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These photos are from the week before my show in Oakalnd at Hat Rac Gallery.  There are always last minute things to get ready, and I was still making work up until the end.  Some pieces shown didn’t make it into the show, but instead just stayed home being beautiful.

 

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This little guy was an experiment in materials.  I use turmeric to get that yellow color.  I also mixed in cinnamon and cumin so that there’s a hint of scent in it.  The rest of the colors are watercolor, which I’m not sure how I feel about…  But then I added some leaves that I found to frame it in.  That mug is holding it down while it dries.  You’ve gotta get creative sometimes with your process…_DSC0699 _DSC0700_DSC0694

This is Biggie…. she passes out in my studio all day long._DSC0704

I’m still not sure how I feel about this piece.  It’s love hate…  I love the layers, the burning, the shadows created by the turmeric.  But I don’t know why I didn’t keep it as just a circle.  It was meant to look like it was breaking apart or breaking out… but this is just kind of funky.  I will most likely redo this and make one with just a circle…  _DSC0651 _DSC0652

I threw these photos in for fun.  These are my little triangle cutouts burned, dyed, and covered in wax.  So much process…. I also picked these pieces of sage and wheat-looking guys and covered them in wax, too.  So awesome…_DSC0653 _DSC0657 _DSC0660 _DSC0662 copy _DSC0663 _DSC0666I figured there aren’t many photos of me working.  Just of my work working itself.  So here it is… I was particularly proud of this skater-ish outfit I was sporting last night.  I’ve never been more comfortable.  Here I’m pondering what in the world I’m doing with my life…

 

 

_DSC0646_DSC0649_DSC0647_DSC0648_DSC0654_DSC0656What an awful title for this post… sorry but that’s all I’ve got for you right now.  It’s late here and titles aren’t going to be produced from this mind anytime soon.  The point is, here’s the finished piece.  Surprisingly, this took me much longer to make than I expected.  Here was the process:

– Take a sheet of Rives BFK and handpaint the turmeric ink on it.  With this one, I wanted to put only a slight amount of water.  So I used a squirt bottle and sprayed light amounts of water in certain spots.  I use the word “handpaint” because I literally put gloves on and painted it on with my fingers.  There was a certain airy look I wanted and I knew I’d only get it this way.  Plus, I felt a little distanced from my pieces with a brush.  Don’t know what that change is about, but that’s what’s going on.

– Make the drawing.  I drew the little shapes in pencil and was careful to not smear the turmeric anymore.  It isn’t set on there, and there are still pretty big chunks of the spice…

– Make the cutouts…  BFK is awful to cut through.  I don’t know why I do this to myself. I had to take two trips to the hot springs out here to get the pain out of my arm….

– Make the drawings on a second sheet of rice paper that align with the BFK cutouts.  Then cut those little guys out…

-Add the final layer of BFK on the back.

 

This post is a little random, I’m aware of it so that makes it ok.  I guess…  Anyways these are some photos of my inspirations for the day and what I have going on in my studio._DSC0625

This little orange patch doesn’t leave my mind.  I found it on a rock right outside my studio while I was taking a walk.  First off, the color.  I can’t even handle it.  Second off, I love seeing how it forms.  A lot of my work deals with swarms and natural growth.  It’s nice to see some ideas on how to make my pieces seem more real…._DSC0628

Here you have turmeric dissolving in Linseed Oil.  Yeah, I know it looks just like that previous photo.  I need to figure out a way to capture this…  Ideas are brewing. _DSC0631

More turmeric pigment.  This one is mixed with water.  I’m going back to my obsession with circles.  It was only right that I made one piece with a circular shape._DSC0634 _DSC0635

These guys don’t leave my side.  That’s nice because sometimes at night it gets creepy.  But they pass out all day and all night in my studio.  I guess they like that I keep a tropical climate in here.  Plus I give them treats…_DSC0636 _DSC0637

Some more cutouts. This one is a largescale installation in progress… I was inspired when I first saw Keira Knightley wearing a hat with mesh in some movie that I really hated… anyways she had a similar pattern on the mesh and I instantly knew I had to make something with it.  It also is supposed to resemble rainforest plants/sea coral.  Really, all of my images are jumbles of representations that are only meant to seem familiar.  You know it’s some sort of organism, but not what kind exactly.  _DSC0638

My fanny pack has become my new best friend.  I take it everywhere and it’s so easy to carry.  I’ve had it for a while now, but I recently studded it.  Gold studs of course…. and this is my little hook of clothing goodies.  The dogs know it’s time to leave whenever I walk over to this hook and grab something off it.  _DSC0640

Bones out drying.  They’re all washed but the next step is to grind them down and then wash again.  _DSC0641Little branches.  So beautiful, I don’t know what to do with them first! Do I put them in a piece?  Copy the shape and the growth pattern?  I don’t know!

 

 

 

I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for some time and it just had to get out.  I definitely want to make two of these pieces, one that’s 10 x 10 and another that’s 20 x 20.  But they’re little cutout guys that resemble vaginas or those things that grow on trees in the rainforest.  Either way, it resembles something organic.  I’ve been trying to work on a smaller scale as compared to my larger installation work.  It’s far more time consuming since I want to get every single cut just right and not have frayed edges.  _DSC0602 _DSC0605

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I started using turmeric as pigment.  It’s really the only color I’ve introduced so far to my pieces that I aim to show.  I may grind up some wheat or cinnamon, but turmeric has a special meaning for me.  I drink it in milk or eat it in paste form to bring down inflammation on my foot when it flares up.  I do notice a difference, and try to eat it as often as I can for health reasons.  Because of that, I wanted to introduce it into my work.  It gives an amazing golden color and a hint of scent if you get close.  _DSC0609 _DSC0614 _DSC0615

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All of these little baby cutouts were used too.  It’s a lot of detail, but they make everything come together.  _DSC0619 _DSC0621 _DSC0622 _DSC0612