Greetings! There’s been a lot going on in my creative world this winter. I have to admit, the never-ending snowstorms here in Boston were good for my productivity. It was difficult to get around—as a result, I didn’t go out much and longer stretches of my time went into art making. Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to.
To my surprise, I’ve already finished four commissioned animal portraits since the new year.
I have some new poster designs in the works. One involves a series of vignettes in a layout that I haven’t quite figured out yet. Another is just a twinkle in my eye, but I have some fun ideas for it. Here’s one 16″ x 20″ poster I finished recently, which I sold my first print of this week! This is for you crazy cat ladies and dudes out there.
You can see more poster art here.
Rubber Stamp Making
I’ve been carving some stamps that I’ll most likely layer in to some mixed media digital paintings. I bought some cookie cutters in shapes I liked, and found that with the soft rubber known as Speedy-cut, a rubber mallet and a lot of patience, I could use the cutters to cut a shape from the rubber at once, and then carve designs in it from there.
What I also discovered is that the Speedy-cut is a very crumbly rubber and it produces messy little debris balls that interfere with the stamping process. I ditched the Speedy-cut in favor of the Speedy-carve (both are made by Speedball), a harder rubber that is easier to keep clean and smooth. Unfortunately, the harder rubber is too hard for the cookie cutters to cut through, so now I just use the cutters as stencils.
The stamps I made have their share of imperfections. I’ll be going back in and fine tuning some of them, while others I rather like with their imperfections. I couldn’t resist the urge to start stamping with them right away, just to see how they look and to get ideas for how I might use them. Some I pressed onto ink pads while others I painted with brush markers.
New Designs on Products
Some of my art is licensed to DENY Designs for use on some fun & functional home accessories. My 60s-inspired “All You Need,” pictured here, is one example.
“All You Need” is printed on this “bling box” cover, making it both a work of art and a hanging jewelry box. It is framed in 100% sustainable amber bamboo. It has built-in clear, acrylic hooks and holds over 120 pieces of jewelry!
Here’s where to buy it.
With spring peeking out at us from beneath the melting snow, it seems fitting to show you some of my nature-inspired artworks on duvet covers, also from DENY Designs.
Here’s where to buy duvet covers.
If you’re local to Boston and haven’t been to the SoWa Arts District yet, here’s your chance to find all 80-some artists at 450 Harrison Avenue with their doors open. On Sunday, March 29 from noon-5 pm, you can meet some of Boston’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists, encaustic painters and mixed media artists. There will be plenty of art for sale and you can buy directly from the artists.
There is free parking in the lots that day.
Top Ten Arts Districts in U.S.
Here’s an introduction to USA TODAY’s 10 Best Art Districts, and I’m happy to tell you that the Boston SoWa Arts District came in #2 in the Reader’s Choice awards. First place went to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. They all look worth visiting!
Til next time,