Sunday, January 16, 2022

Finally Hung: Seasonal Fence Print that Crate & Barrel licensed

Over the last few weeks, we have been updating an extra room in our house. Since we moved in in 1988, this room has been used as our son's bedroom, my husband's office, my mother-in-law's bedroom during the Covid lockdown, and now it's our guest room.

When we moved in, I painted over the wall paper because the beaver board walls from 1935 have at least three layers and it was too labor intensive and we didn't have the time to remove them. 

A few weeks ago I cleaned up the walls the best I could, given the circumstances, filled in the holes and cracks, and painted the walls and ceiling the same white.

Then the redecorating and bonding project of hanging of artwork and prints happened. This included the hanging of the licensed print of Seasonal Fence Print that Crate & Barrel sold as a framed giclee print that measures 30"W x 0.75"D x 60"H. Until now, we didn't have wall space to hang it.

In 2013, Crate & Barrel licensed the image of my painting Seasonal Fences - Spring #3, which is one piece I created in a series of 20 and named it Seasonal Fence Print. I bought the print on sale as a remainder when they discontinued selling it quite a few years ago.

As a painting, the actual Seasonal Fences - Spring #3 is mixed media on board, and it measures 22" x 10" x 1".

Stragically below the print is a sliver of wall paper that I did not paint over. It's an archive of the changes the room had with previous owners. Hopefully when we move someday, the new owners will appreciate it.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

New Work In Progress


This embroidered tablecloth from my mother’s house and some of my monoprinted construction fence fabrics have been sitting on my work table ready to be assembled. Hopefully this weekend since it’s only going as high as 15 degrees today, and the weather doesn’t look good for the rest of MLK weekend. To be continued.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

New Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Walking Project 2022



This is the first week (actually 8 days) of walking so far in January collaged on the monoprinted brown grid for my 2022 Dates in a Life Walking Project. I have never used brown as the main color in any of my paintings before. 

I think the brown will look good with the Iridescent Bronze background that I am painting around the symbols to signify the days I'm at work vs. days I am home or away, all of which have an influence on the number of steps I walk each day. 

Similar to the past six years of making paintings documenting my walking, I will continue to use black symbols for walking up to 9999 steps, red for 10,000-19,999, and yellow for 20,000 or more steps.  

Sunday, January 2, 2022

New Year, New Work to Come

 

A new year of art begins. The fabric is on the wall on the right side wall of my tiny studio as I start working on Dates in a Life Walking Project 2022, a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day. I have been documenting my steps in paintings every year since 2016.

My work table is two-thirds cleaned off so I have space to work on new paintings. The back clutter is ready-to-go steps icons for my 2022 walking painting on the middle to right, and on the left is a stack of small paintings I created in 2021 and a pile of socks I wore holes in from all the walking I did last year. I am thinking on how I might use them in some artwork.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

New work: Dates in a Life Walking Project 2021

Happy New Year! New work, the completed Dates in a Life Walking Project 2021, a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walked each day. I have been documenting my steps in paintings every year since 2016.

 

I prefer to walk for exercise, as time permits, outside in addition to whatever other walking I do as I go about my day. My goal is to walk as much as I can every day. I use the Pedometer app on my iPhone to document my steps, miles, and flights of stairs climbed.

 

I use a system of symbols to represent each thousand steps walked each day instead of using a number. The black icons represent up to 9999 steps walked, red represents 10,000-19,999 steps and yellow would have represented 20,000-29,999 steps, if I had been able to walk that much in 2021. Historically, walking that much is usually something I get to do when we're away on vacation without a car. That did not happen in 2021 due to the pandemic.

 

The daily background color around the symbols changes each day by fives, depending on how many flights of stairs I climbed. I used two different blues for 1-5 and 6-10, two greens for 11-15 and 16-20, two yellows for 21-25 and 26- 30 and red for 31+, which happened rarely.

 

The yellow dots on this painting represent how many miles I rode my bike.


January 1 - December 31, 2021 is mixed media on 27” x 38.5” stiffened fabric.

 

Because this project motivates me to walk, I will be working on a 2022 Dates in a Life Walking Project painting.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Walking Project 2021



It’s the last week updating my Dates in a Life Walking Project 2021, my year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day.

I usually work on each day on the wall but now I’m working on my table because I’ve also been painting lines between the months and also the boarder as I do at the end of every year as a finishing touch.

Monday, December 27, 2021

New Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Walking Project 2022

The base monoprinted grid for my 2022 Dates in a Life Walking Project is ready to go. I stitched along the grid following the lines on the printed side (above). When I stiffened the fabric, it was with the back side facing up (below) so the textile paint that soaked through the fabric has an imperfectly colored grid.

In previous walking paintings I have used black, blue, or fuchsia for the background color. The grid for 2022 is brown, which is not a color I have used as the main color in any paintings before. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. I think the brown will look good with the Iridescent Bronze background paint that I will be using to signify the days I'm in the office at work vs. days I am home or away, all of which have an influence on the number of steps I walk each day. 

Similar to the past six years of making paintings documenting my walking, I will continue to use black symbols for walking up to 9999 steps, red for 10,000-19,999, and yellow for 20,000 or more steps.