For the exhibit. Perhaps. I've decided to just work within the theme and some will make the cut, others won't. That takes some of the pressure off. This one has painted and printed papers and is not unified enough....but doing it is part of knowing how to do it the next time, so it will do.
One became a journal entry and one became.....itself. Some collage in each, but it's mostly watercolor. I really have a thing for watercolor, just not the kind with all the complicated techniques. Not that those don't look fabulous, I swoon over Sam Francis, Holmer, Burchfield, Demuth.....it just drives me mad to attempt all that. So I putter, and this is the result. Puttering is gratifying.
What I thought I'd do turned into a collage with watercolor and crayon (primary grade school technique of choice). I was simply meandering with this on the back porch with a window open, listening to wind chimes. Perfection.
I took some time to fool around with fabric and this was one of the results. There's a photo here, text, chine colle, and crayone resist. All those elementary art techniques still beckon. Love them and have to use them!
So the Art Icon Traveling Gypsy Caravan arrived in Mystic CT on the 18th of September and spent whole days and some nights making polymer clay book covers and the innards as well. This is my big book, I made a smaller one to journal our carousing and art making but the photo is not ready for prime time. Later on that one. But below are some shots of the whole event:
Our view. It could not be more scenic.
The Icon Artists minus me the photographer. Our studio was the Historical Society in Noank CT and was the site of Amelia Earhardt's wedding. She picked a good one.
A potporri, the full moon over Stonington Point, srimshaw from our museum visit (we TOUCHED it), light house somewhere on Long Island Sound from a sailboat and all the books from this year's project.
And lastly, shots of the books being recorded by Bonnie surrounded by other Icons:
Lots going on here. I started an art journal/sketchbook 4 months ago and was devoting a page to a work with the back blank then decided to do a commentary on the blank. That notion staggered along not very successfully. Then I noticed the areas that were left after painting a variety of papers on top of the blank and started to work into that. The evidence of that has been in the last few entries. I think I'm getting somewhere.....
This is fuller than I wanted but similar to the square pieces that made up the yellow collage previous. I'm after an area of negative space and the crayon and paint obscure that. Collage: crayon, watercolor, text, papers, photo, color pencil.