Monday, September 30, 2013

Printmaking at Virginia City

I have entered an art contest for Wine Hill Hotel, called "Wine is Art". The winning art piece will be used for the wine bar and it's publicity materials. The artist also gets to exhibit in the hotel for a year, which makes it an attractive proposition, so I figured that I might give it a try.

I headed up to St Mary's Art Center to use their beautiful press.

Prior to arrival, I had scratched a drypoint etching into a plate and prepared it for press work.

 I also had a clear plate the same size to add a monotype.

The next stage was to add, then run some leaves on blank paper through the press on the inky plate.

The clear plate was then discarded and then the inked and now flat leaves were laid onto the drypoint plate. The drypoint was inked up using a heavy amount of brown, the leaves were almost completely black. This was done to add some visual weight to the activated edge of the print and to emphasize importance of the wine in the image.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Recent Paintings

Recently I took part in an open studio event at Wildflower Village. There are pros and cons of open studio events, a big con for me, is that I am not always sure that the work is finished enough to show. One big plus, is that I don't have to frame the work, so it is no biggie to change up the work after seeing it in a gallery type setting.

All of the paintings below are oil paintings and easy to start reworking. The palette is much lighter than I usually use and I am still deciding whether to glaze deeper.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fabulous Women

The art retreat starts tomorrow. Apart from clothes, I just have one final thing to work on and pack; an art donation to 'The Fabulous Women'. This is a nonprofit group that provides emotional and financial support for families facing various challenges.

I am adding the last touches to a Tree of Life image that I thought would be a suitable image for the cause.

The image is now finished and signed, ready to be framed.

All done and I found a small piece as an addition to the larger one.

I guess that just leaves packing the clothes!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Art Retreat Prep

I have a bunch of little tradigital art pieces made up for art retreat later this week. These will serve as art trades between the other artists.
Half my studio is scattered around the dining room floor and table, so packing needs to start before the kids get lost in the mess or someone does themselves an injury!
I'm SO excited to go, I know it will be a fun time.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Steampunk Ball

Last weekend was the big event of the High Desert Steam Ball and Medicine Show at Virginia City. We drove up Friday and attended an art show to kick off the festivities. Saturday morning we joined the Steampunk parade through the main street of Virginia City with many folk from Nevada and California. There were even some cool art cars such as the two behind me.

Here my husband and I are shown carrying the banner.
The old train in Virginia City takes a tour down to Gold Hill. We joined many steampunks from Sacramento on the journey that highlights much of the silver and gold mines from the days of the gold rush.

After checking out some of the vendors, we returned to the hotel for some tea and a change before heading out to see the Medicine Show. This was the highlight of the weekend for me and I thought the acts were quite splendid! The Ball was immediately after the show and the Grand Finale was a performance by Unwoman.

Airship privateers Admiral Lord Wormwood and Lady Jenny Wormwood, photo by Chris Stowell.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Life Cube Continued

The cube was erected at Black Rock in time for Burning Man. Finally being burned on the Friday night, the wishes and dreams of many were scattered to the wind. Photos are by Tizzle (the artist's Burner name).

Thursday, September 5, 2013

ENVISION: The Life Cube for Burning Man 2013 video for IndieGoGO.

So here is the description of the Life Cube as promised! THIS... is what I wanted to be a part of this year at Burning Man.

Art for Burning Man 2013

Well, it has been a busy, busy Summer, but now the kids are back in school, my daughter recovered from her emergency surgery (don't even ask!) and my adventures in Europe (I am SO going to have to post some of those) are over. In theory, I am able to resume my posts. Of course, I can't think what to start with...

Let's go with the most recent adventure, Burning Man. My original group project choice never got the funding needed to get the art on the Playa. Late Summer after I had returned from Europe, I heard about a project that was still in need of a few artists and I signed up. The project is called The Life Cube and had an earlier version on the Playa in a previous burn.

Scott Cohen, better known in Burning circles as Skeeter, founded the project and with a team of other artists the cube began to take shape. I will add a second post with the project video when I have found it later :-)

The Life Cube was partial constructed before taking it to Black Rock in an art facility in Sparks, Nevada called The Generator. As described in the video, the cube had tapestry walls that had the work of many artists from around the world, with an inspirational message. Here is my panel being constructed:

Step One - The canvas is cut!

The canvas is stretched onto a wall and three coats of gesso applied.

I used the spirit of the "Hope" poster, as a play on inspirational propaganda

The layers of paint were built up until I got the look that I wanted.

Once finished, the panel was gathered with other cube supplies and panels, as the
hard construction started.