Collaboration with Robert Walker

Every so often, I get the opportunity to work with an amazing artist on a collaboration. Sometimes the collaboration comes in the form of a trade, such as the one with Carrie Longley, but the most exciting are when we get to work together on a new creation, like this one with Pam Adams.  

He currently has two abstract airbrushed backgrounds that I created, upon which he will paint a portrait of me and a subject of his choosing. All canvases are 16" x 20".

For this collaboration, I am working with Robert Walker to create two new portraits. The one below begun with the teal tree background painted by Robert. That is the starting surface for a portrait I will create of him, but inspired by the Cheshire Cat.

My sketch and his background. 

My sketch and his background. 

My portrait transferred to his background. 

My portrait transferred to his background. 

Covering up horn-like ears. 

Covering up horn-like ears. 

Ears are working better now. Changing the eyes a bit to be less bird-like and giving him a bit more shoulder. Bigger mouth=better!

Ears are working better now. Changing the eyes a bit to be less bird-like and giving him a bit more shoulder. Bigger mouth=better!

Moving ears to the side of his head. Contemplating a larger mouth. 

Moving ears to the side of his head. Contemplating a larger mouth. 

Stripes and sketching in the shirt pattern. 

Stripes and sketching in the shirt pattern. 

Still some rough spots, but it is coming together now. 

Still some rough spots, but it is coming together now. 

Adjusted hand. Defined shirt pattern better. 

Adjusted hand. Defined shirt pattern better. 

changed his cheeks. 

changed his cheeks. 

Detail of finished face. 

Detail of finished face. 

Detail of Dormouse cocktail. 

Detail of Dormouse cocktail. 

Detail of Robert Walker's trees. 

Detail of Robert Walker's trees. 

The finished piece. 

The finished piece. 

Collaboration with Robert Walker, Part Two

As you may have noticed in the first posting of my Collaboration with Robert Walker, we are working on two canvases. Here is my second piece, which I am thinking of titling, Moon Serenade.

My sketch and Robert Walker's background.

My sketch and Robert Walker's background.

Close-up of my sketch. 

Close-up of my sketch. 

Image started on the canvas. 

Image started on the canvas. 

Detail of face in progress. 

Detail of face in progress. 

My collaborations as of the beginning of August. Both finished pieces will be on display at Clash Dayton with an opening reception on First Friday, September 4th. 

My collaborations as of the beginning of August. Both finished pieces will be on display at Clash Dayton with an opening reception on First Friday, September 4th

Adding some color. 

Adding some color. 

Defining the shapes and more color. 

Defining the shapes and more color. 

Adding values.

Adding values.

More details and adjusting the skin tones. 

More details and adjusting the skin tones. 

The finished face. 

The finished face. 

The finished hand. 

The finished hand. 

Detail of Robert Walker's trees. 

Detail of Robert Walker's trees. 

The finished piece. 

The finished piece. 

Little Faces

I am getting my work together for Art on the Commons on August 9th. I will be booth #34, so be sure to stop in and say HI! Here are some one-of-a-kind clay pieces I made. 

Ink Well : Studio Images

Work in progress. This painting is 28" x 38". More images can be found on my Pinterest Board for this painting. 

The phases of the Pokeweed plant. It starts with the delicate white flowers, transitions into the green pods and then to the rich, dark berries. Native Americans used to use this North American plant for inks.

The phases of the Pokeweed plant. It starts with the delicate white flowers, transitions into the green pods and then to the rich, dark berries. Native Americans used to use this North American plant for inks.

The sketch to scale, then I use carbon paper to transfer it to the panel.

The sketch to scale, then I use carbon paper to transfer it to the panel.

Starting with a wash of magenta, or more specifically, Liquitex Quinacridone. 

Starting with a wash of magenta, or more specifically, Liquitex Quinacridone. 

The muses for this piece, sisters Hayden and Paige. Photographed in my backyard with the other muse for this piece, Pokeweed. 

The muses for this piece, sisters Hayden and Paige. Photographed in my backyard with the other muse for this piece, Pokeweed. 

Starting work on Paige. My thoughts with her character is that she represents the past. She is connected to the white flower phase of the Pokeweed plant, so I want to try to make her as light and white as possible. 

Starting work on Paige. My thoughts with her character is that she represents the past. She is connected to the white flower phase of the Pokeweed plant, so I want to try to make her as light and white as possible. 

Getting the details in her face. This is a still from the time lapse video I am creating while working on this painting. 

Getting the details in her face. This is a still from the time lapse video I am creating while working on this painting. 

The first bits of color, the Cheshire Cat returns...but not for long. 

The first bits of color, the Cheshire Cat returns...but not for long. 

Beginning Hayden's face. She represents the future and she will be bold, inspired by the final phases of the Pokeweed. 

Beginning Hayden's face. She represents the future and she will be bold, inspired by the final phases of the Pokeweed. 

I just did not like how the cat was sitting in this space. I knew it from the sketch, but I just kept telling myself to keep with it. He may return in a different location. 

I just did not like how the cat was sitting in this space. I knew it from the sketch, but I just kept telling myself to keep with it. He may return in a different location. 

Getting playful with the background. I want this piece to be a mix of what I have learned from working on the Wasp in a Wig and Identification Series. Tightly detailed, yet loose and playful. 

Getting playful with the background. I want this piece to be a mix of what I have learned from working on the Wasp in a Wig and Identification Series. Tightly detailed, yet loose and playful. 

Boo assists with the tracing paper for a second cat. 

Boo assists with the tracing paper for a second cat. 

A silly mini movie from "Ink Well" that shows a drawing of a feline who did not make the cut into the final painting. 

The cat is replaced by a hybrid Bonsai/Pokeweed tree. 

The cat is replaced by a hybrid Bonsai/Pokeweed tree. 

My supervisor keeps me on task. Not 100% on her face. Changes to come. 

My supervisor keeps me on task. Not 100% on her face. Changes to come. 

Starting to develop her new face and hairstyle. 

Starting to develop her new face and hairstyle. 

A new friend!

A new friend!

Getting some definition to the hairdo. 

Getting some definition to the hairdo. 

Some work on the feathers and starting the necklace. 

Some work on the feathers and starting the necklace. 

Making some progress on the tattoos. 

Making some progress on the tattoos. 

Leg tattoos finished. More on upper arm. 

Leg tattoos finished. More on upper arm. 

Starting to add definition to the leaves. 

Starting to add definition to the leaves. 

Giving the shoes some volume. 

Giving the shoes some volume. 

More value in the tree. 

More value in the tree. 

Starting to "carve" the front of the chair. 

Starting to "carve" the front of the chair. 

Blocked in. 

Blocked in. 

Starting the chair face. 

Starting the chair face. 

The Illusionist : Studio Images

Formerly titled Transformation. This painting was playfully started as an expansion of my left leg tattoo, but has developed as a way for me to think about the fragility of both health and beauty. 

The initial sketch on panel. 

The initial sketch on panel. 

Ti supervises the addition of color. 

Ti supervises the addition of color. 

Bringing in a tiger. 

Bringing in a tiger. 

And then two.

And then two.

Floating tigers symbolized both freedom and being out of control. 

Floating tigers symbolized both freedom and being out of control. 

Playing around with the flames. Too heavy and static before. 

Playing around with the flames. Too heavy and static before. 

This painting at home with my special lap warmer. 

This painting at home with my special lap warmer. 

Live painting at Clash in the Oregon District.

Live painting at Clash in the Oregon District.

Live painting at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Live painting at the Dayton Racquet Club.

More major changes. 

More major changes. 

Transforming the former floating woman. I liked the idea of her being the smoke. 

Transforming the former floating woman. I liked the idea of her being the smoke. 

She is also a loose interpretation of a self-portrait. 

She is also a loose interpretation of a self-portrait. 

A closeup of the new hands with funky rings. 

A closeup of the new hands with funky rings. 

Yet another attempt at the flames. 

Yet another attempt at the flames. 

A new focal point. 

A new focal point. 

Now I have decided to take out the second tiger and reevaluate the composition

Now I have decided to take out the second tiger and reevaluate the composition

Adding silver foil.

Adding silver foil.

Used painters tape to clean up the line edges. 

Used painters tape to clean up the line edges. 

Updated lines. 

Updated lines. 

Changed the center rectangle to contain some depth line work. 

Changed the center rectangle to contain some depth line work. 

Best Print Sale Ever!

June is my birthday month and this First Friday my Alice in Wonderland inspired paintings will be on display at Clash Dayton, so come out and say HI! To celebrate, I created the Best Print Sale Ever! Check out my STORE for the lowest prices on some of your favorite images! Save  when you use the coupon code JUNEPRINTZSale ends June 30th!

Library Proposals Explained : Kettering-Morraine

The Kettering-Morraine proposal is the fifth I have compiled for the ReImagining Works program. Curious to see my others submissions?  With each one, I hope to fulfill the program criteria and challenge myself to work outside my comfort zone and to explore new concepts and techniques. This proposal and the one for Vandalia were submitted for the Friday, May 22 deadline and should be reviewed in the next month or so. 

Manabu Haiku : Studio Images

My second proposal to be accepted by the ReImaging Works committee is Manabu Haiku. It is constructed of five 36"x36" birch panels and will be installed in the New Lebanon branch. One of the five panels arrived shattered, so that will delay the project, but since it is not due until April 2016, I am not a bit worried! Dick Blick has notified me that they will replace the panel and I will get started once it arrives. 

Boo takes a break from Crackle Past testing. He is a great assistant! 

Boo takes a break from Crackle Past testing. He is a great assistant! 

Art Hops Episode 1

A few months ago, I was a guest on Harper's Bizaaroworld, the longest running GLBT public access television show in America.  During the interview I mentioned that for nine years I ran the Rosewood Gallery, a non-profit space located in the Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH.  While assisting me to my car with props from the Harper's Bizaaroworld interview, the director asked if I would be interested in having a show on DATV. Being a naturally introverted personality, the thought had not crossed my mind. Upon further reflection, I decided that the main reason for leaving that position at Rosewood was so I could pursue new and challenging opportunities, and what more terrifying...I mean challenging opportunity than hosting a television show? I knew I wanted it to be an interview format show where the guest was the focus, and it needed a twist, something that suggested it was not a stuffy or formal program. I decided to combine two of my favorite things, art and beer, and thus Art Hops was born. 

From an art business point of view, this was an opportunity to network and get my name out to a new audience. From a personal perspective, this was a chance to chat with creative people whom I respect and learn from them, something I miss about running the gallery. 

My first guest was Tiffany Allyn Clark, and she did a spectacular job of describing her techniques and the upcoming show at Rosewood Gallery, while also explaining how she has healed from addiction and grief through her art. A natural pairing for Clark was Toxic Brew Company, located in the Oregon District, because she often exhibits her work there and has created a permanent installation at the brewery. 

The recording is currently being edited and will be released on DATV and my YouTube channel very soon! 

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Feeling Blue

After blogging every day in my NYC Diary, it was nice to take a break from posting and just spend some time with my loved ones whom I missed dearly while I was away. Now I am back to my once a week blogging schedule and it looks like I am a bit blue...well, more like VERY blue!

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Why? My friend, Mary, owner of Clash Dayton, organized an Alice in Wonderland themed photoshoot for their June festivities and I had the honor of being the caterpillar! This was the first collaboration with the very talented Robert Walker, but look for more to emerge in the near future! He started by airbrushing most of my body and then used various stencils and tools for the details. Many thanks to Hayden, whom you may recognize from this painting, for encouraging my hair to do something other than lay there! 

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The total experience took about eight hours and involved several models. It was a fanciful day that left me with just one question, Will it come off?!? The answer, Yes! With a lot of hot water and scrubbing! 

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Interested in seeing the final photos or perhaps to purchase some of the lovely threads shown? Join us Friday, June 5th from 5-10pm for First Friday at Clash Dayton, located at 521 East Fifth Street, Dayton, OH! I will have several of my Wasp in a Wig paintings on display and some special offers on Alice related items! 

NYC Diary : Arty Goodness

The last day of my NYC adventure was the most daring day of them all, since I was mainly traveling solo. By this point, I had had enough experiences with public transportation to feel fairly confident about maneuvering around the city. After Mood, I meet up with Mark Laurence LaRiviere, a nice guy from my Klein Artist Works class. We had a lovely chat about art and life, then parted ways. There were only two galleries that I REALLY wanted to visit while in NYC and the first is located around the corner from Mood, Last Rites Gallery. This venue focuses on artwork with a dark twist and the current show was William Basso, who creates sculptures that he photographs and turns into haunting collages, and the amazing painter, Leslie Ditto. The space was lovely and the folks running it were very welcoming, which is more than I can say for the tattoo business downstairs.

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My friend, Kat, insisted that getting to Brooklyn was a simple process, even though it seemed to be located on another planet according to the map. I took her advice and boarded a south-bound bus, then the "L" train over. She was right, it was quick and easy, so my hopes of seeing my second gallery, The Cotton Candy Machine, would be realized. The show I had expected to see was another favorite, Joe Sorren, but as it turns out my brain buggered up those pesky "M" months and it was long gone. In fact, they were between shows, so the gallery was only half full. It was still worth the trip, since they brought out one of the remaining Sorren's from the back room for me to see, and I was able to check out the craftsmanship and line work of David M. Cook.

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And, as an added bonus, I walked by a Tristan Eaton mural on my way there, so it was a very good art day for me!

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NYC Diary : In The Mood

Ever since the show began, I have been a total Project Runway fan girl. Today, it was me saying "Thank You, Mood!" I spent just under two hours roaming the isles of Mood Designer Fabrics, tugging bolts of stunning fabrics from the shelves like they do on the show, and petting Swatch. Since I was alone, I started playing silly games with myself, conjuring Project Runway style assignments and trouble shooting how I would resolve them. Then I realized I could do some real world problem solving and look for gifts. 

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I will keep those a secret for the time being, but I will share that I found some stunning silks and one splurge brocade. Dennis, the gentleman who assisted me, was a delight. We chatted about the city and our loved one's battle with Alzheimer's. He helped sign me up for a rewards card that features Swatch's sweet mug. It's fun, free souvenir that will reward me with $25 off once I spent an additional $420. That could take a few!

NYC Diary : Blooms and Babies

Visiting galleries and museums are very motivating, but I often find the most inspiration during none art-related adventures. Thankfully for me, the Bronx Zoo and the Bronx Botanical Gardens are located next to each other, so I was able to cram both adventures into one day!

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The day started at the Bronx Botanical Gardens with their lovely conservatory and adorable rock garden. There was plenty to see, but bummer for me the Frida Kahlo inspired show, where they will recreate her garden and have paintings on display, doesn't open until next week. I was able to sneak a peek and I got to experience one element of the exhibit, the amazing Echium plant.

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The zoo had the most adorable baby gorillas, a carousel with bugs instead of horses, and my new favorite bird, the Capuchinbird. This beautiful bird with coppery plumage almost appears to have an exposed skull, and I adore it! This little guy and I flirted for at least a half hour! 

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My luck with the weather seems to have run out. My last day in NYC is starting grey and rainy, but that won't dampen this Project Runway fangirl's mood, since I am starting out at Mood Fabrics