Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Putting the Kibosh on my 30 Paintings in 30 Days, here's why

In case you were wondering where my paintings have gone...

In 2014 my studio space (3rd floor of our house) got all jacked up full of tools (drill press, grinder and the like), so in January 2015 I rented some basement space from a neighbor. It was great to be able to spread out and not grind metal in the same space I painted in.

Then I discovered how inconvenient it was to have two work spaces in 2 different locations...the back and forth because there was no sink in the shop space.

So I have started thinning our own basement space to bring my shop into our home. It is a big undertaking, so I have chosen to stop pursuing the 30 paintings in 30 days to get this move taken care of right away.

I will participate in another 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge when it comes, but right now I have to get my house in order.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New in 2016

For some reason I am completely excited about the changes I am making in my life and specifically my aRt life, even though it is an insane amount of work that has nothing to do with actual art. I think it is a very good time for me, which is counter-balanced with the tragedy that we have ongoing in our personal world.

While down at my mom's house before the snow storm I met my brother at his storage unit. He has had it since our dad passed 11+ years ago and filled it when he inherited Dad's workshop. It has sat mostly untouched since then. As a tool girl and mixed media artist I see this cache as treasure and I am so excited to get a couple of pieces. My brother gave me half of a set of drawers pictured here.

New-to-me storage drawers

 

And he is also giving me a workbench that our grandfather made. It is legend in our family that these 2 workbenches were made so perfectly that the drawers needed to have holes drilled in the back of them. The drawers were so air tight that they couldn't be pushed in without the drilled holes. I have yet to confirm that this is the case. They have sat so long in variable temperature and humidity they might need to be shaved. I am to get the shorter of the 2 benches. And I am beyond excited.

At one point I made fun of my dad for painting everything poop brown. Matte poop flat brown. He defended it because his architect brother-in-law wanted the inside of the house to reflect all the surrounding pine trees. I could see that, but it almost seemed EVERY SINGLE THING Dad painted was this same blah brown color. Then...he showed us! He painted everything wild colors. The benches now sport a baby blue and rich lilac color. The laundry room floor was sky blue. It was refreshing as I remember it, but still funny after all the brown.

I also found in one of the drawers of my new-to-me workbench a set of metal stamps. They need some love, but my hands will be stamping into metal with our Grandad's tools. 3 generations of tools, and being a woman using them delights me.

Metal stamps that were my dad's dad

 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Day 9: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Mine is #175

 Day 9 : Glasswork, 6" X 6", mixed media panel, by Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
Day 9 : Glasswork, 6" X 6", mixed media panel


 

Day 8: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Mine is #375

 Day 8: Black Pearl Damask, 12" X 12", mixed media panel, by Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
Day 8: Black Pearl Damask, 12" X 12", mixed media panel



 

Day 7: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Day 7: Blessed, 12" X 12", mixed media panel, by Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
Day 7: Blessed, 12" X 12", mixed media panel

 

Day 6: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Mine is #196.

Day 6:  Damask in Aquatics, 12" X 12", mixed media panel to be coated in thin layer of resin, by Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
Day 6: Damask in Aquatics, 12" X 12", mixed media panel to be coated in thin layer of resin

Day 5: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Mine is #489

Day 5: Beauty in the Dark,  8" X 8", mixed media, by Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
Day 5: Beauty in the Dark, 8" X 8", mixed media