Archives for posts with tag: Atlanta artist

Day Nine/Image Nine

“Afloat” Image. Ceres Gallery. New York Solo Show.

This one is shown in its exhibition frame. I am back in town and have access to all my photos. This was intentionally done as a “Close-Encounters” thing. The traveling lights in the distance. About to land.

These collages evolved from the whimsical idea of cutting up magazines and seeing what I could do with no paint involved, as I was accustomed to using. I did one, then two. I had so much fun just “playing” (always hating that expression when it comes to artwork, because art is hard WORK.)

My solo show loomed ahead and subject matter was undecided.

I had been working on a video. I worried about focusing only on the video for the show. Working under pressure is never good. And doing animation is meticulous. Being meticulous and being nervous don’t go together.

I decided to continue with these collages, thinking “Oh, I am having so much FUN, it will be easy to RELAX and do them….100 of them….for the solo show.”

I should not admit this, but looking back, I really don’t think making them was FUN. All principles of doing art were involved. And certainly, when I hit 26, after slaving away, the rest seemed to be a torturous number. Looming in the distance.

Much like these space crafts about to land.

Day Six/Image Six

This is an unframed collage from my solo show “Afloat”. Ceres Gallery. New York. Photo taken in my studio just after I finished it. My love of water. Joyful feeling of the man in front of the wave. Reminds me of childhood times in the summer.

Day Five/Image Five

“Afloat.” Solo show. Ceres Gallery, New York. This one was one of my first collages In the series. I used the wrappers from cotton balls to make some of the bubbles. I think this one works well inside the square in a circular way. Your eye goes around and returns to the laughing baby. Compositionally, probably my best.

Day Three/ Image Three

“Afloat” image. Ceres Gallery, New York. My solo show. I am building a new studio and have been dealing with sub-contractors now for two months. While this is going on, I see the new blank walls and I feel the need to reflect on work completed.

An artist’s show unearths the artist’s psyche. Changes the person. Especially a solo show as massive as my show, “Afloat.”

This piece includes a tornado. Striking an innocent village in the snow. Blue sky. Another one of my collages cut from magazines. (“Afloat” used no computer imagery or manipulation.) Perhaps I choose to talk about change and beginning anew because of this image. And, of course, what is going on in my life.

A Four Year Old's Artwork

Tiny Drawings

Refrigerator Art.

There is really nothing creative about people tacking things up on their refrigerators. It’s so common, it’s boring.

But I wanted to share some tiny little drawings I unearthed while cleaning our space out. (Still have not found a home for those Martha Stewarts I have collected since the first issue. Prison years included.)

These drawings are done by my family. some by my daughter when she was very little, some by me and one very odd and indescribable animal head drawn by my husband. I put them on the refrigerator in a little grouping, not really knowing where else to put them: They are so small.

A person could look at them as similar to those words that were popular years back. Those words you could string together and make a poem.

Maybe my collection of tiny drawings is like that.

Abandoned Roller Coaster

I have photographed this site before and have posted it on Facebook. But I love it so much, I wanted to put it here on my blog. The moving vehicle passing by gives you an idea of the scale.

The Sketchbook Project

“The Sketchbook Project Is A Traveling Library Of Artists’ books Created By Thousands Of People from Across The Globe.”

The company is based in Brooklyn, NY.

I decided my latest work, would be to do a sketchbook. The theme: “Capes, Masks and Tights”, focusing as you can see on “Tights.”

I have not even begun, but already the images of the lower half of figures in tights has woven its way into my thoughts.

Anyone can do a sketchbook, have it digitized and then let it travel around the country as part of a library. The idea for this was formed by some folks from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.

I find these origins appropriate for me, since I live in Atlanta, did postgraduate work at Atlanta College of Art (now Savannah College of Art and Design), grew up, in part, in the New York area. And exhibit my artwork in New York and Atlanta now.

The sketchbook is a great way for artists to get “unstuck.” To keep doing work. Get ideas flowing, and to enjoy the finished product.

Atlanta Mural On Building

Part of Tommy Taylor’s beautiful work on Elizabeth Street, Atlanta, GA. Courtesy of WhiteSpace Gallery. Car, telephone pole and wires add to painting, in my opinion.