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
The Preble County Art Association and the Victoria Theatre Association are presenting the upcoming invitational art exhibition, Bridges of Preble County. The show will be on display at the Schuster Performing Arts Center from March 15 - March 22, 2016, during the production of Bridges of Madison County. I am honored to be one of the selected artists participating in this exhibit.
Seeking Shelter measures 36" x 36" and begins with a birch panel as the base. Recently, I acquired some flight maps from my friend, Ari, and I cut those into 4" squares which will be applied to the panel like a quilt using gel medium. Upon this base of collaged elements, I will adhere a stylized drawing of a human/butterfly hybrid in front of a covered bridge inspired form. The figure is inspired by the amazing butterfly dress made by my friend, Tracy McElfesh, co-owner of Sew Dayton. I had been wanting to make a painting about the Monarch Butterfly and it's struggles to find food and habitat during migration and this seemed like the perfect time. Even though this year marks an upturn in the population, more than 90% of Monarch Butterflies have vanished in the last 25 years. A portion of the sale of this piece will go to the Monarch Wings Across Ohio project.
The finished painting. View purchase information.
Are you ready for a little peek of the collaborative project I have been working on with my friend and local writer, Rob E. Boley? Boley, whom I interviewed in Episode 3 of Art Hops, has been mashing the genres of horror and fairy tales in his series, The Scary Tales. Now he has created an original mash-up story inspired by The Pied Piper of Hamlin and the cult classic, Gremlins, for this horror coloring book! I am almost done with the rough sketches so we can finalize the story and the layout, then it is time to ink and research printers! We are planning a Kickstarter to help fund the project with lots of special perks, so stay tuned! Until that time, here is your peek!
Occasionally, I find a real gem in my thrift store adventures. Of course, "gem" is in the eye of the beholder. :) My newest find, the crazy gypsy quilt, is very thread worn with most of the applied elements are either shredded or completely disintegrated. Washing the blanket further tormented these fibers, but was still a necessity. The same day I purchased this quilt I ran into Arielle at the Clash Fashion Show, who had freshly dyed her hair Hot Pink. The quilt contained several hot pink sections, so I asked Arielle if she would model for me and she agreed! I adore her smile and bright eyes, but it was the moments when she was "sleeping" that really intrigued me.
Building an original dollhouse has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, but I would not allow myself to dabble with such things until my niece was born. Making the house for her is not a distracting whim of a woman-child, it is the creation of a family heirloom. :) I had started the project with a Lundby mass produced house and almost completely gutted it. Then I created a contemporary sofa from an old purse and gathered items for the rest of the house. After priming the surface and gathering more items for decorating, my Dad decided to build furniture for the house and my Step-Mom cross-stitched several rugs.
The new furnishings could fit into the Lundby I was working on...sorta. It was becoming obvious that we had these amazing items and wanted more room to showcase them. I asked my sister if she could find a better house and she did in record time on a local resell site for $35!
The new home was partially assembled by the previous owner and was supposed to look like a Victorian Farmhouse with three levels, but I had other plans. Here is what it was supposed to look like when finished.
Thankfully, the glue the first family used was not stellar and I was able to disassemble most of the house. Just a little redesigning and now we are working on a Midwest Modern style home! The place also got a name, Grand Ant Manor. The kids call me Amy Ant instead of Aunt Amy and since it is mostly myself and the Grandfolks working on it, we thought that would be a fitting title. Also, I loved that it was an oxymoron!
My first goal, remove the two side porches. They were wasted space and I did not want to deal with all of those little poles! The yellow color will go later.
In this photo you can see the three panels from the bay window in their new locations. Two are on the side of the house and the third is positioned in the lower front corner.
Perhaps you are perplexed as to why I would leave a gapping void where the bay window used to be? That, my friend, is the location of the future black box theater! Did I mention that this will not be your traditional dollhouse, but really more of an Art House!?! The two-level opening on the left side is part of the original design and allows little bodies to access the deeper areas of the house. Flip the panel, and now the lower level is access for little performers to reach around and out the stage entrance. The front opening will get a velvet curtain and doors that open to reveal stage elements. There will also be a removable stage for when performances are scheduled.
This was my original thought on the interior layout, but decided to take the lower left wall out and enlarge the kitchen instead. After all, my Dad had made lots of cute appliances to go in there! Instead of adding the original third floor sloped roof, the roof will remain flat as shown in this picture. My plan is to cut a stair access hole with a hatch door, rooftop veggie garden, rock garden and patio area. This decision was not only aesthetic, but also allows us to transport it in the Subaru. We would need to rent a vehicle if it gets any taller!
The layout is finalized, so I remove the inner walls and begin to stabilize and finish the edges with wood filler, then all exposed surfaces get a coat of gesso primer.
The theater must be black, so I mark out the area and paint all of the inner surfaces with Mars Black acrylic paint.
Now begins the fun part! Time to decide on the wall and floor treatments before I can continue. The bathroom decision is done with "tile" made from textured metallic paint samples and REAL wall paper designed by me using pictures of my niece and her brothers! Want your own wallpaper, I ordered mine at Spoonflower.com and just sized it to be super tiny! More decor in the next installment of Dollhouse Diary!
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.
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.
What is your favorite shape? Mine is the oval, so imagine how delighted I was to find these lovely wood panels by the Oregon company, American Easel! These sturdy beauties are the base for a new series I am creating inspired by my collection of elongated coins and other forms of exonumia. There are no limits to what might inspire an image, from casual encounters to dreams, they become a form of visual diary entry. I will focus future blog posts on specific pieces, but for now I will start by show-and-telling a bit about the panels and the base inspirations.
The panels start as lovely raw wood, which I sand and cover with clear gesso.
The shapes created by the wood grain start the composition like a topographical map.
The palette for this series is inspired by the colors and textures found on coins.
Once I have the panels covered, I might add some textures using various foils or glitters, then I wait for inspiration to strike.
The first dozen panels in various stages of progress.
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.
This painting is 28"x16". This is another in the series Wasp in a Wig: Paintings Inspired by the Writings of Lewis Carroll. Excerpt from Chapter II: `I wish I hadn't cried so much!' said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. `I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That WILL be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.'
This painting is a part of the Wasp in a Wig Series and measures 24" x 36". Inspired by Chapter 5 of the second book, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. This painting shows Alice transformed into a goose and the White Queen as a sheep. The scene explores the concept of "loss of innocence" and I have illustrated this with a young oyster bringing her new beau home to meet Mom while the walrus looks on as well as with the discarded toys.