Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project 2011

 A collection of more than 20,000 Sketchbooks including mine traveled around the country to museums in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and more throughout 2011.  Now the Sketchbooks live in the Brooklyn Art Library. The  sketchbook text paper is high quality 100% recycled. Each sketchbook has a bar code attached to the outside back cover. Specs 5.25 W x 7.25 H, 32 pages, 70lb text stock, 100% recycled paper.  

The theme that I played with was called Jackets, Blankets, and Sheets.  You can check out my collage sketch book in the digital library: Arthouse Coop 

And if you want to see more, go to Brooklyn Art Library website and look under the tab Digital Library:

Enjoy getting inspired!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Julia Crozier

The Blue Heron Gallery and Studio is home to the artwork of Julia Crozier and a number of artists fine work.  In the front is the gallery showcasing oil paintings, chalk and oil pastels, linoleum prints, ink wash artworks, along with jewelry, cards, silk scarves, and other smaller gift items.  She shared with me some of her thoughts about her art.

Julia likes to paint abstractly because the story of the artwork unfolds as she works.  In viewing the painting some parts may not be as noticeable at first, but as the viewer continues looking more parts of the painting unfold.  She said that is what is so fascinating with abstract art, you see more and more as you look at it.

South Dakota, a primitive part of the Badlands.  As a child, her family traveled to the Western United States.  Those wide open spaces call to Julia.  She has traveled there often with her parents, sister, husband, and daughters.

Julia uses sketching to remember a landscape.  She takes many photographs to remind her of the images of a landscape as well.  Sometimes, Julia does not have art materials with her or the time to devote to a sketch is not available. Instead of relying on sketches or her camera, she is working with her memory to recreate the feeling and the look of a landscape. She takes those essences of the land and paints from her memory.  It is a skill; she practices often.

This painting started as a drawing created on site at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Its tonal quality of black and grey gives it a moonlight feeling.  However, there is no black in the painting.

These two oil paintings were reworked by the artist.  Julia likes the result of these two very much.  "They look like new paintings," she says.

 Two other oil paintings are Tree Roots and the Flicker.  She created drawings of the flicker from a real bird that had been found dead and kept in her freezer until she was ready to create it into a painting.

The painting to the far right on the wall is called Subterranean River.  It is a multi-layered painting using encaustic, oil paints, and fabric to create the look of an underground river.  This painting was the result of reading that she has done on geology, water, and underground rivers.

This pomegranate tree was seen on a trip that they took into the Grand Canyon.  You can learn more about one of her Grand Canyon adventures on Julia’s website,  Another trip like this is planned for May 2012 with her sister and her parents.  It’ll be a rafting trip that is designed for artists with stops along the way to sketch and photograph the beauty of the canyon.

This is a small ink wash drawing of the Mill Ruins near the Guthrie Theatre and St Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.

  She likes to work large to create what looks like a science chart.

Here’s Julia and Sadie in the gallery.  Sadie is a loving companion and a good gallery dog.

This is an abstract painting on the wall behind Julia and Sadie. The painting gives the viewer a visceral feeling of space and time.

The Blue Heron Gallery and Studio has become Midwest Music Store.  It has wonderful art along with featuring performing artists, 168 E. 3rd St., Winona, MN 55987. 



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Invention of the Sewing Machine

A short automated film about the inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe, by Stephen W. Brandt.  
Keep believing in your dreams.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Library Paradise

Musings on creating a book quilt
I’ve been thinking about how to create a book quilt for awhile.  I’d made some sketches of a soft chair with a cat and a book.  “No,” I decided, “too much emphasis on chairs and cats.”  And one day when I was looking for images of open books, I had the idea to photograph an old dictionary. Open book, to the page of a loon and I took several pictures.  Then I wanted the vantage point of the pages of the book on its side as it lies open.  Oh, nice pictures due to the soft green wall in the background showing.  Oh good, some interesting pictures of the stitching to hold the book together.  Creating books fascinates me almost as much as working with mixed media.

I played with the images and put some fabric and book images together.  I did this playing with the images on my computer.  I cut 5 pieces of fabric into rectangles 8.5” x 11” and then treated the fabric and hung it up on a drying rack to dry.  When the fabric was dry, I ironed it flat and placed freezer paper on the wrong side of the fabric.  And then I taped the edge that would feed into the printer to allow it to flow through and print without jamming.  I printed 3 sheets of lovely book images.

I thought I was complete and then I decided to add brads, and a bookmark.  That took a few more tools.

I enjoy adding interesting ephemera to my quilts.  In this quilt there are 3 brads, one braided embroidery floss bookmark, and one saying.

 When I felt complete, I added my signature and date.  I like the sepia color for the signature.

 Library Paradise, 12" x 12".


Subscribe via email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner