Sunday, December 21, 2008

What Are You Going To Do With THAT?

The "that" in question (this time) is a giant, green Styrofoam ball that stands two feet tall. I bought it for $7.50 when Cathy and I went to a liquidation sale at a local display company. I don't really know if $7.50 is a good price to pay for a giant, green Styrofoam ball, but I do know that I've never seen one before, and may never see another one again. When I took the ball to the checkout table so that I could continue shopping, I asked the saleslady to make sure that she didn't let anyone else buy it. She replied, "Oh, I don't think you have to worry about that!" Who wouldn't want a giant, green Styrofoam ball? I think it's just crying out to be covered in something, but I'm not sure what. Buttons? Beads? Mosaic? Pennies? Postage Stamps? Collage? Any suggestions or ideas? What would you do with a giant, green Styrofoam ball? For now, it will just keep rolling around in my dining room until I decide what kind of art it will become.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Photos of Class Projects

These are the photos that Terry took on the last day of class.

This is my project inspired by the wood sculptures of Louise Nevelson. I'm slightly obsessed with circles and they appear often in my artwork.

A closer view.

This is my version of a Robert Rauschenberg "combine" painting. I was happy to be able to use a few of my favorite street finds in this piece. The metal signs with numbers were used to mark outdoor parking spaces downtown--until they rusted and blew off the wires where they were suspended. I found the big hunk 'o rust in a rest area parking lot during my fall trip to West Virginia.

Finally, my project inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell. I bought the frame at my neighbor's garage sale about 10 years ago. I love the weathered wood and the metal pieces that join the sides together. I originally intended to use the paper tags to label the keys that were going to be the basis of the piece. Instead, the tags became the focus and the keys are now a future project.

Art Journaling Magazine

It's here, it's here! I just received a contributor copy of the premier issue of Art Journaling magazine which will debut on January 1st. Wow! This is going to be a real treat when I finally sit down to read the articles and savor each and every gorgeous photograph. I'm thrilled to have a couple of pages from Rejectamenta featured in this beautiful new publication from Stampington.

And....what a lovely surprise to discover that Cathy's artwork is also featured! It was our hope when we sent in our submissions to be in the magazine together. It looks like dreams really do come true.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Rejectamenta Journal

Here are a couple of pages from my Rejectamenta journal. This journal was created as a tribute to the flotsam and jetsam of society that I find quirky, crude, and appealing. It is comprised entirely of rejectamenta attached to acrylic-painted pages. In keeping with the concept of found art, I chose to use found words in the form of quotes, to illustrate that one person’s trash is indeed another person’s treasure.

I found the metal piece on the cover while walking on the beach about 20 years ago. I'm not sure what it is, but I've always loved that thing. This seemed like a good place to finally use it.

I live by this quote. The journal was hard to photograph since it's crammed with all kinds of strange and weird found objects. I'll post more pictures after I photograph some more pages.