Studio Sunday - on Monday!

This week's work-in-progress showcase - didn't put it up yesterday cuz, well - WALKING DEAD PREMIERE, HELLO?! (Which, while I'll give no spoilers, was AWESOME!) Okay, so here's what I've been up to the past few days:

Mixed-media collage paintings in progress

Mixed-media collage paintings in progress

The first two are the start of my Astrological Collage Creeps series - one being The Waterbearer (Aquarius) and the rainbow one in the middle (both reworked older unfinished canvases, btw) will be the one I'm keeping - my starsign Gemini. I have a really cool! figure mostly finished for that that's not shown here yet - but you can always catch of-the-moment progress shots on my Instagram @gemgirlartist. The last piece is titled Exhibit A, and is a completed abstract mixedmedia collage - kinda outta the norm for me, but also making a point - it's "Exhibit A" in the case of me trying new things! I've always loved abstracts (one of my fave parts of the artmaking process is doing the backgrounds - I often DON'T want to put anything on them, and yet they never quite seem to be a finished, standalone piece) So -working on that is a big goal of mine.

I also since last week, decided I am NOT ready to take on an art/craft fair at this point, even though that also has been a goal of mine for some time. Perhaps in 2015. But I AM going to be getting professional scans & prints made of my works, in order to keep the originals available directly through me, and any printworks will go to my etsy or other 3rd party online shops. 

That's all for now, I gotta get back in the paintzone!
Have a great, productive Monday!

What's Up Wednesday

Working on some new paintings (unsure yet if they will become collages or maybe remain abstracts, will hafta wait'n see what they wanna be when they grow up ...) so here's a quick in-progress shot:

On the Studio Table

5th layer of paint (some acrylic, some transparent watercolor, some clear gesso layers in between)

5th layer of paint (some acrylic, some transparent watercolor, some clear gesso layers in between)

and ...
 Around the Studio Corner

Pekoe Panther Peeking Pretty Peculiarly

Pekoe Panther Peeking Pretty Peculiarly

The Real Deal

You know how you'll see photos of your fave artist's and crafter's studio spaces and they always seem to be this pristine, ordered, curated bonanza of matching totes and styled shelves?

YEAH, THOSE ARE SETUP SHOTS DUDE, none of our spaces look like that day-to-day!

And even though I *do* fully intend on doing a studio tour post in just such a manner (figure after I complete the current artroom overhaul, I gotta showcase it at least once, right?) - I was more than happy to take part in Seth Apter's "Studio Table" today over on The Altered Page blog - well over a hundred artsy craftsy bloggers are linking up to show ya what our workspaces REALLY look like when we're actually, well - working in them.

SO! Here's mine, as-is right now - BEFORE! I get in there and start cutting and pasting -

gemgirlart - studio room table -believe it or not, this is the BEFORE!

gemgirlart - studio room table -believe it or not, this is the BEFORE!

Enjoy! Be sure to go check out the other artist's pics on Seth's page-
and stop back by later as I'll be updating throughout the day to add more "in-situ" tablescapes ;-) :-D

LUNCHTIME mini-break update
Working on a new set of collage creeps, annnnd finishing up an older one (Greek God/desses )- thats them in the anxious looking huddle, huhuhuhu) Also I am listing DVDs on eBay in between. THAT desk is a mess, too!

that painty BG map page will become any number of weirdo characters - I AM THE CREATOR

that painty BG map page will become any number of weirdo characters - I AM THE CREATOR

And while moving stuff off to the side, I set this word tile on an unused foam brush, and ... well, I just kinda liked the little vignette it presented -

Artists! Not Just for Making Art ;-)

Artists! Not Just for Making Art ;-)

Okay, tuna on bolillo, more DVDs then cutting and glueing and stuff ...

LATER!

The mid-afternoon deal-io:

Almost finished piece!

Almost finished piece!

Several stages of cut, paste, paint, and piece later and this one is ready for final assembly and glue-down on the BG. Add some doodly-detail pizzaz and stuff, then she'll be mounted on the painted woodblock, named (well, I already have her name, but I ain't sayin'. yet.)  and photographed and listed in Available Art by days end! WOOT!

Really enjoyed seeing all y'all's studio worktables today - see many similarities in how we all work and organize (then promptly DIS-organize!) our stuff, as well as many same quirks and kinda weird habits :) So on that note, here's one more "Studio Table in Action" shot, one I'm sure many of you see on a daily basis, and more than once ;-)

Weezer, currently catnapping on top of my paper trimmer. Cuz, you know - THAT'S super comfy ;-)

Weezer, currently catnapping on top of my paper trimmer. Cuz, you know - THAT'S super comfy ;-)

PS & BTW - Here's the finished piece I worked on during "Studio Table" day:

"Technicolor Princess" - mixedmedia collage painting available for purchase in Original Art tab!

"Technicolor Princess" - mixedmedia collage painting available for purchase in Original Art tab!