This six-by-six foot beast, Marketplace of the Mind, is a commission from the Reimagining Works project, a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Art Institute. The Kuosi Elephant Mask and Fairview High School were the inspirations for this playful acrylic on linen painting. View the entire proposal in this POST.
Over the past few years, I have been wearing my custom decorated Tom's shoes and I get tons of compliments! I created these during a workshop at ArtStreet University of Dayton in which I helped students decorate their Tom's. I incorporated various techniques into that pair and they had a lovely long life, but that life is quickly coming to an end, so it is time for a new pair! Want to learn some techniques and decorate your own canvas shoes? Check out the end of this post to learn about the workshops I am teaching at Studio 14 Gallery in Tipp City!
SHOE DECORATING WORKSHOP with Artist Amy Kollar Anderson
Turn plain canvas shoes into works of art!
Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 8:30 PM (There will also be a TEEN only class on Monday, June 20, and another all ages on Tuesday, July 19)
Cost: $35 (Includes all Supplies except shoes)
You supply the shoes, we supply everything else!
What to Expect:
Bring along a pair of canvas shoes to paint (Toms, Converse Chuck Taylor, Keds, etc.). Amy will work one-on-one with you using fun techniques to create your exclusive painted and decorated shoes. You may bring drawings or references to paint from or just have fun and be inspired by Amy’s ideas and supplies!
Open to teens and adults for a fun and creative evening out with friends and family. Lets create fun! To sign up please visit www.studio14gallery.com or email Leslie at email@example.com
FACE BOOK EVENT PAGE Join local artist Amy Kollar Anderson and horror author Rob E. Boley as they celebrate the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a dark fantasy coloring book, That Naughty Pipe: A Scary Tale of the Pied Piper & Gremlins.The evening will showcase Anderson’s art and Boley’s fiction—both of which will be available for sale—but it will also feature two of Dayton’s finest homegrown taste sensations: the gourmet hot dogs of Zombie Dogz and the craft beers of Toxic Brew Company. As well, Anderson’s original art will be on display. Attendees will also be treated to raffle prizes and the opportunity to pledge their support to the Kickstarter campaign for That Naughty Pipe.
On March 13, 2016, we attended the first in a series of receptions for the traveling show, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio at the Southern Ohio Museum (SOM). Curated by Charles L. Bluestone, this exhibition features the work of 48 Ohio artists, including myself, with the goal to raise funds to support The Ohio Art League. Both the exhibition and this adorable museum are worth the journey to Portsmouth, and while you are there you must check out the levy murals! In addition to their main exhibition, the SOM has an impressive permanent collection which includes the Art of the Ancients and The Clarence Carter Collection. We were also treated to a performance by the students of the Cirque D'Art circus school! As if the day were not amazing enough, SOM Executive Director, Mark Chepp and SOM Artistic Director, Charlotte Gordon, opened their home for a post reception party. Their home, a renovated store near the museum, contains their living quarter, studios and an impressive collection of art!
The next location for the eggs will be the Columbus Museum of Art with a reception on April 21st!
On April 22nd, from 1:30-5:30p, the Northwest Library branch (located at the corner of Hillcrest and Philadelphia in Dayton) of the Dayton Metro Library will hold an opening reception for this brand new building filled with brand new art! This event is open to the public.
For First Friday May, I got to hang out at Nucleus CoShare. From 5-8pm I worked on a painting inspired by my cat, while musician, poets, and dancers performed throughout the space. It was a wonderful event full of fabulous people! Thanks to all who stopped by and chatted with me. The painting will be auctioned next First Friday with monies raised will be split with SICSA.
Creating a blog home for all things Naughty...well, just for all things That Naughty Pipe: A Scary Tale of the Pied Piper and Gremlins, the collaborative coloring book written by Rob E. Boley and illustrated by me. We plan to launch the Kickstarter in April and have the books finished and printed by fall 2016.
2/29/16 Currently, I am working on the cover and postcard design, while Rob is finalizing the Kickstarter verbiage.
I have been sewing zippered pouches for over a year now and decided it was time to share my lovely kaleidoscope patterns. I make these designs by altering photos of my paintings. They are crisp, cute and just a bit creepy! Oh, and cat approved! These designs are available in a variety of fabrics choices on Spoonflower, and if you order by FEBRUARY 21st, you can get 25% off the ORGANIC COTTON SATEEN by using the code: SATEEN25.
This painting is 12”x18”x1.75”, acrylic paint, glitter, pouring medium, lava paste and glass beads.
What do all those letters mean? First, let's start with DVAC. That stands for the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and I have been a member for well over 15 years. You can read all about their mission and history on their site, so I will just say they are an amazing organization in the heart of Dayton, and lately, in addition to their stellar exhibits, they have been pushing some fabulous new programs. That brings us to CSA(rt), which stands for Community Supported Art. Inspired by the fabulous Community Supported Agriculture programs for family-owned farms, this program offers 'shares' to the community in exchange for some amazing, limited edition, long lasting artwork (instead of perishable veggies). This is the first time DVAC is offering the CSA(rt) Program, so there are only 50 share available, but for that one share you get 6 (SIX!) works of art!
The call went out and 120 artists applied to created 50 limited edition artworks. From those submissions, guest juror, James Yood, adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and contributor Artforum International, selected only six artists to participate. I am thrilled and honored to be one of those six artists! I can not tell you what I am making, though the piece above gives you a general vibe, but really will look nothing like it. Ha! How's that for a useless hint!?! The materials are ordered and I have until July to create them, then we have the Harvest Pick-up Party on August 9, 6-8p. Don't you want to join the fun? GET YOUR SHARE!
Isla Mujeres is a tiny island located just off of Cancun. We were originally told by the locals that the "Island of Women" got it's name from the history of pirates leaving their women there while they ventured off to pillage and plunder. Pirate Mundaca lived and is buried there. With a bit of reading, I discovered that it was given that name because it was thought to be the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. The legend states that the original inhabitants of the tiny island were the priestess of Ixchel and her court of woman.
This was our fifth trip to the island and Ixchel blessed the seven of us with with gluttonous fun and happiness (but hopefully skipped on the fertility part!). Back in Ohio, I am in the process of recovering from the adventure and daydreaming about the colors and textures of the island we have come to love. Til next time!
It occurred to me recently that it had been several years since my last eye doctor visit, and I had noticed some changes in my sight including blurriness and tired eyes. It was suggested that I go to an MD instead of an OD, so I made an appointment with a new doc. In the exam room, he placed little lens in front of my glasses to my delight, "Oh, that is much better!" I exclaimed. "Yes, you need bifocals." He flatly stated. "But I am too young for bifocals!" I laughed outloud, but sobbed inside. I always told myself to age with grace, but at that moment I was being a seriously awkward mofo. Previously, my eye care went like this...Step 1: Eye exam. Step 2: Select new frames from the selection available. Step 3: Pay. Simple. At this office, he handed me the prescription and left the room. No, "Have a nice day." or "Do you have any questions about this new vision requirement?" Dilated and dazed, I left the office without even a glance at the frame selection, then drove home wincing from the normally beloved sunny day. What exactly did needing bifocal mean to me? Was it just another pair of glasses or the ringing of my death bell? Ha!
I was considering ordering my new glasses online, but realized that my prescription did not include the PD numbers. I called the office back, requesting my PDs, which they told me they could not provide unless I returned to the office. Since I was not thrilled about the first visit and did not want to provide them with further funds, I decided to go elsewhere to get those numbers. I returned to Gemini Eyecare, where I used to get glasses and found a modern black cat eye frame. Cost almost $300 with insurance, but I felt hesitant and did not complete the order. Was it the cost? Did I just know subconsciously that they were not the right frames for my face or was I avoiding this new phase in my life? I was stressed and confused. Then I tried Eyemart and found a pair of modern black rectangular frames for just over $100. Again no commitment. I thought about my artist friend Tiffany Clark and her amazing hand-crafted wood frames. Did I want something with artsy personality? I decided to shop around and see if there was one out there that fit my needs and my face, which I already knew, is small for an adult woman. Yes, some of these frames are from the children's section and STILL seem too big.
With most of these frames, I would put them on and think, "Hmmm...I really like these! These are the ones!" Then I would snap a photo, look at the photo and change my mind. Crap. This was not going to be an easy task. At my husband's insistence, I even tried frames from Warby Parker for a free at home try on. All too big. One thing I did learn from Warby Parker is that the plastic frames could be an option for me. I had never considered them before because I need those little nose footers, but the WPs made me realize that some plastic frames have a notch at the top to allow those of us not born with Barbie noses to wear plastic frames. That was a glorious moment. That brings up the question of whether I should even consider ordering them online. Numerous people have warned me against such thoughts, both because of personal experience or because the concept is ludicrous to them. How can a website possibly do what trained professionals do in person? I went back to Eyemart and found a black metal frame, in the kids section, and I am content....I think. Now to get used to the world swimming around me from these wacky progressive lens!
A month or so ago, I played with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for the first time. It was fun, but I think the art purist in me thought, "No. You do not need that digital stuff to make drawings." Then at a party a friend brought up the experience and I realized that I had not only been thinking about it for quite some time, but that the upcoming coloring book project, That Naughty Pipe, a collaboration with Rob E. Boley, would be the perfect test project for this new tool.
So after reviewing apps, I decided that Procreate would be the best option for this project. Good sized files for printing, great brush options with layers and it automatically makes time lapse videos while you work! I can’t express enough how exciting this has been for me. I worked on the coloring book last night and I am just blown away by how enjoyable these tools make a normally stressful endeavor! No longer do I need to worry about glitchy twitches or cat paws on clean paper. Make a mistake and a two-finger tap erases it.
I can create a digital page for each page in the book and keep them all in one folder.
With layers, I can photograph my original pencil sketch, bring it into the program, create a new layer and draw over top of it. Future sketches can be created on the iPad itself.
I can zoom and rotate, erase and draw with precision. Then I can turn off the pencil layer and see the pen layer alone.
I have a long way to go, but having everything in one location makes it easier and I can create more layers in case I want to add design elements, like a pattern on her head scarf, and remove it if I do not like it! Stay tuned!