Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wind and Water

As you may know, I belong to an artist group called The WeHa Artists Emporium.  The founder of the group, a lovely artist and friend, Stefanie Marco, is excellent at getting venues for us to have group shows.  Often times, it is a venue she has shown at before and she is extremely generous to share these spaces with members of the group.

Sunday morning, we hung out new show - Wind and Water - at a Hartford restaurant called Bin228.
Artists had their own spaces around the restaurant, but we all shared a big wall to hang the "show."  So, for the "show" you had to have a wind and/or water themed art, but for your own space you could hang anything.

(Below) Here's the group of participating artists in front of the group wall (which hadn't been fully hung yet.)  AJ Masthay, Stefanie Marco, Hannah Jackson, me, Phyllis Meredith, and David Davis Wilson.

Here's Stefanie, her husband & art serpa Carl, and David figuring out where things should go.  This is actually very difficult when you have a big space and tons of art but no place to lay things out.

Stefanie hangs some of her work in her space.

And here I am up against the show wall.  Pieces that are mine:  Watercolor horses in the top left, Koi fish just behind my head, and a sailor and mermaid (in two frames) bottom left.

Big thanks to Stefanie and to bin228 to having us.  If you're in the Hartford area, bin228 is more of a lunch place that caters to the working crowd and to anyone who just saw a show at teh Hartford Stage.  The food is amazing!  Eat there!  And if you eat there in the next 2 months, you can see some awesome art.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Family Reunion

On Saturday, we traveled to Rhode Island for the Gordon Family Reunion.  The Gordons are my mother-in-law's family.  We spend Thanksgiving with our branch of them.  But for this party, it was an even bigger event.  There were cousins there that my husband hadn't even met.

And it would have been lovely - except for the sweltering heat.  Oh my!  The kitchen inside had an AC running, so people would be outside under the tent chatting, drinking, and eating, and they'd have to come inside for 10-minutes of AC break and to get their core body temperature down.

Magoo and I tried to play ping-pong.  Honestly, it was pathetic.  If we volleyed the ball at all, it was a great success.  It was more like this: serve - miss.  Serve - miss.  Serve - hit - miss.

But it was still a lovely time.  And when the food was eaten, those with bathing suits (including myself) journeyed into the pool.  Ahhhhhhh!  For awhile I was nicknamed "the oldest kid in the pool" but soon after other sane adults joined me.

That made all the difference to me.  I think I've said this before - because it's not unlike me to whine - but I don't like the extreme heat.  And MAN the humidity has been torture this time around.  So, before I got into the pool, I wasn't even feeling like myself.  I was oogy Julie. 

And I know I wasn't the only one.

But the pool made things better again.  And I've married into a fun family.  We had a lovely time.

Hope you're all surviving the summer heat!  (Autumn soon!!!)
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Wind and Water

There is a group showing coming up with a theme of Wind and Water.  I have a lot of water art already (all my fish paintings count) but wind is a trickier subject.  Earlier this summer I painted this piece:

Greys in the Waves           2016             j. c. phillipps
I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  It's a rather large watercolor and I really fell in love with painting horses.  Plus, it showcases both wind and water.  Boom, boom.

But I wanted at least one more piece that had both features in it.  I saw an illustration on Pinterest of a swimmer diving into a body of water and it inspired the location and style.  But instead of a swimmer going into the water, I thought I'd make a mermaid coming out of the water, her hair blowing in the wind.

Wind and Water Mermaid     2016    j.c.phillipps

I planned to do another mermaid, but then it occurred to me that it might be even cuter to give the mermaid a love interest.  So I changed the second mermaid into a sailor.  (Plus, I really love drawing little tattoos on sailor's arms.)  Ideally, if someone buys the mermaid, they will also buy the sailor.  

Wind and Water Sailor        2016       j.c.phillipps

 Ideally, if someone buys the mermaid, they will also buy the sailor.  But they are their own separate pieces and can be sold as such.

Wind and Water Sailor & Mermaid          2016        j.c.phillipps

Okay, now I think I have enough Wind and Water pieces for the show.  This is a WeHa Artists Emporium group show hosted by a lovely restaurant in Hartford BIN228.  I'll let you know when it's up and running.

Hope you're all having a good week.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Experimenting with Alcohol Inks

This past week I've been experimenting with a new artistic medium: alcohol inks.  I didn't know they existed until recently, when a woman in our town artists group started hosting classes in them.  Then, another woman who carves beautiful gourds, used some on her work.

Alcohol inks product vivid, dynamic colors, which is what drew me to them.  But they are very different from watercolors or anything I've worked with before.  Very different.

Blue Brown Anemones     2016       j. c. phillipps

For starters, they only work on surfaces that are non-porous.  So watercolor paper is out.  I bought a book that claimed they work on bristol, but I tried that and it wasn't slick enough.  I've been using Yupo paper, which is very smooth and allows the ink to flow and dance over it before the colors settle.

Also, it's taken a bit of practice to learn about how the inks react to the paper, each other, and the alcohol blender solution - which is a must.

Plunge            2016            j. c. phillipps

Every time I make something, I learn a little something new about the medium and its habits.
I also try new ways to manipulate the inks.  Some work out.  Some don't.

The Cavern           2016         j. c. phillipps

But, because the paper is non-porous, I can wipe it near clear with alcohol and start fresh if need be.  That's awesome!  Because there is a big learning curve here and it's difficult to be free when you're concerned about how much the paper you're experimenting on costs per sheet.

Waterfall         2016        j. c. phillipps

It's been fun.  I'm kind of addicted.  And, it allows me to work more abstract - which I really enjoy.
These are my favorite pieces so far.

In other news:
The heat wave finally broke.  Thank goodness!  I do not thrive in heat.

Magoo and I have seen a lot of summer movies.  Here's the grades of the ones we've seen so far:
Finding Dory:  B
Star Trek: Beyond:  B+
The Secret Lives of Pets: C-
Swiss Army Man:  B
Ghostbusters: B
The Jungle Book:  A
Captain America: Civil War:  A-

Hope you're all enjoying your summer.  Happy August!
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