Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fogo Island, Newfoundland

I did a recent post on my Newfoundland Paintings, and now I want to show you the place that inspired them.

Hiking trail in the town of Fogo

Loads of icebergs floating through this area
Fogo Island Arts offers artists residencies in four different studios on the island.  These are designed by Todd Saunders, who is originally from Gander, Newfoundland.
Long Studio, front view

Long Studio, side view.  This is in the town of Joe Batt's Arm, where we stayed for several days.
Tower Studio

Tower Studio does not seem all that tall in person, but here I am standing on the side of it, and it looks a lot bigger.

Squish Studio, in the town of Tilting

Bridge Studio in Deep Bay
Vida Simon, who lives on Fogo Island and in Montreal, offers a series of workshops on Fogo Island, called "Funnell Workshops", making use of Squish Studio and other locations.  See Vida Simon's web site and her book, INKLINGS - Gestes, Murmures, Ruminations, which I have and absolutely treasure!  Tiny little personal drawings and ideas.  Here are a few of her recent watercolors that I pulled off her Funnell blog:
Vida Simon, "Voice", watercolor

Vida Simon, "Filaments", watercolor

Vida Simon, "Blue Filter"
A few links to find out more about Fogo Island, see pictures, discover the art scene and local culture:

Fogo Island Inn - we did not stay there, but did take a tour.  The furnishings are all made locally and incorporate traditional forms. 

Shorefast Foundation, which helps fund projects that support economic and cultural resilience on Fogo Island.  See this fabulous short video about the quilts on Fogo Island, from Shorefast.

Newfoundland and Labrador traveler information on Fogo and Change Islands.
Typical fence in the town of Tilting
I certainly hope to return to Fogo Island, though it is a long journey to get there.  A thoroughly enjoyable one, though.  Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pix From Omega

Just a quick note to post pix from my workshop last week - "Reclaim Your Creative Freedom: Expressive Abstract Painting and Collage" at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.  What a week!! 
We had a great big airy classroom with a/c and lots of windows.


Here I am showing off again drawing (making marks, at least) with my foot.


Sally working hard

And  now for a sampling of student work.  This is the tip of the iceberg, just a few pieces to give you an idea of the breadth of work the participants did:

10x10

6x6

5x5

9x12


5x8

9x12

10x10

9x12

9x12

4x4
9x12

10x10

4x4
6x9

4x6
9x12

9x12

8x8

10x10
The dimensions are approximate, but they give you an idea of scale.  I expect to be back at Omega in 2015 for another round!  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

More Stacks of Shapes

Here are a few more, some of which have nudged me in new directions, or picked up on previous themes:
9"x12" To me these have a similar feel to the Shapes gel printed pieces I did last spring, which techniques I feature in my Stencils and Masks workshop.

9"x12"

9"x12" These first three remind me of the work of Meredith Pardue, whose work a very much admire.  She works on a much larger scale.

9"x12"

This last one reminds me of some earlier Big Fat Art, below.
19"x25"

22"x30"

19"x25"
This week at Omega we are going to begin with a series of "stacked shapes".  It's a good way to try out a lot of different materials and techniques, and get loosened up.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stacks of Shapes

In my Big Fat Art workshops one of the "tools" we use is shape.  So I demonstrate a bunch of simple ways to make shapes.  Here are a few.

This is sort of a continuation of my 9"x12" Cheap Drawing Paper pieces that I've blogged about here, here, and here.  These are ways to get started, get the ball rolling.  In general, working with a simple set of parameters that does not include making a masterpiece or even a finished piece of art, is a great way to keep your Inner Critic in her place. 

I left most of these pieces as is, but took most of them a step further.  They are just little shape studies, and are meant to generate ideas and engage the visual/intuitive piece of my brain.  See my finished pieces (well, some are in process) based on shapes here.


I had fun adding a little pattern to this one.

This is the collage example in the video.

I gave it some fog.

This one isn't in the video


The scribble/stenciled shapes here look like sheep to me.


Playing with fog and some solid flat space

Last demo piece in the video with stuff added

And then some more stuff.
 I have a Pinterest board of shapes showcasing pieces from many different artists in which shape is a primary element.  Thanks for visiting!