Here is your chance to pick up fabulous stencils at sale prices. Perhaps you might like one or two of the stencils I designed? That would please me so very much!
For the last while, my obsession has been artist books. I can't call them journals, because few words get into most of them. I think that is about to change, but I am not really sure. Pages are dictators. They make you add things you are not sure you want anyone to see, get rid of perfectly good images or words, and they often haunt you in the middle of the night. You cannot fall asleep again until you work through yet another page that demands to be born.
I might as well be writing a novel, with all the trouble my pages have been giving me. And let's not get started with COVERS. They are regular divas. They are very sure that the pages they grace are what you judge the whole book by, and they want to look good!
The big thing, lately, has been integrating the digital images I've been making. I have been practicing to get it right. Yes, I know, the pages are supposed to be for practicing, but my pages are very fussy about what they will wear. These three artworks, painted on collaged surfaces, were my practice rounds for a digital image. I just sent them off today: one to Florida, one to Denmark and one to the UK.
They are gone, but not before I used them to create this digital image, which I call "Tea."
"Are you confused yet? Believe me, going back and forth between real brushes and digital ones can get challenging. Soon I will print out "Tea" and add it to one of my artist books. I will paint into it, maybe add some collage, perhaps even a word or two. Hopefully this will all be acceptable to the other pages.
That remains to be seen.
You know what that's like. You want to make a change, but your mind won't go there with you. It is stubborn. It is sticking to all the preconceived ideas it has about you, and doesn't want to budge.
Switching it OFF is not really an option. You just can't think without it. So, you have to convince it that this latest scheme you've been hatching is a good idea.
And yet? Part of you agrees with your mind. You are NOT sure about the scheme in question, so you equivocate. This can go on for a lifetime if you let it. So, decisions have to be followed through. Your mind will just have to catch up when, and if, it can.
I started my foray into the art world with quilting. I soon got into art crochet, and stained glass. Oh my, let us not forget all the papier mache vessels and jewelry I made. then I decided I wanted to be a painter, an expressive abstract painter, to be exact. All along I have been drawing, especially figures. I have left out many projects and experiments, but you get the idea. I love to do stuff, make stuff, learn stuff.
I am now a Stencil Girl. I even have an intro to the "family" by Mary Beth Shaw!!
You can find me on the SG website, listed under the artists who create the stencils.
I have been creating stencils for a number of years now and my mind thinks stencil when I cast my eyes over the horizon.
You know how that works. As a photographer, you are always composing photos. As an artist, you see color combinations, characters that your mind weaves stories around. an author, your ears are perked for picking up conversations, accents, or a piece of a story you can weave a whole novel around.
Perhaps you wear many hats, and so your mind is fully engaged as you take in the world around you, always filtering, filtering to feed your creative stash of images, sounds, even feelings.
Well, I now have added stencil shapes to the mix. I see trees interacting and think "stencil." I see paint spatters and think "stencil." In fact, just about anything can get me into stencil mode these days.
To celebrate my new Stencil Girl status, I am having a give away. I created the triptych pictured here with one of my stencils, and if you leave me a comment on this post, you are eligible to win it. (Be patient--I have to OK comments). I am also posting to Facebook, so a comment there would also qualify. If you want to comment and are not my "friend," just ask!
Am I just a little giddy? Of course I am. I love the Stencil Girl line, and being part of it is quite an honor. I am in great company.
P.S. Please see the notes on Stencil Girl about how I made this triptych. I will add further details at a later date, but today I am going to have fizzy drinks, and do wild dance steps, and say "Yahoo" a lot--really, really loudly.