Thoughts on #The100DayProject and new work!

Split, from the universe series, oil and cold wax monotype 2019

Split, from the universe series, oil and cold wax monotype 2019

Have you heard of this project? It is an online (mostly Instagram I think) accountability exercise to do something for 100 Days. Can be anything, eat vegetarian, go running, learn a skill, meditate, clean out your house… or also art related projects. Last year I did illustrations, see the blog post here and here.

I considered doing those again, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I also have been trying to learn ProCreate on the iPad, and thought maybe that could be a great way to learn. In the end I picked something that “lights me up” a bit more and I have really been having fun with it. See more over on Instagram. I did post a few new prints for sale in my shop at very reasonable prices too.

Marsh Side, from the line and pattern series, monotype 2019

Marsh Side, from the line and pattern series, monotype 2019

This project can have some challenges. I was most worried about getting too busy for it, or getting burned out on my project theme. I chose #100daysofprintmaking for 2019 because I am loving working on printmaking right now and also I can do some of this work in batches, which helps for those days when I am swamped with work and life.

My first series of work is my “universe” series of monotypes using oil paint mixed with cold wax, and exploring resist and pattern. They are deceptively simple! Definitely exploring more here, especially with the subtle resist effects.

The second series which I just started sharing on Friday, are monotypes using a plastic bags to apply the color. Artist Dan Tirels shows some excellent videos on the process at his YouTube channel. Messy, loose and fun, I am exploring color and pattern in this series. Also, I’m working small here… finished prints are around 5”x7” and they really very sweet.

All prints are for sale, of course, and will be in a few upcoming exhibits this summer!

365 Day Project Prints in my Shop!

Have you seen my posts on Instagram this month? I decided to do a 365 Day project. Have a look here if you haven’t see the work so far!

Why a daily project? Well, I want to be accountable to myself to make something every day and I really like seeing my style evolve with daily art-making. I felt the accountability challenges I have done (The 100 Day Project here and Inktober here) really were great for improving my skills with drawing and watercolors. So here’s hoping for more of that!

I am following an astrology-related theme for some of the drawings to give me some focus. I even added my word of the year to one of my favorites and shared that in last week’s blog which I thought was neat.

Have a look below for some recent drawings and pop over to my shop to see what originals, unframed prints and framed prints I have available!

Holiday Order Deadlines

OK friends, we are in the home stretch! If you are still looking for a unique holiday gift for someone special I still have original art, printables, prints, and even access to art classes available for you to give this season!

Holiday ORDER DEADLINES;

>>> Prints - Order by 12/13 overnight shipping to receive by Christmas

>>> In-Person - I have framed prints for sale at Rhythm Cafe in Merrimac through 12/22

>>> Original Art - Order by 12/19 priority shipping to receive by Christmas

>>> Printables - Order by 12/24 to receive download and print at home by Christmas

See something you love but is not mentioned here? Reach out to me and I would be glad to set it up!

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New Holiday Paintings in my Shop

I was inspired to paint a wreath of greenery around a few of my favorite subjects and also added a new reindeer painting to make it a set of four! I printed these up as postcards to send out for the holidays and thought I would share the originals with you! Purchase in my shop!

I love having a holiday-themed piece of art near my front door or on the fireplace mantel and these would be perfect for that! In October had a phases of the moon print and my Crow painting on display, and think I am going to pop one of these into a frame for December!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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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