Sunday, August 26, 2012

Studio Sunday

Yes, I know...Sunday is just about over and I am sooooo late posting!  It was a good weekend, lots of creativity flowing.  I did set a couple of new rules for myself though.  A small miscalculation caused me to waste two $28.00 pieces of thin plywood that I purchased and had cut to create a back to my free-standing closets that I could use in a functional way since it faces the studio.  I think I will need to create a drawing plan the next time I come up with a "brilliant" idea before cutting anything!  Rule #1 - If it doesn't fit in the car, don't cut it to fit!  Call someone with a truck!  I got so excited that I could have Lowes cut the boards for me so I didn't need to buy a power saw to add to my collection of tools that I completely messed up.  I'll explain later when I have solved my dilemma.



So other than doing stupid things, I made a lot of random marks with paint on paper, learned a little bit more of Adobe Illustrator CS6, stayed up really late and drank lots of coffee.  It was a cool weekend!  Did I accomplish everything I needed to?  Of course not.  Rule #2 - Make a list on Friday night to make sure you get everything done that you planned on by Sunday night!  Has the weekend gone by already??? Ugh.
 

These pics above are a couple of shots of my freezer paper drop cloths.  I just love the random marks and COLOR on this scrap. Can drop cloths be considered art?  LOL  I can't throw away this 48" piece of freezer paper so I have taken pictures of every inch of it to use digitally.  Below is some VERY random mark making but I like how the messy lines in black create additional interest on my random paint application.  Experimentation!!!  Great things come when you allow yourself to just "play"!


My big question of the night is, "when you give yourself permission to really "PLAY", how far do you allow yourself to go?"  
  • Do you move fast and freely with brush, pen or needle or do you try to control your play?  
  • Are you allowing yourself to take risks?  
  • Are you pushing yourself to keep playing or instead reaching for another blank to start again?  
  • Do you go for a walk first to clear your mind, do yoga, or do you make a nice hot cup of tea and light candles?
I want to know what you do to prepare yourself to "PLAY"!  Not what you do when you head to the studio to work on a specific project.  I want to know what you do to really allow yourself to open up to create freely and randomly without any preconceived notions about the end results.  Drop a comment as I would love to compare notes.

Have a great week and you will know when Friday rolls around again because I will be screaming it from the rooftops!!!!

Margaret



Friday, August 24, 2012

Stop the Clock! The weekend has arrived!

THE WEEKEND IS HERE!  THE WEEKEND IS HERE!  You have no idea how long a week it has been for me.  And to top it all off, I had to trek into Boston after work for a routine mammogram!  Is there anyone who actually looks forward to a mammogram??  Well, tonight I was psyched about it because the health care center is located right next to Dick Blick's!!!!  Ahhhh yes...validated parking included!  I can't get enough when I walk into that store and the only one I know of locally is right down by Fenway Park.  Well, the Sox were playing tonight and all those poor souls who are wasting their time tonight to attend one of the games when the team is falling apart.  I hope they got cheap tickets!!!

So, back to the Dick Blick store!  When I go shopping at Dick Blick's, I have to be very careful that I don't drool on any of the really cool products that they have displayed all over the front of the store and then I always have to watch my step as I'm frequently tripping over myself when my neck is about facing backwards because I'm walking faster down the aisles than I can visually take everything in.  Yup, definitely a fun adventure and such a REWARD after the dreaded mammogram LOL


Wow, I just realized how much better my pictures are with my big 8' overhead light!  No flash!!  I'm excited to play with the Pan Pastels and finally I grabbed some Golden fluid acrylics.  They were having a big back-to-school sale and those were on the list.  They also had mini sized Liquitex paints so I grabbed a few of those as well.  I did have to curb my shopping slightly as there were two very hungry and lonely little ferrets waiting for me at home and it had been a long day for them!

I've got a couple of links here that I wanted to share.  The first is from www.createmixedmedia.com which is the site of North Light Books.  Go to this link here and check out the "Incite:  Dreams Realized Competition".  North Light Books will be putting together a large book of the best mixed media art and I want to encourage you to take a look at the information as I believe that everyone has a chance to win!  The deadline for artwork is November 1, 2012 so we still have time!!!

The other link is to this artist who I came across while I was reading Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog.  Lori Wostl is one of the founders of Art Camp for Women in Colorado.  Check out her blog Keep An Art Journal and enjoy her artwork and writing.  Anyone up for some "camping"????

My wireless connection is slow and my eyes are beet red so I'm off to bed.  I'll be headed straight for the coffee as soon as I get up and look forward to a really CREATIVE weekend!!! 

Enjoy!
Margaret

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Thermofax Screens In My Etsy Shop!

Happy Wednesday!  I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know there are NEW Thermofax screens in my Etsy shop!  Here are a few to lure you in :)

Graffiti Letters

Collage Postcard

Spider Web

Don't get caught in that web!!!  The story behind the spider web image is... Maine.  Maine is such as story in itself, but when I've been walking along my favorite beach on a foggy morning before the sun gets warm enough to burn it off and everything is so beautifully peaceful, and all you can hear are a couple of seals or ducks waking on the water, there are amazing spider webs strung through the tall grasses and flowers that flank the beach.  The dew sits softly on the tiny woven threads and captures the light producing the most intricate and amazing natural artwork.

Also in the shop are a few that I had run out of but were great sellers.

1838

Story 1

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!  Before we know it the leaves will turn and the smells and tastes of fall will be upon us (my favorite time of year!!!)  I'll be back in touch this weekend as I will be making LOTS of art!!!!

Margaret

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Studio Sunday and Blog Friends

What's better than meeting blog friends in person???  Creating art with them!!!!  I was so excited when Yvonne told me she lived in just a few towns over from me, practically right next door!!!  So we made an art date and this morning she arrived around 10:00 a.m. and we chatted, enjoyed some tea and coffee and had fun with some stick-back fun foam stamping.

It was wonderful meeting you, Yvonne, and I look forward to more art visits in the future!!!

Our time got cut short because my brother-in-law, Dave, was sooooo generously spending his afternoon with me installing some significant overhead lighting for my studio.  I LOVE light!!  I NEED light and lots of it!  Well, thanks to Dave (he is a Superman by the way) I now have the brightest light in my studio loft so I can finally create deep into the night and really get back to using more of my night time hours!  Finally!


I helped where I could but he worked his butt off and wired and hung this 8-foot, 4-bulb fluorescent light right above my studio worktable.  We couldn't have done it without one of my nice neighbors letting me use her rolling scaffolding!  I think I want one of my own.  Who am I kidding?  I can't find permanent places for the stuff left in a few boxes let alone this awesome piece of rolling utility!


So the sun has almost set in this picture but you can see my brand new 8-foot light above the studio.  The poor ferrets weren't going to get any sleep with these runway lights so I had to move them down to the other end of the loft.  Very soon, I will have to bring them to a place that will be able to help find them a new home.  (it's going to kill me)  They actually give me kisses now when I take them out of their cage.



So every little improvement to my new space is critical for me to be creative.  It looks like a disheveled mess, but it has come a long way since I moved in.  Now, if I could take a week off to really get some work done!  I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend and their creative juices are flowing!!!  

Margaret

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Studio Sunday and Joggles On-Line Class

Sunday already and soooo much to do!  If you don't get Barbara's Sunday updates from Joggles.com, you missed the announcement of my on-line class with her!  Don't worry, it won't run until November 13th but you might want to check it out!!!


Needless to say, I have been having a lot of fun painting and stamping, which is probably why I still have paint all over my cuticles from this past week ugh!  Anyway, the class will be a blast so keep it on your radar.  I will remind you in November!


This picture does not do it justice but this piece of watercolor paper is gorgeous!!!  I'm tempted to keep it this way but I think I will have to continue developing the surface.  Maybe some screen prints??


Okay, this is just pure YUM!!!  This one I printed to fabric which ends up being more subtle than I wanted but I'm going to push this one and really develop the surface with more imagery and stitch.  So you can see that things have been busy here.  My niece, Noelle, had a sleep over here last night and we made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, her favorites.  So one more cup of coffee, a shower, and maybe I can get the rest of the day going.

I hope everyone is having a really creative weekend and I'll be by to soak up inspiration from your blogs and check out all the great things you are doing!!  Until next time....

Margaret


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quilting Arts New Issue

I was very excited to receive my copies in the mail of the most recent issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.  My last submitted article is in this issue which is sort of a follow-up to the Quilting Arts Workshop DVD.  I need to get on the ball and get some submissions going!!!  This week has been crazy so far as my full-time job has trickled into my art play time at night and I'm all out of sorts trying to get my studio feet planted firmly again.  This weekend will be filled with creativity...I can feel it!


I did have a fun stamping session the other night and I'm having fun with those large letter/number stencils that you can get at the office supply stores!  I'm just not sure what I want to use them for yet.  Collage of some sort?  These number sort of stand out to me because I am now 45 years old (how did that happen)????


And I was born in 1967 LOL.  I had stamped all over these using large letter stamps and other miscellaneous letter stamps just for the heck of it.  Just love the colors and the "don't think too hard" process of throwing it all down on the surface.


My really large letter stamps that I haven't used much at all are really awesome!  They are double-sided though and I should probably pay more attention to removing all the paint before flipping them over!!!


I'll have more to share this weekend.  Friday night through Sunday is ALL MINE!!!!  Woohoo!!  I've been neglectful checking up on all my peeps' blogs and I see some great stuff happening!!!  I'll check in soon!

Margaret

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Studio Sunday

Wow, it's still Sunday, right?  I'm so late posting today because I have been painting, printing, and stamping for the past 10 hours.  I've been working on a semi successful project and I still can't get the paint off my hands and cuticles, not to mention my arms.  A couple things about today, I re-discovered my brayer and I love working on 18" x 24" watercolor paper!

Here are a couple of pics so you can see what I'm talking about.



I'm having FUN with my fun foam stamps and looking at things vertically.  I see this going in somewhat of a graffiti direction.  Next weekend...

Here are pictures of the outside of Western Avenue Studios and Western Avenue Lofts looking at both parts of the building.  The first picture is looking directly at the Studios.


The picture below shows the lofts on the right side and I drew an arrow where I am!  My little circular window looks out directly at the Western Avenue Studios sign.  One of the things I love about my unit  is that I don't sit directly above or beside any other unit.  It looks smaller than the rest from here but it is quite a space!!!


My sister and her family stopped by yesterday to check out the new digs and my super-handy brother-in-law helped me hang this really big metal shelf above the kitchen sink.  I didn't get around to adding the glassware to the top shelf but it will get done eventually LOL


And here we are again, back to the eve of the work week :(  The studio is looking a little neater as I moved some tables around and positioned all my little rolling drawers to the window wall.  I am getting there, slowly but surely!

I hope everyone has a great week and stay creative!!!

Margaret


Saturday, August 4, 2012

New Studio Pictures

Ohhhhhh it feels good to be back in some semblance of organization and space to create!!!  There is still a lot of purging and organization and shifting of structures within my new space to make it all work, fit and just feel right.  Now that I've landed, I couldn't be happier about my new space.  

Things will get picked up and put away (not sure where yet) and this open floor plan is the absolute perfect environment for me!  Of course, I could use some kitchen cabinets hung and maybe a partition wall built with some built-in shelving/cabinets, but that will come with time.  For now, here it is in all of its messy semi-organized state to share with everyone.  Just keep in mind "potential" and really large artwork!  LOL


I kind of just threw all the pics up here in no particular order (sorry).  This is a shot into the bathroom.  It is spacious.


At the opposite end of the space is the wall of windows, my bedroom and studio.


Another shot of the bedroom from the studio side of the room with the brick wall (covered by bureau and stuff).


Cool shot of ceiling towards bedroom corner.


Constructed closet (don't laugh, it will be soon covered with fabric)!  I have a lot of "work" clothes.


Yes, the dining room.  The bedroom would be off to the left of this where the brick wall wraps around.


Back to the kitchen without overhead cabinets.  I have a really large white rod-iron shelf that I will be hanging above the sink that will help alot.


This will be where the shelf goes.  Bathroom is behind and we can put plywood on top of the bathroom to store things if we want.


Messy living room.  The studio is to the right of this shot.


Another living room shot.  I bought this great little twin platform and got a new mattress for it to use as my couch.  I haven't yet found a quilt that I want to throw over it but I will keep looking.  I have to be careful how I pull these colors together.  They are mostly earth tones so it should be ok.


Here we are back near the front door with the kitchen on the right.


So back to the good stuff!  The studio....yuh.  I spent a lot of time moving things around last night so that I could have a space to create in this weekend.  What I finally settled on was one big table in the middle of the space for now.  The window wall and wall on the left are lined with fabric in wire cubes, tables for sewing machines and computer area.


I'm addicted to rolling storage carts :)  What I was thinking was that I would build some sort of free-standing partition wall that would create a shelf above the height of the rolling carts with perhaps more shelves above that and the other side could be painted black or white and used as a design/display wall.  Who knows.  I still have lots of ideas but I have to get into the space and work to see how the flow is working.




Last, but not least, a shot from the windows of my second floor unit.  I will take an outside shot of the entire complex so you can see it tomorrow.

I want to give extra-special thanks to my parents who, although in their 70's, worked just as hard as I did to get here and get set up.  Love you always Mom and Dad.

Now LET'S GET TO WORK!!!!

Margaret