Posts Tagged ‘toile’

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. 🙂

New Last Name and New Beginnings

August 17, 2012

Our wedding at Covenant Presbyterian – photo by Cali Ashton Photography

As promised, things got busy, things got wonderful, and now we are married (with GREAT photos by Cali Ashton Photography!)  I can’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.  He is my best friend.  He makes me laugh til I cry.  He is a spiritual leader.  He is my love. 🙂  BUT, I digress…

I have been a busy little bee in the studio – with the help of my new studio buddy, Murphy… 🙂

Here is Murphy doing what he does best – laying down, looking cute, and most likely thinking about food.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been experimenting with some new forms and cranking out some new mixed media pieces, which have been really fun and challenging.  I have been phasing out self-portraiture in my work, and the mixed media pieces have offered a nice transition into new ideas and figures.

First piece with a chandelier…which I liked a lot.

I am also getting ready for the Art in Autumn show in Weaverville, NC, which will be my first outdoor show!  This means I (well, WE) had to buy a new white 10’x 10′ tent, and mesh wall panels on which to hang my work.  This was not cheap, so we are praying for good sales!

Spode Blue Italian

I am also expecting, as I have mentioned before, to use this “nesting” time as inspiration as well – which includes but is not limited to – our new everyday china, “Blue Italian” by Spode, birdcages, candles, furniture, and so on…

Birdcages on the mantle

Also, I went to a used bookstore here in Chattanooga (that I can’t remember the name of…oops) where I bought a book on fish and another about the Rococo period – both of which I plan on using as collage elements in the mixed media pieces.  The idea of a school of fish aimlessly being tossed to and fro by the current appeals to me for some reason.

Pictures of fish I cut out

I am also about halfway through a circular painting, too, which I will post about later.  I plan on always returning to this form in some way or another.  It’s too much a part of me.  Until then…

Flowers and toile

May 18, 2012

The other day Mom and I went to Import Flowers in Nashville, and had a wonderful time looking at flowers for the wedding!

I suspect some of these flowers will start making their way into paintings soon!

Also, I HAD to show a photo of our china – Blue Italian by Spode – which actually does relate to some art that I have done in the past, but have considering bringing back some elements of…strange sentence…anyways…

Several years ago I used to buy toile fabric and wrap it around stretcher bars, and then incorporate some of the figures in with my own figures.  I think I shall try this again.

Here is one more flower pic. 🙂