Apr 16, 2014

Getting close...

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Just a gentle reminder that there is still a little bit of time left to sign up for the next Torn Paper Paintings workshop in Peace Dale, RI.
We're getting close....so if you'd like to have a fun filled day of messy art making and a chance to return home with your very own masterpiece.....call them now and get your name in.
Hope to see you there!!!

Apr 10, 2014

Many interpretations

What would you think of with the theme "Surf & Turf"??
Hmmm....I think food mostly...lol  Shrimp & steak...ymmm!
Well....in the Westport area, about 85% think ocean, water, shore, beach...or anything that comes close to that.
Soo, when the latest art show was themed Surf & Turf...there was an abundance of beach/water paintings.
Never let it be said, that just because many artists are painting the same subject using the same medium, that they are at all "alike". Actually...far from it.
With each artist having their own style in their approach ...this was a show of many lovely water/beach/sea paintings!!  Subject & medium may have been the same, but none "alike"

Funny part....the winner for "best interpretation"...turned out to include "food"...lol

Best Interpretation

Apr 1, 2014

Thank you Martha

I must give credit to where credit is due. This time...it's to Martha. Yes...Martha Stewart.
Wow...honestly never thought I'd say that. I know...she has put out some lovely things and has a nice magazine, but I'm honestly not one of those people who goes out there buying "all things Martha".
Well....the other day I was out looking in the arts & crafts store (with coupon in hand) for whatever fun mark making things I could find to work with my new Gelli plate.
Any of you who have one knows that the surface has to be treated carefully and so you don't want anything that can damage it.
Just as I was giving up, I walked past the aisle where all of the Martha products were....and discovered what is now my MOST favorite art tool. Yes...favorite!!!
I found these amazing long handled "Squeegee" brushes. They are all molded rubber and completely soft in feel and movement. They can't damage the surface of the Gelli, you can use "both" ends, and can wash clean with soap & water!!
AND....as if that wasn't enough....they are the best thing I've ever used for my Torn Paper Paintings as well. I work with lots....yes Lots...of gel medium. For anyone who uses the stuff, you'll know that it can get pretty crusty and difficult to clean. If left on a regular paint brush for a bit to long it can take forever to clean it. In fact, after a while...you really do need to replace that brush.
Well....these little darlings do the job like a champ.
I gave them a try just to see how they felt and was amazed at how well they worked. They are flexible and move like a brush, and being a squeegee as well, they actually spread the gel far better than any normal brush I've tried.
Needless to say...they also wash clean with ease. And...if you should forget to wash it right away, or get distracted and forget....the gel peels right off of them!!!
These silly little rubber brushes have almost made me giddy with their usefulness!!!
Soo...if you see yourself having a use for these beauties....better get out there and get some....because something tells me...when more folks discover them....they'll become hard to get!!
Again....thanks Martha!!