Artists are such beautiful creatures. I was reminded of that last night at the workshop on writing an artist statement at the Artful Phoenix in North Attleboro, Mass. (Don’t you just love the name?) What a wonderful gathering of people working in varied mediums–all with great stories of how they got started, how they are all searching for something, how they are all figuring out how they want to express themselves, and how they are all driven by this inner force to create. Sounds like we’re all artists. Can’t wait to go back to the second session of this next month.
The session provided a very helpful link, if you are interested in working on your own artist statement. Go here.
(This drawing is from my sketchbook. I created this sketch as I was trying to figure out my piece for SPARK, which I blogged about earlier.)
The theme for this month’s Creative Every Day Challenge is “mixed media.” Perfect. I love working in mixed media. I enjoy layering mediums and materials in ways that add complexity and dimension to my artwork. Mixing materials fuels that element of play that inspires me in my art making. I want people who look at my art to feel a need to touch it, to connect with it.
This piece, which I have yet to come up with a title for, is 8 x 10 on canvas. I used acrylic paint and folk art liquid paints over collaged paper rectangles to create it. The key was dropping the brush and using my fingers to play in the paint. That helped to add the texture. This scan doesn’t truly capture the painting, which sparkles in the daylight. I’ll have to take a photo of it to do it justice. Click on the image to get larger view.
Food and art. Two of my favorite things. I indulged both today at the Rhode Island Food Fights cupcake competition. Bakers from all Rhode Island competed to present the most delicious cupcake. And artists displayed cupcake related art for sale in a silent auction. My creation was this Sharpie marker work on paper, “Cupcake Goddess.” It didn’t sell, but I got to eat all the cupcakes I wanted for free. Sweet!
I love Sharpie markers. Surprisingly, they make a great little tool to create art. I’ve been using them for a while in my sketchbook drawings. They are so vibrant and juicy in color. I happened upon a large variety pack of Caribbean colors when I was in Staples trying to resist my addiction to buying school supplies (even though I’m not in school). Hmm….I’ll stop now. I sound like an ad. This is my latest little drawing, “Speak.”