Friday, July 22, 2016

Cruise Night Car show and a trip to lavender fields

Saturday morning I enjoyed a trip with my friend Annette to a Lavender Farm/Shop in Elwood, NE that was having an event. We did not attend any of the talks, but enjoyed seeing the lavender growing and visiting their shop. I may have bought a few things. Since Annette was driving, I took some pictures of the scenery along the way.

Last weekend was also "Cruise Night" in Kearney. There are numerous events over the weekend, and I went to look at the classic cars down "on the bricks" in the downtown shopping district on Saturday afternoon.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Denver Museum Art Exhibits

While I was in Denver a few weeks ago, I went to this Women of Abstract Expressionism Show at the Denver Art Museum.

Surprisingly, there were quite a few artists I had not heard of.

The show was excellent.

Judith Godwin

Joan Mitchell
Detail - Joan Mitchell

Elaine de Kooning

Detail - Lee Krasner

I also enjoyed other exhibits in the museum, including "Why We Dance - American Indian Art in Motion"

And also the exhibit "Printed and Painted -the Art of Bark Cloth". The patterns were fantastic, especially how they were displayed as contrasting layers.

They also had a piece outside based on the movement of the human body.

And it happened to be one the the Food Truck days at Civic Park across the street.  I had a Shrimp Po' Boy.

A fantastic day in downtown Denver.

Photographing the Denver skyline

A few weeks ago, I got into Denver on a Friday afternoon, had Day One of a two day art fair on Saturday, and Saturday night participated in a photography group that was taking pictures of the Denver skyline at night. My friend is a wonderful photographer and a member of this group, so I tagged along.  It had been a long hot day at the art fair, and my feet were tired, but by the end of the night I was so happy with my photos - it was totally worth it! 

I typically just use my camera on the standard setting so it was fun to try out some of the manual settings and it really did provide better and more interesting photographs. I did use a tripod for most of the night shots.

The group went to three spots. The first spot was at Sloan's Lake. I didn't know what I was doing with the manual settings and my camera does not have much of a zoom, it's 18-55mm.  So all my photos from Sloan's Lake are pretty much black.

Our next stop was on Zuni, near one of the I-25 entrance ramps. We were here for quite some time so I was able to play with my camera settings.

You can see how the car lights became long streaks due to changing the settings.

Then we moved to a bridge that goes across I-25, there was wire fencing that often got in the way of taking photos. Most of mine had parts of the fencing showing, but here are a couple that turned out great. I loved this location and hope to go back next time I am in Denver.

I really didn't want to leave, but it started raining. I had three people holding umbrellas over me so I could take a few more shots.

I want to do an art piece of the Denver skyline so I kept taking pictures throughout the week. On Monday night, we were headed to the Tivoli to have a beer at their new bar. A giant rainbow showed up as we were parking, but by the time we got to the top of the parking garage for an unobstructed view, it was gone (no tripod for these).



Here's a photo from the Tivoli, just using my "hand-held twilight" setting on my camera, since I didn't have my tripod. It takes three photos very quickly, then merges them into one. I like how the lights outline the trees at the bottom of the buildings.

 This one is from the Denver Art Museum later in the week.

I probably have enough photos for my project, but that won't stop me from being snap-happy.

If you want to see photos that my friend takes of urban Denver, you can find her on instagram at denverstreetphotog.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Art Market in Denver

For many years I have participated in the Denver Art Students League Summer Art Market the second weekend of June.  I was working hard to have new pieces for the show, and so my blog was largely ignored for the last month.  Also, I was working on a large art quilt and did not want to post the progress, but wait until it was finished.

I went to Denver the weekend before last and stayed for over a week. It was a blast, I had so much fun at the art fair, with my friends, doing things around town, seeing a concert at Red Rocks, and going to Denver ComicCon. I feel like I stuffed a month worth of things-to-do into one week.  And Denver had a lot going on.

I am going to do a couple posts of things I did, places I went, etc. I am going to start with the Summer Art Market.

For the last year or so, I've been doing cow gelli prints and have kind of been cow obsessed.  This year I decided I wanted to make a cow art quilt. Shaped like a cow. Big like a cow.  I started it in January and finished it the day before the show.  Here is a picture of George in my tent at the show. I will do a nicer picture later, after I iron some black fabric to use as a background.

 Here is a picture of George and I, so you can see how big she is.

Why is she named George? I love my cow quilt and I was reminded of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Daffy Duck meets the Abominable snowman, and the snowman scoops him up and says, I will call him George, and I will hug him, and pet him and squeeze him.  That is the way I feel about by cow quilt. I will do a separate post, probably next week, of all the fabric and techniques I used to create it.  I have at least three other big cows I would like to make.

Here is the other side of my booth.

Here is a street shot of the show. I had a fabulous time, met a lot of people, and sold some artwork. Win, win, win.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Gelli printing, black and white

My friend Laura and I spent most of Saturday gelli printing. You don't have to twist my arm too hard to get me to gelli print.
Laura in action
I forgot to take pictures of any of her prints.
I had started a bunch of backgrounds previously to use with my new Denver skyline stencil.  I found the results pretty disappointing. The skyline looked a bit static and uninteresting. Often the print looked smudged, which doesn't work well for buildings. Also, the black wasn't a solid black, so the print just didn't look good to me.

Then I started playing with using textured papers and stencils to add pattern. I thought this was way more interesting and tried this with some other stencils as well.

And then I made a lot of prints.

I basically covered my plate with black paint and pressed textured papers and stencils into the paint (these stencils were not left on the plate, just used to add pattern into the black paint). Then, for the one shown below, I placed three circle stencils on the plate, and pulled a print. Then I removed the circle stencils and pulled a ghost print. 

The connected ovals are a custom handmade stencil. 

I had a great time with these. The last three were actually done on my 11" x 14" gelli plate so they are quite big. I think it is funny that whenever I have a specific idea for my gelli plate session, I often end up someplace else entirely.  I am thinking about adding color to these, but haven't made a decision yet.