Follow the progress of my newest 48x60" MIXED MEDIA PAINTING here on my blog over the next couple of weeks. The finished piece will be "unveiled" at the opening of the Before the Rush Show, November 25th, 2016.
Loving how these two look together in a room :)
If you want to see them "in person" they are hanging at The Green Door Restaurant in Ottawa, part of the wonderful OMMA exhibition "A-DOOR-ATION" until the end of October. Treat yourself to a lovely meal and check out the fabulous art. Remember, it's all for sale.
Larry's press apprentice is a very good influence on our creative time.. He gets us sketching regularly and it is so much fun. Thank you Max! #anartsylife
'WE HAVE BALLOONS", a painting inspired by my grandson, Aidan.
An evolution of layers.
On a recent visit with my sweet grandson, there was much cause for excitement. "We have balloons", he said. And off he went to get one, then asked his mom to blow it up. This was repeated many times with total delight. Ah, to experience the world through our joyful Aidan.
Laura Starkey and I have been having a blast putting together our Artsy Life Workshops: The MINIS. We are thrilled that they are filling up so quickly - 4 of the 7 are sold out. Thank you!
Enjoy this short, fun video of the two of us Zentangling :) Love our hats, Laura!!!
I decided to do an impromptu art photoshoot this morning. Feeling lazy, I decided not to get out the professional gear, but use what I had around the studio. Luckily my studio windows and skylights provide plenty of daylight... no extra lighting required.
This fast set up was so easy to put together and it worked wonderfully. Cardboard, paper, binder clips and some flat boxes for raising the art - cheap too! Odds are you will already have these supplies on hand.
I did the shots with my iPhone 6. We are so lucky to have good cameras on our smart phones. No tripod, no fancy camera, yet beautiful, crisp images. It is so important to have high quality pictures of our art.
I would like to thank Tennyson for being my assistant this morning :)
And I would love to know how you set up for indoor art photoshoots. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or on my Holly Dean Artist Facebook page.
Here's to an artsy week ahead!
Last Wednesday, Laura Starkey and I took a road trip to Barry's Bay. Laura and I always make room for creativity to tag along. Texts flew back and forth the night before. "Making leek & lentil soup and oat scones to take with us tomorrow :)" and "Sweet, I will make a thermos of tea and snack balls." Wow, I couldn't wait to see what snack balls were!
The sun was with us, the roads were dry and the temperature a mild -2. We chatted about exciting creative ideas while the miles flew by. Our tummies started grumbling just before we arrived in town, so it wasn't long before we pulled over and began our picnic.
We unpacked our respective offerings and giggled as I revealed pottery bowls with silver spoons while Laura set out china teacups and handmade, hand printed napkins. Neither of us had mentioned bringing these; we both enjoy living an artsy life, whenever and wherever we are. The snack balls were delicious, by the way, made of yummy nut butters and seeds.
The South of 60 Arts Centre happened to be across the road and after lunch we lugged our creative works through the doors in hopes of these pieces qualifying for their upcoming juried show, "Telling Tales: Chapter One". This, of course, was the motive for our road trip. Curators Anya and Danielle were warm and welcoming and couldn't wait to see our work. That always feels so good! A lovely chat ensued, then a viewing of the remaining pieces of a mail art show in the upstairs gallery. More inspiration.
Laura and I enjoyed a walk around the streets to stretch our legs, and a check in at a couple of stores before we once again climbed into the Outback for the gorgeous drive home. We're definitely going back to see "Telling Tales: Chapter One". It runs from Jan 23rd - March 5th, 2016.
from the Greyweathers Gang - Holly, Larry, Raven, Rook & Tennyson xo
Started filling in my wall calendar today. First 2 events created with collage, painting and lettering... fun! At the end of the year I plan to cut the calendar up and make it into a book. A big book.
I've started a Studio Stuff board on Pinterest where I'll post pics of the calendar as it "grows". You can find it here
Here's to a creative week ahead!
Larry and I depend on iCal for our digital calendar and it works beautifully, syncing with our iPhones and keeping us up to date with what's going on. But every year at this time, I feel a longing to invent a new kind of calendar... one that shows my whole year at a glance. One on which I can draw, paint, photograph and collage, scrawl ideas in the margins and stick post-it notes on.
A bit of googling this evening and I found it - a wallpaper that possesses the functions of a calendar. This is what I want! Kudos to Christiaan Postma for his brilliant 'calendar wallpaper' design.
So the studio will be transforming once again. I'm off to move things around to free up a huge wall space and cover it with paper. I'll do my own lettering for the months and days. Since I am making LARGE SCALE paintings now, I can use this same wall space to paint giant canvases and boards - right over top of my calendar. All the stray paint will add to the artsy look.
I'm curious to know what you use to plan your year. What type of calendar appeals to you as an artist? Digital, journal, day-timer, store-bought, hand-made or some combination? Leave a comment if you like... I would love to hear from you :)
Wishing everyone a creative week!
BTW I've started a Pinterest board for my studio. You can check it out here.
I believe we all have a strong, basic need to explore and create. When we give ourselves permission to play, to be child-like again, we discover who we are. Magic is invited in.
Mixed Media Art Workshops with Holly + friends
7 Opportunities To Make Glorious Mistakes In Your Art
How to Make Great Art By Slaying 3 Fears
Fancy sleeping on air.