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April 17th, 2014

Lost Artists

February 6th, 2014

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I recently came across this book about the illustrator George Barbier (1882-1932), who was a leading Art Deco artist in not only book illustration, but also fashion illustration and theatrical design.  Honestly, I had never heard of him, but I was drawn to his illustrative style. While he was followed by several art collectors,  Barbier lived out his artistic life mostly forgotten and undocumented.  Not until an Art Deco revival in 2008, did he have the first exhibition of his work since his death in 1932.  Thus the question, how was there no other documentation or book written on his behalf in the previous 75 years?  It saddened me, as I pored over each page, taking in the endless illustrations and paintings in the book, each a phenomenal work of art on their own.

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Another artist, whose work I have long admired is Margaret Evans Price.  Probably not bringing a visual to your mind just from her name.  Ironically she is co founder (Price) of Fisher Price toys, but few recognize her beautiful illustrations.  I cherish this book which compiles much of her work…

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and this is why…

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MEPricereaderHow many other artists, like silent birds in a bush, are out there, but whose beautiful work goes unnoticed, has been lost to time, and needs appreciated?  Seek them out! Send me your findings!

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Glitter=Happy!

January 28th, 2014

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Ever watch kids working on an art project?  Tongues sticking out, little chubby hands driving stubby scissors around construction paper shapes.  Then the Art Teacher brings out the glitter…well, enough said, that’s when the happiness kicks in!  Kids LOVE glitter!  Sparkly stuff has power!  This is probably why women love jewelry so much and “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”!

Given our recent sub-zero temperatures and wind chill torture, I have been staying indoors more than usual this winter.  In an attempt to be productive one day I was determined to purge and clean my studio.  ”No more unwanted, unused art supplies or junk clogging up my space and killing my creativity!”,  I vowed!

So I purged, and pitched and pulled things from the deepest drawers and corners of my studio. Some things went into a donation bag, some into a recycling bag and some into the garbage.  Taking a break for lunch, I returned to study my progress. I was pleased. I went on to other things.

The next morning, back in my studio I felt lighter, clear table tops enticed me and I could feel my creativity coming back. Then I spotted it. The old bottle of Acrylic Glitter Glaze that had landed in the garbage.  I couldn’t recall why I had even purchased it years before, probably for a Halloween costume.  I felt a tug on my conscience.  ”C’mon, glitter’s for kids, let it go! You’ll never use it and it will just take up space!”, the adult in me, chided.  I moved on and started my day.  Two hours later I spotted it again and then found I could not take my mind off the stuff.  ”Ok, I will let you and ONLY YOU back in!”, I scolded, pulling it from the garbage.  I opened the bottle to make sure it wasn’t dried up and would actually prove useful if saved. It was in perfect condition, just waiting to make something sparkly!

I pulled out a collage I had made to recycle old papers and I painted some Glitter Glaze onto the surface. “Hmmm, whatever!  I am not going to get excited over this, it is only glitter!”, I told myself.  Setting the scrap aside to dry, I went about answering emails and tending to daily business.  Again, I broke for lunch and when I came back into the studio, the sun (my long lost friend) was peeking in the window and had caught the surface of the collage.

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Wow! It gave it a whole new life.  Subtle in sparkle, I fell in love with the stuff.  I painted it on more things: cast off watercolors created long ago, fabric scraps, I even considered painting the dogs’ nails!

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I don’t know if it just provided the sparkle I needed after a long winter or if it transported me back to childhood!  Nevertheless, the bottle of Glitter Glaze has earned a place back on my shelf and as long as it brings the happiness, it shall remain!  Now what makes you happy?

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Moving into 2014…

January 3rd, 2014

It is time to say goodbye to the gluttony of the holidays, bid 2013 adieu, and move into the new year!  I appreciate our recent snowfall because to me, it seems like Mother Nature is giving us a clean slate, from which to begin.

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions anymore…they nag at me and seem overtly critical. Therefore, I prefer to make a fresh list of goals for the year.  My list of goals always includes one that is focused on self-improvement (“back away from the chocolate, Abby!”) and the rest are all family, work and art-related!

I think it is time to dust off the many book manuscripts I have had, but not submitted for publication…so I am dusting off and diving in this year!  The month of May will find me walking the Surtex show in NYC and 2014 overall, will see me balancing more writing and illustration work.  I will also treat myself to some new creative undertaking in the new year…perhaps an out-of-town artist retreat? Workshop? Class? I’m searching…

How about you? What’s on your list of goals/resolutions?

Happy 2014! May it prove productive!

Currently exhibiting…

December 22nd, 2013

I’m very excited to have three fabric collages in the current exhibition, Altered Reclaimed Textiles, running Dec. 2, 2013 — Jan. 17, 2014 at the Delaware Arts Castle, in Delaware, Ohio!  Check it out if you have time this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

 

Thrilled…

September 23rd, 2013

I was thrilled to have one of my pieces selected to be published in this wonderful book, Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media!  Further, I am humbled to be alongside fellow Columbus artist, whom I greatly admire, Marty Husted.  Her work is lovely, has an ethereal quality, while the colors she uses are always warm and inviting.

Additionally, I was thrilled to be in the company of Lesley Riley, an artist whose workshop really launched my artistic path in fabric collage  years ago, and whom  I consider a mentor to this day!  She helped me realize not everyone will “get” your work, but the need to create will not go away, so proceed, follow your heart and create!!  Lesley’s work in fabric books is beautiful and always nods to the nostalgic.  She truly was bringing about the notion of vintage in her work, long before it became the trend it is today!

Thank you North Light books for the opportunity and this great collection of mixed media art!

Abby on Craftypod!

September 15th, 2013

Be sure to check out Diane Gilleland’s blog, www.craftypod.com,  where she covers an array of craft-related events, books, artists, how-to’s, and items!  I was flattered to be interviewed by Diane for her Image Only Interview series, being posted on Monday, Sept. 16th!

Fab Friday!

July 26th, 2013

In the words of  the American Writer, Margo Adair, “At every moment, our bodies are continually responding to the messages from our minds. So what message is your mind giving your body?”

 

My body is hearing…REST!  REJUVENATE! REEVALUATE! READY YOURSELF FOR THE NEXT GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

What about yours?

Wishing everyone a Fab Friday!

 

De-cluttering collage

July 23rd, 2013

Yesterday’s rain found me stuck inside my studio and needing to clean up a little.  I had a “collection” (I’m using that word lightly…a mountain is more likely) of various cards and pretty paper scraps that I could not part with previously.  Honest, I am NOT a hoarder!

I decided to create collages with the clutter and found that I can then cut the collages into cards/postcards and have fun stationary at the ready!

Here is how I made my “de-cluttering collages”…

Take card stock or lightweight cardboard (cereal boxes are a nice weight), your pile of paper scraps, a 1-inch foam brush, and either Mod Podge or I prefer Liquitex’s gloss medium.

Just spread small amounts of the gloss medium onto your base card stock/cardboard and keep adding as you go. I like to paint the gloss medium over everything at the end, so that it is fully attached and has a nice sheen when it dries and is completed!

I also go over the collage once it is fully dried, with sharpie markers to add special effects and cut them into shapes.  These can make fun gift tags too! Enjoy!

 

 

 

Rain, Rain Go away!

July 10th, 2013

All this rain we are having is sure driving the bugs in doors! We have seen a few earwigs moving in, uninvited, I might add!  This made me think of the bug canvas I designed, that fellow needlepoint enthusiast, Kim Keiser stitched beautifully!  Why aren’t earwigs this colorful? Now this is a bug I would invite into my home!