Saturday night was the Art On 45 silent auction in Ruston Louisiana. The event was held at Rumo’s Barber Shop. All proceeds went to NCLAC’s program at the Boys and Girls Club. This was a juried show. My first!
NCLAC is receiving a $3,300 check for their outreach program with the Boys & Girls Club, and $400 worth of fine art supplies were donated for them. There was no admission fee, but attendees were asked to donate fine art supplies.
The biddings started at $50 for each piece. 10 pieces received one or two bids. 28 pieces had between 3 and 8 bids, and 2 pieces 12 or 13 bids. 10 pieces sold for $60 or under. 14 pieces sold for between $70 and $90. 13 pieces received biddings between $100 and $175. The highest bids were between $240 and $275 for three pieces.
17 artists were new to ART ON 45 this year, and many of them also new to the audience, because those artists were not local or because they have just started showing.
It was a a wonderful community event. Food and drinks were donated. An aweseome DJ livened things up, and there were small sculptures on display. Posters from all four annual Art on 45 events were for sale as well.
Reminded me of a feather, or wings. Which do you see?
Moon Over Mingus. SMD
Brilliant sky on a cold winter night.
Snow falling. 12-28-18
I went to town to run errands the other day. Cold. Dark clouds in all directions.
Stopped at a light, I noticed a few tiny snowflakes falling. Hooray!
Barely 20 minutes later, and blue skies dominated. Here and there, patches of snow falling. Looked more like smoke rising. First time I have seen that. Very cool.
See the snow falling?
Art On 45
Fellow artist, and good friend Christiane Drieling invited me to take part in her annual Art ON 45 event. From the group page: “ART ON 45” is a juried art project – artists are asked to paint/draw/collage on a 45rpm record and donate it for a silent auction to benefit a local organization. For the upcoming fourth edition, Christiane has chosen NCLAC (North Central Louisiana Art Council) to be the beneficiary because of their commitment to establish a valuable art program at the local Boys And Girls Club.
I left this to the last-minute. Partly because I was slightly intimidated by the substrate. Mostly though, due to my still lagging energy level. But what fun it was!
The submission guidelines suggested using primer on the vinyl record. Many articles I found on the subject showed a lengthy, involved priming process. I took a chance, and skipped all that. I cleaned the record. And started by using FolkArt Multi-Surface craft paint. Made for tin, plaster, terracotta, rigid plastic, paper mache, fabric, canvas, concrete, wood, glass & ceramics. It took 5 or 6 thin coats to cover the dark record. I painted both sides and made sure to seal the edge as well.
I was stumped on what to paint. A mandala? A pour? A musical subject? Finally I just went with… what I do. I pressed a textured paper towel into wet paint, to add texture to the table. Stenciled the pattern on the vase. Used “bits” of acrylic skins to add roughness to the wall. Here the raised areas show up as white spots.
My first try at the blooms leaned towards sunflowers. At the end I noticed I had neat little rows of buds. Never good. I tried again, and am happy with the results. I used Posca pen, first time, and there are a couple of bloopers. But I left them as is. Under the vase, the pen skipped. Gave me three neat little lines. Kinda cool that accident. And mimics the table pattern. Under my signature, another splatter. Resembles a twig tip.
One more accident. I melted the vinyl while drying the paint. For the record, vinyl melts fast! I used a heat gun to dry the flowers, at a safe distance. A few seconds too long, and I had a nice little, unplanned ripple. While waiting for the paint to dry completely, I decided I liked the defect. I took the heat gun to two more areas, and let the edge warp slightly.
Fits in with the slightly rustic feel of the piece. And makes sense, in my mind. If this was hanging on the adobe wall I painted, the heat of the desert would surely do the same. In time.
Turned out the satin sealer I used is really a high gloss finish. NOT happy with that. Had to get it in the mail, so gloss it is. It does however highlight the texture of the record.
Here we are. The end of the challenge. And I have to say, February made it fly by. Tomorrow I will share all 30 paintings in a collage. I will share my favorites, and tell you which paintings were the most popular by page views.
Just had fun with this. Tried the plastic wrap technique, but I think I laid the paint on too thick. None of the first layer, green, shows through. I rubbed in indigo, turquoise and clay afterwards. I scratched into the wet white, and green is visible. Just not in the scan.
I am happy with this. Trying to decide if it is too plain. If I need some sort of pattern. And do you think I need to add the stem to the bloom on the left? In my mind that stem is curved, and sitting behind the other flower. Oh I know, shadow on the vase?
Here is the texture from the plastic wrap. Sort of like finger prints.
I tossed slips of paper, numbered 1 – 7 into a bowl. Day #4 was chosen, the 25th. And from day 25, the 7th comment was chosen. (Again, numbered slips of paper in a bowl.) I apologize for not thinking to take photos. Truth be told, painting a day ahead, and everything going on this month has me discombobulated. I did the drawings last-minute.
I am so grateful for your continued support and friendship. Leslie’s challenge is all about building the daily painting habit, having fun and experimentation. What brings me back year after year, is your friendship and fellowship. True blessings in my life!
So pleased to share my art with you daily, and with the weekly giveaway gifts.
Congratulations Carol Edan!
Let me know which of these you would like, and I will get it in the mail to you.
I thought I had very little left to do, to finish this, but it turned out to be more involved. I didn’t like how the two paddles on the left were facing the same direction. So I extended the side of the top paddle.
Only it didn’t work. I painted white, acrylic to cover the pencil line and green. Somehow, the paint dried sort of glossy, and it is not a gloss. So naturally, laying down layers of watercolor on the top was not going to cut it. But I tried. A few times.
Finally, thicker paint, and I think enough layers built up, and I was able to get a decent couple strokes of semi-matching green. I tried making that side a little dark blue shadow, but uh-uh.
I’m happy with how that turned out. It is actually the real, color of cactus. I added another thin layer of turquoise watercolor to bring back some of what was lost. Outlined in turquoise oil pastel. Wondered at why it feels so good to have a crayon in your hand.
I was so excited about nine pm. Thinking I could go to bed early. So I putzed a bit, cleaned up my art mess. A little. Watched part of a movie. Starting writing my post.
Then about 10:30 my brain finally kicked in. I was done with yesterday’s painting. NOT today’s.
So here I am once again. Up against the deadline, and I JUST finished today’s art. And it is way to pink and girlie. And the Shiraz looks brown. And the orange flowers with a touch of pink, are ALL pink. But it is day 28 and that is that. It came together quickly, and I like it. So it’s all good.
I think it helped this month, thinking all along that the challenge ended at the end of the month. I mean, I knew I my head we were still doing 30 days. Today I will be doing the drawing for the last giveaway. Be sure to leave a comment!
I will put the numbers 1 -7 into a bowl, and pick a number. And from that day of the week, I will choose one comment, again by picking a number from a bowl (# of comments). Tune in tomorrow for the announcement!