Sunday, November 30, 2014

Queen

33 Queen, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This lovely queen dates back to the 1550's and was a member of the Medici dynasty that was a prominent and influential force in Italy and the world of art during the Renaissance. I thought this hairstyle was fitting for today because I started a new book by Francis Mayes called Every Day in Tuscany. Looking forward to reading this fun book and taking a little armchair trip to Italy, especially since the temperature here in Denver dropped to a toasty 22 degrees today with the low tonight of 16! 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Queen

32 Queen, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This print is part of the Genealogy of hair series and will be exhibiting in Denver in March. It is the second of two prints made. The model for this hairstyle was Marie Antoinnette and it was taken from a portrait painting of her. It dates from the 1780's AD.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Artist Proof - Girl

31 Artist Proof - Girl, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This is the last of the Artists Proofs for the Genealogy of Hair series. It is actually 6 x 8 but the cropping tool in Photoshop was acting up so it looks a little shorter than it really is. I use Photoshop so I can crop the image of the clip out of the picture - it is what is holding the print up so I can photograph it.  Andy and I are talking about getting a scanner in 2015 so I will be able to scan the images which will eliminate the need for photoshop and the camera! The next round of Hair prints will be the actual prints in the series which will be exhibited in Provincetown, MA in February at the Provincetown Art Association Museum and then in March in Core New Art Space Gallery in Denver!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Artist Proof - Woman

30 Artist Proof - Woman, 6  8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
 Happy Thanksgiving to all! So this hairstyle is from the 1920's but originally I thought it was from 
the1940's. It was through research that I discovered otherwise. I've discovered over the last 2 years in graduate school that I actually enjoy researching things... I realized yesterday that I enjoy studying and but the two together and I'm totally geeking out on information. This morning over scones and coffee I started looking up words on my French/English dictionary and trying to figure out how to construct new sentences in French. I also made flash cards and whenever Bella walked by I would quiz her... I know she is going to pick French up quickly... I think the only way and or reason I might be able to stay a head of her is because I've had approximately 12 years of French prior to her entering the world. With all that studying, it better come back to me and finally click!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Artist Proof - Girl

29 Artist Proof - Girl, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
So I believe this is one of the hair prints that my husband, Andy, thought looked like an image of road kill! Surprisingly... no, this is yet another Gibon Girl hairstyle, sorry Andy this is not a dead deer!

So today, my youngest daughter, Bella (Isabella), and I started our French lessons together. I've had years YEARS of French but never anyone to practice on so I'm really excited to do this with her so she will have someone to practice with. Of course I'm totally geeking out on it and have realized today that I actually LOVE studying! I know a big surprise.... 3 degrees and I am just now realizing this little fact!  Anyway... as I blog on the Gibson Girl hairstyle and think about our French lesson the idea came to mind... what if I did a hair series on French hairstyles? An interesting idea but I think I need to give hair a break after I finish the Genealogy exhibitions and posts. It's a lot of hair coming down the pipeline I think moving beyond that topic will be needed after its all said and done!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Artist Proof - Model

28 Artist Proof - Model, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Man I sure do know I'm intimately familiar with all these hairstyles because most people would have thought this was from the 1920's but in actuality it is a hairstyle on a model from my W magazine of th 21st century! It just shows you that hairstyles repeat themselves!  

Playing around with a Portrait

So this is what I do when I feel like playing around in the studio when I should be blogging and balancing my checkbook... actually I had just finished reworking the last mouth painting which I was not satified with and had some paint left over so I pulled out this portrait that I had started right when I started graduate school 2 years about... I had forgotten how much I liked painting portraits... I'm just tinkering with it... we will see what comes of it. Now back to actual work!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The completion of the Voices series



I think I here by consider this series finished... unless of course I wake up tomorrow and decide I need to noodle on this final mouth a little more... the trick with these have always been to know when to stop to ensure that I don't over work the mouth... This was a fun series to paint but I'm looking forward to moving on. If indeed I am done, then tomorrow I will wire it and take down the easel until I move into the new house and new studio. The plan for the remaining of this year is to focus on framing the 60 hair pieces for my March Thesis show... as a professional artist registered with the state of Colorado, I have a sales license that allows me to buy my frames at whole sale prices, of coure the catch is I also have to frame them myself!... Let's see if my very first job in the art field will come back to me... 20 some years ago I started working in an art gallery that also did framing... I'm hoping in the long run framing them myself will reduce my overhead expenses for framing and allow me to keep my work afordable... of course in the beginning it is expensive for me to do this because I first have to invest in the supplies to do my own framing.  Something I'm realizing is that it sure is (was) nice to have a full time job while being an artist because it allowed me to purchase the supplies I needed to be a practicing artist... it is a bit challenging these days!

Artist Proof - Girl

27 Artist Proof - Girl, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This print is actually more straight than it looks in this picture, I think I need to invest in a scanner verses having Photoshop straighten my crocked photographs! That will be on the 'to do' list for 2015. This is another Gibson Girl hair style. What is fun about this one is that I used an early illustration of the Gibson Girl and the illustrator cleverly illustrated the hair in such a way that it actually looks like a question mark. As I near the end of my Artist Proofs, I should perhaps point out the reason these are proofs is because I was still working out the idea, in regard to the format of the paper and many are not neccesarily centered very well. In the final series of which I printed two copies of the hair styles (occasionally a few more if I was not getting the print to turn out the way I wanted). Printing 2 images proved to be a good thing because I will be able to send one set to Provincetown, MA for my thesis show there and frame up some of the second set for my Thesis show here which is about a month later and I don't have to worry about the ones in MA arriving back in time.  The downside of course is I have a lot and I mean a LOT of hair prints now! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Artist Proof - Madame

26, Artist Proof - Madame, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
I find it humorous that this print is titled Madame and the one yesterday was titled Vamp... there is no correlation and no lewd behavior implied... but I do think its funny that one followed the other.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Artist Proof - Vamp

25, Artist Proof Vamp, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
With this one, we have now moved will into the 20th century. The hair style is taken from a 1950's icon, an actress and possible mistress to a very popular president. A blonde bomshell with an unfortunate and untimely death and definitely a sex symbol which is the orginal title of the piece but that is two words and for consistancy sake I needed to reduce it down to one word, hence the title of Vamp.  This beauty.... is Marilyn Monroe.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Artist Proof - Actress

24, Artist Proof - Actress, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Interestingly, well interesting to me... when I first pulled this hairstyle I was looking for a 1920's flapper coif and that is what I thought I found but then as I dug deeper into my research I found out this image was actually a studio promo photo for the actress, Louise Brooke. I've no idea what Brooke acted in, I'm guessing silent pictures? I didn't have the time to dig deeper to find out these kinds of details but I thought the fact that I was searching for one thing and then discovered something new made the project just a bit more exciting. Typically I would pull from my knowledge of art history and or useless movie trivia to identify women for the hairstyles... this one surprised me!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Artist Proof - Woman

23, Artist Proof Woman, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
I find it interesting to see how hair styles can share similiarities through centuries as well as dissimiliarities. This print shares the same title as the one yesterday but the one yesterday dates to BC or I guess now we say BCE and this one is from the 1800's! And if you consider the poof of hair in the middle I've seen several teens, college age students and even a few of my closes girl friends pull there hair back in this fashion! And of course the wavy, curly mess around the sides reminds me of my own hair style...and we all are in the 21st century.... crazy how things change but yet not really.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Artist Proof - Woman

22, Artist Proof Woman, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Unlike an earlier piece also titled woman, this lovely lady goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times! It was interesting research, the farther I went back the more of a challenge it was to actually find images of women's hairstyles. This one actually came from a marble statue! This particular woman had meticulously carved curls. 

I'm also happy to say that the Genealogy of Hair project has definitely paid off, as I've just successfully lined up a workshop at the Art Students League of Denver running February - March in 2015! You can go to the leagues website at www.asld.org and type in my name or the name of the workshop 'Paper Plate Lithography'.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Artist Proof - Mistress

21 Artist Proof - Mistress, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Surprisingly.... although this hair style had an index code on it (in creating my genealogy of hair I also created a whole index code on an excel spread sheet so I could properally identify and code the images - it is a fantastic resource and reference tool for me so that I can keep track of the hairstyle and time period etc... that is related to it)... this particular image was not listed in my index! It is surprising because it is one of my first experiments with the hairstyle concept... It came about the same time I did the Fleur de Lis painting of myself in the same kind of hairstyle. The silliness of the hairdo makes it another one of my favorites. Because it was not part of the actual index, I also had to come up with a title for it (in the same kind of format) and so I decided on Mistress, because it makes me think of the insanely elaborate wigs that they wore in the 1700's which makes me think of decadence, debachery and over indulgence... it makes me think of Marie Antoinette!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Artist Proof Woman

20 Artist Proof - Woman, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
So this hair style is from the 1830's and I've always found it amusing. The title has been simplied to Woman but there is part of me that wants to call it 'Poodle' because that is what it reminds me of! One of the challenges with the Geneaology of Hair project was that the farther I went back in time the fewer images of women's hair styles I could find... yesterdays what taken from an illustration drawing of a Gibson Girl. This image came from a painting (portrait) of a woman. It was quite a nice portrait, but what a crazy hairstyle! And colleagues tell me my hair style is out there!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Artist Proof - Girl

19 Artist Proof - Girl, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This hair style is from the 1890's and represents the Gibson Girl, hence the shortened title of Girl.  One of the challenges in labeling the individual lithographs was coming up with a consistant format. I first started with a long discriptive title, sometimes having the name of the individual whose hair style it was taken from but then on other styles I was not able to identify the individual. In the end what I decided to do was take the identification down to as simple and basic a format that I could, this then left room for the imagination, a bit of mystery or ambiguity which I found drew people into the overall work - meaning they spent more time looking at it because they were trying to figure out based on the limited information I provided, who the hairstyle belonged to!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Artist Proof - Lady

18 Artist Proof - Lady, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Again, another one of my favorites... after researching hairs styles through the centuries, going all the way back to Egyptian time period BC, I've definitely developed a few favorites!  Today in the studio, my plan is to work on my Nest drawing. I had been missing drawing so when I made this little sketchbook/book while at the CAEA conference I thought it would make an interesting format for this drawing piece. The book is in an according style with the pages folded back and forth in a uniform fashion. So what I decided to do was create one long drawing of branches. On a walk with Molly, I gathered a number of interesting looking sticks to use as references (always good to hone one's observational drawing skills). I've been using the branches as a loose guide applying some artistic license along the way. Every time I'd work on the drawing I would complete one panel. So as to ensure that the graphite doesn't smudge I've been cutting and placing tissue paper between the folds. But now as I near the end of the branches (I have 3 panels left) I will begin drawing the birds nest, inside will be marbles... I'm excited to work on these final 3 panels so I thought this cold and snowing afternoon would be a good time to draw... I must say drawing is one of my favorite things to do, it forces me to slow down, especially when the drawing is made up of small delicate lines/marks. Once its finished I will photograph the drawing and submit it to a drawing exhibition, deadline is December 31st, fingers crossed that it gets in!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Artist Proof - Princess

Daily Print #17, Artist Proof - Princess, 6 x 8 inches
Paper Plate Lithography, $60
So this one is a princess from the 1970's, can you figure out who? One of the fun things abour working with the Genealogy of Hair series was figuring out ways to incorporate humor. This one one of them... right up there with Angel. Its been a crazy afternoon and evening. Class ended with my office hours over at 12 noon, then it was on to getting my $200+ dollar tags for the Volvo (that in itself was insane!), a quick bite then off to sit the gallery, followed by the Grand Petit show opening, followed by a friends 50's birthday party! I'd say its time for a glass of wine and some dinner... the girls are in bed so a little R & R is in order!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Aritist Proof - Flapper

Daily Print #16, Artist Proof - Flapper, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
I've always enjoyed this one, perhaps it is because the hair style is from the 1920's and I'm kind of fasinated with that time period, the literature, the music, the fashion and the art are all very interesting, not to mention the women's movement. The women who were identified as Flappers challenged tradional American values (perhaps that is why I like the style?) Characteristics of a Flapper include short bobbed hair, short hems on their skirts, listened to Jazz music, more makeup, drank hard liquor, smoked cigarettes, treated sex more casually and were in general opposed to the conventional social and sexual norms... I pulled this info off on the internet from a powerpoint titled Women's Movement 1920s and the 1960s by Paige Z.  From other research that I've done on various other women, from this time period, this is a good summary. To me it signifies women taking a stand in a more public fashion... I like that idea, goes along with 'I am woman hear me roar'!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Artist Proof - Wife

Daily Print #15, Artist Proof - Wife 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
So today we have another Artist Proof, which basically means that I'm experimenting with both the process and the concept that will eventually evolve into my Genealogy of Hair series. This image is intended to represent at 1950's housewife with the big pink rollers in her hair. It was created about the same time as I was working on my large Kandy painting, hence the reoccurance of the hair curlers. It is one of my favorite hair prints, although it never actually made it into the series that I created for my thesis... that installation consisted of over 100 prints of hair through the centuries, mean of which you will see in the coming days.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Artist Proof - Angel

Daiy Print #14 - Artist Proof Angel, 6 x 8 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Well I was going to start with my Pink hair series but I can't seem to find it. Who misplaces a whole series of prints? So, I decided to begin the journey into hair prints with my Artists Proofs. This next set of prints are the prelude to my larger series called the Geneology of Hair. These prints helped me get to that series. The title of this print, is a clue to who the hair style belonged to and is representative of the decade of which she was most popular.... can you identify who it is?

Linus and Lucy

I call this piece Linus and Lucy, it is my submission for the Hyperlink exhibition called Dashing and Crashing. It is ink on lithograph paper, 12 x 12 inches in size. It is my comment or interpretation of the ridiculous insanity of the holidays and how the "Eastern Syndicate" not to be confused with the Orient... has influenced the holiday season which lets face it starts to advertise as early as September! In this piece, I reference four holidays... and what I call the High Holiday Season which in my mind begins October 31 and continues through January, for some ending January 2 for others January 6 with twelve night... I'm actually considering doing something special for 12th night this year, not sure what... it will depend if we are in the new house by then. I must admit, Christmas is my favorite holiday but not for all the commercialism but rather for the spirit, its the birth of Christ, a joyous time that comes through in the music, the decorations, the thoughtfulness of people. I love the lights, the smells and sense of community... in fact when I get down my happy place is Christmas... I put on a little holiday music ans it cheers me right up!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Penstemon Cupcake

Daily Print #13, Penstemon Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches, 
Paper Plate Lithography with Watercolor, $60
The title of this cupcake came from my walk I took with Molly yesterday... I saw an orange Penstemon with yellow green leaves and liked the color combination.  This will be the last cupcake for a while, it marks the 13 13th cupcake or the Bakers Cupcake which is the extra one makes when making a dozen.  Next up Hair prints!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cold Weather's Coming Cupcake

Daily Print #12, Cold Weather's Coming Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches
 Paperplate Lithography with Watercolor, $60
Next week they are predicting snow for Denver, so with the cold weather on my mind I decided to make a cool colored cupcake! I wavered about making the frosting blue or green and finally decided on the blue although the green frosting with the red cherry could have made for an interesting visual vibration... but blue seemed more fitting.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bella's Pink Cupcake

Daily Print #11, Bella's Pink Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches, 
Paperplate Lithography with Watercolor, $60
Whereas with Tessa's liking of Purple, I at least have a theory, I have no idea what motivated Bella's choice of pink. Probably my doing but I can't remember how or way. It suits her though as she is the most girlie little girl I know! So today, I make a pink cupcake for Bella.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tessa's Purple Cupcake

Daily Print #10 Tessa's Purple Cupcake, 4 1/2 x 6 inches
Paper Plate Lithography with Watercolor, $60
Today I dedicated my daily print cupcake to my oldest daughter Tessa because her favorite color is purple. Her bedroom was purple (we are in temporary digs right now so no purple but her new room when the house is finished will be purple as well). Tessa's prefered color for clothes is also purple which at first I questioned but now as she is building her wardrobe I'm discovering that all the things that she has picked out, because they have purple as a link all tie in well together, prints all have some kind of purple included, different fabric textures of purple and then of coure solids, many of which are purple... it is a brilliant strategy and I admire her for it. Of course I've often wondered why purple and the only theory I have is her very first bedroom (the one after the nursery) was orginally our guest bedroom and when her sister (Bella) was born we turned the nursery into a playroom and moved the girls into the guest bedroom which was painted purple at the time... from then on she has always requested her bedroom be purple. So in honor of Tessa, I made a purple on purple monochromatic cupcake!