As an artist working towards a full-time career, I always feel pushed to stay within my "medium" and keep that "consistent body of work." While I see it necessary, I think an artist should be able to try new things and not feel like all of a sudden they're going astray or having to create a whole new body of work. So I have began experimenting, thanks to a Fibers class I recently took while obtaining my Masters. Instead of "reinventing myself," I wanted to take my consistent body of work and push it further.
The piece shown here works well with my current paintings, but shows another avenue of expression. This is a handmade book I created using the following materials: linen book canvas, wood, oil paints, india ink, watercolor paper, acid free glue, and book board. The two outside covers feature two 2x2" paintings while the inside features an accordion folded map/painting. One sides features a hand-painted map of Route 66 while the other side features a painted collage - both completed in india ink (my new favorite medium).
Preparing for a few shows in 2014, I feel like this piece would be a great addition to my current paintings. I hope to continue working with these mediums, and see what happens!
As an artist and teacher, I want to not only provide you with an insight to my artwork as an artist but also what is be going on in the art world. I am signed up for way too many emails, really too many to realistically go through, yet occasionally I find something interesting that relates to my artwork. For years I have struggled to paint within a size that "fits in to my car." And my car size has drastically changed since I first started painting to accommodate my paintings. While my paintings are not humongous, it still can be tricky when doing shows and trying to fit a half-dozen or more paintings in at once.
However, I came across an email from painting.about.com discussing one of the newest products on the market, Genie Collapsible Big Canvas. Please read their review by clicking on this link:
About.com Painting Review: Genie Collapsible Big Canvas
Is this the solution to my problem of wanting to paint larger? I LOVE the concept but I'm not hopping on board yet. My main concerns is how well does the painting travel once rolled up, and especially how well the person on the other end manages to put it together. If you've used one of these, I'd love to know your comments and concerns.
More posts to come!