Friday, August 11, 2017

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 August 2017


12 x 12 x 12 August 2017 was created with a piece of monoprinted construction fence fabric, fabric paint, acrylic paint, pencil, and layers of leftover pieces of acrylic skins of autumn photos from a new series of paintings I am about to complete.

I started out with a plan about how to create this piece, and while I used the materials I planned on using, it came out entirely different than what was in my head. I think it's OK, but at the moment, I don't love it. Maybe it'll grow on me over time. Or maybe not.

I've been working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. This series is really about experimentation and creating something on a regular basis, no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes I like a piece, and sometimes not. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"An Aggregate of Forces: 60 Women Artists Over 60"


Check out "An Aggregate of Forces: 60 Women Artists Over 60", one of whom includes me and my most delicious work of art, my 60th birthday cake!
Thanks to Joanne Mattera for including me in the list and also to Liz Berman AKA The Sleepy Baker for the cake decorating opportunity!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project


I've been working on my Dates in a Life Project, documenting the expiration and purchase dates of my family's milk purchases in 2017.

The written dates are the expiration dates of our milk bottles.

The white painted lines in-between the stitching mark how many bottles of milk were purchased that day. If we bought one bottle there's white below the day. If we bought a second bottle, there's white to the left of the day, and if we bought three, there's white to the right of the day.

Last week, I added white fabric in the empty squares in the Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday columns, the expiration days of the milk company we commonly buy our milk from. 

This week, I added white dotted lines to connect when we actually purchased the milk and what the expiration date was. 

I think the dotted lines are not only helping to explain this project, but design-wise, the gridded "calendar" is now becoming more of an abstract design.

After being pretty uncertain about where this was going, I really like how it's finally taking shape now. Not to rush the end of 2017 too soon, I am looking forward to adding more as we need more milk.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project


I'm past the halfway point working on my Dates in a Life Project, documenting the expiration and purchase dates of my family's milk purchases in 2017.

The written dates are the expiration dates of our milk bottles.

The white painted lines in-between the stitching mark how many bottles of milk were purchased that day. If we bought one bottle there's white below the day. If we bought a second bottle, there's white to the left of the day, and if we bought three, there's white to the right of the day.

I recently added white fabric in the empty squares in the Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday columns, the expiration days of the milk company we commonly buy our milk from. 


I'm considering adding lines of thread or thin yarn to show when we actually purchased the milk and what the expiration date was. The lines in the photo above were added in Photoshop as a sketch. They are not actual lines. I haven't made any definite decisions about adding them yet. 

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Friday, July 14, 2017

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 July 2017


This month, I was able to work on 12 x 12 x 12 July 2017 more leisurely than previous months, thanks to a lighter schedule.

I created this piece with a large piece of monoprinted construction fence fabric, some scrap "holes" of a fence pattern that was left over from previous artwork. and white acrylic paint.

Even with a lighter schedule, I'm really enjoying my home studio. Not having to drive, and being able to squeeze a few minutes in when I have them, is a wonderful convenience!

I've been working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 June 2017


I finished my 12 x 12 x 12 June 2017 one day before the end of June because of a busy schedule. It's made with a base layer of fabric monoprinted of a construction fence, and acrylic skins made from photos of my birthday cake layered on top of the fabric.


A little more than a week ago, I celebrated a milestone birthday. To celebrate, I collaborated with The Sleepy Baker. She made the cake and iced it in multicolored buttercream icing, and we worked together to add design elements so the cake would look like one of my paintings. Yay!

I invited friends and family over to my house for a piece of cake, and my photographer took pictures of the cake and it was served.

Now my wonderful birthday cake is forever documented in a painting.

July and August should be much less busy. I'm planning on enjoying my home-based art studio, and work on a number of new paintings.

I'm now halfway through my eleventh year of working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Looking back over what I created over the years, some of the pieces have been really good, and others not so much.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project


I'm halfway through the year working on my Dates in a Life Project, documenting the expiration and purchase dates of my family's milk purchases in 2017.

The written dates are the expiration dates of our milk bottles.

The white painted lines in-between the stitching mark how many bottles of milk were purchased that day. If we bought one bottle there's white below the day. If we bought a second bottle, there's white to the left of the day, and if we bought three, there's white to the right of the day. The details hopefully explain everything.

I am still thinking about what I want to do inside the empty squares. I have some ideas but I haven't made any decisions yet. 


Check back for more updates throughout the year.