December 9th, 2006

Oo, I made some art this weekend and it was so much fun! I started this first piece Friday  night, worked on it again this morning, went to take my dad to lunch for his birthday and then this evening finished it up. I originally had this idea when I saw last weeks IF topic "might." The week was a long one and I didn't get it done in time for IF, but I decided to do it anyways. I got the idea from my memories of wishing on stars. When I was in high school, we got a dog and as the oldest I was in charge of taking her out for the last time before bed and then at 5:30 in the morning when I got up for school. At night, particularly in the dead of winter, it was rough standing outside waiting for her to do her business. I sometimes passed the time by singing, dancing or daydreaming. But one thing I did consistently was wish on the first star I saw. You know the rhyme, right? Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. And the funny thing was, most of my wishes came true when I wished for specific things (yeah, winning the lottery never happened, since I was too young to buy tickets anyways). So, here I worked with gesso and rice paper put down haphazardly first and then painted over with acrylic and drawn with ink all on paper. It's about 16"x21". Here's a close-up:

When I finished I saw that I had big squirts of paint on my pallette and I didn't want to waste them, so I found an older collaged piece on board that I didn't like and painted over it in big swatches. When I finished, something suggested a face and so I started there, with a face and then I thought she looked like a Greek goddess. Her hair blended into the sky and I thought of constellations. So, then I made the night sky and turned shapes that suggested planets into planets with rings and I named her "Andromeda." It's about 12"x16".

It felt great to get this art in, knowing I won't have time with school tomorrow. Blah. Am I done with it yet? No. But I think I'll be leaving school a bit early tomorrow to go to an art opening, cause guess what?? My two pieces were accepted for the show I submitted them to! Woot! It's a group show with the theme of water at the Post Road Art Center. Feels great to be showing some work again, which I'll be going at again with more oomph when school ends in February. Feels good.

And hey, the two pieces above are two very different examples of inspiration. I often do what I did with the second piece, which is just to start and see what images start to appear and go with it. It's great fun. You just have to allow it to be a failure-free experience. In other words, you give yourself permission at the start to make crappy art. Makes all the experimenting much easier and more fun (for me at least!) Try it out!

12 Responses

oooooohhhhhh….have I mentioned how much I like your art? Your women’s figures are divine. I can see the goddess in every one of them – maybe that’s why they draw me in so! Congrats on the show! Much deserved!

Woo hoo!! Congratulations, Kat – I knew your art would be a shoo-in!

As these are – just lovely, simply beautiful.

Wonderful post and wonderful work, as always! Congrats on the show, too. Enjoy! :)

What amazing art you create! So dreamy, whimsical and inspiring. I am so happy to have discovered your blog.

. . . oh my gosh i am reeling in my socks right now at how amazing your art work is . . . it has always been stunning . . . but something major has shifted and it makes your pics gleam . . . wow . . . wow . . . so filled with . . . light . . . life . . .

my goddess, grrl…you amaze me. your artwork has been stunning. not to mention, i love reading about your thoughts that go into creating a piece.

congrats on your upcoming show! :)

these pieces are LOVELY! the first one especially really captures a mood i’ve been in lately, having to do with christmas, light and darkness. love the kitty, too.

thanks for the heads-up about your new location.

WOW! I didn’t even read your entry yet. . . I just had to tell you that your latest art is amazing! So dreamy and magical. Kind of like stained glass, with a wintery quality, and even a touch of the divine. Lovely stuff, Leah!

Congrats on the work being accepted into the show! YAY!(Those are great pieces!)
Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

very cool; I like the hanging ornaments that are so subtle

I love the way you make art in different ways – its such fun!

And big congrats on getting some work accepted for a show – well done.

Wow, this is breathtaking.

I love your ornament up there too, in todays post.

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