Out with the old, in with the new!

The Art Inspector paid a visit to the studio yesterday, and she brought me some new materials to work with…which was very exciting. But, then she took away some of my old materials, so I wouldn’t be tempted to use them. What did I get? i got paint pigments, a solution to mix them with, some very very smooth paper made from materials other than wood, eco-bond adhesive, and sealer.

I loved the colors of the pigments, and can’t wait to begin using them!

New Paint Pigments

We also had a discussion about the art project I’ll be making for the upcoming exhibit. At first I described an idea I had to represent Silicon Valley using masks, but then after further discussion, I ended up with a few other ideas. The Art Inspector coached me to think more about how my project might show the life cycle of something…where did it come from, how long is it useful, and where will it end up? I have not yet decided on what that object might be, but once I get all my materials, I hope that will be resolved.

In the past, I’ve often been inspired by the materials I use. Once I found a cool chair at a yard sale, and the way I painted it was based on the shape of the chair. I found a box of old rusty washers once, and used them to make an assemblage. I often simply go to my supply or paper and pull out all of  my red papers, or blue, or green…depending on my mood…and make something using that particular color.

My art is more an expression of how I am feeling then an attempt to replicate a scene, or a portrait, or a still-life. So it will be interesting to see what I end up creating. The Art Inspector also brought me some eco-friendly wood to use as a backing for my project. I plan to cut it up into smaller pieces, to make a series of collages for the final project.

The Art Inspector explains my new materials

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