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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Five Things I Learned at LeucadiART Walk 2014

"Autumn Path" 9 x 12 Pastel on Paper
Started as a demo piece at the LeucadiART Walk 2014
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I had a booth at the 10th annual LeucadiART walk on the 101 Auguast 24th, 2014.  It was a long day, but I learned a few things:

1) Quiche really does taste best from a French Bakery.  My sister brought me quiche and coffee from French Corner on the 101, and this turned out to be the highlight of my day-- actually my week.  It kind of ruined me from quiche from any other place, not that I eat it that often...

2) If you're at a festival featuring a large number of artists (in this case 100 or so), being physically located at the end of the festival makes for a long day. People are either stopping briefly as they begin the long walk, or are tired of looking at artwork by the time they get to your booth.  Being at the complete opposite of the beer garden didn't help-- although it was probably at least quieter.

3)  "Leucadian" is a word, and it's used with pride.

4) I'll never, ever adjust through the sound of a train barreling by at regular intervals.  I find this strange, because I grew up hearing that same train fairly often, since my great-grandparents lived off Tamarack and I spent many hours playing outside there.  I jumped every time I heard the horn.

5) Even when I think I am super organized and have everything packed ahead of time, I'll still forget my can of fixative.  (This one is not so much something I learned, but rather confirmed. I think I remembered to bring fixative to one event so far this year).

I did appreciate meeting so many people who enjoy discussing art.  I'll definitely be back for that quiche and hand-made latte at some point!

For the next couple of months, I'll be concentrating on putting some artwork in local shows-- fall is a great season for inspiration and motivation!
"Balboa Turtle"
Original now available on Vango!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Just for Fun

When perfectionism hits, it helps to have an escape plan...
"Chatte et Fleurs"
8.5 x 11.5 inches
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In my case, I work in an alternate method.  I've been working with pastels all summer, but have hit the point where I am nitpicking over details.  When that feeling takes over, I switch to making fun collages.

When I create a mixed media collage, I like to work with big shapes and layers of texture.  For this piece, I began with a watercolor background, and layered in tissue paper to create big forms.  Once the big forms were in, I added a few pieces of recycled paper from bags (the stems), and began painting with oil and soft pastel.  

I was inspired to make the big flowers after seeing my aunt's large zinnia blooms, but felt compelled to add a little cat among them to exaggerate their size.  That's the fun part of making these collages-- I get to indulge my creative side, and worry less about achieving the detailed yet impressionist effect I strive for in my usual painting style.

Usually, after a few sessions making collage, my mind is clear enough to go back and finish off the paintings I've started.  I'll also be getting ready for the Leaucadia Art Walk, happening on Sunday, August 24th.

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