Making an Impression - 16th Annual Printmakers Show at Newburyport Art Association

As a member of the Printmakers Featured Artist Group at the Newburyport Art Association, I was able to participate in their annual show this week. The reception was on Saturday and another printmaking friend, Cara Gonier, made a video of the reception. I asked Cara if she would mind me sharing the video here. It is so great, and gives you a feeling like you were there. Also, you get a glimpse of each artists’ work… really such a strong show!

Show is on view through July 7, 5pm.

Please take a look at Cara’s work, both paintings and prints. Her work is so beautiful, moody, and ethereal. She has a unique sensitivity to paint, light and color!

Ok - here is the video!

Creative Flow

Recent print from my 100 Day project

Recent print from my 100 Day project

This week I thought I would share a recap of some recent projects with links. I love making, experimenting, and learning new things. My regular creative practice includes a lot of experimentation in a range of different media:

Printmaking studio view

Printmaking studio view

Printmaking - I have a small space in my home where I've set up my inks and papers, to do hand printing. I have taught block printing and gelli printing, and made a few short videos on my current work which is a ‘transfer’ monotype using a plastic bag. With this method, I'm completing the 100 Day project with #100daysofprintmaking and really enjoying myself. 

Some links:

·       A quick video of my current process:

·       A short video on Instagram of a recent print

·       Two gelli printing tutorials on the Get Messy free blog: 

 

Painting – I paint using oil paints and cold wax medium, which thickens up the paint and allows for layering and mark making. Some of these pieces are in the portfolio section of my website here.

 

blockprinting meets journaling

blockprinting meets journaling

Collage/Mixed Media Journaling - Collage holds a special space in my daily making. I love experimenting with combining papers, enhancing patterns, and of course using my own stamps and prints in my collages. I find this so relaxing and enjoyable. A few pages have been shared in Brush Magazine, and some are on my website here.

 

Public Art: I also completing a public art project for my church this fall which will be a labyrinth on 12’ x 12’ canvas. During the process I have made a journal about the process and a full size labyrinth out of sticks in my yard. I'm loving this and excited to see where it leads. The end date of this project is October 16 when it will be presented at a community reception.

Buddy with the Labyrinth this Spring

Buddy with the Labyrinth this Spring

Some links:

·       Labyrinth Journal flip thru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1RdiWEXKk  

·       Walking the 12’x12’ Stick Labyrinth in my yard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQtI3_CK_M&t=46s

 

Illustration - Although I am doing less of this at the current moment, this informs my work, my comfort level with color mixing and watercolor. I have some examples of watercolor illustration on my website here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip through my art making world. Feel free to email me with any questions!

September daily journal challenge

This month I took the September 30 days of art journalling challenge on Creative Bug led by Lauren and Caylee of Get Messy. As a lifetime Get Messy member I did get the class for free and two months of Creative Bug also… what a steal!

While I don’t love every page, there are some good nuggets in here for sure! I also was more productive overall by getting that journal open every day. Kicked off a lot of other creative projects this month.

Creative challenges for the win! Here is a flip through video of my entire journal. Enjoy!

Season of Seasons pages

The past two months was the Seasons of Seasons over at Get Messy. I used a travel brochure I received in the mail as my journal this time. There are nine spreads plus the covers, so I basically followed along with the tutorials offered by the creative team. Get Messy also does a handful of prompts every week, but I knew I wouldn’t have the time for those, so I didn’t factor that into my journal size.

I always enjoy the tutorials! This month there were a few outside of my comfort zone, like the seasonal map and drawing the contents of my purse (which was the last one and definitely got the least attention). I am not sure those are my style, but they were still fun to do.

Enjoy!

Pressing Matters - MGNE Open Members Show September 28-November 2, 2018

My print “Mandala: Peace” ready for hanging

My print “Mandala: Peace” ready for hanging

I am excited to have a piece in the upcoming open members exhibit of the Monotype Guild of New England (MGNE). “Pressing Matters” will be on view at Lynn Arts, (enter on 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA September 28 - November 2, 2018.

Barbara and I chatted it up while waiting for artists to drop off their work

Barbara and I chatted it up while waiting for artists to drop off their work

I recently joined MGNE at the advice of some new printmaking friends and was quickly recruited to help with art work drop off this weekend. Also volunteering was artist Barbara Kedesdy and I enjoyed getting to know her a little better! We helped artists fill out the right forms, unwrap, and prepare to drop off their work. Many artists would bring multiple pieces from other artists in their section of New England as well as their own so a pretty big geographic range is represented in this show!

An artists reception will be held September 28, 5:30-7:30pm and the show is on view from the reception date through November 2,, 2018.

Here are a few snaps of some of the work that was dropped off today. A great variety of printmaking styles and themes - It is going to be a beautiful show!

Barbara’s print in the center, surrounded by some other beautiful work!

Barbara’s print in the center, surrounded by some other beautiful work!

All size works - love both of these pieces

All size works - love both of these pieces

The center piece is a collage of monotypes

The center piece is a collage of monotypes

Summer 2018 Sketchbook Video

This summer I did a short sketchbook for our travels to NYC and the Adirondacks. I blogged about the trip a few weeks ago here.

Last summer, I did a larger (and longer) sketchbook that captured our many beach days. That flip thru was one of my very first videos... have a look here.

This summer, I kept it a little simpler, with more of a vibe of what we did during this trip on each page. Plus, I included some brush lettering practice. Have a look at this video and let me know what you think!

Collaboration with artist Jenny Sehlstedt - My Journal

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I participated in the Get Messy Season of Connections journal collaboration with artist Jenny Sehlstedt from Sweden. She and I have been sending these little journals back and forth for a 6+ months now. To review, we were paired up through random assignment from the Get Messy membership site. Following this, Jenny coordinated the journal creation and process that we would follow.  Jenny also submitted images from our journals to Brush Magazine and they are included in Issue 4 - Yay!

I shared the final version that will live with Jenny in this post... and today I am sharing the journal that will live with me! The first journal was definitely inspired by birds. I would say that this journal represents space, air, and motion throughout the pages. Jenny is sharing this on her blog this week also.

This experience and getting to know Jenny is something I will always treasure. I am so thankful to have been a part of this process, for Jenny's expert guidance, and that these were never lost in the mail!! 

Enjoy-

 

Front Cover with tree, was started by me and finished by Jenny. Back cover with fish was started by Jenny and finished by me!

Front Cover with tree, was started by me and finished by Jenny. Back cover with fish was started by Jenny and finished by me!

Started by me and finished by Jenny

Started by me and finished by Jenny

Started by me and finished by Jenny

Started by me and finished by Jenny

Started by Jenny and finished by me

Started by Jenny and finished by me

Started by Jenny and finished by me

Started by Jenny and finished by me

Started by me and finished by Jenny

Started by me and finished by Jenny

Started by me and finished, beautifully, by Jenny

Started by me and finished, beautifully, by Jenny

Started by Jenny and finished by me

Started by Jenny and finished by me

Travelling with my art supplies

I recently traveled to NYC for an art-y meetup, so not only did I need my regular sketching kit, but I needed a few things to work with while we were hanging out making art together. I thought I would share what I usually pack for art making on a day trip and compare that to what I brought to NYC. 

My typical travel set-up for a day trip includes my travel watercolor kit (I have had this one for many years), a water brush (holds water in the handle), a pencil or two (plus extra eraser), a micron, and my sketchbook.

For my trip to NYC I included a few more items. We were travelling on foot, so I wanted to keep it light. In addition to the day-trip kit, I included a mini Messy Artist journal, my favorite midnight blue acrylic (Paper Artsy Fresco Finish, purchased here...not sure if they still have this color), small brushes, a glue pen (not pictured), some collage material, stapler, hole punch, scissors, and some mark making items (small circular stamps, etc). I also brought a handmade journal (not pictured...but I am planning a flip through soon!) and collected materials from our travels. While in NYC, I bought two brush pens and a gelli pen from Muji as well as the Kuretake white ink and sumi ink. I also collected lots of stuff from our travels, and included a fun art decisions dice my kids gave me. 

I put it all into a pencil case (my own from Society6) and a take out dumpling container!

Do you create when you travel? I'd love to hear what you pack! Happy travels!

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Season of Play Journal Pages

Season of Play with Get Messy has ended. I had a lot of fun trying the tutorials this season. I didn't really do any of the prompts this time around, but the tutorials ... oh boy... so good!  Also the partnership with Sketchbook Skool was very inspiring for sketchbook keeping, which I now want to do always! Finally, the Botanicals class by Alicia Schultz worked its way into my journal for this Season. If you are interested in learning more about Get Messy check out THIS link and join through my affiliate link!

My Season of Play journal was made of a stab bound journal with old book pages that I gessoed and added a little bookbinding tape to at the top. This tape helped reinforce the older paper with the Chicago Screws that are used in this binding method. The reason I used Chicago Screws was so I could take the pages in and out of the book, allowing me to work on each page individually. This also prevented a spine in the middle of each page, which I really like. I would make sure to let each page dry before putting it back in the book.

Here is a video of how I made my journal.

Here are the pages from this season!

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Get Messy Season of Story-BONUS POST

Getting ready for the Season of Story with Get Messy over here!

I am using a book that I made using the long stitch binding and an old hardcover. I learned this technique from @dansmoncrane through Get Messy. A note...I am teaching this locally (with her permission) later in June. If you are interested in making your own check out my workshops. Also, check out the video of my book at the end of this post to see what you can learn to make and the book I will be using for Season of Story!

BUT, the MAIN point of this bonus post is to share that Get Messy is awesome. I joined last year and it has really ramped up my making and my art community! If you want to see what it is all about for a season (a 2 month period) joining now through my affiliate link costs nothing extra for you and pays me a little.... the deets...

• When you sign up for a Get Messy Season Pass you get access only to the Get Messy Season of Story posts between June 1st - July 31st. 

• Season Pass members have access to the Season of Story posts, the Get Messy private facebook group, the Get Messy forums and the discounted member shop.

• You can pay using Paypal or your debit/credit card. The payment is a one time fee and is not recurring. 

• When you purchase through my link I receive a commission, but you are not charged extra nor does this affect your purchase. 

• You can only purchase the pass between June 1-7

If you decide to join for the season, please use THIS link! Let me know if you have questions!

Back to basics-Figure Drawing

Practice in the Studio - A quick pose

Practice in the Studio - A quick pose

The Newburyport Art Association hosts a weekly drop-in figure drawing session every Wednesday from 7-9:30pm and I recently started going. I really enjoy the dedicated drawing time (no social media interruptions!) and working in a studio with other artists. 

Practice at Home

Practice at Home

The first week I was just happy to be making marks on paper, but after some frustrations during the second week I got a little more serious. 

The group starts with 20, one minute poses. These quick poses are my favorite. I like to draw a full sheet for each pose and loosen up...but I do burn through the paper! After that first set, the poses increase in length to four 10 minute poses, a break, and then three 20 minute poses with a short break in between each 20. At first, that 20 minute pose was too long for my skill level. So, in between the second and third class I spent a little time drawing at home. I researched average body proportions on Pinterest and used some athletic clothing catalogs to get some drawing practice in. Getting the basics of the proportions down makes a huge difference.

The supplies I bring include a large (18"x24") pad of newsprint and some soft charcoal. I also bring some basic drawing paper, sharpened pencils, a kneaded eraser, and colored pastels.

This Figure Drawing group has a week long exhibit at the Newburyport Art Association during the first week of June. The show is hung June 4, with a closing reception June 9. Anyone that draws with the group on Wednesday nights is eligible to participate, so my goal is to have at least ONE drawing I would be proud to include. If you are local you should check in out! There are some really beautiful works of art being created each week among the group and everything will be for sale at super affordable prices! 

Season of Kindness Journal Flip Through

I just completed my Season of Kindness Journal through Get Messy. I did some fun activities, including kind little art-y messages that I left out in public for people to find, mailing some kindness mail to friends, and also working in a journal dedicated to the season. I mad a 16-page pamphlet bound journal for the season and here are a few of the most successful pages. This is a place where I explore, try out new techniques, and let it all go. I included more quotes this season to bring some themes into focus for each spread. 

I am an affiliate of Get Messy, so if you are interested in adding more art making into your life, check them out, and read my last post all about it! If you join for a year I get 10% of your purchase if you use my link.

Curious about Get Messy?

Get Messy is an online community of artists with activity happening all the time. Check out #getmessyartjournal on IG to see just how many artists are involved and the awesome art they are making!  This post contains affiliate links.

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Get Messy operates on "seasons" which are two month cycles with weekly prompts designed to get you making on the theme of the season. They also offer weekly tutorials from experts on various art making activities each season. This past season-Season of Kindness-highlighted the bookbinding talents of Kiala Givehand and the Season of Connections in 2017 (which was one of my favorites) highlighted Brandi Kincaid. The upcoming season-Season of Play-is highlighting the work of Sketchbook Skool... Have a look at these IG links and you will see jut how much variety is offered from season to season. 

Get Messy is designed to spark your interest and get you creating no matter what appeals to you. The tutorials every week always get me inspired to get to the studio one way or another. I also love the weekly hangouts. Artists from around the world (LITERALLY) all log in to a google hangout to chat and make art together; it is fun and chatty! IRL art meet ups happen also and there are posts on the Get Messy private forum to plan those. I also have enjoyed being in a collaborative journal with an artist from Sweden - by.smilinthyme on IG - and hope to do more of that in the future. 

If you decide to join for a year, please use THIS link and as an affiliate I will get 10% of your annual membership fee! I get that for being a Gold Member, which is something I paid to join.  I joined as a Gold Member because it is a lot of fun and gets me motivated to get into the studio. I've made some great online art friends and have enjoyed being a part of this great group of creative people - you might too!