Inspiration and Art

As I've mentioned previously I've a gallery show coming up in November. I've had a few gallery shows before but this one for a variety of personal reasons is very special to me. This means while I'm working very hard I'm also putting a lot of pressure on myself. But thanks to a few close friends I'm staying relatively sane. (Thanks ladies!)

The process of creating this collection has been fascinating to me. I've been working in a way that is new and strange to me. The images are unfolding with a strong will of their own. They have a clear mind of who and what they are and demand accuracy in their portrayal. They seem to live in my occipital bone - right where the bone meats the nerve endings at the top of my spine. They are collecting themselves there - gestating their form and making their presence known. At times relentlessly. The vision I had initially planned for the show was left behind months ago. My Muse has dictated to me that those ideas must wait - because right now - something else must be done. These images demand to be captured.

And so they will be - there's no arguing with your Muse.

I've been aided in this creative process by some wonderful music. I thought I would share a bit of what I am listening to with you. In a sense this is the soundtrack to the collection of art I am currently creating.


Cello music by Zoe Keating and Wendy Sutter

The Soundtrack to Amelie by Yann Tiersen

Music that I like to call Broken Gypsy Doll music this includes:
Beats Antique, Pentaphobe & Vagabond Opera

And an inspiring group of sister songwriters, singers, musicians called
The Sisters 3

 

I cannot share too much of the art for the show before the show itself. I am sure you an understand why. However I will share the pieces that I can and of course when the show is open we'll post photos of the opening and eventually there will be prints and a full accounting of the art at the exhibit.

For now I will leave you with a teaser. She is not yet finished and she is nameless.

 

Unfair Things - Steampunk Doll

I finished a new piece that is very special to me. I'm quite pleased with her I must say. :)

I envision her as a self created Steampunk inspired doll creature - who collects to her other creatures and things for own dubious purposes. My husband commented that he felt a certain menace in her - just under the surface and my sister said she is "alarming limbless". So yes based on these comments I think I managed to project what I wanted. *evil wink*.

Text reads "Bring to me a fitting portion of string... an aether lamp and unfair things".

This image is part of my collection for my gallery show this coming Fall 2009. The theme for this first show is the same as my website title "Winged Things & Improbable Machines." And yes it will feature steampunk art - or at least works that are steampunk inspired - however that will not be the main focus but rather one element.

The majority of the collection will be Silverpoint Drawings on antique bookpaper. I've perfected a process to allow me to draw on this paper and the results are stunning. I've also been working on my own technique for aging and staining new paper.

I'll talk more about the exhibit in coming months and share what art I can. In the meantime I hope you enjoy "Unfair Things".

Signed prints are available HERE

Oh yes! And in other news I am also now offering SteamBee as a print all by himself. I can't tell you how many requests I have gotten for exactly this - so happy to tell you he's now available! (or she I don't honestly know if SteamBee is a male or female - up to you I suppose!) Buy HERE