I wrote an article for Handmade Goodness Quarterly magazine about a photo transfer method I developed. It just came out this week and I’m really excited about it. Check it out.
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Here the painting is, finished. I’ve decided to officially title it, “Please Remove your Belt”. I’m so glad it worked out the way I wanted it to- even better than I hoped and it was done in time too to enter it in the show. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but feel really good about it. This was a very challenging work as far as new technique and maintaining the single line while trying to also keeping the objects identifiable and yet detailed, but it’s equally rewarding. I’m happy it’s finished and can take these new things learned into new works.
I started covering the whole work with the line. I was really nervous about doing that, it was the first time I used that technique with a painting and wasn’t even sure it would work. Plus, I really liked the traditional painting I’d already done and was painting over. I had to keep fighting myself to do it and ignore that lump in my gut. I had to do what I had set out to do and kept telling myself that I painted the first one, the underpainting, and that I could do it again- over the top of the lines. I just had to do it (paint over it with the lines) and keep going. It did get easier, but only after it was more than halfway and too much to go back.
Sometimes for me, my art is experimental and feels a little like jumping off a cliff with an unused parachute. It’s scary, but exhilarating and usually works out. In order to grow and learn, I’ve got to do something new, holding only onto the faith that I’m pretty sure I can do it and still knowing that I might fail too. I’m so glad I did this- I’ve been wondering if this could work for a long time and am planning on doing the same technique on a very large painting. It’s much better to experiment on smaller works.
Today, I cleaned up and sharpened the edges of the objects and added in the highlights, shadows and darks. I’m starting to really like the looks of it and am ready for the next stage of painting over the whole work with the continuous line. It’s getting there. I hope it’ll get there in time though- my deadline is approaching very quickly. I have just about a week to get everything done.
I blocked in most of the pieces with the base colors and some of the shadows. I’m planning on overlaying differently colored lines covering the whole painting. Still feeling out the process and just how I’ll do it. I’m liking the feel of it so far and its colors, it’s leading me in the right direction. The work is very messy right now, I just threw on the paints so far with only one brush. The end work will be much neater with the lines and not so bold for color. My inspiration is the picture to the right, Van Gogh’s work, “A pair of leather clogs”.
The picture on the top there, is the original photo I took one day, after going through the security checkpoint in the courthouse. It really irked me that they made me take off my belt- how necessary is that, really? So, I’m standing there, holding up my pants, trying to get myself back together and not feel too foolish and it just angered me. I don’t need this humiliation- esp. on a day I’m already stressed and doing really important things and needing to keep cool and together. I’m not some crazed McGuyver person hiding weapons under or in my belt of all places. They’d usually scan the wand beeping thing in front of me, the belt would make it beep and they’d let me through. Not that day. Would you like a side of embarrassment with your order of justice, Ms? Um, no thanks.
I hate that these days our privacy is so disrespected in the name of “security”. All these procedures are so ridiculous and for nothing (positive anyways). I don’t think it makes any of us more secure at all- I don’t feel safer seeing my belt, keys and glasses in the bin- or your’s for that matter. I really think it’s just to remind us proles who’s in charge. It’s the proles who really have the power though- we are by far the majority.
I started working on my newest painting yesterday and am this far along on it. I’ve transferred the image from the photocopy onto the canvas. A few tweaks here and there, and then I will start blocking in bits and pieces with color. I’m thinking I’ll color it in with solid colors and overlay them with lines. I’m really not sure what the process will be exactly, I’ll figure it out as I go. I don’t have much time on this one though, the deadline is in less than two weeks!
I am a visual artist, a painter primarily. I use acrylics as I love their versatility and forgiving quality. In most of my paintings, I use my Single Line Style, in which I use one continuous line throughout an object or to make up an object. In many works, there is just one line to make up the entire painting. I love experimenting with the line and exploring with it to see all that I can do with it. I am still learning and growing with it, perhaps always will be. It continues to fascinate me.
I am creative in many areas and things and try to allow myself to follow my creative desires wherever they lead at the time. I like to follow my passions rather than try to forcibly conjure them up in some other thing that I didn’t want most to be doing. I find that my creative force is kind of like a river. It’s strongest going in the direction it chooses and it flows into whatever I’m doing if I put my soul and energy into it. I try to organize it all, but loosely.
I love art and expressing myself through it. I also love cooking and baking; singing and writing music; writing all sorts of things. I love reaching out to others and expressing my thoughts and ideas, to really communicate with others and to hear their perspectives and to learn and grow from each other. Now, that’s what life is really about- to teach others and to also be taught by them. Learning and growing, this is the point of life.
I am always exploring and learning, striving to grow. On my journey and throughout the years, I have wanted to share the things I’ve learned and come across as an artist and thoughtful person. I have found myself to feel lacking in not having a place and forum to be able to do that. To keep all my thoughts inside is to let them die there, never allowing them to reach others.
So this is what my blog is about: me following my creative passions wherever they are and sharing that with you. Some days, I’ll post a new recipe I wrote and want to share, others, the progress on my latest painting and thoughts on it. It could be some artful photos I took, a poem I wrote or thoughts on the a current controversy in the headlines. Really, just any creative thing I’m doing and want to share.
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Truth and love be with you, Xandriss.
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Thorn necklace, 1940
Frida was a lady who really lived. She was not dull in anything she did. I love that she was so fearless in her paintings and in life. (This is how she inspires me.) The images and themes in many of her paintings were intense and not what most other artists of her day were doing. She really followed her own desires and stayed true to them. She was not trying to impress any people or any movement, she did not follow what others did to try to fit in. She went her own way. Some thought that she was a surrealist, a popular movement at the time. Really, she didn’t identify with this either. She couldn’t be put into a category as far as her style went. Perhaps, she was her own movement.
I’m sure her extremes both helped and hindered her fame. But certainly, it is why she is so well known and remembered. It’s funny how during her life, her husband Diego Rivera was the famous artist and she was in his shadow and seeking to be more known. They have both long passed now and it’s she who is more commonly talked about. Diego, not as much, apart from her. I wonder what she would say about that.
A few awesome quotes from Frida-
” I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
“I never knew I was a surrealist till Andre Breton came to Mexico and told me I was.”
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
“Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?”
“…pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence”
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
“I hope the leaving is joyful, and I hope never to return.”
― Frida’s last diary entry.
My Favorite and Influential Paintings of Frida’s