number six completed for clothesline. six of maybe maybe maybe ten. this one took just a little bit longer to complete, due to the complex line work of the background. the splattered texture in the background was just too good to cover up so i had to think considerably about how to deal with lining up the landscaped background. i started on the right hand side with the creamy white paint and found a house, then moving up the right hand side and around i found myself becoming more creative with the line quality. i thought about the line quality of houses being built, in process or as a house is being framed. i also like how chimney's pop out of the tops of houses and this idea of ladders; see, above the white out house on the right. and my trees kind of remind me of ladders too. i was excited about using wallpaper again for the tree. i liked using the wood grain contact paper and it was super easy to cut out but the wall paper tends to have this deep richness that provides great contrast. the wall paper was interesting only because it had fibers or strings attached, along with circles of silver and gold, which cannot be seen via image.
overall pretty pleased with this one. if i had not taken me as long i think i'd like it better. i am thinking now i'll do a little piece, just to get the blood really flowing again.
more to come. i promise. this is the last canvas. will be heading to get some more as soon as possible. hope your weekends went well. i made spice cookies and created address labels for clothesline postcards, 500 cards or so. will be mailing them out tomorrow, approaching mass within twenty four hours. woohoo! four weeks in counting, maybe.
just now completed newest 12"x12" ::balloon trees:: and wish i could come up with a better title. i will. this is number five for the clothesline. i would like to have a minimum of ten to contribute, show or sell but, i am just not going to push myself this go around. i have been trying a couple different things this time and it's pretty important to me to get it right, not perfect but, get the right feeling. i am also pretty concerned about color. i wanted to work on having works that complimented one another. i also have always wanted to use the tissue paper background as a means to define landscape. i have done it before but felt a little wishy-washy about it and wasn't sure if i could mix it up. i know i'm going to have to purchase more canvas, i've got one left and need about four more. i'm also going to work on finding some nice plastic green templates. granted you're not sure what i'm talking about, nonetheless i'm going to find what i'm looking for eventually. then i'll show you what i mean.
it's late, the olympics are on in the background. i am pretty certain i can manage my day tomorrow on just 5 hours of sleep. no problem. i'll catch up on saturday. i'll be working on the clothesline guest list spreadsheet saturday, we'll have the invites out in the mail on monday. the only other thing i keep thinking about is a good shortbread recipe. i roasted ten potatoes with onions and garlic, made a tomato, cuc and onion salad and felt like the shortbread would balance the meal, i looked but not very hard.
finishing up my fourth year of blogging, here at phantomcrimes. only like four hundred and fifty posts, i think. anyway. happy #4 to me and to all of you who have continued to read and contribute your thoughts and encouragement a long long long the way. thank you sweet people of the world.
::pleading for rain trees:: is the latest finished piece for up and coming clothesline art show. pleading is another in my way of landscaping my trees. i really think these latest, circle-geometric pieces are more inspired by artist dalek. though site is down find his work or something else at juxtapoz. i am going to get back to work, start yet another piece, another square. have a nice sunday.
i decided to bake this evening. something i rarely feel like doing. any motivation i have to cook or bake has pretty much gone to the wayside, sacrificed in order to make art and stuff. i make some chocolate chip cookies that i think are rather the best. i have the recipe memorized and have a couple of adaptations that make for a soft chewy cookie that melts in your mouth, so to speak. i melt real unsalted butter in the microwave. i let my eggs acclimate to room temp and use not two but three. i add a random amount of oatmeal, finely chopped pecans and coconut. i bake them at 375 degrees for less than then 5 minutes. there isn't anything super healthy about the cookies, i often think of them sort of like a meal but that's just plain old justification.
if i ever own my own place and have a choice in countertops i do not think i'll ever choose black but, i sure do enjoy taking photos on the blacktop. it makes for a nice contrast, most of the time, except it shows every crumb, stain or speck of dust. consider yourself warned.
i've been surfing a little lately and found a semi decent place for nice museum art wrapping paper. pomegranate reminds me of the local museum gift shop. funny though i found a roll of this paper at our local greenlife grocery. seriously.
another good thing i found recently via freshly blended is blanket magazine, taking submissions now, for september's travel issue.
the rest of my week includes: a walk to amber's house to pick up my csa and maybe see kt too, finish next piece of art, laundry, freezing vegetables for the winter time, and maybe a soy iced latte, oh and having wood you be mine framed to hang at demoss accounting, yipes, i almost forgot.