Friday, September 30, 2011

What About My Art?

     Yes, I have been spending a lot of time looking at art, but what have I been doing this week as far as my work is concerned?

     I spent the week cataloging or organizing each piece I have made in the past two and a half years. I found a program that is super easy to use called Flick. I struggled for about 6 months trying to learn excel on my own. Oh for pete's sake-sometimes I wonder what I was wasting so much time on. I re-photographed some of the pieces so they have "real" pictures. Everything that is completed is priced and has been photographed. And a pile has been made of those that are unfinished and deemed worth the time to finish. Others have been let go of-trashed or cut up for other things.. What a great thing to let go of unfinished junk! In the end, I had 46 finished pieces. It was an overwhelming task to tackle before the 30$ purchase of this program. I refuse to think about all the valuable time I wasted before trying to do this on my own.

     My inventory list also served as a way to prepare a short presentation for my class next week. (Where I came from and where I am at right now.) I really hate public speaking-really hate it but want to act like a mature adult and do a good job. Let's hope I don't cop out as it is optional.  This whole inventory list really helped me to see a chronological history of my work-what works and what doesn't work.

    Also, spent time machine quilting. Machine is back in working order and did so well I kept going and didn't realize  I had a huge wrinkle quilted on the back. I'll sit and remove it tonight while I watch some baseball. ( Love the Tigers for ripping out bad seams and bad quilting.) I really want to get it done before I leave on Sunday but that feels overly ambitious.








     Then, I have been obsessively cutting stamps out of erasers and stamping black on white with Setacolors paint. And monoprinting. Obsessively. For as much as I hated black and white a few weeks ago, I crave it now. Crisp, truth-telling and beautiful. I am just going with this obsession for now. I'll let you know where it leads me.

Be creative, my friends.



8 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE these. It reminds me of our days this summer and my obsession with mono printing. These images have such dimension - looks like a whole lot more than black paint on white. Did you use a white on white print for the background? If not, how did you get that lovely texture?
    I hope you give your little speech. Wish I were there to hear it. Can't wait to hear about your barn visit when you get back.

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  2. I used white cotton and then I brushed the black paint onto the eraser I had carved and then printed. These Magic Rub white erasers have this bubbly little circle texture that gives you an extra bonus ! I did it on top of my small little iron board covered with plastic. Nice little inside project.

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  3. Looks like you did some pretty great stuff this week Colleen. You should give a little talk about your work, you are too modest! I hope you have a great week.

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  4. My Magic Rub erasers are perfectly smooth. Who knew you'd get that texture?!

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  5. love that black and white 'barb wire' one. very cool

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  6. I hope your presentation goes well - congratulations on getting all that cataloguing done!

    Love the stamps - I was wondering how you managed to get the little circle texture. It really works well, what a great array of tones you've gotten as well.

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  7. These monoprints are wonderful. Your presentation will be too

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  8. I hope your presentation goes well.

    We did this in art class, mandatory, in college.

    it was the most fun part for me, the rubber stamp making...

    it's so funny because i hadn't read this post but did this a few nights ago with a cut apart nut....i love your prints!!

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