Monday, August 13, 2012

Bunny, Bunny, Frog

Three more small canvases completed for the Out of the Journal challenge and my upcoming show which is now titled "The Motley Menagerie."  (I love middle-of-the-night naming brainstorms!)  I am so excited by this theme that I'm almost 100% sure that my October 2013 show will carry this title as well.

I'm branching out and away (at least here & there) from my "all brights, all the time" palette and playing around in neutrals.  A more subdued color path suits certain animals better than my traditional color choices.

As you can imagine, I'm busy, busy, busy with show prep and now lesson planning for the upcoming school year so please forgive me if I'm scarce here at Lost Coast Post and my alter ego, Fiddlestick Hollow.  There's precious little time left before the fall insanity begins so I am trying to make the most of every possible minute.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Build Your Stash with My Destash: My Etsy Shop Comes Back to Life

I've been taking a cold, hard look at the stuff surrounding (and often suffocating) me.  It is simply time to get rid of supplies I just don't use; the process of destashing has begun!  Things are going to start rolling out of my studio and into my Etsy shop little by little over the next couple of weeks.

Today I listed three lots of gently loved commercial rubber stamps at my Etsy shop (formerly Hand & Soul Studios now renamed Lost Coast Post.  Since I originally collected images for specific themes, I decided to sell the stamps as collections.  The first three collections listed are "Fashion Statement," "Orient Express," and "Secret Garden" containing 23, 18, and 40 stamps respectively.

Each collection features background images and focal/accent images with some quote stamps thrown in as appropriate.  My destash is your stash-building opportunity!  There's more to come as I dig deeper and make decisions about what I might use for future projects and what I will probably continue to just stash away.  The "just stash it away" stuff has to go!

Wood-mounted rubber stamps are heavy so I'll be mailing these domestically only in a USPS medium flat rate box with delivery confirmation included in the listed shipping price.  (If you live outside the U.S. and are willing to bear the cost & risk of shipping these overseas, please send me an email.)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Off & Running Out of the Journal

There's a scant two months before my October show and the Out of the Journal challenge has helped me step away from my beloved, no-pressure journals and into the stacks of blank canvases waiting ever so patiently to be brought to life.

still untitled; molding paste & acrylics
I live in a buzzing artist mecca here in extreme northern California.  Almost every city in the county has a monthly art night showcasing local artists in local businesses.  It is a win-win for everyone: the artists get regular exposure and opportunity for sales and the businesses get to increase foot traffic to their stores.  My town hosts their art night on the second Friday of the month.  (The art is up for the entire month but that Friday evening is deemed the "official" opening.)  Typically, I book shows far in advance; for example, a show for October 2013 was booked in October 2011.  Originally, this particular store had no openings for 2012 but then, in late April, someone cancelled and I was asked if I wanted to show this October.  "Of course!" I replied, not bothering to consider the time constraint I would be facing.  That time constraint became narrower and narrower as I basically took June & July off so I could catch my breath in the wake of a busy school year.

detail of still untitled painting
However, the paint is flying now thanks to the motivation of Dina's challenge.  I have a few pieces already completed but I'm aiming to complete at least 50 by the end of September.  (This venue could easily hold 75 small to medium-sized works.)  I'm an incredibly slow painter so it's a miracle if I get 25 pieces finished.  It never hurts to be ambitious though and one of these times, I will manage to fill the store with my work!

This time around, I'm deviating from my usual modus operandi: in the past, I have chosen a specific theme (i.e. birds) and then executed each canvas according to a very specific set of techniques.  It gives the show a lot of cohesion.  However, as I said, I'm ditching the usual plan and tackling my show theme in a wide variety of styles.  In addition, for the first time, I'll be mixing old and new work.

In the last six days, in addition to this crane painting, I've managed to prep the backgrounds for three other pieces.  I'll be working on bringing those to completion over the next few days.  Well, enough rambling...I've got to get back to it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Out of the Journal, On to Canvas & Into A Show

This is my nemesis: a huge pile of over 150 blank canvases lurking in a corner of my downstairs studio, waiting to be brought to life.  Truth be told, there are canvases all over the apartment in varying stages of completeness.  I have another art show in October and as the last month of summer begins, I find myself (yet again) in a mad scramble to get enough pieces done.  (The venue is really waay too big for how slow I work but it is a sweet booking and I can't ever seem to turn it down.)  I worked on a few canvases the last part of May but June & July were really all about the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and catching my breath after the chaos of the school year.  Well, rest time is over and it's time to throw my paintbrushes into high gear.

To this end, I am participating in another online challenge that dovetails nicely with the work ahead.  I joined Dina Wakely's Out of the Journal challenge last summer and it was instrumental in helping me complete canvases for last October's show.  Dina's guidelines are very simple: one canvas a week in August (doesn't have to be completed, just worked on) and link up your efforts when Dina puts out a call for your work.  

I'll be aiming for a hell of a lot more than a single canvas a week because I'm a crazy person and, at this point, I have no choice.  If you are playing along in this challenge and you have no pressing deadline that calls for stacks of finished canvases, do yourself a favor and take the leisurely route Dina prescribes!  Get a blank canvas - any size - and just start splashing on some paint.  Stencil, stamp, doodle, draw, swish on some more paint and just allow yourself to play.  Take some of those techniques you usually reserve for your journals and see how they translate to a larger scale.  Have fun!  I'll be doing that too, albeit with more frenzy and panic thrown in just for kicks.  As with ICAD, I'm going to post on my progress with this challenge on Wednesdays and Sundays barring any circumstances out of my control.  I hope you'll join me!
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