#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 😉

The #creativeUNblock project

If you know me at all, I talk about The Jealous Curator all the time.  If you don’t know her, please, do yourself a favor and visit her blog.  She wrote this awesome book called, Creative Block.  The book is filled with beautiful contemporary art and it’s just lovely.  What’s more is that JC interviewed the artists about their creative process and more importantly, how they work through blocks.  So, not only is the book filled with gorgeous art, it is filled with ideas on how to get yourself unstuck from a creative rut or block.  JC took it to the next level and she is choosing a creative unblock project from the book to do each month of this year.  Which brings me to my most recent works I’ve been…  working on:

January’s #creativeUNblock project was to find one image – any image – and copy it on card stock 50 times.  Then, find ways to alter that image 50 times.  I loved this project so much, it’s March and I’m still working on it.  And besides, I have not yet completed altering Diana (my chosen picture) 50 times.

Introducing Diana Vernon:

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And here are the first few images I created:

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Who is Diana Vernon?

If you have Instagram, and are interested in doing these #creativeUNblock projects, type in the hashtag #creativeUNblock to see what the community is working on.  It’s great fun and an even better way to get yourself out of a creative block or rut.  Also, if you want to find out what this month’s unblock project is visit The Jealous Curator’s blog or her Facebook page.

More to come and happy making!

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″