Archive for September, 2012

Uh-oh…she’s crafting…

September 29, 2012

36” diameter round canvas I just stretched and primed…currently drying on the front porch.

At the risk of this post not being at all relevant to my “serious” artworks…I have included a picture of a round canvas I JUST primed…because I have more serious plans for it…anyways…

I keep seeing all kinds of really cute fabric rosette tutorials on Pinterest, so I decided to make some this week while I was waiting on my new stretchers to come in.

Start with a knot, then hot glue, twist, hot glue, twist, etc…

In grad school I went through a phase where I was painting directly on all types of fabric.  I picked fabrics with interesting prints that I would incorporate into my final imagery.  Soooooooo…being the art packrat that I am (just with art stuff, though…I hate clutter in my own house.  Ask my husband.), I have collected all types of fabric over the years.

Fabric! (Included toile, natch)

I had a professor in grad school who had little buttons made with close-ups of her paintings on them, and then attached them to some hair clips.  I figured that idea would work here, too.  I ordered 25 buttons of two of my paintings on them…

Buttons! 1” wide.

…and I will glue some of them in the center of these rosettes that I made. 🙂

Top half are pins, bottom half are hair barrettes – some will eventually have the little buttons glued into the center.

I plan on building an Etsy site soon with the finished products on them.

Also, sidenote… I just sent out my first newsletter!  Whee!  If you would like to be added to the list (will probably only send out every 3 months or so), please send me an email – robinvkenny@gmail.com

K thanks. 🙂

Festivals and New Series

September 19, 2012

Driving between Johnson City and Asheville

This past weekend was a real blast – and a real learning experience!  We had fun staying with friends, eating really horribly (and by horribly I mean awesomely fattening and delicious), and talking art with folks.  We learned that maaaaaayyyyyybe I show better (and sell better) in galleries than in outdoor shows.  However, it was still a worthwhile experience.

I’m so glad I made the notecards!  People responded more to those than the prints.  I am looking to make an Etsy page for the prints and notecards a little later on…

I was fortunate enough to be assigned a corner booth so I had another wall on which to hang my work.  It really engaged people, and I conversed with many an inspired individual.

The sales weren’t great…BUT I got picked up by another gallery (signed the contract that Sunday after the show!) called Atelier Gallery!  Maybe that was the whole reason for the trip in the first place…  It’s in a great location in downtown Asheville on the corner of Lexington and College. They are very professional and energetic and represent some great artists.  I’m excited to work with them!

Relaxing, contemplating, and planning outside at Rembrandt’s Coffeehouse

Ah, the aftermath of a show…a sweet time of contemplation, readjusting, and  looking to the future.  I took some time yesterday to think about my next few paintings.  I have been off and on reading through Isaiah and have been very inspired by the redemptive story of God disciplining and reaching out to His people.

Some of the imagery is so powerful, and the redemptive prophesies are so great, I just HAVE to explore this visually!  The book is basically laid out in three sections: 1. God’s warning and judgement on his people who have turned away from Him. 2. As a result, Israel becomes captive to the Babylonians 3. God redeems the remnant (those left after the exile)

I am really looking forward to exploring what God has to say in these passages.  There will be female figures, maybe a male figure or two, caves, canopies, smoke, lions, lambs, trees, fire, fruit, flowers, and, of course, pattern.  Can’t wait!

Art in Autumn Show Prep

September 11, 2012

Things are starting to pile up – in a good way!

I was fortunate enough to be juried into the Art In Autumn show in Weaverville, NC this year!  Weaverville is just outside of Asheville, and puts on this great art fair every year.  I also found out I have a corner booth, which means I have an extra wall on which to hang my work!  Awesome!

I decided to make a sign to hang in the tent that matches the font on my website – which is called “Amperzand”.  I am so in love with this font that I have also made it the font to my signage that will hang under each piece.  HA!

Here is the before and after.  I had to do some serious measuring and cropping in Photoshop to make sure it would fit just right on the wooden plaque I bought at Hobby Lobby.  I primed it, sanded it, then painted the whole thing gray, then traced the font onto the wood using graphite paper, then carefully painted the lettering in a BARELY off-white grey.  I just couldn’t do pure white.  Too harsh.

Before…

After!

My notecards that I ordered came in a few days ago – time to put them together in groups of 5.

Now came the time to decide how to lay out the tent.  Did I mention this was outdoors?  Every vendor has to have a 10′ x 10′ white tent in which to display his or her work.  More photos of the actual setup on the day of…but for now…

Not QUITE to scale, but good enough

Being a visual person (DUH), it is very helpful for me to visualize the layout to make sure it all fits correctly and looks good together.  I like being able to move pieces around manually until I get everything where I want it.  We actually did something very similar for planning the layout of the wedding reception, too, and it was very helpful!

Of course, through all the craziness of this week, there is always time to play with the dog. 🙂

Patrick playing with Murphy

Fluidity

September 2, 2012

Chandelier diptych (each canvas 8 x 8”)

Several months ago after talking with my husband (still so fun saying that!) about my artwork (which is he is so supportive of, by the way!), I was saying how I wanted my work to go in a more fluid direction.  I still love pattern, and will always use it, but I find myself wanting to create more fluidity in my work and create more transparent washes of color – almost disturbing the pattern a little bit.

This has been an interesting challenge with doing mixed media, as the very nature of it lends itself to hard edges and difficult transitions.  One solution to this is creating more drawing elements.  This diptych, shown above, will eventually include a drawing of this chandelier that I will leave the pencil lines and bring out the highlights with white acrylic.

Here is another one I am working on – with architectural drawing elements and collage.

Detail of “Making It Our Own” – about 3/4 of the way done

I also just completed a new circular painting called “Alter” with these same principles in mind.  I wanted the figure to BECOME the background – as if to fade away.  The intact part that remains is the “alter” of the heart.

Another challenge with this piece was the pose.  I didn’t want it to look seductive, but rather vulnerable.  Hopefully I succeeded.  There is a vulnerability that is happening in my own life with being a newlywed, but I am also still CONSTANTLY learning to be vulnerable spiritually and not let my heart become hardened.

This piece is all paint – no drawing or collage.  As “old school” as this sounds – I still love painting the figure.  It is challenging (especially using acrylic!!) and time-consuming, but the end result is worth it.

“Alter”, acrylic on canvas, 24” diameter