I have been very busy with creative projects. I just finished the Songbird workshop and we developed new products. I worked on few different lines of eco jewelry that may develop further. Thanks to Dena and Elaine for all their time and attention! More on this later.
I am very excited to be participating in the Vision Shift- Art in the age of Climate Change show located at various venues in Santa Fe, NM. My mixed media piece "Envision a New Source" will be on display at the Santa Fe Art Institute through the month of October. i invite you to view the following links for more information: http://santafeartinstitute.org and www.visionshift.org.
Next on the horizon is the art auction to benefit Open Hands. I will be donating a piece along with artists with a reception and pre-sale on December 11, 2009at The Edge gallery at 203 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM. The auction will be December 12, 2009.
I will also be participating in the Santa Fe Community College Holiday Fair on December 12, 2009 http://www.sfccnm.edu.
The opening reception listed below has been cancelled. I am sure something better is on the way!
Opening Reception I invite you to an opening reception of my mixed media paintings and shadow boxes at Infinite Grace Gallery- Posters of Santa Fe, on August 21, 2009 from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Santa Fe, NM.
Today I played with melted beeswax over water color on various surfaces and attaching twigs and seeds. This could be the adhesive material I am looking for. I noticed that thin coats are best over watercolor, as the color gets hidden with thicker coats.
The monthly artist group is in it's third month and we have had a good time socializing and sharing information.
I find that I am the only one dealing with chemical sensitivities to artist materials and exploring healthier alternatives.
In other news, I am participating in a group show August 21, 2009 at Infinite Grace Gallery/Posters of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM from 5-7pm. I have been working on mixed media paintings with watercolors in addition to shadow boxes and dimensional pieces.
I am exploring model magic and wax to attach twigs.
I created three 5 x7 watercolor and mixed media paintings last night. I think this is the fastest I have every painted- it was so fun! I am still working on the shadow boxes, which are taking some time to complete and have done another test with earth on clay board. I am finding it didn't stick as well as my earlier experiment and the Bioshield glaze is still causing sensitivity.
I am planning for a group show at Infinite Grace Gallery late summer or early fall, will be joining nmcreates website to sell my work and I am having my cd portfolio updated. Recently, I have joined 1,000 facebook artists and the facebook group -artists in New Mexico.
The first artist group meeting at Tribes Coffee House went well.
I experimented using wall glaze from Bioshield to adhere sand/earth to metal and it worked! I have been searching for some product that would hold it in place. I love experiments that work! I also mixed the wall glaze with pigment and that worked as well. However, the coating doesn't have the sheen I have hoped.
As I have been collecting roots for new works, some ideas have come to me. I saw a picture of lungs and though how much the veins looked like roots and how interesting it would be to use the roots as the veins and make a more dimensional piece. At first I thought of roots on a white background and then I thought it would be interesting if the roots were painted red. I also had an image of the roots coming out of my feet and being rooted to the earth. I thought about creating this by casting my feet with plaster. We shall see what happens.
I am almost finished with my heart box, containing a hollowed out heart candle filled with mica and wrapped with a root. There is another root above it on various paper. I still need to attach the cord or string to keep the box open and have a few more things to glue on.
I have been collecting wonderful roots from potted plants of the summer and fall plants, branches and roots as I am working on the concept of our deepest roots of home, heart, self, being uprooted and related.
This year is filled with changes of home and relationship. I am putting my art out in public more formally. It is both exciting and nerve wracking. The best is yet to come.
I am looking at my responsibility as a citizen and an artist within that scope to look at how the materials I use effect the environment. I am in the process of transitioning into the use of non-toxic, earth friendly paints and supplies and invite other artists to step up to this challenge.