|Miller Mountain, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"|
|winter morning forest, acrylic and graphite on paper, 5.25" x 5.25"|
|love wins,acrylic and ink on canvas, 32" x 32"|
|kindness, acrylic and ink on canvas, 48" x 96"|
|and this is how it felt that day, acrylic and ink on canvas, 48" x 96"|
|seneca, acrylic and ink on canvas, 40" x 90"|
6. seneca was an almost last minute addition to the Artistic License show. I only budgeted for 4 large scale paintings but I had lots of older canvases sitting around, so I reclaimed 3 of them and latched them together. This was genius because the other grant-work pieces required a van rental to get them anywhere, but this piece just gets unstrapped and the 3 canvases fit into my car easily and just get reattached when I get to where ever I'm heading. More importantly (maybe?) than that is I really gave myself permission to be messy on this piece. What freedom.
love wins was painted after this. Maybe I should have done this in chronological order? Oh, well.
|untitled, encaustic, 2.5" x 3.75"|
7. encaustics was on my art bucket list and I was lucky enough to try them out twice this year. This was my favorite piece. I was originally trying to recreate the #art365 landscapes in wax, but there is so much more that can be done with encaustic that I really need to explore. Earlier in the year, I had thought to write a grant proposal exploring encaustics further but then....
8. papermaking happened. Also on my bucket list, and I still have a papermaking post to write... I took a workshop at Hook Pottery Paper this fall and it was mind blowing. I had a very basic idea about papermaking, but I had never heard of pulp painting. The idea of layering in writing is not new in my work, but the idea that that writing could be done with pulp, so that the end result piece of artwork could be made of paper only... wow.
|untitled monotype, 4" x 6"|
9. printmaking returned. I was a printmaking major in college and hadn't done any printmaking since I graduated. Twitter made me get back to it. #printoctober was a challenge to print everyday and I simply incorporated it into my #art365 challenge. I began with monotypes and it took a while to get what I was trying to get. This piece made made me gasp when I pulled it. It won an award in Studio 659's Artistic License show.
|untitled, linocut, 4" x 5", edition of 8|
10. linocut edition I never cared about editions when I was printmaking. I would make them if I had to, but I just liked the process of printmaking. I never felt the need to actually have multiples. But with this one, I felt it was edition worthy.
|I am still looking for you, relief print, 6" x 4"|
11. I am still looking for you. I created a series of styrofoam relief prints and I ended up using these in later paintings. (see number 13.) The important thing that came out of this was the peeling paint look of old sign paintings. This informed the Post No Bills series which I'm currently working on.
|live prairie IX, collagraph|
12. live priaire was a series of collagraphs I made at SLAC's Anniversary Show opening. There are 9 prints all are up for silent auction. (ending soon!) 50% of the sales from my work will be donated to the NWI-NAA. I previously donated to the NAA for April's 10% for Autism. There
are lots of other artists participating in the silent auction. The artwork can be seen at Paul Henry's Art Gallery or online here. Look for some sort of Autism Awareness promotion next April.
|the inevitable, acrylic on canvas, 22" x 28"|
13. the inevitable was the beginning of the graffiti series which was later renamed Post No Bills. After #printoctober was finished, I was still very interested in printmaking. The graphic nature of it was quite a contrast to the way I paint. It forced me to focus on mark making in a new way. I was already trying to show my hand and I began to wonder if I could create paintings with printmaking tools. (I can.) This piece began as an experiment in technique but I wanted to finish it, and it launched a new series.
Well, I made it to 13 pieces. It has been a good year. The #art365 project has been a success. It created in me the habit of making art everyday, whether I much felt like it or not. It had to be done. 216 pieces of artwork - that doesn't count little sketches or unfinished work - that is a huge accomplishment. I've certainly never made that much work in other years. I am looking forward to 2014 and hope to make it even better than 2013. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!