Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

April 19th, 2015

Mixed-media art works on cradled birch boards, I started a few weeks ago.

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Working on board allows me to scrape back, sand & scratch into the surface.

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I have left areas raw to show the grain. Building layers with shellac stains, found papers and textiles.

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More oil pigments, graphite dust and inks.

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I may add some encaustic wax, as well.

See the beginning of the series  here

Work in Progress. Mixed-Media Paintings.

April 17th, 2015

A few more paintings on the way.

 

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Over Land 1

 

I’m also learning how to use my new DSLR camera

 

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I definitely need to use a tripod for artworks as

 

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I can see some blurring with movement.

 

Early Morning in the Studio.

April 5th, 2015

It’s amazing how much I achieve early morning in the studio.

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I recently, finished off 2 sculptures sitting on the workbench for years. Many more to go…

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Then, played around with shellac and wax and resolved the paintings I did at the encaustic week- end workshop.

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I also managed to clean-up small areas of studio to make room for new art supplies arriving.

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I’ll have to get up early more often…

Paintings & Gelatin Prints.

March 15th, 2015

3 paintings I did awhile back. The backgrounds are experiments with gelatin prints. Inks and acrylic paint were added afterwards to the surface.

(You can see my gelatin print tutorial here)

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Inspiration for the paintings.
A celebration to animals…Mapping and playing in the Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques in Paris. Opened in 1899 its a cemetery of dogs and cats and other domestic animals. Some of the cemetery’s residents are famous, such as Rin Tin Tin.

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 The plots and plaques are just so lovingly decorated. My daughter and I like to spend time with the stray cats and dogs who wander in and out of the cemetery .The kind staff feed and shelter any stray animal by scattering little semi- enclosed boxes around the cemetery.

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Textiles. Shellac. Wood. Work in Progress.

March 13th, 2015

Not fully resolved, this is the first in a series of mixed-media art works on cradled wooden board, followed by further details of the process.

 

This artwork was inspired by an old piece of spotty paper.

 

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I wanted to leave space around the wooden board and still show the grain

 

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An old piece of canvas and hand- stitching.

 

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Found papers with generous pourings of shellac and ink.

 

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More papers and cloth.

 

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I’m still not satisfied and will probably sand back in areas.

 

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See Jenny’s other artworks in this series

No. 2. Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

March 1st, 2015

Follow-up from a previous post  Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Playing with textiles, wax and trying to work out my new camera.

De-constructing a man’s suit.

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Wafers of wax, felt & linen

 

 

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Specimens to play with

 

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Flesh- like

 

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Waxed string twined

 

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Spirals

 

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Hand- sewn surface marks

 

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Links to Joseph Beuy’s  felt works and underground spaces seen in Paris

 

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Could be a scientific, botanist’s or naturalist’s plate from an antique book

 

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Mail Art. Handmade Envelopes. New Project.

February 26th, 2015

Hand-made envelopes made from used copy paper with doodles, scribbles and messed up prints. Sewn and packed to send mail art all over the world.

The top image is a reproduction of a 1900’s glass negative I found. I’m trying to work out how to develop a box of these.

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Mail art for Adrienne in Canada

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A string of envelopes sewn together.

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For Richard in France

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A box full of finished envelopes

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For Jack in Queensland

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More envelopes

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For PetrolPetal in South Africa

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I discovered a good quick way to make pockets for an installation

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For Adrienne again

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I’m now addicted to making envelopes from all my waste papers.

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Jacks collage.

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Abstract Play. New Paintings.

February 19th, 2015

My latest little abstract paintings with bursts of high-energy marks, dissolving into planes of colour with blocks of cobalt blue found papers walking across the surface.

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Old Clothes. Re-Cycling. Art Making.

February 9th, 2015

Before, I throw anything away, I like to see if I can use it in my creative ideas. Not only am I dealing with issues concerning, over- consumption, re- cycling & renewing, I also love using the found material and always have a ready supply of art materials available.

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Recently, I acquired a large amount of men’s ties, I’m pulling apart, to create abstract paintings.

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I also have 3 wardrobes of old clothing, I’m slowly, using to make textile art pieces, books and more. The physical act of pulling apart and de-constructing my own clothing, connects me to the textures, memories and history of the piece. The materials are then, made into new ideas, re- introduced and re- valued.

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Paper packaging, used coffee filters, table napkins and clothing dyed and baked in coffee, tea and rust

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Vintage jumpers, jeans and shirts, torn and cut ready for book-making and other projects

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Artwork in progress using scraps of vintage sheer curtain and upholstery material, rust dyed.

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New Drawings 2015. “Line Play”

January 5th, 2015

“Line Play” series. My first drawings for 2015. Automatic, intuitive mark-making and play, using graphite dust, black drawing inks, acrylic paints and sealer.

(Click on thumbnails to see larger images)

Line Play 1

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Line Play 2

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Line play 5

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