Monday, August 31, 2009

some stuff about art

so awhile ago i rearranged our room so that i would have a studio space. scotty sold his weight bench and it freed up a huge section of the room. yeehaw! since then i've been feeling more and more like letting those creative juices flow!! it really makes a difference having that space! now if i could just wrap my mind around doing the illustrations for ren's book. i'm getting there!! but i think it's that i'm not totally comfortable with doing landscapes and i know it needs them. i have all the ideas in my head, just need to work them out.

my space

my yummy caran d'ache oil pastels...and YES the quality of supplies MATTERS. i thought for years that i hated oil pastels. turned out it was because the ones i had were waxy, crappy and cheap. i never knew that they were the perfect medium for what i love doing!!
some fun on 4"x4" pieces of wood...left is oil pastel, right is chalk pastel...i was testing out sealers

detail of a work in progress with the oil pastels...
the finished piece

details of finished piece...did i mention i absolutely LOVE my oil pastels!!??
another work in progress. paint on fabric to be quilted. inspired by the cover of a quilting magazine quilting arts. i had to send my sewing machine out for repairs so i'm still waiting to get started with the quilting part. it's going to be an art piece not an actual quilt though. probably put it on a cloth bag or attach it to wood or something to put on the wall. not sure yet.
finished with the painting...
some detail...

i decided i wanted to paint on some more fabric...it is a very sensual feeling and i love it!! so i started another piece for quilting...
last night i went to a drawing "class" (it's actually a free, non-instructional gathering) at a local tattoo and contemporary art gallery. it's been over 15 years since i've drawn from a live model. it was scary and exciting at the same time. reminded me how rusty i am and how much i enjoy drawing the human body. i wasn't super thrilled with my quick sketches, but i did sort of like the ones where we had more time. when i first got there, i was super nervous. during the first 5-minute sketch i had the feeling like i wanted to leave (and puke)!! a voice in my head kept saying "you don't belong here" "you suck!" i had to tell it to shut the fuck up!! i only brought chalk with me for this one because i knew i wasn't interested in doing detail work...just wanted to rough in some figures. but i think next time i'll bring pencils as it was frustrating to even get a rough face or hand sketch with the chalk.
just thought i'd share a litte of my recent journey back to my artist self. now back to our regular programming...
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8 comments:

Ren said...

It makes me so happy to read this...YES, quality supplies do matter. :)

It's that old argument that the tools don't make the artist. Well duh. But if you ARE an artist (of any kind) then the quality of tools/supplies matters greatly. I could use that damn point-and-shoot camera forever but I'll never get the kind of flexibility and versatility I really want.

Anyhoo...I loved reading this and I know I'll feel even MORE intimidated when I show up at the drawing class. It's ok though....without taking the risk I can't grow. Glad you're on the journey with me.

gail said...

love, love, love this!! So looking forward to seeing you again.

WonderSoul said...

Absolutely love your work - as always! What medium did you use on the fabric?

WonderSoul said...

Sorry, my puter didn't really mean to repeat itself! And if I had read more closely I would have seen you used paint on the fabric so what brand of paint did you use. The vibrancy of the paint is fantastic!

laura said...

perry, i deleted the hiccup comments...LOL =)

i use a cheap acrylic craft paint. those 47 cent bottles you can get at wal-mart in lots of yummy colors =)

Alisha said...

I totally love your painting...my friend saw the one you did in grandma and grandpa's room and now she is pestering me that she wants one. Lol. Oh! and my friend Dominique totally loves her necklace that you made her.

cheryl said...

cool laura! i love how rearranging your space opens up so much potential! and i love your art!

Madeline Rains said...

I love reading about your process.