While wrapping up a couple of packages from Etsy sales this week, I was reminded again of how much I enjoy 'hands on' as opposed to 'hands on keyboard' creating. So with a few days of solitude on my hands this weekend, I'm intending on minimizing my digital creating and maximizing my fabric and mixed media cravings. Change is calling me.
Although, I have to say, I love some of the new textures, stamps, overlays that seem to be showing up everywhere I look these days. The little stars 'stamp' at the top of the illustration below is but one example from Holliewood Studios "Kitsch" kit. My favorite is the "Journal Junk" kit with a variety of 'stamped' images and great papers to layer. I made this card for a dear friend who suffered a stroke last week at 46. Change is coming her way now too.
"Pony Express" 8 x 10 inch digital Illustration
Image Credits -
Tumble Fish Studio
Crowabout Studio B
While my internal jury was still deliberating on whether I would pursue more compositions with an abundance of negative space, I decided to print my latest experiment onto cloth . Earlier this week I took to the sewing machine and came up with a quick miniature art pillow - perfect to cozy up along side some of my favorite Bantock books. I am still a real novice when it comes to sewing and the stitching you may be able to see on the photos below, seemed off, as in flat. Eventually I figured out I'd put the bobbin in backwards. The one consolation was I had a fat square of the bullseye-esque fabric (actually it probably resembles a more African motif) which I thought tied in to the details in the composition.
Mini Art Pillow - "Take One"
Speaking of Nick Bantock - my muse was flying by the seat of her pants and as I was taking the above snapshots, I had to take a little break to have a visit with the king of collage. Particularly in light of the news he has just released The Venetian as an APP for iPad - wonderful news! I've been wondering when he would surface once more after his exhibit in Colorado and was happy to hear his wonderful prose and collage will reach a wider audience! Check it out here - http://www.facebook.com/#!/thevenetianbynickbantock or for a measily $4.99 go directly to iTunes to purchase it here http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-venetian/id425447380?mt=8 It makes me want to go buy an iPad!
I told Nick straight up that my goal was to make art that looked just like his. Give me another 50 years and I may come close. But it never hurts to try and despite my intentions to get off the digital kick, I did succumb only because of how IN SPIR ED I was after turning just a few of the pages in the Griffin and Sabine trilogy...I love mail art! Below, my best effort to 'lift' his style...a goal in progress....
Madame Pelican Mail
digital illustration work in progress - 20 x 12 inches
And to satisfy your literary cravings, here's a little poem by an unknown author on this very subject -
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
Thanks for reading! Stay tune for ...more changes.... :0)