Thursday, March 29, 2012

A 3D Kirigami Papercut

This 3D papercut was made as an engagement present and delivered today.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MUD (Season) Exhibition at ArtisTree

That time to be cautiously optimistic is back, inspiring the creative sap to flow!   Please come to view how local artists interpret the season by looking ahead, thinking back, and...
looking down.

MUD (Season) Exhibition
March 31 to April 2, 2012 at ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock.  

Saturday March 31, 5:30 to 8 pm.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Working away

I've been working on a number of different pieces recently, partly to keep it interesting and partly because I have been needing to accumulate certain types of bags. I miss my Vermont supply team!

The "caterpillar" piece continues to grow, now about 30 inches long with much to go!

I've also been stitching small square and rectangle bags together. I plan to print the word for "tea" in many languages on it. (who would guess the Tamil word is the nee?)

Recently on a walk I collected a bag of wonderful seedpods and have been playing with them....I wonder what they will end up being?

I have been loving keeping up with my fellow art-wise women on the's wonderful to see what they are doing!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Early Spring, North Road

There a giant benefit to this unseasonably warm weather for plein aire painters.  We can get out there and paint in March without sitting in the car or going to more adventurous means to be warm enough to paint outdoors.
So, yesterday, we went to Barnard and found a lovely spot in the shade looking off to the west across the valley to the distant mountains.  Dump trucks and friends came by and it was fun waving and chatting.  But more importantly, it was wonderful to be out there in the fresh air doing something we love.

"Early Spring, North Road"
11" x 14" - oil

Unfortunately, despite my attempts to correct the color, the painting here looks much more "turquoisy" than it actually is.  So, you have to use your imagination to make the sky and rocks a more soft and quiet blue....

Comfrey - my latest scratchboard engraving

This black clayboard engraving, named "Comfrey," is the final 10x8 inch scratchboard in a set of four.

When I finish framing them, along with four 7x5's, they will be going to Studio 47 gallery in Woodstock, Vermont. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Time Marching On

I can't believe it's March, which means autumn is beginning here in Australia. In six weeks we'll be back in the northern hemisphere, enjoying a Vermont spring. It all strikes me as rather strange even though we've been doing this for a number of years. But work continues, wherever I am and whatever the season.

I've been working on two pieces that will take a long time to complete. The first one uses round teabags, many that I brought with me this time around. I'm folding them in half and stitching them together into what will (hopefully) be a long snake-like form. It's taking a lot of teabags and a lot of patience to do this, so I hope the end result will be okay.

The second piece uses standard flattened teabags that I am adhering to one another with gel medium. Here's the vision: a large (about 8 feet by 10 feet) sort of curtain that I will paint with many coats of shellac when it is completed. I envision hanging it in a window as a sort of curtain and hope to shape it so that will will be a bit 3 dimensional. At this point I am creating long strips that I can transport and assemble completely back in the Vermont studio.
I've put some of the strips on my studio floor here to see where it is going:

So one project is quite small, the other certainly the biggest piece I've ever made. If it gets too tedious to work on these two I'll start something else (?) to bring in a little more variety.