Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Altered Page: Buried Treasure

The Altered Page: Buried Treasure: The Continuing Education of a Perennial Art Student . . .Lesson Learned: "Deluge After Drought"

Here is a piece I struggled with for quite some time.  It has quite a few more layers of various papers and paint than I frequently use in my work, and at several stages in it's creation, looked quite different than it looks, above, in it's final incarnation.  At times I thought that I had "overworked" parts of it, and I also kept fighting the urge to give the piece a strong focal point of some kind (even in my non objective artwork like this piece there is usually some sort of center-of-interest), as I really wanted to focus on texture, pattern, and repetition, here.  I put the unfinished piece away for a month or more, and thought about elements that would  bring the composition more in line with the mental image I had of it.  When I hauled it out, again to work on it, I only ended up changing things slightly by adding several new elements to the composition.  Having done so, I knew it was complete.  Lesson learned: giving a piece I am working on some time, by putting it away and leaving it in an unfinished state for awhile, helps me to process, and can actually give the artwork the space and time it needs, as well, to tell me what needs to happen next!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"No Brain for Math and Science:" My Interview in Featuring Magazine

The upcoming issue of Featuring Magazine: Art Journaling, Mixed Media and More. . . includes an interview where the editors of the magazine asked me a number of questions about my 'awakening' as an artist during my high school years, my development as an art student at the California College of Arts and Crafts in the Bay Area in the 1960's, and the fascination with mixed media in my current work.  The article, which includes images of 9 pieces of my work, is titled "No Brain for Math and Science," a direct quote from an answer to one of the questions Featuring's editors asked me.  The current issue of Featuring (issue #4) has been sent to the printers and is available for pre-sale on the magazine's website, It will be ready for mailing to readers in about two weeks.  If you are interested in collage, mixed media, art journaling, and a world of related topics from an international community of artists, and are not familiar with this amazing new art magazine, you are truly missing something special.