Apr. 7th, 2009
10:45 pm - Merit Award for Me, Yeah!
Tonight I received a Merit Award for my horse. In the midst of the gathering I realized I don't think I had told everyone who my sponsor is. They are the Eye Care Institute and the final name was "Transforming Vision". I forgot my camera but here are the final lighted pictures from the group studio.
Apr. 6th, 2009
01:06 am - The horse is finished!
It's been a busy month or so. I did finish the horse. These aren't the best shots but I should be getting some from the show organizers soon.
I had some pictures with the lights on but I can't seem to find them.
The opening reception is Tuesday night and the public presentation is Thursday through Saturday.
Mar. 4th, 2009
11:44 pm - Horse progress
So my horse lay on the floor relaxing and drying (I glued mirrors to the inside) for two weeks as I went off the Mexico. More on that later. For now here are the progress shots.
This is me doing surgery without a license. Itchy fiberglass on the inside. When I was using the glue I also had on a respirator. It must have been a sight. I thought maybe I could fit my entire upper torso in the opening but was afraid I might not be able to get out. The mirrors are only in the front chest area. Here I am cleaning off some of the mirrors that are already dry. The white shiny sticks are plexiglas rods which will be the stars.
It was such a relief to start painting. First the grey primer and then yellow undercoat for the stars and sun.
And finally some definition of shape with purple over the blue on the hind end.
And then when I got home the solar panel and battery were waiting for me on the porch. So next I start mounting the panel.
Just to give you a feel for the studio space I have been taking picture all along. Here is a shot of the back room, on the way to the restroom and cleaning sink. Today they finally had a light on in there.
Kind of creepy sometimes...late at night. I glad we are locked in and only artist's have the code for the door.
Feb. 4th, 2009
12:24 pm - Horse Surgery
Well I have been working on my Gallapalooza horse. After spending many, many days searching online for lights, batteries and solar panels I am narrowing my scopes in. I am also hopeful to find a local solar company to give me some advise on the venture. The construction part if easy, it's the electrical part that I am starting from scratch to learn.
So here you see the access panel which I am just able to get one arm and my head in. This is even more difficult with a respirator on and itchy fiberglass all over the inside. I don't have any pictures of me in this position but I may ask one of the other artist's sharing the space to catch me in the act of surgery. It's a bit like partner yoga with a horse.
In this shot I have put in plexiglas rods (stars) as well as some mirrors on the inside. The glowwy blue spots will be the stars and will allow light in during the day as well as out at night. I have a temporary light so I can play with the reflections. I had some issues with the construction adhesive not drying in a 15 hour time period. This might be becuase they turn the heat down at night. I am risking it by using more adhesive and just waiting longer to make sure it dries before moving the horse. I am also using some bondo to attach wood supports for the mirrors. Next time I will take some pictures of the inside also.
I only have maybe 1/5 of the mirrors in at this point.
I did get a lot of work done this last week because we lost power for 4 nights during a big winter storm. The horse studio space was heated, so it was actually more pleasant to be there than at home. I never was much for winter camping and am grateful to have power now. I still haven't caught up on sleep and the power came back Sunday night. Unfortunately there are still many people without power. I send warm solar powered thoughts out to them.
Dec. 23rd, 2008
12:01 am - Gallapalooza horse
The next bit of news is that I will be decorating a horse for the Gallapalooza festival/ event. Louisville artists decorated similar horses 5 years ago and I was very sad to not know about it all until too late. So I am very excited about this project. Here is the concept picture and below a description of the piece. I have already signed for my horse but will not start working on it until the first of the year.
The theme is "Possibility City"
“Transformative Energy” shows off solar power as an energy source to light the city. The sun on the back of the horse will house a solar panel which will connect to string lights placed inside the horse. These will be visible at night through the window (moon) on the horse’s chest. The lights inside will be magnified by the placement of mosaic mirrors creating the effect of hundreds of stars within the horse. During the daylight hours as the solar lights charge, direct sunlight will illuminate the interior space through holes drilled and painted to look like stars on the outside. These holes will be filled in with plexiglas rods and waterproofed with clear epoxy. This horse represents my personal hope that sustainable energy will be a life giving force in the future of
Dec. 12th, 2008
I must confess. I have been too busy making art and doing new things that I have had little time or attention to share them. I had a show opening last weekend. Yes I finally got around to getting some work out of my studio. So we have not finalized when it will come down but it feels like a perfect match. The show focuses on all of my environmental pieces. There are a few pieces from 1994 (shadowboxes) but the majority is my new plexiglas pieces. It is titled "Pieces Too Small To Be Saved". The local is a new Louisville conference center called Earthenirvana. Their whole focus is on sustainability and uniting the community in the effort.
This was one of the last pieces finished for the show. It is called "It takes a Village". The peacock feathers are collaged on the back of the glass along with fabric and acrylic.
Many more things happening. Promise to report later.
Sep. 30th, 2008
10:29 pm - Happy and Sad
I just got the news that I will be included in the "Good Folk Fest" http://www.junkabilly.com/goodfolkfest/ here in Louisville. I know, I swore off festivals. I went to two or three in the last few years and bombed at all of them. I am hoping this will be different. For one it is indoors (no fear of rain or 90 degree weather). For two I am thinking there will be people there more open to my visionary style. I am still struggling with trying to find my art world home.
They haven't gotten me on the website yet, but I am excited to have a place to get some work out.
Picture of the day...
This is a box I made from upcycled Plexiglas. Origami in plastic.
Also I don't know why I can no longer put a link attached to text. I am only getting HTML with the option to insert image or embed media. I did let my paid account laps, but I didn't think this was a part of that. Just inserted a picture and that is all different too:( I hate new learning curves on things I thought I knew. I guess I can't play with the picture size anymore.
Sep. 16th, 2008
02:12 pm - Upstream Creations
Today I am officially launching my new etsy site. You will find a lot of what I have up to for the last few months at UpstreamCreations.etsy.com This new store has all upcycled plexiglas jewelry and will also have boxes, clocks and whatever my brain will concoct. The suggestion box is open.
Here are a few samples of what is already posted.
Sep. 10th, 2008
11:14 pm - Snails pace
Life seems to be running very fast and at the same time my progress with art and studio work is at a snails pace. I have been working on launching a new etsy store with upcycled plexiglas earrings (and eventually other stuff). I made a big push to get it going and then I haven't been posting the pieces or getting them out to my galleries. I MUST motivate.
Sep. 2nd, 2008
Starting a new piece. I didn't plan this in the same way I usually do which was refreshing. I was just playing with some feathers and came up with a basic idea. The green coming from behind it is crepe paper which I use quite frequently to assess color. The orange stripe is from my easel.
This is what it looks like this morning.
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