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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I couldn't decide which piece to post tonight, so I decided that posting two would be quite alright. This is a piece from my animals performing Shakespeare series. This is tentatively titled Hedgehog Hamlet. I was having a brainstorm session with my husband a few days ago and this was the idea that he helped me to develop. A few others are in the works and I must say that I am pretty excited about them. I have a great love for vintage storybook sort of page layouts and I wanted to achieve that with this series, while still using the heavy colorful patterns and black ink drawings. First one looks pretty good I think and I can't wait to see the others.
This is one piece in a series of three drawings that I'm still deciding what to title. But, I think that I am leaning towards Woodland Wonders. This one features some sneaky little raccoons and the others feature snails climbing and bees buzzing through the trees. All of the trees are different patterned paper pieces. I really wanted the trees to be almost imaginative while the creatures are all pretty realistic. I'm really pleased with how they turned out and would love to continue the series with other tree dwelling or climbing creatures.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


This is my piece for an art exhibit in Canton Ohio. Anderson Creative invited a group of artist's from around the states to take part of a show titled The Exquisite Corpse. The idea behind the show mirrors a drawing exercise that has taken place among artist for quite some time. Here is a brief history and description of the assignment of the exquisite corpse.

The Exquisite Corpse - earliest among the many games invented by the Surrealists - was a kind of collective collage of images. Born around 1925 (among Andre Breton, Jacques Prevert and Marcel Duchamp), it was based upon an old parlor game of folded paper. Tristan Zara, in The Exquisite Corpse: Its Exaltation, described the rules: "Three of you sit down around a table. Each one of you, hiding from the others, draws on a sheet the upper part of a body, or the attributes able to take its place. Pass on to your neighbor on the left this sheet, folded so as to conceal the drawing, but for three or four of its lines passing beyond the fold. Meanwhile, you get from your neighbor on the right another sheet prepared in the same way (the sheets of paper to be used for the game will be previously folded perpendicular to the axis of the body to be portrayed in the drawing). You continue to draw the body's midsection, as do your co-laborer's. On a third pass, each artist draws the body's lower portion on the sheet he has received. Of course, this game admits a larger number of players. In the event that colors are used, it is a requirement to pass, along with the sheet, the colors, limited to the number of those
used."

Our assignment varied in the fact that none of the artist were in the same room and no paper was folded. We were each mailed (or if you lived close enough, you could pick it up) a sheet of paper that had been chosen for us. And each of our names were drawn from a hat to decide what body part we were to draw: a head, a middle, or legs. Then the gallery put us into groups of three. None of the artists know who they are paired with and none of the artists will discover the appearance of our entire body until the opening of the show. The show opens at Anderson Creative in Canton Ohio on April 1st. If anyone is in the area or would love to take a little trip to see some exquisite work, please visit the opening. It's going to be pretty remarkable.

My piece features cut paper feathers that are all hand drawn and then attached to an ink drawing of a real long neck bird. The body part drawn out of hat for me was the head, which included everything from the neck up. And it didn't have to be human of course. It could be any sort of interpretation we desired. I'm very excited and pleased with the outcome.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


well, so far i have not been a woman of my word and if i were using this blog as an accountability partner, it definitely would have let me down and our relationship would be stopped. haha, lessons learned i suppose. for whatever reasons i try to let these sort of technology based relationships intimidate me and i never follow through with any of them i try to begin (this will make the third or fourth attempt). however, i have cancelled other websites and such that i was attempting to keep up with along with this one. i did just begin a pintrest page, but that is only for sharing things i find interesting on the web. it's more of an acquaintance at the most and not something i feel pressured to visit more than this one. currently this is the only site i have any major responsibility for and the only one that will require me to seriously schedule in a bit of time. hopefully, that will allow me to keep it updated and much more current with the happenings in my studio. so, let's try this again. this is going to be used to share with those interested what is happening in my studio and what projects are in progress.

i am making work and getting ready for a two woman show in april that is taking place at taylor books annex gallery in charleston wv. the other artist that i will be sharing the gallery with is my friend amanda jane miller. it's pretty exciting and we are definitely creating something that will appeal to most everyone. the show will give the audience an opportunity of stepping inside a children's book. anything can happen and anything is possible. our postcard for the show is just about complete and installation happens april 1st. it's approaching very quickly and i'm enjoying the ride of creating work that is fun and whimsical. it's very refreshing after such a saddening winter. i often have battles with keeping my mind clear and opened for being lighthearted and happier, and it was definitely a struggle this past winter. i'm ready to welcome spring into my world with wide opened arms.

the earlier post will make an appearance in this upcoming two woman show and here is another sneak peek at another piece that will be seen there as well.