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New beeswax collage

The fish are color copies of 19th-century zoological illustrations (copyright free), which I altered in Photoshop to an indigo-and-white color scheme.  First, change to Sepia (found on the Hue/Saturation menu).  Then use the “Invert” command (on the Adjustments menu) to change to indigo.  Saturation can be adjusted after that to your liking.)

FIshes & Coral                                                                                                                                              beeswax collage on canvas, 8″ x 8″


Also, just for fun — here’s a scribble drawn on a tablet.  I find scribbling so freeing, relaxing, and playful.  Don’t do it often enough!  It gets creative juices flowing.


More beeswax collage

I’m finding this to be a delightful medium to work with.  The melted beeswax (I use a small crockpot) gives off a wonderful scent.  The collage has a gentle glow and subtle depth and softness.  The fish (copyright-free images) were printed on a color copier (inkjet prints do not work with this method).

Coin Lost in the River, No. 2  ( a Zen koan)                                                                               beeswax collage on canvas, 8″ x 10″

Enjoy East Bay Open Studios June 4, 5, 11, and 12!

Over 400 artists’ studios will be open!  (My studio is open by appointment only this year.)

Get more information here, including a downloadable directory of the all the open studios:  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/


Paste paper

Recently a wonderful artist, Susan Johnson, whose studio is near mine, taught me how to make paste paper.  This process, developed by bookbinders over 400 years ago , uses pigmented starch paste to make decorative paper.  We used Elmer’s Art Paste, acrylic paints, and drawing paper. It’s a lot of fun and makes you feel like you’re 7 years old again!  These make great covers and endpapers for handmade books, and are also wonderful for collage, wrapping paper, etc.   Can’t wait to make more!

There are lots of instructions to be found online.  Here is one link:  Cornell Book Arts


Musings on Open Studio


This was my second time participating in East Bay Open Studios.  Three years ago I decided that I wanted to show my oil paintings.  I worked up the courage to sign up for Open Studios.  What  I discovered was that having the goal of showing my paintings on the horizon motivated me to get to my studio more regularly and paint.  I definitely created more work than I would have otherwise!   I don’t know why anyone needs motivating to do something he or she loves – but for some of us it seems to be like that. Having a goal or project that I’m passionate about helps to focus my creative energy.  (This is probably a no-brainer to many.)

I took a workshop in December 2014, at the San Francisco Center for the Book, intriguingly called The Deconstructed-Reconstructed Book, taught by artist Judy Serebrin. Just reading the workshop description, I became so enamored of the process that I started experimenting with it even prior to the workshop! Since then I have made a number of these artist’s books, and a few months ago I decided to sign up again for East Bay Open Studios.

This past weekend,  June 6th and 7th,  over 80 people came through my studio. What I enjoy most about Open Studio is seeing people interacting with the artwork and having conversations with them. Some people are curious about the artistic process and others share what they see in the books or how they feel about them. A few children and teens who came expressed their unique and interesting perspectives. All this gave me a lot to contemplate about the meaning and function of art.

A number of friends came, too, who were enthusiastic and supportive!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by, whether in person or in spirit!  And thanks to ProArts (proartsgallery.org) for all its great work organizing and publicizing East Bay Open Studios this year and every year!