I've been busy in the art room but keep forgetting to share the images here. If pressed for why, I'd answer that most likely it's due to the wearing out of the little Sony camera I used to keep on the collage table and then a wee bit because of the efforts I've been making to limit computer time. (Note to self---make blog the homepage again instead of FB...out of sight, out of mind.) Instead of posting the images all at once I think I'll work my way backward, starting with the three pieces finished last week.
The milk Suzanna took from her mother's breast tasted of honey and clover. Suzanna learned to buzz before she could talk and when her mother died, it was Suzanna who told the bees of the passing.
This piece was an experiment/play in gel transfers using the transparent inkjet film technique. I LOVE the element of surprise with these. I've never gotten a perfect transfer and this is a part of the process that I love. The first step was to cover a salvaged wood square with gesso, then after that was dry, to add book pages and a light wash of gesso. Wait again for drying. After the transfer, I painted with acrylic paints, water soluble oil pastels and added a vintage bee image.
Bee Symbolism here.
Did you know that our very important honey bee populations are in trouble? You can read about it here and sign a petition to help.
"Cassiopeia and Her Sister"
I'm going to try my hand with working in a series and I'm terribly fired up, excited about this. "Cassiopeia" is the first in this series involving constellations and twin stars which don't have to be "twins" at all. I'll be sharing the story and the art in my first solo art show at a local cafe in mid April. (!) More details about the exact date as soon as I know them. And for those of you who have done shows before, I have a question for you...Do you share each piece for the show on your blog/facebook or do you hold back a few pieces for the show, sharing them on the blog after the opening?
"Gentle and Solemn Tess"
I was working on this piece as I was listening to a news anchor report the tragedy at Tucson, Arizona. The tears showing up didn't surprise me.
And lastly, a photo of one of our dear kitties, sweet Sabine, who was hit by a car last week. She is recovering from a surgery to relocate her liver and her small intestines which had escaped from a large tear in her diaphragm. She is doing well tonight, meowing and walking and looking every bit like she knows how lucky she is to be alive. Prayers and well wishes for little "Beanie" are welcome and so appreciated.