Saturday, July 31, 2010

Beautiful Papers

I've  mentioned  before  in  my  posts  about  art  and  craft  shows,  basically  that  it's  pretty  much  either feast  or  famine.   Well,  right  now  it's  feasting  time.  My  next  show  is  in  September,  which  is  the  start  of  the  Fall season.  The   outdoor  Fall  shows  are wonderful  in  every  aspect,  but   I'm  getting  off  track.   Point  being-- now  it  gets  a  little  hairy--you have to build up a  pretty  big  stock   of  items.   I  don't  mind  this--in fact I love  it.  The  only  thing,  is  that  I  can't  play  around  or  experiment.  I  have  to  do  what  I  know  best.  I  really  like  painting  my own  papers  to  use  in  my  art,  but  I  can't  really  take  the time,  but my new  K & Co.  papers   are  the  next  best  thing.



These  are  on  the  very  deep (over 2'')  canvases  that  I  found  at Dick Blick.  They're 6 x 6.  I   just  love these!   They  really  add  somethinging  to  the  art  piece.





And  yes,  I  made  another  piece  with  my  original  Hippie  girl.  I'm  seeing  how  many  shows  and  how  many  different  ways  that  I  can  use  her,  untill  I  don't  sell  her.


So  here's  the deal--if  I  don't  sell  her  at  my  September  show,  I'll  give  her  away  on  my  blog--stay  tuned.   It's  a  good  chance  that  I  won't,  because  this  is  more  of  a  folk  art,  primitive   type  art  and  craft  show  in  a  rural  area,  so  there's   a  different  shopping  crowd  there---but  still  a  good  one.

This  all  brings me  to  something  that  I've learned  about myself  too.  This  is  the  first  year  that  I've  taken  all  of  these  online  classes, and  I 've  learned  that  I just  can't  devote  the  time  that  I  want  to them  when  I'm   in  the  middle  of  the  show  season.  So, I'm waiting until  January  to  take  anymore  classes.   I   just can't  do  it  all   and  enjoy  what  short   of  a  summer  that  we  have  here.

Speaking  of  summer  activities.  I  wanted  to   show  you  all  a  couple  of things  that  I  found  at  garage  sales  yesterday.  I  found  this--
This  really  large (over  16"  tall)  world  atlas  book  filled with  many  maps, and other great images.  And  look  at  the very  first  and  last  page!

I also found these--


These  wooden  spools  are  great   feet  for  boxes,  among  other things.  I  bought  all  of  these  spools  for  $1.00--good  deal!

And........One  more  thing--be  there  or  be  square!

Mystele,  your're  my  hero!!

35 comments:

Dianne said...

Love your thick canvas pieces! I love working with those canvases. One thing I like about them is that you can stand them on end if you don't want to hang them. Very versatile!

barefoot muse said...

Your pieces are wonderful. The best of luck at your show.

Andrea said...

Your art is just gorgeous!!

Saschi said...

diane,
your canvas work is great! i would keel for that birdie! sweet! and everybody loves hippie chicks diane! you know that! you might even want to start wearing patchouli oil from now on!
dig it baby!

Dorthe said...

Diane, they are wonderfull, looks like blocks of wood,--- and you realy made them each so special,- love the bird one with the chain, very much-and the sweet hippie ,too
I know how it is taking part in online workshops, and not having time to follow on-----makes me feel bad, so better do like you, and only be a part of that in wintertime...
Hugs,Dorthe

Betzie said...

Love visiting Diane...always something new to see here and learn. Love those new collages and your hippie girl is so adorable.
If we could only do it all at once!I know what you mean!Wish I could do the shows with you...sound like a blast!

Healing Woman said...

I'm wondering if you are referring to the Yankee Peddler Show in Ohio? I exhibited there for many years and they tend to buy more conservative, primitive crafts but there were customers who were looking for more contemporary items. You will probably sell your beautiful box.

Nancy said...

These canvas pieces are great...so unique.....so well done....
I hope you have great success at yur show.....
Love the new look of your blog....

joanna said...

Hi Diane!! I love these new pieces! and the girl!! real cute!
xoxo

Kelly Berkey said...

Hi Diane,

Wonderful pieces! That hippy girl would make a great pendant also:-)


I'm afraid to do a show, but might share a table with a friend for one this fall just to see how it goes. I need more time to paint.

I love how I always get inspired by you. hugs!

claire barone art said...

wow Diane they really look lovely very special they look very tactile xx

Rebecca Anthony said...

You are on a roll Diane, these are all really beautiful pieces!! Oh and what good finds you found at the garage sale.....very nice(O:

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Wow, everytime I come to your blog, I am blown away by the super loveliness of everything. I love those deep canvases!

Gloria said...

I love your canvas work Diane, just awesome. Mystele is great. I remeber her from her Blogspot blog and I do frequent her new blog as well. She's great. Thanks for sharing and good luck on your next show.

Createology said...

I can see by your art pieces why you like participating in shows. Successful selling is not easy but you seem to have the key. Happy creating...

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh my goodness! How I LOVE those art pieces you've created. I ADORE the hippie girl (would it be wrong of me to hope she doesn't sell? LOL) and the bird and well...I can just drool over them for hours. Your work dazzles me. I love how you used a little crackle affect as well. Beautiful as always!!! Theresa

La Dolce Vita said...

great art pieces and don't mention fall!! I am not ready!!LOL! your threads look fabulous!!

Emelie said...

Always wonderful art at your house, and ny heavens that wonderful map, the colors the look, you must of held that tight to you heart while browsing,

So a month to prepare and be ready for shows, you will get a lot done you hae focus.

I thrift saled today and I didn't see anything I thought you would really want, but I didn't look really good for that sort of thing.

I am a little tried from walking all day. I should of painted and gardened, but like you said summer goes and a variety of fun is needed.

Deb Harvey said...

Yes, good luck with your shows! Your art is gorgeous, as always!!! I love the 6X6s!

Great finds at the garage sales! I have a lot of customers, on Saturday mornings, who stop by for an espresso before they hit the sales. Looks like fun...

mystele said...

diane, i was just minding my own business, reading your blog, ooo-ing and ahh-ing at your out of this world gorgeously wonderfulest art when all of a sudden i saw what you added. thank you so much. you made my heart smile, girl.

Gollywobbles said...

I love your finds! It never occurred to me to use the spools as feet! Thanks for the tip...I have decided to do an indoor show the weekend before Thanksgiving... you inspired me! So I too, need to stop enrolling in classes, and BACK AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER! lol!

Theresa said...

Really enjoying your newest pieces! Love all the layers and bits and pieces and trinkets and lace, etc.

Thanks for the heads up on Mystele! Just love her!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These canvases are amazing. You could paint on either side and turn them into shadowboxes, if you chose. Of course, I love the really deep sides which extend your collages even further. I especially love the bird canvas. I also like how you have added the painted heart to each piece. It really gives each piece that crafty feel I suspect most of the people visiting the show will be looking for. Knowing your audience is always something important for artists.

Connie said...

I love your hippie girl! And the thick canvases are cool. I like them too. They add dimension to the painting. Good luck at the show in September.

Debbie said...

I love to see the art you are making and I know you'll do well at your shows this fall! Your paintings are all wonderful!

Shawn Caro said...

Your work just keeps getting better and better. and those deep canvases are wonderful. Best of Luck on your next show. I still think your hippie girl is the bomb. Take care-Shawn

Erin Butson said...

Hi Diane,
I know what you mean about shows! The rollercoaster can be exhausting to ride. So up, and so down. I also know what you mean about not getting tobe creative because you need to produce aproduct... it's a tough balance. I love your work + your style + your blog! e

puddinglane said...

Beautiful bags - and I'm thinking of the many uses for them.
Dianne xx

NatashaMay said...

I love K&Co papers too! :) You made some awesome pieces, Diane! Good luck to you on your next show. Oh, and I love that Atlas.:)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

I find no words, your pieces are so awesome unique and incredible spacially! All the lovely details the colors all match beautiful together. I'm excited and inspired as ever and I'm delighted about your never ending creativity.
Hugs Anja

rachel awes said...

these are GORGEOUS!!
my fav is the bird w/the
hanging birds...
a singing heaven!!!
shine, dear one, shine!!
xoxox

Jeanne Nelson said...

So good to get home and "visit" you again, and have you "visit" with me, Diane! I love your newest pieces, lady! You have amazing talent . . . and are SO lucky with your yard sale finds! The book is to-die-for. Have fun on 127 this weekend! I left plenty behind for ya, and I'm sure there will be so many more vendors there this weekend. Wishing you a blissful week!

Linda said...

Lots of interesting things in this post Diane :-) Your canvases are fabulous - so textural! I especially like the first one.
And I enjoyed looking at the video; I'm off to Mystele's blog now......

Thanks for all the inspiration. XX

carylsrealm said...

Love your hippie girl and thick canvas pieces! And love your photos!

laurie said...

these are amazing,, wow!

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