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This past year has seen a lot, from moving back and forth cross country, and a death in the family, and working like all the time because capitalism is the worst; I haven’t been feeling much studio time.

I have been trying to get involved with some more creative swaps still on swap-bot which mostly have entailed me making postcards or decorating envelopes and such. And I have thrown a few small things on my wheel, but not gotten them fired yet. My studio however, is still in disarray and not completely set back up as some of the tables are being used for other things. So my encaustics have not come out to play yet. I have been doing some light acrylic and watercolor painting in addition to working a lot with gel pens. I’m trying to trim my work hours just a bit so I have some more time to myself to create, but for the most part I am pretty unproductive 😦

I’ve also been dabbling with the idea of making this more of an art review blog. I have a whole stack of cards from art shows/fairs to talk about and link up and might do that in the near future.

I do have an instagram if people want to follow I sometimes post pictures of what I am working on and mail going in and out on there. Screen Name : Deidreart

Some recent creations:

Masterboard Pcs

collage/masterboard postcards

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atc with letter D theme (pretty sure all the words came from an ikea catalog)

kawaii atcsKawaii Atc’s

12145374_501087296726019_108169971_n Glitterati (paint, gel pen, and tape) 11325488_889695367767386_971083212_na map of our travels

Currently listening to this a lot. which is weird because when it first came out I wasn’t that into it.

This past weekend was Mother’s Day which means it was also the annual Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair. Paul and I volunteered this year and got to see the fair for free. However, the weather was not in our favor. When we arrived for our volunteer shift it was pouring down rain, we got soaked on the short walk from our car to volunteer check-in. The whole fair is outside and in a field so you can imagine that the ground was pretty soggy. Once we checked in we got to be under a tent for a few hours and the rain let up a bit but did continue to drizzle throughout the day. Attendance was low because of the weather so when we did get to walk around there wasn’t much crowding in the booths. There was a ton of great art there from artists I did not remember from years past (although it has been a while since I went to this fair). One thing I noticed is a lo of people did not have cards, which is what i use a lot to remember the booths and write posts like these. This post would have been twice as long for sure. I even bought myself a little something this year. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.

Sculpture

Frederick Prescott – These sculptures were so large they would have fit right in with the rest of the sculpture park. They took up residence in a little corner booth spot but could not be contained by a booth! And the brightly colored paint jobs drew you in from many booths away. The piggy was my favorite, but the cacti ones on his website look awesome too.

Joel Pinkerton – Not very much on his website or facebook page, but there is a large picture of his whimsical robotic sculptures. Made of upcycled materials each little guy or gal has it’s own personality, no two are a like! When you are surrounded by them it’s like you are in a foreign land straight out of a children’s book.

Richard Kolb – This was the booth I bought a little piece from, my piece was a little yard stake with a flying pig on top. Again made from upcycled materials mostly car parts and some ceramic knobs and other stuff, and mostly animals. I have seen this work before represented as Yardbirds, but the business card now says Engine-New-Ity, it appears to be the same company though, although these sculptures are a bit more industrial than the Yardbirds ones.

Painting

Melvin McGee – Brightly colored cartoonish paintings filled this booth. Some original designs and some based on favorite characters like The Wizard of Oz or Frankenstien. What really made the booth popular was sound effect to go with some of the paintings. Its hard not to be drawn in to all this fun.

Vladimir Ovtcharov – I can’t not love a good pop surrealist painter, which is exactly what this booth was. Apparently the Ovtcharov’s show as a duo but this show appeared to just be Vladimir. Both of their collections can be viewed online and they are both great. I think I dig Vladimir a bit more for the pop punches though. You can really see the old school painting techniques mixed with modern ideas.

Brian J. Sullivan – American Image is the name of an upcoming exhibit from this artist, and it is the perfect way to describe them. Filled with bright colors and pop imagery some are comforting but some, just because of the proportions are almost scary, look at the one with Howdy Doody and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Karri Jamison – I love nature, and I also love bright bold colors, these paintings combine both. Some of the nature is otherworldy while some is very familiar. They are beautifully done with funky backgrounds that make them really stand out in a crowd.

Other

Luis Gonzalez – I don’t know what it was about these, the size and color drew me in! Large fruits an vegetables make up the work made out of wood that are glossy and colorful enough to eat.

Kathy Oda – Super nice lady to talk to, and her work is a lot of fun. I have always had a soft spot for glass and want to try the kiln formed variety in the future. My favorite part of her collection are the little Splats. To some folks these might look like toss away pieces but they are so much fun, I can imagine a house with little Splats lazing about in various colors and sizes!

April Riley Tate – Just plain cute, no other way to describe it. These stuffed toys are simple and adorable. Also helps that they encourage cuddling of the stuffies! With your standard animal variety as well as bearded ladies and strongmen what is not to love.

Ceramics

Cindy Martin (Aldrich Valley Pottery) – I would have really liked to get one of these pieces as well, they were so great and priced kind of low. From what I could see they were all raku fired and each had it’s own individual flare. Some included horse hair and most included figurative elements of animals carefully sculpted and attached to the pieces. Very beautiful one of a kind work.

Hironobu Nishitateno (Nanten Pottery) – Tons of tiny little pots and vessels, very traditional but with some great glazes and unique features. The bud vases were adorable and there were so many different options and styles.

Reiko Cunningham – Last but not least, personally I love making sgraffito pottery, and you can tell Reiko does as well. Bunny rabbits seem to be a common theme which attracted lots of kids (and kids at heart) to this booth. Some of the carving were full scenes while in other areas a nice pattern. Great stuff all around.

For more info on Laumeier Sculpture park and next years Art Fair go here!

It has been 6 months since my last post! Way tooooooo long. Living arrangements have changed somewhat and I have limited access to the big computer which is easier to post from, it’s been a little easier to post on smaller blogs like Tumblr in the mean time.

I have been focusing a little more on 2-d work lately. It’s a little more feasible financially to do and it is a little quicker to do so i can fit it in better when I can. In addition i have been playing around with some line work and patterns done with some pens. I have been using a type of pen called a Hybrid Technica made by Pentel that I really enjoy for fine lines. It gives the look of a technical pen without the price of buying a technical pen. The painting has been consisting of some watercolor but lately a lot more acrylic, i can get such brighter bolder colors with acrylic. Most importantly is that there is NEON acrylic paint. Frankly Neon needs to exists more, I wish my whole wardrobe was neon. But I digress. I have included some pictures of some of the stuff i have been playing with. Included are some pictures of some stuff from a series i have been dabbling with I am calling 90’s wisdom, which features quotes from 90’s songs against a bright patterned background.

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I have still been throwing on the wheel every so often and in fact threw a couple of bowls to donate to an Empty Bowls event held at my Alma Matter of SLU this year. Here is a photo of how those looked.

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So technically this art fair is referred to as the Saint Louis Art Fair, but I always refer to it as the Clayton art fair and know many others that do since that is where it is located. I have quite a bit of history with this fair, I have shadowed a working artist there, shown my own work as part of a student program, and worked as a volunteer there more than once. This was maybe the first time I ever went to it purely as a visitor. There were some artists I recognized from previous Clayton art fairs and other local fairs but some were new and there was some really great stuff. I wish I had more time to explore but we saw a good portion of the fair, maybe only missed one little avenue. Stay with me, but this is going to be a long post 🙂

One thing that seemed a little different was the Emerging Artist booth, this was the booth a few years ago I had a chance to show my work in, and for years it was mostly SLU and Wash U. students. This year the booth was much larger and centrally located, the signage was better, and overall it looked like the organizers put a lot into this booth this year. However, it did not appear to be necessarily students, if they were students no signage or anything said what school they were from and I can’t find any info on this in the program guide or online. My favorite showing from this booth was Lisa Hilton, but I cannot find any links to her work online. It was mostly ceramic sculpture of figures that were deteriorated. The figures themselves were beautiful and the textures created to make it look as if it was rotting away was really amazing.

Okay onto other favorites this year. I kind of separated them by type of art, but some are in a category all their own. Some of these are also Paul favorites but I like them too.

Grant Silverstein – Realistic etchings are Grant’s specialty and they are done very well. He even had on display some actual etching plates he used to make the prints, which are a work of art in themselves. His style is really great with lots of lines and squiggles making up great pieces.

Kreg Yingst – Combining a love for music and visual art in one. These were a series of woodcuts and linocuts each featuring different rock and blues artists or lyrics to songs. Brightly colored with fun frames to match this was a pleasant surprise of a booth.

Amy Gillespie – This was the first booth that really stood out to me. I have been getting more and more fascinated by fiber arts lately. Amy’s wall sculptures out of felt and wood really fed into that fascination. They looked flawless, but obviously required a lot of time and effort.

Jeffrey Zachmann – I may have mentioned this guy from previous art fairs, but his stuff is just too much fun not to mention again. They are kinetic sculptures. They look great just in picture form, but on the site you can see them in action in videos. The most amazing part is when they do little long distance jumps from one ramp to another and it is spot on every time!

Aaron Hequembourg – They are described as engraved paintings, but they encompass a lot more than that. These works are made from salvaged materials from old farming houses and represent farming and family life. They are large works that leave a large impact on the viewer.

Tanya Doskova – Featured her figurative art paintings in this show which are really whimsical and fun. I like the chubby figures with big proportions thatd had a large presence and even larger personalities in the paintings and also some of them included pigs. 🙂

Joel Hunnicutt – I have seen a lot of wood artists over the years but this one is by far my favorite, why? That amazing use of color. In case you haven’t noticed, color is kind of a big deal for me. These stunning works are high gloss and the best colors I have seen on wood pieces, and you can still see the grain of the wood throughout keeping the integrity of the original material. Love it!

Richard Ryan – Another first for me, again I have seen a lot of glass art and I do enjoy it, but this one takes the cake. These glass sculptures have been cut into and manipulated from the normal blown or fused glass I have seen before. They become these organic life forms that held my gaze for quite sometime. I held in my desire to run my hands over every nook and cranny, though it wasn’t easy.

Andy Rogers – Another artist I ma have mentioned before, I have seen his work more than once, but it is just that great I can’t help but mention it again. A lot os texture and a lot of color in each piece which are the main reasons I love all of it.

Susan & Eric Anderson – Just plain gorgeous work. This ceramic work was very nature oriented and had some similar silhouettes to ones I have worked with on a smaller scale before. Really fluid and colored nicely, I enjoyed everything in the whole booth.

Michael Hamlin-Smith – Last but certainly not least comes Michael’s work. This was the one that caused me to ask permission to touch. The texture was astounding and when I did massage the different forms it did not even feel like clay, it felt like volcanic rock which is pretty awesome. And again the color is what initially drew me into the booth.

 

 

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Posted on: July 22, 2013

Tumblr time

Quick link for you guys, I have started a joint Tumblr with my best friend. We are both artists and will be posting some of our own stuff, but also collaborations and possibly music and comedy stuff in the future. Check it out, and follow us if you are inclined. 

Tried to get in some more time in the studio today but the bad weather outside was harsh on my mood. I think I should have napped before hand. I did manage to clean up a bowl and add some texture and pattern with a Iron Slip which I think will pop once this is fired. Prefired colors are always pretty bland. I was trying to make some slab work things with different patterned sheets I have but the clay for the most part was too wet and wasn’t picking up the pattern well. The one I did get I draped over a brick to help keep a shape I wanted. Now its drying out a bit.

On a side note, my best friend who I have linked to here before is a great artist and I recently started setting him up a Society6 page where you can buy his work as high quality prints, t-shirts, phone cases, etc. Check Paul Lapusan out.

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I have been cleaning out my studio space lately which is good because I can actually find everything now and be more productive in it! Which will include making some more paper crafts for other swaps in the future, including a handmade postcard one I am hosting. I also am putting several things that have been just taking up space that I will never end up using in a donation box to take to a local place called Upcycle Exchange so others can use the supplies instead of them collecting dust. I will post pictures of my studio once I get everything organized and sorted out.

But now for the main part of this post. I am participating in a blog swap right now on Swap-bot, this one had 5 partners but I am posting more blogs than that because it was a little bit confusing when partners were assigned the way it was worded and I want to make sure everyone is getting shared 🙂 Also a few people I was assigned I could not find the link to their blog so sorry if I am missing people I will update or do a follow-up post if I get those links to share 🙂

FabricFriend– An avid crafter and swapper, fabric friend shares photos of her elegant crafts as well as some tutorials to follow along to.

VintageLoveandPhotographs– a more daily blog with lots of pictures, including adorable pug pups. Also crafts and thrift store finds.

The Inane and Insane Ramblings of Rose– There are a lot of series posts on this one as she takes part in multi-day or month projects. Lots of original art and pictures of swapped items.

BooksBowtiesandBallsofYarn– Straight from the author ” It’s kind of crazy–a mixture of crafting, reading, my life, fashion, and geeky stuff like Doctor Who”

Breaking the Eggs– A blog with a special interest in storytelling and performance art. Really enjoy seeing some different take on stuff here.

Thimble– Really great blog with some new craft ideas for me. And also pictures of mail that she is sending out which looks awesome!

Growing to Four – One word: Recipes! and some pretty delicious looking ones at that 🙂

New Wave Domesticity– Featuring more recipes and also some craft inspiration from a citizen of Portlandia!

That is all for now 🙂


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