Amuse-Bouche – The Art Appetizer

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I am participating in a very interesting thesis project for Dylan Goodman.  On his website for Amuse-Bouche he explains the project:

“This project will strive to entice people to buy original artwork created by artists, starting with a small artistic sample, which will in turn help stimulate the appetite of the consumer, ideally resulting in larger, future purchases of artwork. The project will be based around a product, the ‘art box,’ that will make original artwork more accessible and less intimidating than a gallery or art dealer setting, while affording the artists a living through its sales. Each ‘art box’ will contain an original work of art, by various selected artists, that can be purchased at a flat rate through a subscription service or one time purchase option. These small, original samples of art, created and inspired by the artist will help build the artistic desire for art. It will also minimize the intimidating, scary aspects of entering the art buying world, which is often seen as elite or untouchable, while being available to everyone at a reasonable set price and easily accessible online.”

I heard about the project through his mother, a fellow etsy shop owner, and owner of Messy Bed Studio. She had posted the information on her blog, Messy Bed Studio, and I decided to take the plunge.  This is a little out of my comfort zone but I wanted to push myself.

After signing up, I received this package from Dylan:

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It was so nicely done with a great little handbook on how to participate.  I decided to do a very small mixed canvas, 4″ x 4,” in which I used a print of a vintage photograph, acrylic paints, and authentic ephemera and papers.

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I was then challenged to put the box together and make it part of the art.  Here is that work in progress:

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I decided to fill the box with strips of ephemera and “nest” the canvas in it.

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Here are some shots of the completed box and the canvas.

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The last step is to mail my box with the canvas back to Dylan re-using the box in which he sent the materials.  The boxes will be featured during an Amuse-Bouche exhibit this spring and will be included on the Amuse-Bouche website.  If the art box is sold, I will receive payment.  But I must admit that would be the proverbial icing on the cake….this has been a great project and I applaud Dylan and wish him all the best!

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Recycling

Recycling

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I ordered some little stacking cubes for storage in my studio recently.  They are very cleverly and sustainably made from recycled paper and packed very carefully.  Before I tossed the packing materials–recycled paper, of course–I noticed how pretty it actually was.   So I’ve been playing with some little collages using the packing material as the substrate.  I’m not sure how they will eventually turn out, but some assorted things on my work table seemed to want to be in them.

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I played with some painted texture on this one.  Silver paint on rubber matting pressed onto the packing material. And an oak leaf I picked up on a walk.

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This one I gessoed and added an image transferred on canvas cloth and a washi tape reproduction of a stamp.  The feather is from my best friend’s chicken.

I’m thinking of mounting these on 8 x 8 gallery wrapped canvases painted white so they will have a three dimensional aspect and the corrugation will show on the sides. Stay tuned……

Redux

A few months ago I worked on a small piece….in fact worked it to death.  I set is aside.  First in the trash, and then I fished it out and stuffed it behind some other canvases.   This morning as I was getting out another canvas I saw it there.  While one layer of paint dried on my new canvas, I sliced out the part I liked from the little canvas.  A ragged little piece with a tiny vintage photobooth snapshot of a woman.

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I decided to try again.  Smaller. Less.  I worked with glazes.  I like how it turned out.  But best of all I liked that I ruined my first attempt with my desire for perfection and then salvaged something of it, not the least of which is the reminder to let go, to simpilfy, and keep trying.

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Serendipity Redux

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Serendipity

Mixed Media on Canvas

8 x 8

This is how my serendipitous ACEO that turned into a canvas turned out.  I like it so much, it won’t be in my Etsy shop!  I decided to do gold leaf on the edges.  Working with gold leaf is a lesson in patience but I love how it looks.  I had to put on some very quiet music–the Zen Garden station on Pandora–and remind myself over and over that I was not in a hurry.  Very Zen.  Gold leaf has a mind of its own.  Here’s how it looked as I was working on it.

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I like to let the edges fray a little to give it a distressed look.

  It’s happily hanging on my wall now.

Serendipity at its best….

 

Serendipity

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I  did this ACEO the other day and when I set it aside to dry, I rested it on a canvas I has gessoed the night before.  I glanced at it later and liked how it looked on the canvas.  So I’m experimenting with using it as an element in a larger piece.  Serendipity at its best….

Aloha, Hula Girl ACEO Art Card

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Aloha, Hula Girl

ACEO Art Card

2.5″ x 3.5″

Just a little Artist Trading Card.  A tinted copy of a vintage photo.  (yes, that’s me)  Acrylic on mat board.  Hand stamped letters on watercolor paper.  Snippet of Hawaiian fabric.  Just for fun….

Available in my Etsy Store::Studio Miradero

The Sound of Lovely Music

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The Sound of Lovely Music

10 x 10 mixed media painting on canvas

Eadweard James Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and early work in motion-picture projection. I love this beautiful snippet of a woman dancing. I combined it  with a lovely piece of authentic Italian ephemera dating from 1845.  The words are clipped from a vintage book from the 1930s and layered upon chiyogami paper.

Available in my Etsy Shop::StudioMiradero