Friday, September 26, 2008

New SuziBlu Video...

SuziBlu has a great idea for an artspace!!! So useful!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

With One Image Challenge

Edith Kramer as a young girl.

The August/September 2008 issue of Somerset Memories has a great challenge! There was an article about a collaborative project by the Arte ed Anima Group, 20 women that worked on postcards using the same basic image as a starting point, a cute little ancestor-as-child cabinet card image. The same image was used on all the artwork, but each piece was unique and different. They put out a challenge to try it out with your own group. "Collaborate with friends or do a grouping by yourself and show us your designs! Results will be published in the April/May 2009 issue."

I figure we could do it with an image of Edith Kramer as a kid which is a common ancestor for many of us, since she was one of the grandmothers of art therapy. But even if you are not part of the lineage, you may like to play with the image. (See the above image) So here's the deal, sign up in the data base (at 14 Secrets) for "With One Image" and I'll send you via email an antique photo jpg that you can print out and work with in real old fashioned ways, using paint, collage, etc. Read all about it here.

This will need to be a pretty quick turn around time. You will need to get the finished work to me by Oct. 15.

Our Specs:

Portrait (up and down rather than landscape)
4.25" x 6" (like a post card) Heavy paper, poster board, water color paper, cover stock, just so it'll stand up to what ever they put it through.

No margins necessary.

I'm sending out 2 images so if you blow one you have a second, or if you want to keep one then you can. Have fun with this. Pick up a copy of the magazine if you can, to give you an idea.

When I have all our images (land mail, hard copy, not digital - my address is in the database) I'll bind them in a book, create an eZine for us and send the original to Somerset, while we get to keep the eZines.

All artwork must arrive in Nova Scotia by 15 of October so I can create a book and send it out to Somerset. They basically want original art work, so they can photograph it to its advantage.

All artwork must be identified with the artist’s name, address, e-mail and phone number clearly printed on a label attached to the back. Artwork often gets separated from instructions during the Somerset selection process, so they need you to inscribe your name and address somewhere on the art.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

#2 video from GrittyArts

A Question from Carol Moore

Here's a question from Carol Moore:
Since Monday, I have been the ask the artist on the Artella 
Daily Muse. Something a little different for me, but it has
been a lot of fun.
The question today was about art materials 
It made me wonder how the 14 secrets group would reply to the following 
What is the most interesting art material you have created with?
Carol from the mountain of Virginia

And here are the answers:

From Carol H.:
That is a question that I had to reflect on seriously.  I have played with so many materials over my many years as an artist.  "Most interesting" seems to narrow it down to something that I found new, enticing, challenging.  Artists do have a tendency to have what might be called "periods" of art.  I at one time had a "period" when I was into what I called then wood batiks, right now you would probably call it encaustic painting.  It was very experimental for me as back then we had no net to find information on techniques.  Another time, after finding an old rusty horse watering tank on this piece of property, I was into cutting and bending rusty metal.  I made some gorgeous frames for mirrors out of that old thing.  LOL  However, that lost its charm once the horse tank was reduced to refuse.  No other piece of metal has been so enticing.  Right now, I am attempting to make a sculpture from cement, as I read an article from one of the popular magazines about a lady's art using this form.  It is definitely the most challenging thing I have tried, so far, I think.  Thanks for sharing this question, it was rather fun to go back over my art and think about things.

From Nell
In days of yore we used to iron autumn leaves or crayon shavings between slips of kitchen waxed paper. I will try the Handiwrap for a more crystal look 
with my 2nd grade Girl Scouts. 

For those who live in the land of the winter deep freeze, try cutting 
snowflakes of colored tissue, placing in a pie tin filled with water 
and freezing outdoors overnight. Don't forget to leave a string 
looping out at the top as a hanger. They make beautiful outdoor 
suncatchers. If you have a winter traditon of decorating a tree for 
the birds with seeded pinecones, citrus fruits, suet balls, and other 
simple treats-- these make a sparkling addition. Sculpture for the 

From susanna:
One of the most interesting things I worked with was "Handiwrap" you can heat it with a warm iron and encase things in it. We used natural materials found outside before the workshop. We made a frame of vine or twigs and hung them in our windows. They were marvellous!

I guess the next thing would be old broken bits of crayon. We melted them on an old "griddle" or warming tray and than used expired photograph papers to scoop up delightful designs which then were incorporated in other mixed media collages.

Then of course if you're under 4 you might like fingerpainting with pudding and yogurt!

Just play!

From Gena:

One of my favoirte art materials is penscore. These are pieces of plastic type material that you heat and then form, which then makes a stamp. You can use paint to stamp backgrounds. I love the stuff. Have lots of fun with it and when you are tired with the stamp you just heat it up again and use a different form.. presto and voità!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mary Bogdan's work

Here's an interesting artist, that Adela sent me the link for. Mary Bogdan has such a variety of work, very inspiring, take a look.

I just love her assemblages!
Thank you Adela!

Do you know Robert Genn's The Painter's Keys?

The Painter's Keys is a wonderful newsletter which almost always has some perfect piece of wisdom to delight us. Gioia forwarded this one which I thought was perfect for 14 Secrets.
John Cage
Dear Artist,

What a remarkable clearing house this twice-weekly letter is. After that last one about building a factory, this old factory computer was backed up with creative folks who positively get off on the factory life. Almost no one disagreed with me. This could be a bad thing. Truckloads of related items came in as well. Louise Nel Phillips deposited John Cage's "Rules for Students and Teachers." Here they are:

1. Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
2. General duties of a student--pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
3. General duties of a teacher--pull everything out of your students.
4. Consider everything an experiment.
5. Be self-disciplined--this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
6. Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make.
7. The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
8. Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.
9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.
10. Break rules. Even your own rules. Leave plenty of room for X quantities.

John Cage (1912-1992) was a composer,John Cage's Variations VII
John Cage's Variations VII print maker, performance artist, writer, philosopher, editor, teacher, mushroom expert, collaborator and poet. Fact is, John Cage had a lot of fun in his factory. Considered one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, he produced works with one note, no notes, notes by chance, and a noted organ composition that takes 639 years to play.

Thinking about the life and "happenings" of John Cage, it's not difficult to see that joy, imagination and brilliance flow from factories. "Life," he said, "is a workshop."

Best regards,


PS: "Music is purposeless play, an affirmation of life, not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living." (John Cage)

Esoterica: During a joint concert of Cage's "Etude for Piano," the video artist Nam June Paik cut off Cage's tie and then washed his hair with shampoo. Performance art is not limited to public galleries. Of his university life Cage wrote, "I was shocked at college to see one hundred of my classmates in the library all reading copies of the same book. Instead of doing as they did, I went into the stacks and read the first book written by an author whose name began with Z. I received the highest grade in the class. That convinced me that the institution was not being run correctly. I left." Cage's favorite saying was "nichi nichi kore konichi" or, "every day is a good day."

Thank you Gioia!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Creating Texture with GrittyArts

GrittyArts has a few "how to's" which I'll be posting here. Here's #1. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Secret # 13 (check the list to the right of post)

Here's an altered book that Lore made for her teacher who was retiring. ( Art as a gift.) Click on the images to see them enlarged. Can you imagine holding such a lovely gift in your hands? Oh my!:

And here's what her teacher said:
Lore, Dear,
I read your book-gift this morning as part of my meditation. Wonderful,
such a sweet combination of truth and artifact; I think it embodies my
profound conviction that somehow the stuff of the world carries the
essential truth of it, and that our interactions with this stuff can
either serve to obscure the truth more deeply or bring it closer to the
surface. Thank you for the caring, energy, and attention with which you
filled these pages.

And here's a gift of a doll Lore made for Carol. Very sweet, Lore! Carol, you are so lucky to have such a great friend!

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for September 3, 2008

Mountain Moments

Pink rising
over pale
sky blue
forest green mountians
sleepily covered
with morning dew
birds in flocks
getting ready to leave
monarch butterflies
have arrived
arriving at a meeting
a black swallowtail
flew around me
landed on a flower
in front of my hand
without thinking
I stroked the wings
as the butterfly
continued to enjoy
marveling at the joys
life provides for us
pink skies
to begin a morning

Carol Ingram Moore
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Have you ever wanted to alter a kid's board book?

Here's a SuziBlu tutorial on altering a board book. (check out the other tutorials also, she's fun!) (I also think she fits in the Secret #4 category for sure!)