Friday, May 31, 2013

Exploration: Found Words and Overheard Conversation

     Greetings, all!  Sorry it's been a while.  I don't even know where I've been!  Anyway, here's another little experiment based on a creative exercise involving overheard bits of conversation.  It was something to do as I manned my table last night at an artist bazaar.  It was a rather slow night and one of the things I found to do was a little art journaling composed of words and phrases I overheard around me.  It's one way to observe your surroundings and be present.  It's also a great journaling exercise.  Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Exploration: People Mapping

     Last week was a pretty full one.  It wasn't that I still wasn't sketching and making things, I just didn't getting around to blogging it all.  If you follow me on Instagram (ravenmaid1267,) you would have seen some of the exercises I did that didn't make it to my blog.  Here's one that did and it's called "People Mapping."  It's an exercise in observation, drawing, and maybe a little creeper, too.

Monday, May 13, 2013

ATCs: More Magazine Poetry

   Happy Monday, everyone!  It's a chilly fall-like day up here in the northeast.  I had today off and spent most of it here at my desk/studio painting and collaging.  With my usual drawing style being so tight, it's nice to let loose once in a while and just push some paint around and layer different paper scraps together (most of which came from my trash can.)  Other stuff came from my collage box o' stuff.  We can add these to my series of magazine text poetry.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Exploration: Round Things

     It's been so beautiful here lately.  With the winters we have in this part of the country, we really appreciate days like this.  That and some other things that came up gave me ample reason to go for a nice long walk this morning.  I'm going through Keri Smith's How to Be an Explorer of the World book and came upon an exercise suggesting I collect things on my walk based on the first thing I see.  I'm calling my little collection here "round things." (Super creative, I know.)  I then made this little temporary installation on an outdoor picnic table and ta-da!  If you haven't yet, do yourself a favor and pickup a Keri Smith book.  They're fun and can get you out of creative rut if need be.  Now, get off the computer and go outside!  There's art everywhere.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Exploration: Translucent Objects

     I hope you all had a good weekend.  It was a hectic one for me.  Back to back jobs kept me busy and up late.  And what do I do when I get home?  Take more pictures!  This time with my own camera.  
     I have an assortment of art books full of different kinds of creative exercises and assignments from which I draw inspiration from from time to time.  I love these books so much, I buy them faster than I can complete all the prompts.  However, now I'm trying to crack down and see if I can't finish some before I let myself buy a new one.
    With that said, here's a photo of my latest experiment.  It deals with collecting objects based on how they reflect light.  These objects, with the exception of the candle and cork, are translucent and reflect light.  The beer bottle I collected on one of my walks, the beach glass from several beach hunting expeditions, and the wine glass and candle holder I collected from around the house.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

At the Museum

Today's mission: To go to a museum and make some sketches. Mission accomplished.

      After a short day at work, I drove on down to the Erie Art Museum.  The annual Spring Show was up.  My entry was not accepted this year, unfortunately, but I wanted to see what sort of work did make it and also complete a drawing exercise from one of my books.  As I made my way through the museum, I took some sketches.  First, I saw some colorful Abstract works by an artist named George D. Green.  This quick little sketch doesn't do his work any justice at all, but drawing something forces you to really look and notice details.  The other sketches were from the Spring Show.  There was quite the variety of work and a lot to be inspired by.  By the end, I couldn't wait to get home and start making stuff... that and I forgot the parking meter was running...