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Fiber optic like strands and an illuminated bird are featured on this collage celebrating Summer Solstice. 10×10 gessoed canvas sells for $25.00 and is shipped priority. To order visit http://lifeframedcollages.homestead.com/Art-For-Sale.htmlSummer Solstice 1

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Ephemera, Mixed Media, and Recycled Art

April 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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In an online group I am part of, a question was posed as to whether there is a disinterest in ephemera. According to Merriam Webster, ephemera is, “paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles.”

Having come relatively recently to the whole area of mixed media, etc, when I first came upon that group, I had to clarify what the definition of the word ephemera was. I found that my understanding – smaller pieces you might use in art that are usually small decorative paper things like postage stamps –  was pretty close.

I wonder though if it is true that there is a decline in interest in ephemera or if it may be due to a misunderstanding of the word.  Most people are at least familiar from reading with the word ephemeral which means lasting a very short time.  I’ve even heard it used during the same conversation  with ethereal and I wondered how common it is that people would mix up the meanings.

Ephemera is exciting because while it all tends to be very useful being mostly on the small side,  it is, almost by definition, older and therefore calls up memories of a time when things were more simple; either personally or culturally.

I believe the decline in ephemera is partly due to the computerization of the culture and partly because we just don’t hold on to things like we used to.  I have a pretty old Pokemon card my son gave me when he was very young but the bulk of the cards are long gone, donated by him to charity and an old concert ticket but more and more these tickets are processed via the web and all the buyer might come away with is a receipt printed from the computer.

But there is an audience out there for it – younger people who are finding mixed media and recycled art due to a concern for the environment and a mind to reuse things. I believe ephemera as an artistic concept just needs to be reintroduced, explained, and needs to grow to encourage artists to look for new ways to use it. Also, those of us that are older and have a different concept of ephemera, need to realize that though the actual things may change, it was and is our appreciation of those things that we want to foster in younger artists and help them do the same.

Do you use holidays for your art?

March 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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When most artists think of art projects and holidays, they think of only Thanksgiving and Christmas, maybe new years time.

But with a good list of all holidays, and you may find some you didn’t even know existed, you can capture interest and new audences. Take a look at this holiday list and see if you find something new:

http://www.kyledesigns.com/product/HOLIDAYS-LISTS-2011/Holiday-Calendar-2011-Dates.html#may

What Are You Planning For?

January 1, 2012 at 5:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have a plan.  I had a plan.  I plan my pieces to incorporate certain things and have gotten to the point of making sure I have at least one piece from each category, one that supports the religion highlighted, such as Christianity or Judaism, then the rest just sort of seem to fit.  And of course I need to have enough of everything for more than one piece.  Such planning gets tiring, expensive, and ultimately can slow an artist down.

In mixed media, as in all art, you need a plan. Right? You need to make sure you have all the pieces you need to make that art you want and to represent what you intend to. If you have a square you need to make sure you have a circle, if you have a spiritual symbol, you need to find another to balance it out.  If we’re not careful, soon the art becomes more about planning than art.

I know that artists need somewhat of a plan.  A plan is good.  It helps us fulfill the needs or expectations of our customers and therefore their own need for profits.  Series’ are born of planning and can be very successful.

But when is there too much planning involved in art.  It doesn’t take long for a plan to become an obsession and that is the last thing an artist needs, another obsession.

Maybe instead of a plan what would be more appropriate, more in the spirit of the art we make, would be intention.  That we intend to do our best to express what we feel our viewers will be happy seeing.

 

Find Your Flair

November 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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In the early ‘90’s, I decided to try my hand at black and white photography.  I bought what is still considered one of the best if not the best film camera for black and white, the Pentax K-1000.  Once I was in the class and the initial excitement gave way to learning all the terms and what an F-Stop was, it occurred to me to wonder what there was to be so excited about – after all it was just black and white, not color.

It occurred to me that my thing – what I was going to focus on (pardon the pun) – was shadows. I’d taken pictures of objects sure but hadn’t really thought about those objects in terms of where their shadows were. So I decided to take pictures of shadows – shadows alone, shadows that were close together, I even did some tricks with shadows in the dark room with the superimposition of negatives.

So that was my focus.  And as it turned out, it was a good choice for me.  While I was good at choosing an interesting way to shoot something, my fascination with shadows always was evident in my work.

And that is how I like to think about making art and how I think we all need to think about it.  Don’t worry about how your art might be similar to what is already out there but find ways to make it uniquely your own. Maybe the exclusive use of one palette, the size of the eyes in the people in your paintings, there’s always some way to put your own mark on your work.

Thinking back to what I said here last week about apples and art, I believe that even if the work of two artists has within it the same subjects, and there are only so many things to make art about and the artist just has to find his or her own flair or stamp of uniqueness and that’s what make their art, your art, unique and that uniqueness is what makes our art a joy to us and our customers.

So the next time you, or a well meaning critic, think your art is not original or is easily duplicable, remember what your personal stamp is and rest assured that that stamp is what make it your own.

Artist’s Poll

November 4, 2011 at 3:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Let the world know what kind of art you love. Take this fun poll.

 

 

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