Archive for mixed media

Discovered and Uncovered Dani Dodge

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED with tags , , , on March 29, 2011 by echostains

Tell It Slant

 Art is an accident waiting to happen – well it is in my case, as I hope to get back to actually doing some art very soon!  But, talking of accidents, I accidentally came across this artist whilst looking for something else (I love these sort of accidents).  American artist Dani Dodge (great name) only started painting in 2004, she had worked as a reporter for 20 years and was with the First Marine Expeditionary Unit in Iraq.  She won a  Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2006, where she was part of a team.  She may have  left journalism in 2008 but her storytelling carries on in art form.

Anyone who knows anything about me, my art and what I like will be able to see why I like this very mixed media type of art!  Dodge works with an eclectic mix of  media, multi layering acrylic paint, collage, ink, paper etc on to canvas.  The results are revelations of the very human condition.

Down time

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I would describe her work as Abstract narrative expressionism.  Every picture does indeed tell  a story in these colourful and meaningful pieces.  The artist explains her urge to work in this way in her statement;-

The drive to tell stories of humanity runs deep within me. I worked many years as a journalist and fulfilled that need with words. After covering the war in Iraq, it became clear to me that words were not enough – I needed something more expressive and powerful.

I discovered painting, which has consumed me ever since. Now I layer different materials to tell tales of loneliness, joy, pain and triumph – in short, of being human. I venture beyond objects and objectivity in search of the elusive truth of our individual and collective soul as I paint outside the lines.

Passion for Playing

The artist does painting demonstrations and teaches workshops.  She also has her own arts blog an arts blog for Voice of San Diego. where she write about the artists she meets.  Multi layered, painterly, expressive and original. 

I like – very much 🙂

Images from Dani Dodge website with thanks!
Read her blog here

Strange Media

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , , on August 7, 2010 by echostains

I came across this interesting video the other day about unusual art media.  the video is longer than the usual ones I include, but there are so many unusual materials used: butter, chewing gum, pencils, topiary, cheese, that it really held my interest.  Favorites of mine were (from the cake section) were the treasure chest, the workbasket and the flaming Spam cake :).  I enjoyed the chair made from coins and the dog made from paper money.  The rock dog was beautifully painted.  I loved the stool made from pink rubber tipped pencils and my favorite egg art was the one where the eggs witnessed the death of one of their companions :(.  American Gothic made from balloons really made me laugh and also the lavatory made from balloons:D.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.  Which are your favorites and why?

The video is by Thundralight, Thanks! and I look forward to watching some more of these:)

 

Plus……… over on Book stains….

It’s Back! Altered Book page 24 Waiting Behind the Door

Posted in ART, DESIGN, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , on October 14, 2009 by echostains

pages 23 and 24

pages 23 and 24

Yes it’s back (after 5 months absence) and I WILL finish it eventually!  I actually completed another page today and I fully intend to crack on with it.  One of the problems I have been turning over is how to display these pages.  I may do a slide show of them.  That may solve the problem of putting lots of links to different pages.  I don’t know yet, I will have to see.

 

page23 this tiny pocket watch image isn't part of this page...it was on the scanner!

page23 this tiny pocket watch image isn't part of this page...it was on the scanner!

I left off at page 23 and the installation/performance artist Mona Hatoum.

page 24 door shut

page 24 door shut

The muffled voice coming through the veil or a gag: communicating.  This has become a confessional, or a secret.  I bore in mind the text  ‘He heard the key turn in the door’  The cut out leaves are from some paper I have.  The idea to put leaves behind this door came from the opposite page (p.23) where the text refers to  them –

‘Back in his own room, he wound the tape back to PLAY.  Nothing for long seconds.  Then a rustling like leaves, then his voice wrapped up as if he was talking through cloth.’

page 24 open door

page 24 open door

I then threaded some beads on wire to make a ‘key’.  The text at the bottom says;-

“Pop said ” We’re just going to have a little talk”

What artist am I going to link to this page?  Well, it’s not going to be just one…..it’s going to be a whole movement!  And it’s got to be POP!

Continued tomorrow…

Media used; white  ink wash, acrylic paint, cardboard window, beads, wire,

More pages in my category section

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ continued

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , on March 19, 2009 by echostains

alchemy-cover

alchemy-cover

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project.  The objective was to use unusual mixes of media.

various-pages-from-the-alchemy-project

various-pages-from-the-alchemy-project

Experiments were varied and personal notes made.  I made the pages loose leafed so I could add to them, plus it made them easier to work on.

Altered art book: page 17 Junk for Sale

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by echostains

page17

page17

Continuing my Altered art book: page 17, the words chosen are: –

and

 

page17-detail

page17-detail

The streets smelt of simmering green vegetables and gas leaks…

stained green sofa

‘Didn’t realise it was for sale’

Everything is for sale

Inside the room was such a concentration of junk as he’d never seen before…….

 

Strange words eh? ‘simmering green vegetables and gas leaks’.  I can almost image the green colur.  It is one of those lines that inspire painting.  One of my Echostains painting employed the lines: –

“Where the scent of wild roses, turn the milk to cream,

Tell your mother that you walked all night on velvet green.”

What I was trying to achieve in this painting was to try to turn ‘the scent of wild roses’ into ‘velvet green’.  In a sense, trying to turn a smell into a colour through the senses (sight).  Unfortunately though, I sold ‘Velvet Green’ .  I have a copy of it somewhere that I will add when I find it.

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hangover-tomaselli-2005-pills-acrylic-resin-on-wood

For ‘Junk’ I used tablets, drugs as a background.  Californian artist Fred Tomaselli (b.1956) uses unusual mixed media, including prescription drugs, medicinal herbs and plants with hallucinogenic properties on wood.  Combined with other mixed media, including magazine scraps, making unusual connections between high and low culture. 

omaselli-echo-wow-and-flutter-2000-leaves-pills-photocollageacrylic-and-resin

 

 

omaselli-echo-wow-and-flutter-2000-leaves-pills-photocollageacrylic-and-resin

You know what they say though…that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure?  There are a lot of artists who use what would be termed as ‘junk’ to some to create art.

To be continued….

Altered art book: Pages so far, ongoing

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by echostains

Whilst looking back at the pages I have done in  my altered art book, I became aware that some of these pages were going backwards!  In order to rectify this, I have now put these in order, with the narrative I have chosen from the book.  This makes the story flow better .  The red text are words I have added, either to join sentences together or just to bridge a gap!  I will add to this page as I go along.

Each page LINKS back to WHY, HOW and some artist rearch that I felt may be of some relevence to the page.  There are reasons for these images and stories of the journeys that took me there.

The book is called ‘The Five Gates of Hell’ by Rupert Thomson (I have never read the original book)

The early days…

Notes about this book

Page 2

 

“A mirror image of silver. The jets seared through a membrane of the sky. The air turned to sound. There was nothing left to breathe and in his ears the stammer of machine guns as the bullets scuffed the dust around their feet, raised rows of ghostly plants that grew, one after the other in the day ground, hung in the air, then crumbled, then their hands were pulled apart, and they skittered screaming, limbs of water screech like saw attacking wood.”

” Everything was white and pale blue. Curtains decorated with anchors and mermaids, the steering wheels of ships. The skull of a seagull above the bed, a silver coin winking where the right eye used to be. A heap of shells unsorted on the rug, the shells he’d found only the days before. He was in the wrong house”

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p1-to-2-

Page 3

He muttered ‘Jesus’ under his breath, a new word, and just about strong enough for what he felt, and, heaving a sigh, began to retrace his steps. He wished he could just leave her behind, it wasn’t far to the house now, another five minutes, but he’d promised, Dad had made him promise, and what if something happened? There were people called strangers, and you talked to them and then something happened. He didn’t know what that something was. It was too bad to even talk about.”
“He reached Georgia and stood looking down”
JEORSUS,GEORGIA,GEORGUS,GEORSUS,JEORSUS

p3
p3

 Page 4

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p4-

Page 4

“Your mother is dead’ she told him, and he cried because the word had such a dull empty sound. She tried to explain. “When someone dies,” she said, “they go away”
“When do they come back?”
“They don’t” she said “They don’t come back”
ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

I said “ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?”

HELLO? IS THERE ANYBODY THERE?”

 

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page-3 and 4-and-extra map-

 Page 5

Legend says that the
Special fish brooch?
They’re the guardians of the soul

p5

p5

 

Page 6

SO

Take the plunge

Black swimsuit, dry and brown

 

p6

p6

 

p5-and 6-

p5-and 6-

Page 7
Dad says it’s in my blood

p7-
p7-

Page 8
Lots of white and blue balls……

page8-
page8-

page7-and 8-
page7-and 8-

 Page 9

A kind of reminder

Pushed into sand

p-9-

p-9-

 Page 10

Booby trapped

Talk in a whisper green grass…

page-10-

page-10-

 

and more details

Page 11

They walked through their childhood

 

 

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page-11-

 Page 12 and more details

He hid his own fears and wishes and only took them out in private under the eye of the moon

page-12

page-12

 

page-11-and-12-

page-11-and-12-

 

Page 13 and  more details

He listened to his father breathing
And made plans for that loneliness…

page-13-

page-13-

 

Page 14

Helsinki

And they’d duck and flinch

page-14

page-14

 

pages 13 and 14

pages 13 and 14

 

Page 15 and details

Someone was God and she was always flirting with him
In her Empire of Junk

page15-

page15-

 Page 16 and more details

They’d shoot at the wooden crosses

The door would shake, then the windows

Then the door again.

He became a regular at the empire of junk
More than a hundred radios….

page-16-

page-16-

 

pages15-16-

pages15-16-

page 17 and details

And’

The streets smelt of simmering reen vegetables and gas leaks

stained green sofa

didn’t realise it was for sale

‘Everything is for sale’

inside the room was such a concentration of junk as he’d never seen begore’

page17

page17

 

Page 18

‘He stared down at the machine’

the machine began to revolve

A gritty roaring sound like the ocean dragging pebbles

soaked up by a piece of blotting paper….

page18

page18

 

pages17-18

pages17-18

Altered book: in the beginning

Posted in MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by echostains

Just getting started

Just getting started

 

I have been interested in altered books for a few years now.  I even contemplated making one as part of a project at University, but I never got round to it.  There is something magical about transforming the written word into a work of art.  The making of such a book incorporates the use of collage, mixed media, paper, fabric and all the media I like working in.  I started this book about 3 years ago.  I did one page and then forgot all about it until I found it again recently. 

 In one day I managed to do 4 pages: the next day I did 2.  Work on it was very sporadic and I hadn’t been going long before I realised that the print was quite small and was being overwhelmed by the images.  It was important to me that some of the original text was retained.  This could be a word or a sentence of my own choosing.  So I went through the first few pages choosing the text.

  I had absolutely no idea of how the page would look in advance, I responded in an instinctual way: the way the words spoke to me!  After I had chosen my words, I then went through the book adding colour to pages (including those I hadn’t chosen the text of yet) and employed different media, like oil pastel, acrylics, pen and ink.  I ripped, punched and clipped pages wherever I wanted with no thought to how the end product would look, I just knew that I didn’t want it to be ‘pretty’ or like a scrapbook.