I am so excited about this new series/project I’m working on.
As some of you may already know, I have begun working on an immigration art series/project. As an immigrant myself, I’ve chosen to explore this topic through my art because creating provides me with the outlet I need to cope with all that’s going on in our country at the moment. I want to channel my feelings and emotions into doing something positive.
Through this project my intention is to create art depicting the experiences of those immigrating to the United States and, further,
to uncover the hopefulness in each story. We all have so much to learn from the stories of immigrants and I am excited for the opportunity to express their remembrances, experiences, hopes, joys, and sorrows through my art.
This project is just beginning to take shape. I look forward to using my blog to not only share my progress, but the stories of the individuals behind each of my paintings as well. Watch this space for more to come.
My 2019 Wall Calendar is off to the printer and ready for pre-sale! It features some of my favorite digital collages from my 2018 music collection. Every page of my calendar is a quality print of each of my digital collages – frame and hang them after the year is over!
They make a GREAT gift – perfect for the winter holidays! They are square format and measure 8″ x 8″
The calendar will be AVAILABLE for sale during POST on October 7th in my studio .
Order before Thanksgiving for a special price of $15.
I am thrilled to be opening my studio up to the public again for this year’s Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST). Curious about what the inside of an artist’s studio looks like? Want to see my newest work in person? Come visit me in my studio and take a look around on Sunday, October 7th.
Sunday, October 7th
12 Noon – 6 pm
Scotts Mills: 3510 Scotts Lane, Building 32, Studio #118, Philadelphia, PA
My studio at Scotts Mills is also home to a number of diverse artists, many of whom will be participating in POST this year! There are two floors of studios for you to explore, come spend the afternoon with us.
**On-street parking is limited and there is free parking in the large lot in the back of the Scotts Mills campus – enter via the driveway, just past Building 32.
This artist’s life isn’t always about wax, hot boxes, and bold colors!! Many days in the studio are, but the days and weeks leading up to exhibitions are about getting all of those art works ready to be seen and sold.
As you know, the Montgomery County Studio Tour is coming up on June 9th and 10th and, so, Heidi and I have been busily mounting, framing, naming, and labeling my body of encaustic monotypes for the exhibition.
The adhesive mediums and blow torches are in overdrive!
While it is certainly a change of pace in the studio, it feels great to see everything come together. It is positively thrilling to experience the impact mounting, for example, has on my monotypes!
I have so much new art to share with you. Everything from monotypes raging in size from 24″ x 36″ to 5″ x 5″ to a selection of my original “doodles.” I hope you will stop by and/or plan to take the entire tour!
Recently, a few of my followers have asked me, “What is a digital collage?” In today’s blog post, I am going to show you how I create digital collages by walking you through a step-by-step making of two of my most recent pieces, “The Sounds of the Trumpet” and “I Hear a Drum”.
As you may know, on the first of the year, I re-committed to creating art each and every day. I love working in my studio best, but sometimes life (and weather!) get in the way and I need alternatives. A robust collection of painting supplies keep me painting and exploring my mediums and style in my home. However, at the beginning of the year I decided to add a new medium to my repertoire and made the decision to learn a digital program for artists called, Procreate.
Procreate is an iPad app made for professional creatives for sketching, drawing, and painting. It utilizes the Apple Pencil for detailed work and to use with its impressive brush library of more than 130 brushes! Procreate allows me to mix and match brushes, manipulate and layer my illustrations, and add unlimited background, texture and detail layers. The layering system gives me complete control over each and every element of my digital collages as you can see in this selection of layers from the piece, “The Sounds of the Trumpet”.
Procreate also allows me to create very large, high-resolution collages. This means that any print or product reproductions I offer enjoy the same vibrant and crisp qualities as my original collage.
It took me a few weeks and lots of trial and error to begin developing my style and palette within the app and I am so glad I persevered! I love how my musical series is developing through this new medium and I have enjoyed stretching myself as an artist too. Adding Procreate to my artist toolbox has also given me the opportunity to bring my art on the go with me when I can’t be in the studio or at home. With a new grandbaby in New York, I know this tool will serve me well!!
Check out this cool time-lapse video of my piece, “I Hear a Drum” and enjoy!
Watch this space for my next blog post. I plan to get more in depth to show how brushes are used and how you can create your own digital collages!
I met Lorraine or Lori, as I call her, about 9 years ago when I became curious about and interested in learning more about encaustic painting. I was looking for an artist to teach me encaustic techniques and, after much searching, I found Lori. I took a private 2 day workshop with her back then; learned from her and fell in love with bees wax and everything related to encaustic painting! Since then, we have become very good friends and I have taken many more group classes with her throughout the years. She has taught me so much about painting with encaustic and I absolutely love her work! That is why I wanted to share it with you.
What I love about Lori’s paintings is well said by Art Historian, Andrea Kirsh, “Lorraine Glessner’s paintings are composed of multiple layers of images, the paintings resolving into subtly-flickering worlds of extremely seductive richness. Some of them resemble images seen through a microscope; others hint at the world seen from far above.”
I hope you have enjoyed this small taste of Lori’s work. I encourage you to visit her website to explore her and her art more fully, you won’t regret it! Check out her blog as well. I never miss her posts, they are always insightful and thought provoking. You can also read an older blog post of mine where I interview Lori.
I am also delighted to announce that I will be exhibiting my work along side Lori’s and 2 other artists at her studio for the Montgomery County Studio Tours on June 9th and 10th. “Montgomery County Studio Tour’s mission is to promote regional artists and contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of the area by presenting original artwork.”
Have you ever wondered why I choose the colors I do?
I love bright and vivid colors! I get energized by my favorite colors… turquoise, oranges, reds. The color of the ocean when I travel, that transparent deep bluish green. The colors of the doors and windowsills in Santa Fe. The colors of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a place where I have been going to for the last 20 years.
I have tried many times to paint with a different color palette but I always end up returning to my usual colors.
I even created an entire series in black and white but had to add a little bit of “my colors” to each painting.
Which had me reflecting a lot about my choice of a bright, bold, vivid palette when I paint… I believe that it has a lot to do with my upbringing and where I come from. As I have mentioned in past posts and in my bio, I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a very colorful city in every aspect. I also come from a very vibrant, energetic family just as colorful as my hometown.
I have so many colorful feelings about my childhood memories in Buenos Aires. One example is the color of the sky. It is deep blue. I remember clear blue days with not a cloud in the sky. It’s a different kind of blue than the sky here in Philly. I’m not sure why, but I still see it every time I go for a visit. You can also see every color possible when you go to their markets. Everything is fresh, never frozen and it comes through in their colors.
I think you can see what I mean by looking at my most recent encaustic monotypes, Poppy Field and Poppy Garden.
At some point I will have to challenge myself to paint a series in more subtle colors. Think I can do it? It will definitely take me out of my comfort zone.
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