Saturday, December 29, 2007

Finally, some new art!


Well, Christmas is well and truly over, and it's time to get back to making art. I hung out with my man last night, watching I Claudius and making collages. Here's one of them. I splurged on some fabulous Japanese papers earlier in the month when I was Christmas shopping, and that forms the principal background. The is the first time I've worked with this paper and I adore it -- just stunning stuff.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Front page of Trunkt.org

My third Trunkt Showcase made the front page of Trunkt.org yesterday -- Blue and Gold. Thanks, Trunkt, for picking this collection and thanks to all the wonderful, wonderful artisans on Trunkt who make such delicious things!

Trunkt.org

Thursday, December 27, 2007

My pinback buttons arrived today!


I ordered 50 pinback buttons from Etsy seller warhorse earlier this month, and they arrived today! I love them! I chose five of my overpainted portrait collages and I'm really happy with them, and with warhorse's work.

On the front page!


A beautiful Treasury by brookemarton made the front page of Etsy this morning, and one of my pieces is on it! I'm so happy -- thank you, brooke and Etsy!

By the way, if you use Firefox do get the Screen Grab addon -- it lets you take a instant screen shot (or, rather, browser shot) without opening another application. You can find it at the Mozilla website: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1146

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dangerous Mezzo featured on Indie/Pretty/Perfect



I'm so honoured! An artist interview with me has been posted by pepperinapress on her great blog Indie/Pretty/Perfect. http://indieprettyperfect.blogspot.com/2007/12/dangerous-mezzo-nova-scotia-canada.html

Thanks, pepperina, for featuring me! I really enjoyed doing the interview -- the act of describing one's artistic journey and goals is certainly a catalyst for reevaluation and reflection.

And don't forget to check out pepperinapress's Etsy store.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New earrings

I made these the other day. These little beaded assemblies dangle at the end of brass kidney wires. The focal, antiqued pinky beads were a gift with another purchase at Etsy, and I really, really like them!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Front page of Trunkt.org


My second showcase, "White", has made the front page of Trunkt.org, and I'm thrilled. These artisans are incredibly talented and their work is just stunning. I can't believe the incredible artists and craftspeople I've found on this site, and I am so proud to have been included in their number!

Great Designer -- Paraphernalia

Red Heart Necklace by ParaphernaliaRed Heart Necklace

Here's a brilliant piece by English jewellry designer Paraphernalia: the Red Heart Necklace. I covet any number of pieces by this artist, who has a portfolio on Trunkt.org and who sells through Etsy.com. Paraphernalia's Etsy Store

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Daily Art ... day 20


I started this one last night -- and it was just a mess. Boring beyond belief, in spite of some cute handmade paper. I started overpainting it, and it got worse! This morning I looked at it and threw on some more scraps of paper and a raw umber glaze -- suddenly, it's okay. Who knew?

I love collage.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Daily Art ... day 19

I've wanted to do some larger collages for some time now -- I've done nothing but miniatures (ACEOs) and 5 x 7 pieces for months now, and I was feeling a little stale. So last night I started this piece.

It went through a few iterations. One of the nice things about collage is its flexibility -- if one incarnation doesn't work, well, one can just keep pasting things on until something emerges.

In its first incarnation, the overpainted photo of Maria Callas (my muse, in many different ways) was surrounded by some very pretty modern papers interspersed with vintage text.

It was ... pretty. And boring.

I showed it to my guy, David, who spotted the problem right away. "The edges need more intensity", he said, wisely.

So. back to the worktable I went. In my quest for darker and more intense border material, I started tearing up some reproductions of great artworks: landscapes to begin with, but then I tore up my first Madonna and Child, and it all came together.

The background was originally red -- after using the art snippets for the border, I overpainted the red with umbers, burnt and raw.

Maria Callas is a Madonna without Child. She created herself (there's a little snippet in the lower left hand corner from a painting of a woman painting ...) in her own image.

In fact, she's an icon.

Which is the title of the piece.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

More jewellery supplies!

I was in Toronto last week, and picked up tons of great supplies for jewellery making, including strings and strings of semi precious stones. Man, they weigh a ton! (As one saleswoman said of my heavy package, "Well, after all, it's just a bag of rocks!")

Pretty rocks, though ...

These little earrings are made of very nice wooden beads, also bought in Toronto on my last trip. I love the combination of warm wood with shiny silver ... just looks so yummy to me!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Daily Art ... day 18, sort of!

Another miniature artwork which started with one of my Moo cards ...

Friday, December 7, 2007

My showcase made it to the front page of Trunkt.org!


Members of Trunkt can curate "Showcases": collections of other people's work, usually unified by a theme. My first Showcase "Circular" just got picked for the front page of Trunkt -- and I'm thrilled!