Thursday, November 29, 2007

Daily Art ... day 17

This collage on stretched canvas began with a photo of dancer and movie star Eleanor Powell -- I love the directness of her gaze.

Bonus Eleanor Powell quote: “What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I've been accepted for Trunkt!

What is Trunkt, you may ask?

"Trunkt is a curated buyer's guide to the best of independent art and design.

We support independent artists and designers by giving them portfolio space to present their work. We celebrate their talent in multimedia features. brings the best of independent art and design to a global audience hungry for fresh creative talent. Trunkt now features the amazing portfolios of over 1000 talented entrepreneurs from around the world."

And I'm now one of those entrepreneurs!

I applied on a whim last night and heard that I was accepted about an hour ago. It actually made me teary-eyed -- this means so much to me, I'm at a loss for words to express how I feel.

Here's my portfolio. And thank you, Trunkt. Thank you so much!

Daily Art ... day 17

I was overpainting a photo of gorgeous film star Hedy Lamarr last night, when I had an epiphany of sort. Or a personal "Eureka" moment, rather. You see, I really hated the bodice of the dress Miss Lamarr was wearing in the photo -- kind of fussy and patterned and not really to my taste. So I started pasting bits of torn up paper over it, and, gosh darn it, it looks okay! In fact, I really like the contrast between the more three dimensional treatment of her face and the frankly two dimensional, decorative treatment of her clothes.

Now, of course I know this isn't exactly new, but it opened up a little door for me, personally. Woo hoo!

Bonus Hedy Lamarr quote: “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.”

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ahem ...

cash advance

Apparently the reading level for understanding this blog is "Genius". I was, of course, hoping for "SUPAH GENIUS", but there you go ... :)

Click on the brain to test your own blog ...

Daily Art ... day 16

So I'm looking at my Moo cards and suddenly I think, "Hey, I'm a collagiste! If it's paper, I can cut it up and glue it to something" So I whip out my scissors and work one of my own images (from the Moo card) into an ACEO for today's artwork.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Daily Art ... day 15

Lightly overpainted paper with music, bird and found text.

Favourite Artists on Etsy - Nonna Illustration and Design

How cute is this? This print is by Nonna Illustration and Design, user name shawnanonna at Etsy. Her shop is here. I've just bought a copy of the print pictured above and can't wait to get it -- it's possibly one of the sweetest things I've ever seen, and normally I'm not so into sweet. But this is irresistable, as is the rest of her work. (Smiling brownies, anyone?)

Love, love, love it. Thanks shawnanonna!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Daily Art ... day 14

I'm really enjoying combining all sorts of papers, as I do in the piece above. Yeah, it's pretty sentimental, I know, but I love the warm colours. We could do with a little more warmth around here right now ...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Daily Art ... day 13

Another butterfly collage -- Les Papillons 3.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Daily Art ... day 12

Okay, I've missed a few!

I started working on this last night -- it's going to be a series of four paintings. I really, really like this one ... I love the textures of the heavily overpainted background.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Daily Art ... day 11

This little collage grew from from some handmade paper (not handmade by me, I hasten to add) combined with a photo of a rose, a little bird and some text from various old sources. I like the surreal, three dimensional effect of this one!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pomegranate earrings

Okay, I'm really pleased with these -- this combination of coral and bone and brass really seems yummy to me. I got the beads from a new bead store in Bridgewater -- Java Bead. Some really gorgeous things in there ...

These earrings are for sale in my second Etsy shop, operatic .... :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daily Art ... day 10?

Okay, so I've fallen a little behind! It's because I've just spent the last three days with my local opera company's production of An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan, and I just didn't have time or energy to post!

But here we go, today's art: this is a miniature collage entitled "Make-Believe Woman", and uses all sorts of papers from my mid-century women's magazine collection. I very lightly overpainted the central image, from an ad, to make it pop a bit more.

Dedicated to all the women we can't be ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

EtsyMini -- a blog for all things handmade

Some sellers at Etsy have started an EtsyMini blog -- to showcase all kinds of handmade work by Etsy sellers. Check it out!

Daily Art ... day 9

Today's piece is a sweet little collage called Acme of Beauty. Sometimes I like to take a break from painting and just assemble a collage from papers. That's how this one came about. I used various papers, modern (these are often scrapbooking papers) and old (pages from books, periodicals, etc.), a little bird, and some found text from a precious copy of FOLIO, an 1875 music periodical printed on very thin paper. I just love the slight irregularities of the old type-setting and fonts.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Daily Art ... day 8

Today's piece is an overpainted portrait, assembled on canvas, of movie star Carole Lombard. Such a beautiful woman ...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Daily Art ... day 8

Started working on a few more overpainted portraits of golden-age movie stars. This is the immortal silent film star, Theda Bara, dressed as Cleopatra. She was one of the original vamps!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Daily Art ... day 7

This 5 x 7 collage is on stretched canvas -- the first collage on canvas I've done for a while. It's rather sweet piece with two friendly birds and a butterfly, all on an overpainted background of random text and music snippets.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Daily Art ... day 6

This piece takes its title, "Indoor Games are more exciting" from the caption of a mid-century ping pong table advertisement. I just liked the mild double entrendre, combined with the slightly vapid, white toothed smile of a lady from a toothpaste ad ...

Friday, November 9, 2007

Daily Art ... day 5

I love this one. I generally at least LIKE all the pieces that get as far as being posted in my shop, but this one tickles me.

This piece started out rather sweet and soft and romantic and all that stuff, but the instant I added the caption (found text from a 1950's ad) the whole thing got a bit more twisted.

At various points in the genesis of this piece, there were magazine covers and televisons in the lower left hand corner. I had to find a really BIG rose to cover them, when I decided to soften it a bit! But what really sold it was the bird ... because the Gainsborough woman and the Gainsborough dog really needed someone to envy them ...

Okay, it's not great art, but what the hell. It's my piece for today!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Daily Art ... day 4

Today's piece is another tiny collage, Knowledge, made from antique paper and sheet music with a caption pieced together from a mid-century magazine. A little bird flies across it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Daily Art ... day 3

I am having so much fun with my stash of 1930s to 1950s women's and decorating magazines! This piece is called "Are you still the girl he married?" -- a found piece of text I've combined with a mid-century girdle ad and part of a page from a 1930's novel.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Daily Art ... day 2

Today's piece is another collage, this one with a birdy theme. I have a small section of my shop on Etsy devoted to animal charities, and this piece is destined for that section. All the proceeds from sales in that section will be donated to my local animal shelter, SHAID, in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Daily Art ... new beginning

One of the leaders of VAST, dmriceart, has started a painting a day challenge for herself, and I think I'll join in.

She also suggests setting some art-related goals for November, so here goes:

1. make some larger pieces (at least 8 x 10)
2. organize my collage ephemera
3. paint at least one painting

I'll post some of the items here as I go along, starting with this piece, made from midcentury advertising elements.