Friday, December 9, 2016

Graffiti Series # 16

Graffiti Series #16
Don't you just love the attitude and the strut of these women.  Can't you just see them on a street out of a day of shopping, gossiping,  and lunch?  Another medium I used in this series is Inktense blocks.  If you have never used Inktense blocks you might try to find an art friend who has them because they are pricey but to me well-worth it.  They are applied like a crayon or you can use them like watercolors.  If you are using them like a crayon you color and then wet a brush and go over what you colored.  The pigment is intense.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Graffiti Series # 15

Graffiti Series #15 

Another technique that I used in this series is transfer paper markings with asemic writing.  Transfer paper is kind of like carbon paper.  It comes in different colors.  I used mostly white and gray in the Graffiti series but I always wrote using asemic writing which is nonsense writing.  It always looks great and adds another layer to each work.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Graffiti Series # 14

Graffiti Series # 14
I just love a bit of red added to a piece of art.  It makes everything pop.  The red here, tissue paper, stamp, and Stablio Woody, helps with movement in this particular piece.  My eye is drawn from the stamp down to the feet of the cowpoke.  I also have a circular movement between the three major portions of  #14, the man smoking, the photograph, and the stamp.  I like that my eye does not remain stuck in one spot.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Graffiti Series #13

Graffiti Series #13 

A few years ago in an Orly Avineri workshop we made chop marks out of rubber stamps.  Ever since then I have used the chop mark on my work.  I latched onto this idea because when living in Japan I had a chop mark.  That is how one signs legal documents there.  It was not easy finding a chop that fit my last name.  Then when I lost the chop and wanted to close my bank account I had many difficulties because I did not have my chop to sign the papers.  I had to go with a bank employee to get a second chop and sign all sorts of documents stating that I had lost my original chop.  Because all the paperwork was in Japanese I had to take the word of the bank employee that I was knew what I was signing.  I guess it did not matter much since I was leaving the country.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Graffiti Series # 12

Graffiti Series # 12

I like most anything vintage.  I just like the look.  I am continually asked about where I find my images.  I scour estate sales, the online  Goodwill auction site, garage sales, friends, you name it!  I am lucky enough to have a personal shopper.  My art friend, Sally, loves to look for anything on my list of wants.  She has a route of stores that she goes to and besides shopping for herself, she is willing to shop for me.  She will find something for sale on the Goodwill auction site that she thinks I will want and she sends me a link.  I love that she is willing to do this and I am so grateful that I know Sally.  Thanks Sal!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Graffiti Series # 11

Graffiti Series # 11

I love using vintage photos in my collages....oh knew that!  I scored big time this summer at a garage sale finding a huge box of photos for $7.00.  Whenever I purchase them at antique stores they are at least $1.00 per photo.  I add graphite around the photo to blend the edge with the rest of the collage.

Yesterday, I participated in an art sale with two other artists.  We were busy all day with shoppers and I sold quite a few journals and several of the graffiti series.  Thanks to all the shoppers and others who stopped by to support us.  By the way, I sold South Indiana Avenue this past week.  I am thrilled!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Graffiti Series # 10

Graffiti Series #10

Sometimes I like to add distress inks and matte varnish to finish off one of my art pieces.  Rubbing the distress inks and then adding the varnish ties everything together with a hint of the same color.  In this series I was careful to not put the distress ink/varnish over the vintage photo because I preferred the clearer photo.

I suppose one could say that is series is a bit a formula.  Similar backgrounds, stamps, vintage photo and a mostly a person for a main focal point.  I would say, well it is a series isn't it.