So, since I’ve been off for a while, I think I need to do some catch up. So what have I been doing when I wasn’t posting on the blog? That will be answered in due course. I intend to do some of the posts I was “meaning” to do…
Meanwhile, I’ll just let you all know that one of the things that has happened to me is that I became a fashionista for a while. I spent a lot of money on colorful clothes and discovered that shoes can be fabulous, but only if they are comfortable. That was merely a portal opening in my soul which led to an outpouring of actual artwork.
I have had a long and frustrating relationship with art. I am reluctant to submit my work to any contest or judging any more, having been so absolutely wounded by some of the ways I have been judged in the past. Now I am doing it simply for my own pleasure, and hope that other people find some joy in what I produce.
I am unashamedly in love with glitter and shimmer, so much of the work I am going to post here will not give you any idea of what is really going on because you can’t really get the shimmer and glitter unless you are with the piece in the light and moving it around.
First piece up is a complete example of that. This is a depiction of fireflies rising from a meadow at sunset. It is actually very cool, with several hundred tiny glitter dots in the grass foreground being the fireflies.
I use the work as a way of working through some very tough emotions. This one was a piece I did after we got the diagnosis of Jim’s prostate cancer. Since I made this piece, he has had surgery to remove the prostate and his prognosis is good, at least as far as we know. We won’t know for sure for about three years…
Again, the shimmer of the pearlescent acrylics is not obvious..
In short order, a few pieces I have produced in frenzies of creativity. This one was inspired by the fact that we are going to do a trip in September, rafting from the top to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.
These next few are just fun.
Someone gave me a gift of tissue paper, which I have begun playing with. This next one started out as some watercolors on a background. Then I started messing around with the tissue paper and really got off on the texture.
This last piece is the one I finished today. It started out with water color background. The particular water colors I am most fond of are called “magicals” by Lindy’s Stamp Gang. They have mica included in them, and make an amazing glimmer in the color. After the water color background was down, I did a lot of work with acrylics and pearlescent acrylic inks on top of it.
So, that’s one of the things that has been going on at The Havens.