I've been on Spring Break the last few days (yeah, yeah, I know, teachers have it soooooo easy), and I managed to carve out a little time to complete some art projects. That said, I'm back to work tomorrow, so this may be my last post for awhile. Below are some pics from "Intertwined," yet another nicho in my seemingly endless series. (Actually, after this one, I only have ONE yet to complete--then the nichos are finished...for now.) By the way, the approximate dimensions of this piece are 6" X 8".
This little assemblage--again, I used an Altoid tin as the "nicho"--was created using found objects, two vintage photos, and a picture from National Geographic (the greenish background in the photo below) that was treated with Citrasolv to give it that wavy appearance.
I thought about naming this piece "Mama's Eyes" for obvious reasons--and I may still do so.
The shot below shows the old cheese grater I used to frame the piece, as well as the texture I achieved around the edges and top of the base.
When asked to encapsulate education, a good friend of mine--a high school science teacher for nearly thirty years--once came up with the following four-word definition (frankly, I think it's an equally good mantra for LIFE): Ask questions; seek answers. His wise words were the inspiration for my most-recent mint-tin nicho, entitled "Seek."
As in my last nicho, I used a piece of "jailhouse tin" that I purchased at my local junk shop. Turns out, the patina on this old piece of metal works well with the purple/blue paint effects I used on the surrounding framework.
In the detail shot below the found-object elements are more evident: paper from a thesaurus (background), a porcelain doll head, an old typewriter key, coiled wire, and a ceramic question mark (it has a pair of sharp pins sticking out of its back) that was probably used on those felt-covered sign boards that used to grace stores and restaurants.
I wanted to include a close-up shot (below) of the texture I created using plaster pushed through a stencil. The painting effects were created with acrylic paint, acrylic ink, and a dry-brushing technique.
Hmm, I guess I've been rather busy because it's been about three weeks since I've posted anything--which means it's been about that long since I've had time to work on any art. A few projects have been sitting unfinished in my "studio" for weeks--grr. Below are some shots from one I just put the finishing touches on last night; at this point I'm calling it "Davy Jones' Locker." I like the whimsy of the sea creature/sea captain; however, now that I've had time to sit back and study it, I'm rather disappointed in my monochromatic color choices. Oh well--lesson learned. As you'll see from the first pic, I used a piece of the jailhouse tin, that I described in a previous post, to frame the nicho.
Below is a close-up shot of the nicho. Davy's head is an old wrist-watch face; I found an eye image, colorized it using colored pencils, and embedded it in resin. His right, tentacled arm was taken from a reproduction of a vintage natural history illustration. His left arm is the real McCoy, so to speak; last summer while on a walk at our local lake, I found it--the owner of the claw had probably fallen victim to a raccoon. (See, sometimes it pays to not pay attention to where you're walking; sure, I often nearly run into other walkers, but I also sometimes score some cool finds!)
Turns out my painting technique (see side of piece below) was serendipitous: I think it kind of conveys a "tentacle" motif, which pairs well with the nicho's subject matter.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.