#creativeUNblock for March

I finally moved forward in time to March for the #creativeUNblock project.  Even though I still feel like I have about a million thirty seven ideas for January’s project, I am embracing March… and actually it’s a lot of fun!

This month’s #creativeUNblock assignment was to paint paper, cut it up and make a collage.  Here’s what I came up with so far:

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Untitled – Uno, watercolor collage, 6″x8″

And this:

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Untitled – Dos, watercolor collage, 6″x8″

Since I’ve been loving this project so much, I’m pretty sure it’ll keep making an appearance in the upcoming months 😉

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The Collage Scrap Exchange

Sometime last year I found out about a collage scrap exchange through the good ol’ internets.  Papirmass and Brown Paper Bag decided to get together so the rest of the world can collaborate with each other and make some art.  Basically, participants signed up with Papirmass to enter the contest, then participants were paired up other participants so they could exchange their collage scraps with each other via snail mail. Then the participants were supposed to make a collage with their “new” scraps.  The theme assigned was “New Landscapes”, which really can be interpreted as just about anything.  Pretty cool, right?  I was super stoked and I signed up….  and may have convinced my mom to do it as well 😉 I was fortunate to have been paired up with a great partner who sent some really interesting and colorful collage scraps.

Unfortunately, I forgot about the contest until my mom reminded me about it the morning of the due date.  I finally set to work at 9:30pm – only two and a half hours before the deadline. With a short time frame on arranging a way to use my partner’s collage scraps and finding imagery to go with it, the below is what I came up with. This was definitely one of the most spontaneous pieces I made in a long time and, despite a mishap that may or may not have caused me a great deal of frustration, it was fun!

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The Answer, collage, 9″x12″

If you want to see more participant entries, visit Instagram and type in the hashtag, collage contest. If you want to see the best of the entries, visit the Papirmass blog to have your socks knocked off by imagination and creativity.

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All about Diana

Working with this figure for a while has me curious.  Who was Diana Vernon?  Was she very friendly or happy?  Did she discover something? How did she occupy her time everyday? Do you think she would mind me altering her image 50 times?  I dunno.  But these are the questions that pop up while I work away on the #creativeUNblock project.  So much fun, by the way.

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Studio explorations

Lately, I have been compelled to have figures in my work (as imaged in previous posts).  For some, this is nothing unusual but, I’m more of a landscape and factories kind of gal.  You see, I’ve never really had an affinity to figural work (*gasp*) because I placed more value on what was happening with different environments in various lighting situations, sans people.  Lightplay in a beautiful space, whether it is outdoors or indoors, was (and still is) fascinating to me.  There’s just so many colors going on with morning, afternoon and dusk lighting that I have to stop and drink it all in before I can do anything else.  I can’t tell you how many times I pulled my car over to look at the mountains, or sunset, or moonrise so I could take in all the color… it was like I was trying to sear the image into my memory so I wouldn’t forget the shades and highlights of each color (I’ve since heard of an invention called a camera 🙂 ).  However, the act of collage has me ever more interested in putting figures in my work and the weird thing is that I like it!

I’m happy for these types of studio explorations and discoveries!

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Seafoam dream, mixed media, 8×8

 

 

Factory love

My love affair with busted factories began in 2005 in New York City…  well, actually, Beacon, NY.  My friends and I visited the Dia: Beacon on a Wednesday.  The only reason I know we visited on a Wednesday is because it was my day off from work and more importantly, the museum was closed. Lame.  We ended up walking around Beacon for a bit and came across a dilapadated factory.  It was beautiful.  The colors, the ice on the floors, the light illuminating the ice, the peeling paint and rust everywhere… this place was completely magical.  From that point on, I’ve been hooked on the beauty of these forgotten places.  They offer a kind of untold history of where and how things were made. Looking around the space that day made such an impression on me, I spent the next two years creating work based on the images I took in Beacon along with other factories I later photographed.

Fast forward to today and my love for these forgotten places continue to tug at my heartstrings.  When I moved to PDX, I didn’t realize how many old factories there are!  And there is actually a beautifully aged factory steps from where I live.  Naturally, I snapped the pics that I could and set to work on a collage.  The only downside is that I can’t really get up close and personal with this place the way I would like.  It is an unfortunate thing for me, but I’m still delighted by the sight of it.

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PDX Factory I, mixed media, 9″x12″

One-a-week

Ok, so my original intent was to do a one-a-day…  which is not yet happening.  However, I can commit to a one-a-week.  I think this goal is attainable and makes one-a-day something to work toward.  It’s all about baby steps 🙂

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Dazed, mixed media, 9×9