art activities this week. I decided to unload the kiln and photograph the work – and to clean up the clay area and studio. I want to work on my secret project later this week and I need to get the area, and my head, clear and ready for ideas.

I photograph most of my work and always have done, even when I was making fabric collage work in the 90’s and did my photography using film. I had a plywood board covered in black fabric that I hung from a pipe in my basement; I set up lights and taped the works to the board in order to photograph them. I did not get very good results but at least I had a record of my work.

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“Urban View”, fabric, 1990’s.

Now I use a digital camera and PhotoShop Elements to achieve my images. Today I was photgraphing clay – tiles and sculptures. For tiles, I lay them on a surface, usually white, but since I was doing white tiles as well today, I also used a black background.

I don’t photo each clay item I make – there are too many of them. I will post only the ones I like most and the rest, well, they go their way, wherever that might be, undocumented.

I took 112 photos today, of which I will probably keep 25% or so. I do know I’ll re-photo the terracotta/black sgraffito tiles – they were done with a back blackground but looked awful.

As far as sculptures, I usually set up a little stage like this:

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Two pieces of matboard on a chair. I set the item onstage and photo it.

Overall, I want to have a record of my work and I don’t worry much if the pictures are not all perfect. I just need a few really good ones to use in submitting to shows, and with all the things I make usually something comes out well enough to add to my application-worthy category.

I do think it is important to document my art, if for no other reason than that it represents a lifetime’s work and is valuable to me as a record of my past and how I have grown. I have thousands of images now and I am really glad I have taken the time (and it does take a lot of time) to create this archive.

Friday, August 3 – I finished up the week by working on some clay – new puff people and some mini-cylinder people – this time working in terracotta clay.

And that did it for today.

OK, that’s it for this week! Thank you for coming along with me.

Popular Greens

Another one of those paint color brochure extravaganzas. Paint color names inspire the small drawings and the photo led me into the additions I made to it.

Done in April 2018.

Popular Blues

Sometimes I like to take a paint color brochure and draw in it – I use the names of the colors to inspire the tiny drawings. The photo, well, I just added in what I thought might look nice.

Done in April 2018.

Paint Card Inclusions

These postcards all included paint cards as some part of the image. They were made in February, 2018.

Here’s a purple girl set on another paint card in that vibrant yellow-green color. I didn’t record the names of the paint colors, sorry!
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This house was drawn on a Hazelnut Cream color paint card and set into an acrylic-painted landscape.

 

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This card features a drawing on a paint card – the paint name is Campfire Blaze, so that is what I drew.

 

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Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending March 16

Art Diary. A weekly wrap-up of art activities. For earlier posts, search under the category Art Diary.

Saturday, March 10 – I viewed another student art show – my husband and I went over to Arcadia University’s gallery to check out work of local high school students for the area’s Pennsylvania State Education Association juried show.

Local pride – a Cheltenham HS student won best of show for her 3D work – CHS is our local HS and I live across the street from it. I was entranced at the level of detail in this work – remember, every single thing in this work was made by the artist to fit it.

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I took photos of other pieces I liked. I am happy to have seen two art shows featuring work of young people just starting out, with such good work on display.

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I worked on paintings a bit in the evening. I’m tired of these now, and maybe they are tired of me. We will rest a bit and meet again some other time.

I retreated to my sofa and put finishing touches on postcards and ATC’s while watching TV.

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Sunday, March 11 – This next week is going to be one of doing things in bits and pieces. The colleges where I write poetry are on spring vacation, so library hours are amended; I might be spending several partial days writing rather than a bigger block of time, which means…art will be fitting itself into the spaces in this week. Wonder what will end up happening?

We attended a play this afternoon. In the evening I decided to clean up my studio from recent projects and get my head clearer, too, as to what I might do this week.

I refreshed my work tables my turning the cover paper around/over. I had used a strip of grocery bag as additional cover and I liked the random paint patterns. I folded it in half, glued it, and made accordion folds. The makings of a future art book, maybe.

I sorted my paints…

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papers and scraps of semi-ideas for projects…

arranged inks and photos that might make for nice drawings.

I sorted out my brushes. Some have died in service. I have the idea that maybe I could do something with the handles. I corraled them with a rubber band for the future.

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I set up a portable collage kit. I read somewhere about a person who does plein air “sketches” using collage. I’ve done plein air collage myself, and I am very at home in collage work after years of doing it, so I thought…hmmm, maybe I could try that?

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All right. Enough ordering for today.

Monday, March 12 – I think that this week is taking a shape in my mind. No big projects will get started or finished. I’ll be just doing a little thing here and a little thing there. OK, that’s good, I’m all set.

I spent some time organizing my markers – I bought some new ones last week and it pleased me to figure out the color groups. So calming.

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After lunch, I decided to work with pen and ink. I did a page in my current Large Artist Sketchbook – it’s of College Hall at Montco from a photo I took this last week. It’s India ink with the tiny red figure the only collaged item.

As a note, the idea of this book is that I fill up a sketchbook with random art in any media, any theme, any anything. When it is finished, I write poems to go with each page. I’ve done one Large book in 2017 and am closing in on the text for a Small one right now – I write something for it in each Poetry Marathon session. Each of these books took about 18 months to fill with art.

Eventually I’ll get to posting these books. For now you will just hear about the current one, now and then.

Then I worked on a couple of postcards from the paper stock I bought a while back.

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And a couple of other mail art postcards, collage and ink together. I also created a whole pile of odds and ends to use in later cards that I didn’t get to today.

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After considering, I cut the zig-zag accordion paper and along with another set of painted card, I stapled them to make books. I decided I just did not feel zig-zag-ish.

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Tuesday, March 13 – Another day out and about. Not much art time. I spent about an hour painting more of those folded ad card brochures for some future purpose:

and I also did some paint on ATC’s and postcards (recycled cardboard from cereal boxes and the like), also for some future time.

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Wednesday, March 14 – Pen/brush and ink time.

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I did a trio of postcards on that purchased watercolor paper seen earlier this week…

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…and here is a page in my ongoing Large Artist Sketchbook – I drew two mannequins from photo references and then I put them in my laundry room. Well, it’s all about clothing, right? Look out for that ironing board scuttling along.

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I took the random-painted grocery-bag paper stapled book (I need to think of a shorter term for this project) and did outlining of shapes with the Chinese brush and India ink. This book is evolving and no one knows where it will end up or what it will be…

Friday, March 16 – Well, it’s Friday, and so I decided to devote myself to finishing, since the week is finishing itself. I gathered up all the little drawings and half-done postcards and ATC’s and said: You are all going to be finished when this afternoon is over.

Well, not quite. I realized a better idea was to either finish the piece, or have it in such a position that I could complete it sitting on the sofa watching TV. In other words, it’s time to clean things up and get ready for something new next week (what, I don’t know…)

Here is my work table in the middle of the frenzy:

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Oh dear. What a mess. Well, I ended up with a lot of postcards and ATC’s – if the individual piece is not done, I know what I’ll do to complete it.

I glued several larger small drawings (yes, I know I said that) into my Large Artist Sketchbook and fanned out the pages to dry. I will figure out a plan for these one at a time.

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I have skeletons of small artist books for when inspiration strikes. I think the brown paper one looks very Miro – I might leave it alone and write text for it as it is. I like it.

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I had a pile of paint cards. I drew a house on one of them, cut it out, and glued it to a postcard. I liked doing it; the surface of these cards has an oddly toothy texture and my pen liked it. I did another house, same thing, and I set the pile aside to work on each one in this way. Serendipity.

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And so Friday ended a week that saw a lot of items pass through my hands. Very satisfying art time for me.

Thank you for reading! See you next week!