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Portrait Gallery

I did a lot of artist trading cards in February and March, 2018. Here is an assortment of portraits of people from my imagination. Take a walk along this little gallery and see if anyone looks like a person you’d like to meet?

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Black and White with a Little Color Sometimes

Here are some postcards done in pen and ink. I added some color to a couple of these, too, with markers.

They were done in March 2018.

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending June 8

 

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

Saturday, June 2 – We spent the day at the Saucon Creek Arts Festival. I’ll show you the show process for an outdoor show, and at the end of today’s entry, you’ll know how things go from the exhibitor’s point of view.

First we stop on the way to get coffee. Always.

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We arrived at the show at our pre-assigned set-up time. Since we’re at the front of the show, we were one of the last ones to arrive. The black arrow shows my location at Space #4.

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First thing we unloaded the car, setting up the tent very quickly and putting our things beneath it. Now, remember the forecast was for rain? No, not a bit of it (not that we were sorry, believe me, setting up in the rain wears down your mood very quickly). Still, it’s best to get the tent up first if possible.

All around us people are setting up.

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We progressed through set-up. Once the racks are up it gets easier. You see my husband attaching the weights to the tent legs. Weights are a MUST. We have two sets, both made of PVC pipe filled with concrete (we made them). We are using the lighter set today – no real wind is anticipated and we are not leaving the tent up overnight. We have bigger, heavier ones for bad weather/overnight, plus, we also stake into the ground for overnights, if we’re in a place where we can do that.

Now you see the finished tent all set up. If you look around the top edge of the tent, you can see rolls of fabric. These are detachable sides. If needed, we can roll them down and zip along the sides to enclose the tent. Since the forecast was for rain, we set them up. We always use the sides when going to a show where we leave the tent up overnight, but not always, when we’re on site just for a few hours.

I also want to mention that my planning paid off. I fit every painting into the display that I had selected. No extras. Well, I’m a little proud of that.

Here are some views of the show. The day turned out to be oppressively hot and humid, the kind where you sweat just sitting still. Very different from the rain we had expected.

We did get a couple of showers, enough to roll down the sides for a short while. On the whole, though, the weather held, and that was especially appreciated during takedown (another time you just don’t want any problems). We are very fast at disassembling the booth – we have done it hundreds of times and we know our roles.

We were on our way home less than one hour after the show closed. As far as things went at the event, it was a very well-organized and easy event to do. Attendance was satisfactory but sales were almost non-existent, for all of us exhibitors.

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I could go on and on how shows have changed over the past 15 years; it’s been a source of discussion among the exhibitors I’ve known and showed with for a couple of decades for some time now. We all remember typical shows of the past, where crowd interest, willingness to buy original art and craft, and a larger variety and number of patrons existed.

Today, more and more, people view the artists’ exhibits as just another part of a day out, being willing to browse, but much less often do I interact with people who have that spark of interest or understanding or curiosity about the art or artist that leads to conversations, much less sales.

I don’t have any solid explanation for the changes and I won’t get into my speculations. I do see that it’s less and less satisfying to exhibit, and I also see that younger people don’t seem to be taking it up (at this show, I would say the average exhibitor age was about 55 or so).

I am sad about this trend. I’ve found a lot of meaning in showing my work; I’ve met so many people and talked about all kinds of art ideas. I’ve made life-long friends in this world and even among show people I’ve just met, well, we always can find plenty in common to talk about, wherever we are. I’ve also earned respect for my work from buyers and from fellow artists, and that means the world to me. I hate to let go of this, and I am sorry if younger people won’t be able to experience it.

Well, anyway. I am pretty sure I will not do this show again. I’ve given it three years to develop, and results have been thin. All right, we live and learn and move with the times. That’s requiring some thinking, and some letting go, for me.

For 20+ years I have focused on making art with the idea that, though I emphasized my personal vision and expression, still, I would exhibit it and sell it.

Now, I see myself moving into a new phase of art-making where selling is not a factor. This year I realize I am evaluating shows, finally discarding the non-productive ones, and I am facing filling that gap with some kind of way of doing things differently. It intimidates me and yet it is possibly liberating. Time will show me the way.

Sunday, June 3– I unfolded the tent sides and laid them out to dry out in the basement. Even a little moisture makes them mildew. I’ll leave them here for a few days.

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I got my husband to sand down a couple more paintings I wasn’t happy with. Do you remember this one?

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I struggled over it when I was painting it. I’ve looked at it for a couple of weeks now at shows and – I am not happy. It does not reflect a good feeling to me, and – I felt that I was just reworking an old idea. So, I worked on it on Sunday afternoon – gessoed it black, ironed clothes, came back, and did this:

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So far I am calling it “Nestlings and Egg” (24″ x 36″). I like it. Let’s push away the “should” of deciding what to paint (I mean to follow my evolving feelings, as I said in yesterday’s entry) and I FEEL LIKE PAINTING BIG COLORS AND SHAPES.

Capital letters to remind myself. All right. I also worked on this little one, another rehab, this one 12″ x 16″:

It may need more. Maybe not. We’ll see. So far it is called “Eggs Outside”.

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Monday, June 4 – Well, I’m just trying to settle down and it’s not coming to me yet. I’m running around the house doing housework and chores and getting things all tangled up. This mood spilled over into painting. The poor little eggs painting from yesterday,  well, I worked on it enough to make it – hideous. So I blacked it out again and this afternoon tried to paint calmly and:

OK, now I am happier.

Forgot to show these last week. A couple more pages of figure drawing with the India ink or acrylic inks, and Chinese brush. The idea was working with an initial shape, like a C curve, and making a figure to fit it.

And, I got this mat for the studio. I am having a lot of trouble with achilles tendinitis and arthritis in my feet and…this mat is here to help.

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Tuesday, June 5 – I’m still scattered but hanging in there. Today I started on a boring but necessary task. I need to clean and repaint the black edges of my paintings. Clean them, because show life is a hard life, and they get dusty. And repaint the edges because…I am always in a hurry to do this task and I don’t do it well. And, show life is a hard life and the edges really can get banged up.

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I’m going to do a few a day and take my time. This way, they will be done when my exhibit comes in July.

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Here’s an update on the Nestlings and Egg painting:

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and then I worked on it later in the day:

and I worked some more on these weird cartoon-like things – they are acrylics, inks, crayon, and colored pencil on 6″ x 6″ 1/8″ board that I gessoed. I had a nice time with these, a kind of off the cuff improv.

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Friday, June 8 – I did some more black edge-painting. And I did a little work on this last page in my current Large Artist Sketchbook. I had colored it with markers the other night and I added a little collage on Wednesday. Today I finished it up and put some paint on the inside cover of the book (this “last” page is actually the first page, that I had skipped when I started the book, why, I cannot tell you).

My next step will be to spatter paint the blank pages, one by one (the artwork is done only on one side of each page). Then I’ll turn it over to the Poetry Marathon Claudia and see what she does to the book.

I got out some recycled cardboard pre-cuts and started putting some paint on them. This is the first step in the creation of postcards and ATC’s – it’s nice to have a starting point all laid out for future projects.

Oh, I forgot. I glued on the poetry that I had created a couple of weeks ago for these little cards. That was also a Poetry Marathon activity. Now I don’t know what I will do with them, but they are nice-looking, I think.

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

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending May 18

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

Always time for art…

Saturday, May 12 – This week, I warn you, will be a bumpy ride for getting some art time. I have several appointments and will be out of the house; and on Friday, I will be setting up for the Tile Festival next weekend. So I’m thinking this will be a week of little bits here and there. In fact, I think the next few weeks will follow this pattern – I have a show over Memorial Day weekend and then another smaller one the next weekend, plus more appointments and obligations. Well, it goes like that sometimes.

Back to art. On Friday afternoon, I went over to the high school across the street to watch a softball game in the beautiful weather. I sat away from the crowd along the first base  outfield line. It was Senior Day and a lot of cheering family and friends were in attendance.

I took my sketchbook with me. I am trying to sketch wherever I am, just catch gestures, outlines, etc. I’m not trying to make anything finished; I need a lot of practice and so…here is what I came up with.

I love how trying to draw something really makes you look at it.

Now, on Saturday, I was busy with home chores, but I worked a little on those tiny paintings I started last week. Where are these going? I don’t know. Maybe they are finished. I’ll check on them later in the week.

Sunday, May 13 – My husband and I went to a play at a local art center – I’ve mentioned this place before. It’s a cafe style theater, small, and really pleasant. See those two tiles? They are staying here when I go home, an art trinket drop-off.

Before the show, I looked around the small gallery – ceramics are on exhibit and I know a couple of the artists.

As I did the last time we were here, I sketched the people around me before the play started (and one actress on stage sitting on the sofa). I am a fan of the technique where you look at your subject and let your pen go along on its own as much as you can. I love drawing in this manner, and it seems to suit me style-wise and results-wise.

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Monday, May 14 – I went into the studio and gathered up some odds and ends. Collage materials, black gesso, India ink, acrylics – then I threw it all into a big pot, heated it on the stove, and drank it right down. Yum!

No, not really.

What I actually did on this afternoon was to move along some small things. I got out my plastic box of bits and pieces and spread things out.

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I painted postcard backs in black gesso – I want to glue some art on top of these and I thought the background would set them off.

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I spent a good bit of time creating people portraits, using an ink and Chinese brush technique I learned a while back from this book:

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using India ink and Chinese brush. The theme here is people in the rain and I mean for them to go on this page in my current Large Artist Sketchbook. Somehow. I’ll be working on this some more.

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I added people to cards – all components already made some time ago. Some things just have to evolve and these have more stages to go through…

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I had some painted ATC’s that I took India ink to – drawing around what I saw in the swirls of paint. Some finished, some will be added to.

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The point here is, if you have odds and ends at the ready, you can sit down and begin arranging, and soon the ideas flow. So my advice here is – build up this kind of stash and see how your fingers start to itch to make something with it.

Oh, and I stepped on my smallest Chinese brush. Crunch, it said.

I said, go to the hospital and get fixed up, and you can come back to work when you feel better.

Thank you, masking tape.

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Tuesday, May 15 – More small stuff. I finished up the tiny ATC-sized paintings. Some are abstracts:

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and these are abstract portraits. I decided not to add any ink-in features or any detail at all. I’ll let the paint do all the work. These photos are not great, and I promise to post better quality images pretty soon.

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Sometimes less is more. I think these small ATC paintings, all of them that I have been doing over the last few weeks, have given me more confidence to try this kind of thing on a larger scale. Simplifying, and abstractifying. I feel a pull in this direction. We will see what happens as time goes on.

Anyway, these tiny boards are all used up. Now I’ll figure out something to do with them, no sense in them just sitting around.

Wednesday, May 16 – Today is our 31st wedding anniversary. Just wanted to mention that!

Art-wise, the recent  phase of the intense work of the last five months or so is coming to a close. I will be doing shows the next three weekends and I have a packed schedule of outside activities in the intervening weeks. I do not plan to start any projects that require deeper thought or mental peacefulness right now. There is a natural flow to my work – I go all out, and then I rest a bit (the run-walk theory of doing a marathon!).

I decided to clear up some remaining bits and pieces. These will give me something to work on, being small and easy to do in short bits of time.

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I pasted “rain figures” on the rain page in my Large Artist Sketchbook – the one I was working on earlier this week. I am not sure where this is going. I think now it needs some pen and ink.

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I pasted these semi-Miro scribbles on to the black postcard backgrounds I had prepared. These darn Miro things have sure been through the wringer. They started off as salvage from the paper covering my art table some time back, were a folded book, were book pages, were de-bookified and became individuals, and finally they are this. And this is where it ends, I hope.

And then I cleaned up the studio. It will be waiting for me when I want to work, if I have some time next week or whenever – it makes it easier to step right in when the surface is clear and empty.

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Now I plan to spend some time getting things ready for this weekend’s show. I need to make some price signs and review my info as to set-up. Tomorrow I will be at Poetry Marathon, and on Friday afternoon my husband and I go up to the location for early set-up and can put the display together. Don’t worry, this art week still has plenty going on. I will show you!

Friday, May 18 – This afternoon my husband and I went out to the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA, site of the show we’re doing this weekend. I won’t go into the details of this show, because you can read a summary and background here from 2017’s show.

Instead, I’ll show you what we did to get ready for tomorrow. On Thursday night, we brought the boxes of stored items out of the basement (the cat is lying where they usually are)

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and put them plus other supplies into the garage.

I checked other items – I found I needed to replenish hangers. When I sell a tile I also offer a hanger the buyer can glue to the back if they so desire. I have different styles to suit different tiles.

Today, we drove to the location and pulled up near our tent to unload. It’s very easy to work this show and set up is one of the reasons – see how close we are able to bring the car. Shout-out to my husband who is wrangling the boxes.

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Inside, it’s pretty empty. We’re not early set up people but we are not the last ones, either.

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We gathered our items inside the tent. They stood waiting expectantly for instructions.

Now, I do very few clay shows and my display is minimalist, to say the least. I have tables and I have covers I made for them, and I go for the rustic wrinkled look. Clay for me is very low-key, but for others here, it’s the way they make their living. Our neighbors have a fantastic display and a lot of equipment, and they drove here from New York state in a motor home pulling a trailer.

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I’m telling you this so that you know – this is a really nice show and I am lucky to be able to be in it, and that such a thing exists so close to my home.

OK, back to set up. We have a site with no neighbors – four open sides. We set the tables in a hollow square and sit in the middle.

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I open up the boxes and unload the tiles. I try to group them in theme groups as I unpack them.

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That theme idea gets me only so far and then I just let the tiles go where they look nice. I tend to crowd my display. I have decided that I’ll overlook good merchandising principles in favor of having my whole selection out and available. People at this show seem to cope; they are all tile-lovers and take their time. In a regular show with a mix of items, I would pay more attention to the visual impact of my booth.

I am sure you recognize some of these tiles from various past blog posts.

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A quick look around. You can see the first tent from inside ours; and also here is a view of the interior courtyard of the Moravian Tile Works, with the dining tent set up.

Here is a view from inside our space. We have no “backstage” here, so people will see the blue price stickers from various directions, and well, that is fine with me, if it is a little cluttered. Because having three sides for sales space, well, that is really a prize.

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The weather is threatening stormy tonight and I know from experience that these large tents sometimes have drips – so we slapped a little plastic over the wood-framed items. Everything else will be fine if it rains.

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We talked to a few friends, catching up a little – in this business you know a lot of people who you see only once a year and yet – the relationship is bonded by our shared activity, making art and selling it. I was chatting with a couple from Michigan and after checking up on each other’s general situations, we fell into a familiar and always-pleasant theme: shows, bad shows, good shows, shows with rain, shows where the tent blew over, shows where a lot of people bought a lot, shows where the food was really good, shows…you get the drift. Shop talk!

We will be at this show all weekend. Looking forward to it.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading!

See you next week! Thanks for following along with me.

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending May 11

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

Art is a refuge.

Saturday, May 5 – I spent the day either running in the park or cleaning my entire house. So, not much time for art. At night, I colored in this drawing done last week in my current large Artist Sketchbook. I used various markers.

I also looked over this landscapy thing I’d done on the next page – it was a way to use up paint on the brush when I was working on the tiny tree portraits from last week. I’m trying to think what to do to it next – it needs more, but what?

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I’m also thinking about another project I want to do. I have been writing very short stories called Minuscules (look here for more info and to find out how to read the ones I’ve posted so far). I want to make them into a print book (if you follow my poetry blog you know of my love for print books, and for making my own words into print) and I also thought I might illustrate each story with a black and white pen and ink picture. (Because, as you know, color illustrations make the book cost a LOT more, plus – I like the idea of using my Chinese brush or my dip pen and making pictures.)

Anyway, I’ve printed out my current assortment of stories and I bought watercolor pads that I think would make a nice surface to work on. I have them in my studio and ready for when I settle into the process. Maybe I’ll start this week…or at least start thinking about how to go about things.

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Sunday, May 6 – I’ve decided that I will finish up the current clay items I have in process and then see about that book illustration idea when the clay is done and out of my brain. Accordingly, I got to work on clay. I covered the remaining small tiles and “rocks” in Jet Black Velvet underglaze (dropping one rock in the bottle in the process – luckily the bottle was very low, so I could fish it out. Messy…).

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Here are the small items partway through the session and then at the end.

The face tiles were done on clay rolled thinner than usual, leftovers from when I put together the figurines. I don’t like skinny tiles, and I won’t sell them, so I have decided these will be art drop-off material – I’ll leave them around for people to find, out in the world.

I finished up these figurines:

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and started on these guys.

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Later that evening, I was trying out a function on my phone – Notes – where there are simple drawing tools. Just doodling. I made a lady (an actress in the “Murder She Wrote” episode we were watching on DVD) and then I made an abstract (scribbled over a photo chosen at random from my photo albums.) I like drawing with my finger. One day I’m going to see about an iPad and drawing programs.

Monday, May 7 – I finished up the coloring of my clay work – these figurines were done:

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and I applied Jet Black Velvet underglaze to the edges of the many small tiles. If I were intending these to be used for practical applications, such as on a wall or a table top, I would not bother with this step, as the edges would not show but instead would be covered by grout.

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As a note, for these tiles to be used in a functional way, I would have to glaze them. Grout will adhere to unglazed tile, discoloring it; and an unglazed tile will not repel water and will absorb whatever is thrown at it. If these tiles were bowls, say, they would need to be glazed to be food-safe.

But, I intend these tiles just to be for fun, for decoration, etc. They could be displayed individually or they could be glued to a board and framed (without grouting).

Now I really need to clean my kiln shelves, so that I can fire these items.
As background info on kiln wash and kiln shelf care, look here.

Tuesday, May 8 – A really beautiful day outside, so…I decided to get to work on those kiln shelves. I only have two that need work. That’s nice.

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I carried them outside to the picnic table.

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First I scrape them with a … scraper. Now you see why I do this outside.

I then gather my kiln wash, some water, and a brush. There are various recipes for kiln wash and I have no idea what is in my version – I just buy it from the supplier. It is a very fine powder, almost like talc in consistency, and for some reason they always pack it in a paper bag, so I put it in two plastic bags to store it better,.

The idea is to mix it to the consistency of buttermilk and apply thin coats. I gave my shelves a couple of layers.

Then I went off to the park to run and came back a couple of hours later. I got a nice surface – no chips or bubbles. I can use the shelf right away – I do not have to fire it first.

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I went into the garage to give the kiln a little bit of a cleaning. I removed the shelf that always stays on the bottom and swept up debris, then vaccumed it out.

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I repaired the cracks in the kiln wash on the bottom of the kiln.

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Then I thought, why not? and loaded the kiln up. Since this is a second firing, it will go pretty quickly – about 6 hours – and I figured since it was only lunchtime I could do a firing and it would not finish too late in the evening. I don’t have to turn the kiln off, it does it on its own, but I want to know when it is finished.

The load is not crowded at all. That’s because I’m not doing any big tiles this time. I set the controls and tomorrow evening I’ll be able to open it and see how things went.

Wednesday, May 9 – I opened the kiln and I was thrilled. I don’t say that very often about my work, but this time I felt the kiln had done an extra nice job. I am really happy with the colors – so brilliant and rich.

OK, I’ll give you an array of photos showing the kiln, the unloaded work, and some details. I will be doing a post on the various items in more detail later on (I didn’t have time for taking nice photos today) but here you can see how things went.

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Well, that was a nice end to my latest clay work projects. The rest of the afternoon, I gessoed some more black panels:

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finished up those small tree portraits:

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and prepared the rest of the ATC-sized Claybord surfaces for…something. I decided to start off with blue. That does not mean things will stay blue. Oh no.

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Friday, May 11 – I have assigned myself an art task today that I don’t much like – photographing my art. All that clay needs to be documented (I love record-keeping, just saying…) and I can’t put it all away until I’ve finished all the tasks that go with the process. There is a business side to things, so to speak.

I got out my camera and went to my studio for the photo session. I had done the tiles earlier in the week – that’s easy. Just lay them on a white surface and point the camera.

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The figurines and animals, though, are full of trouble for me. I’m not a great artwork photographer to start with and I don’t have the kind of lighting and so on that makes the art look its best. That’s ok, I just want a reasonable picture for my records.

For this kind of thing, I usually set up two white pieces of matboard or canvas to make a little environment.

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Sometimes I do it outside but today it was too windy, and the set up blew around. So I went back inside. One by one I put the items up on stage. Here is where questions come in for me. How many views? What angles? Oh dear, this is my favorite part of this particular piece, I must get a shot of it. How to photograph an animal looking up at you? Tiles just do not cause this kind of trouble.

I took a lot of shots. Thank goodness for digital cameras vs. film. I would be bankrupt with a film camera.

I’ll show a few results, but I plan to do some posts devoted to these items later on, with a full array of shots.

Now that I have finished this task, I am relieved. I will set these items in the cabinet in my studio with earlier work. This is where I keep them, so that I can see them, and if anyone comes by and takes a liking to one or more, I can hand it right over.

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Now, I’ll tell you what I am thinking. It’s a beautiful day and I see that the softball team over at the high school (across the street) is warming up for a game. This computer work has given me a desire to get outside and away from tedium. So I think might walk over and watch the game for a while. I’m going to post this week’s Diary now and if I do anything else today, well…I’ll add it to tomorrow.

Thanks for reading, as always.

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

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending April 20

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

Art! Art! More Art!

Saturday, April 14 – On Friday night I drew a scene in my ongoing Large Artist Sketchbook in pen and ink, while I was watching TV. I meant to take a photo in the black and white stage but I didn’t get to it. So on Saturday I colored it and here it is:

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Well, things are on a slant in this picture, due to the fact that I was half-lying on the sofa when I drew it and didn’t have as good a view of it…as it obviously needed. Oh well.

I glued in some people and all of a sudden the picture had a story.

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This book is almost filled up. I’ve been doing a lot of art in it lately. I added this page, collage work (not done on the sofa but in my studio) inspired by scenes I’ve been greatly enjoying from a fellow blogger’s site, Jessica’s Nature Blog. I won’t tell you more, go and look for yourself, but here’s a landscape from my point of view:

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and here is a selection of the papers I used. Many of these are old book pages that I painted with watery acrylics – the soft old papers absorb the paint so beautifully.

Sunday, April 15 – I checked on the terra cotta clay tiles I cut the other day. They are drying nicely, and they have firmed up enough for me to clean up their edges with a small damp sponge. By doing this now, the clay is actually stronger then when dry – it then becomes very brittle – so I can wipe harder and make nice smooth non-sharp edges. By doing with a wet sponge rather than sanding the bisqued tiles later on, I also avoid creating and breathing in a lot of dust.

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Then I cut tiles from my remaining white clay. I’ve used up all my clay now – I’ll be needing to buy more to make anything else.

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I then zipped up to the studio and got out my sketchbook again, randomly gluing in leftovers from yesterday’s collage work, plus some other papers, plus a little paint. I’ll see what develops from this beginning later on.

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I worked on my two paintings. I think the reading lady is finished. Pretty much, anyway.

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The other one, we’ve decided, is a waterfall. We’ve narrowed the scene orientation down to two ways. Here’s how I worked on it today, yellow part at the bottom, and then the opposite, blue at the bottom. Getting close to finishing this one, so I’ve got to decide…

And I don’t like to waste paint on the brush. I usually slap it on to postcards or ATC’s – the latter are what you see here. I’ll save them and they will show up later on in my art practice, transformed or added to.

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Monday, April 16 – A dreary day, with pouring rain, ultra-pouring rain! I’m staying home and doing chores etc., today.

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I decided to take the opportunity to put my initials and date on the back of the small tile group I recently did.

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This step is the last one in getting these tiles finished. With the help of my cat, Paul Drake, and Perry Mason,

and Sharpies (I say the plural here because it’s a foregone fact that the rough clay will destroy at least one, wear it down right to nothing, so you’ve got to have a group of them) I got this job done.

AD 4-16 #4002

Tuesday, April 17 – I pulled out some little boards I bought a while back. I think they are Claybord and I have a shoebox full of these ATC-sized boards covered with a scratch-into-able surface. I bought a ten-pound supply of various sizes and used the other choices up – these are what is left and they’ve been waiting for their turn. I feel like embarking on a large series of something very simple (kind of like those 2″ x 2″ clay tiles I recently completed).
Here’s a look at the materials.

I was not sure what I wanted to do with them besides using acrylics. I chose about 15-20 pieces and I started putting color down. As I worked, I decided I wanted to do some faces and some landscapes. By the end of the session here is what I had.

Wednesday, April 18 – The two larger paintings have been sitting upstairs in my living room, “resting”. I brought them downstairs to work on a little today. The lady reading continues to evolve – guess I wasn’t done with her yet – but she still maintains her essential theme and form.

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The other one, well, I chose the orientation with the blue at the bottom, and I have decided it is a picture of a waterfall. So, what you see is a waterfall, just making sure you know it! I worked on it today as well. It has now reached a stage in which it needs more rest and and it is making me uneasy. So more will be done to it.

AD 4-18 #1005

I also worked on the tiny paintings. Now we have people:

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and we have houses in landscapes:

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and we have trees.

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I never tire of these themes. I believe that the landscapes and trees are close to finished. The people, I am planning to give them faces and details with India ink, next time I get a chance.

Thursday, April 19 – I don’t usually do any art on the same day as I do a Poetry Marathon session, but – I started looking at the larger painting (it’s been sitting upstairs in the living room where I’ve been eyeing it for improvements) and I was just going to do “one little thing” to it, and ended up working on it for about an hour plus.

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I did feel better about the direction of this painting when I was finished.

Friday, April 20 – I worked on both large paintings this afternoon. They inch toward completion, but I think I am REALLY close (have I said that before?).

I got out those ATC-sized paintings I was working on earlier in the week. For the portrait set, I added details with India ink and acrylic inks. I will post individual photos sometime in the future so you can see them better, but here is a group shot:

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After looking over the landscape and tree groups, I liked them as they are, so – they are finished. Once again I’ll post close-ups in the future.

I went down to the basement to check on the tiles. I believe they are ready to be fired. You can see they have a different appearance than when wet – they are paler and chalkier-looking. Terra cotta and white clay are shown here.

Another test for dryness is – you put the item to your face. It will feel cold at first, always. Then, if it is dry, it warms up. If it still has water in it, it will stay feeling cold against your cheek. These all are showing the signs of readiness for the kiln. Not cold! I will try to get them and the sculptures in there next week.

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Multi-layered Postcards

I took a couple of pieces of recycled cardboard cut to postcard size and gessoed them. Then I painted over them with acrylics, in a random kind of way. Them I drew on them in ink, using a couple of different pens.

Both scenes were taken from photos I took at the plein air event I did in June 2017, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The cards were done in September 2017.