Thursday, April 12, 2018

Embracing Abstraction


It was a worthwhile effort, but the SB Art Association wasn't interested in admitting me.  This time was worse than the last time.  During round one (back in March of 2017), I at least got one "yes" vote.  This time, all three judges said no.  Two of the judges indicated what I did was craft  and not art.  Yep, back to that again.  The third judge commented my work did not 'draw her in'.  Time to close the chapter on this adventure.  It has become obvious I do not belong there.    


My experience makes me wonder where I do belong.  A few months ago, I found myself wandering through a show put on by the Abstract Art Collective.  While it wasn't immediately obvious to me, a seed was planted that has slowly started to sprout and grow.  I'm now committed to submitting my stuff for their live jury day.  These are two new pieces I plan to submit.



The third piece will be one I already had, finished a few months ago.   
I think it's a good fit with my general organic abstract theme.


One thing the Abstract Art Collective does, that I absolutely love, is an 
annual fundraiser for SEE International, an organization that provides sight restoring 
cataract surgery.  This is exactly the kind of thing I want to do with my art.


The live jury date is April 15.  Luckily I already got my taxes done.  
They notify prospective members by email, so I have no idea what the timeline is.  
Regardless of what happens, I'm still going to be pushing, testing the waters, 
and figuring out where things should go from here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Being Productive / SBAA 2


I'm beading slowly, as I find the time.  Until just recently I'd forgotten how good it feels to be productive.  I just finished two of these three pieces.  By finished, I mean completely finished -- framed and able to hang on the wall.  I'm quite lax at taking the final steps to finish my work.  Once the fun part is done I loose interest, and move on to a new piece.  Bad habit.  I'm going to try to remember how good it feels to have things 100% finished.


These three pieces, all 10 x 10 inches, and are my second effort at becoming a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association.  I've made changes since the last time.  I've incorporated a suggestion from the prior go round, and am using uniform frames.  I'm going to call my medium "assemblage" and not embroidery.  Assemblage is a recognized "fine art" while embroidery has strong craft connotations.

A Time to Grow

Winds of Change

Surf the Chaos

I'm satisfied with my effort.  I'll let you know what happens.


"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory"
-Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas in California



I have a friend who lives a few towns over.  Between us, in the mountains, burns one of California's largest wildfires, the Thomas fire.  It began on Dec 4th and is still going strong.  It has burned 252,500 acres so far.  There are currently 8,369 fire personnel, 1,012 fire engines, 32 helicopters, 78 dozers, and 62 water tenders fighting the fire.  One firefighter has lost his life.

As a tribute/reflection on this fire, and all the herculean efforts to contain it, my friend created a Christmas card I wanted to share.  She is a talented and creative artist. 

Outside my front door, which is covered with ashes from the fire.
This is written on the inside:

In Life, it's all about what you have left,
versus what has been taken.
Find the shiny spot in life!!

I'm not the kind of person that holds on to many Christmas cards.  But, this one is a keeper.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

More Buttons

 

This piece contains a bonanza of buttons.  90+ buttons, actually.  I guess I don't suffer from koumpounophobia, which is a fear of buttons.  According to Wikipedia, a famous sufferer of koumpounophobia was Steve Jobs.


A few years ago I would not had the nerve to use so many buttons in a single piece.  I would have felt it was a waste of precious buttons.  But, I have given myself permission to use things I've hoarded.  While collecting is fun, using the stash is even better! 

 

I re-purposed an old clock for the frame, which made me realize (yet again) that I don't like to put my work behind glass.  I probably will end up removing the glass, but I'll live with it a while to see if it grows on me.


I think I'm done with buttons (for now).  I am grateful they brought me back into a productive artistic space.  Fall and winter are wonderful seasons to be creative.




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Buttons


I found a bag of mother of pearl buttons at a thrift store recently.  I hit the creative jackpot.  I love buttons.  Best $4 I've spent in a long time.  When I started sifting through them at home, this mandala insisted on being born.  I thought about covering all the holes, but I've decided I like leaving many of them open.  No need for disguises.  It's okay for a button to be a button. 


But, now I feel like the center button needs a little something . . . 


Maybe a second button layered on the top?  I came up with a couple of choices:

"A"
"B"
Which one is better, A or B?

I have one more button piece in progress.  It has 92 buttons!