Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Art

It has been brought to my attention that I have not posted in a bit! All of three days I think!! I ahve a piece to share that has been finished for quite awhile. I could not post it before as I had created it for apublication that had asked for submissions. The theme was Life Is A Beach. Apparently they got pictures of pieces form over 220 artists and they chose 12 pieces for publication. So I am not alone in being passed over! I can't get things chosen if I don't submit pieces and I will not get chosen every time- that is for sure.

So here is my piece, titled "Her Bliss". This is a mixed media collage that tells the story of my daughter's love of the beach. She is quite happy near any running water, even if it is only the hose, but she LOVES the ocean. I based this piece on three photographs that I took during one of our annual Cape Cod road trips. Blogger has insited three times on publishing this picture on it's side (so I said Uncle) sorry that you have to trun your head!! I wanted to share how I had used the photograph of the beach umbrellas to launch the work.
This is all done on an 11x17 canvas.

I took that Rt 6A image from another photograph, printed it out on regular paper and slapped it down.

I also added bits of newspaper articles and parts of images from local Cape Cod newspapers and a piece of a topographicval map of the Orleans Eastham area. If you click on the photos to enlarge you can pick out some of these details.

The two images of Becca were printed out on silk after a bit of editing and enhancing with various filters on Photoshop.

Here are some closeup details:

All of the holes in the shells are found holes- I found the shells that way- work created by various sea critters. I added bits of needlework and stitched the silk images to felt backing to give some depth to the machine stitichings. I wanted to frame the pictures just a bit and used the stitching to do that.

I am really quite happy with the results and I am thrilled to have created this piece even though it was not selected for publication. Now we have some more art for our own collection!

And now for something completely different!

I am continuing to take watercolor painting classes with my good friend Ariel Freeman. She shared a newly finished piece with us during our last class. She had recieved a commission to draw a Buffalo, in pastel, for a woman who had grown up in the midwest with Buffalo on her farm. I asked if I could take a picture of the piece and she allowed me to. Now I will share with you! Ariel is really getting lots of good recognition lately and she sold the piece that she had submitted to the Feast For the Eyes Show, on opening night!!

I just love this piece!! Isn't he just wonderful??? We got to see many buffalo up close and personal, when we lived in Oklahoma. The kids and I were even lucky enought to bottle feed a rejected calf!! I am very lucky to be able to take classes with such a talented and supportive artist!!!

I still have much to do along the organization of studio lines!! No I am not yet ready to show pictures of a stream lined and deduced stash art space- it has gone on far too long. I plan on diving in yet again this weekend. SIGH!!!


Elizabeth Seaver said...

Looking good! Hey, did you see that I awarded your blog the "lemonade award?" Just wanted to acknowledge your positive attitude and your help in getting me started blogging. See your comments from the last posting you did. And thanks!

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful art of yours here Elizabeth; so many wonderful inclusions that bring it all together. Have a great weekend ahead!

Judy said...

I really, really love Her Bliss....I think it's their loss, and definitely your gain! You put a lot of work into that piece and it is very lovely! It was fun looking at it close up and seeing all of the bits and pieces of the Cape...I do miss that part of the world!
Like the buffalo too.


Sharon said...

I agree with you. If you don't put yourself out there, nothing happens. I like your piece very much. Drop over and see my latest little challenge. Sharon

Lisa said...

Love the beach your's a favorite of mine as you know! Your piece is beautiful..lots of interesting texture! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Judy Alexander said...

Love your piece. I created 2 pieces for a recent Quilting Arts Magazine challenge that did not get published so I know your disappointment but putting yourself out there really is a way to stretch and grow so be proud of your accomplishment. My non published are on my blog.

ariel freeman said...

Your work is always so personal. I love your beach collage. What did you use to adhere the map? And again, thank you so much for your kind comments about my class :-) They are the highlight of my week.

Artfully yours, Linda said...

Hi Elizabeth - very nice beachy artwork. Maybe we will both get a piece accepted the next time we submit. That would be so cool. Thanks for the comments on by blog!


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