Sunday, March 31, 2019

Portrait Series 16

Portrait Series 16

Another mannequin head that I manipulated in iColorama to give it a painterly look.


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The Artist Project: Dustin Yellin





Saturday, March 30, 2019

Portrait Series 15

Portrait Series 15
This is another one that I particularly like in this series.  Don't you know that the three women are chatting about the woman with the drink.  Or are they?  Could it be that they are talking about the evening events that passed or are to come?  Works for me!

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This is powerful!


"A minute of silence" by Artist Marina Abramovic




Friday, March 29, 2019

Portrait Series 14

Portrait Series 14
Layering is the name of the game and letting go is a must in collage.  One can not get too attached to something adhered.  It just might be best to cover it up or at least cover part of it.

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The Artist Project: Maureen Gallace




Thursday, March 28, 2019

Portrait Series 13

Portrait Series 13
I used this mannequin head several times in this series and changed the facial color each times.  I love working with 5 x 7 inches.  It is my comfort zone.

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The Artist Project: Laura McPhee




Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Portrait Series 12

Portrait Series 12
Seven elements, not complicated but effective.


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The Artist Project: Nan Goldin





Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Portrait Series 11

Portrait Series 11

This piece works for me as well.  I usually do not center images but the hand off balances and makes it seem like two thirds of the composition is moving to the right.

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The Artist Project: George Condo




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttla4Dcrsas

Monday, March 25, 2019

Portrait Series 10

Portrait Series 10

This turned out to be one of my favorites in the series.  I usually only work in odd numbers and in a way I did here....three women and three camels.  Total adds to six but it works.

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The Artist Project: Krishna Reddy




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaXTi4pX6Fc

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Portrait Series 09

Portrait Series 09
One might think the men are triplets but alas it it is the magic of Photoshop that helped me create them.  I love being able to horizontally invert an image and to change the colorization.  This piece is simple and yet complex thanks to technology.

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The Artist Project: Y.Z. Kami




Saturday, March 23, 2019

Portrait Series 08

Portrait Series 08
I like how the hint of blue repeats and unifies this piece.

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The Artist Project: Josiah McElheny




Friday, March 22, 2019

Portrait Series 07

Two-fer Friday after an afternoon Thursday nap played a roll in my forgetting to finish yesterday's blog entry..... :-)

Portrait Series 07
As I have mentioned previously I love to problem solve and frequently work myself into a corner where I have to figure out a solution to a particular problem.  My problem in this case was the space above the woman's head.  The portrait did not go all the way up to the top of the substrate.  As it turned out an easy effective solution came to mind.  Love that!

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The Artist Project: Eric Fischl





Portrait Series 06

Portrait Series 06
I love how the mannequin’s top knot and the rise of the cat’s back compliment each other.  I had not noticed this until now as I decide what to write.  Totally fun!  Speaking of fun, yesterday I went to the Bainbridge Island Art Museum to see a book arts exhibit.  It is well worth visiting if you live in the Pacific NW.  Then I took a nap and forgot to upload to the blog. :-(

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The Artist Project: Zhang Xiaogang




Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Portrait Series 05

Portrait Series 05
My art friend, Sally, has a number stamp.  You know the kind with a big handle that you push down on to print numbers.  It has rotary dials to change the numbers.  Every once in awhile I am lucky enough to be able to use it.  There is something about stamping a number on something.  I don't know what it is other than a form of satisfaction.  Sally gifted me two smaller versions of this type of stamp which I also like very much.  I keep looking for the larger version though.

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The Artist Project: Nick Cave




Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Portrait Series 04

Portrait Series 04
I found images of Japanese mannequin heads and I felt like I had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I imported them into iColorama and waved the magic wand.  I really had fun with changing them up into bust type images.  You will see many of them in this portrait series.

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The Artist Project: Wayne Thiebaud






Monday, March 18, 2019

Portrait Series 03

Two-fer Monday.....I had Sunday's post ready to go and I am not sure why it did not load...


Portrait Series 03
This is one of my favorites in the portrait series.  It just works for me.  I think that the unifying colors work especially well.

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The Artist Project: Alex Katz




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPcHSxd7v4Y



Portrait Series 02

Portrait Series 02

When I was in Ireland I found a bookshop and a bookseller who was very friendly.  We got to chatting about my art and I mentioned that I was interested in any ephemera he might have such  books falling apart.  He said he had some at home and could bring them the next day for me to look at.  I bought the sack full and over several nights I weeded through what I wanted and got rid of the rest.  This man was part of the stash from Westport.

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The Artist Project: Kehinde Wiley





Saturday, March 16, 2019

Portrait Series 01


Portrait Series 01

I started a portrait series several weeks ago.  All the pieces are done as postcards that are 4 inches by 6 inches.  Within the series I have a couple of mini series which will become evident as the days pass.

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The Artist Project: Mariko Mori




Friday, March 15, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 21

February Artist Playing Card - 21
This is the last of the February artist playing cards.  Don't you just love her hair?  :-)

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Richard Thorn artist




Thursday, March 14, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 20

February Artist Playing Card - 20

Just what does Miss Lizzie see?  Her eyes are so expressive!  They certainly are wide open.  Has she discovered a piece of evidence or does she now know that she won't be able to avoid a situation?

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Three Transitions. Peter Campus







Wednesday, March 13, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 19

February Artist Playing Card - 19
I am in the midst of creating two months worth of artist playing cards.  Since I will be in the UK for much of April I have to not only have April's ready to go before I depart but I have to have the May cards ready because I won't have time to creatively play when I return.   I will be teaching at the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival the last weekend in April.  Busy times right now! :-)

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Matthew Barney, Water Castings




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 18

February Artist Playing Card - 18
Everyone gets butterflies in their stomach sometimes in their life.  How about having a butterfly on your back?  We could all say I have butterflies on my back when we get nervous.  Do you think it will catch on? :-)

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Naoya Hatakeyama on what's awe-some




Monday, March 11, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 17

February Artist Playing Card - 17
I imagine that most everyone has had the experience of being somewhere and you have surprised an animal.  My neighbor's cat is amazing.  His name is Juneau.  Juneau can be friendly but he is very independent and he is friendly on his terms.  He likes to spend time on our front porch especially when it is sunny.  If I open the door he immediately is a scaredy cat!

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Parra on getting "weirded out"




Sunday, March 10, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 16

February Artist Playing Card - 16

This apc works for me on so many levels.  I fulfilled the requirement that it is a playing card.  I like the focal points.  The colors seem to work well.  I like the movement.  It is chocked full but somehow does not seem busy. :-)

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Echoes Made Visible: SF Museum of Modern Art





Saturday, March 9, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 15

February Artist Playing Card - 15
That is pretty much my philosophy, "see possibility everywhere."  I am truly an optimist and generally look for good until it is proven otherwise.  You know the type.....the person who looks at a glass as half full rather than half empty.  I feel I am at my best right now in my life.  I love retirement.  I loved my job but I have found another world that is really fulfilling, the world of art.

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Artist Stephanie Syjuco on Counterfeiting




Friday, March 8, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 14

February Artist Playing Card - 14
What a wonderful day I had today!  I spent the day with two art friends chatting away while working.  We had lunch out and then went to a museum.  Finally we went back to the studio for more work.  I got so much done on some artist trading cards and then before I knew it, it was time to go home.  Six hours of pure joy! :-)

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Henry Wessel on photographing from the road




Thursday, March 7, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 13

February Artist Playing Card - 13

We are having another snowfall this morning.  It is really coming down.  Mother Nature is having one last word before spring I guess! :-)
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The Hidden Metaphor of Barbara Bosworth’s Deeply-Observed Bird Photos