Thursday, January 31, 2013

Creative Competition #16

Cast your vote tomorrow...

Friday, February 1, 2013, from 6 - 9 pm
 at The Root Gallery, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington

Everyone who stops in can cast a vote for their favorite piece.
Each artist pays $8 to enter their piece in the competition and the 
winner takes the pot.  How fun!

I've heard great buzz about these events.  
I'm excited to say this is my first time participating and
I have entered my illustration, An Oak Tree View, into the running.

I hope to see everyone tomorrow night!
May the best man win.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Broken Hearts' Opening Invite!

Broken Hearts and Sweet Tarts
at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 266 Pine Street, Burlington, VT

Opening Reception: 
Friday, February 1, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm!!

On display from February 1st -23rd
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11-5 pm

Come see my work and SUPPORT ART!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Uurequited Breakfast in Bed is complete!

Unrequited Breakfast in Bed: Cake!
paper mache, acrylic and mixed media
10"w x 10"l x 5"h

Created with S.P.A.C.E. Gallery's February Valentine's Day show, Broken Hearts, in mind.
Unrequited Breakfast in Bed is a four part series of life-size, paper mache food gone bad.  
Unrequited is unreciprocated and obviously these once tasty treats were not meet 
with loving surprise and were not eaten as is the intent of breakfast in bed.

The creation process allowed me to include "before" picture of each piece.
It's interesting to see the transformation a little acrylic paint and cotton can do.

Unrequited Breakfast in Bed: Cinnamon Bun
paper mache, acrylic and mixed media
9"w x 9"l x 4.5"h

To create icing I mixed wood glue with a drop of acrylic paint
and drizzled it on as though I was making the real thing.

And before...

Unrequited Breakfast in Bed: Corn Muffin
paper mache, acrylic and mixed media
9"w x 9"l x 3.5"h

A real paper muffin cup helped shape this piece.

And before...

Unrequited Breakfast in Bed: Toast
paper mache, acrylic and mixed media
10"w x 10"l x 4"h

To create grape jelly I mixed high-gloss gel medium with blue and purple 
acrylic paint.  I compared it with the real product and once satisfied with the color, 
I smeared it on the bread with a kitchen knife so it had a more realistic spread.

And before...

Come see these sculptures in person at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, starting 
Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm during 1st Friday Art Walk!
Located at 266 Pine St., Burlington (in the Soda Plant, next to Recycle North)
this show is on display throughout the month of February.  
Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat. from 11-5 pm.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sneak Preview....

A paper-mache cinnamon bun with 
glue and acrylic paint icing.....YUM!

1 out of 4...think breakfast in bed.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Artist's Statements are tough...

Here's my latest attempt:

Artist Statement

I am an artist.  I have been an artist ever since I could wield a pencil.  Back then I made up children’s books on the weekends, creating my own text and pictures.  I loved color and tried my hand at sculpture while watching cartoons.  I was constantly learning, constantly honing my craft and always dreaming about what could be.  I focused heavily on art in high school, taking additional lessons at local city art organizations in Albany and Troy, NY.  In 2002, I moved to Burlington, VT for college and combined my love of art and my love of the written word by double majoring in Graphic Design and Professional Writing.  I graduated in 2007 with 2 Bachelor’s degrees, and a complete lack of career direction.  Despite the technological skills I had gained in my undergraduate studies I still felt most comfortable and fulfilled working as a fine artist, drawing on paper and painting by hand.  For several years I lived, worked and created art with no idea about what the future might bring.    In 2010, I began working for a fellow artist, taking over the marketing and design responsibilities that come with being a “working artist”.  Learning how artists can support themselves through art was very inspiring and opened up my eyes to how much the art community has to offer.   A year later I packed up my art things from the spare bedroom of my apartment and moved into the Soda Plant Artist’s Collective Environment (S.P.A.C.E.), a gallery funded by the rented art studio spaces that surround it.  Since then I have immersed myself as an artist in the local art scene and began a renewed journey towards becoming a “working artist” myself.  Although I still am unsure about what the future holds I find a relaxing sense of comfort in my continued learning and my constant creation of art.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crow Lamp

Crow Lamp
acrylic and lacquer on birch bark, mixed media and hardware
17”h x 7”w x 6”d

Finished!! Fixed the metal hardware to the inside of the birch bark
to create a functioning lamp shade.  Added a beaded adornment to the 
bottom.  Purchased a lamp base, sanded it, and stained with orange paint.



and from behind...


Thursday, January 3, 2013

IF: New

Moving day means a new house, but that doesn't mean
everyone is excited..

Illustration Friday's weekly topic: New

Last Call!

...for Small Works & Gifts Under $50

What's that you ask??
An annual holiday art show at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery located
in the Soda Plant on Pine St., Burlington, VT (next to Recycle North)
where all the work is no bigger than 12"h x 12"w and lots of art
is priced under $50.  
Check out it's last showing during First Friday Art Walk!