Holly Dean Artist: Often Medieval in Mood

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Studio Table: The Reveal


Head on over to The Altered Page to find a list of over one hundred artists who have posted shots of their messy studio tables. As usual, Seth has inspired us all to share.

I can make just as big a mess as the next artist - believe me. However, I have spent the last few weeks purging, sorting and organizing and I'm still in that mode. So here is a shot of my 'art desk'. Not where I paint (that one is totally bare at the moment), but where the things I am working with are.

There are art supplies, my trusty Macbook Pro, some paintings that were returned from a gallery today, a book I am enjoying, a magazine I am featured in, our Studio Tour brochure, a couple of mailart postcards I am working on, bookmarks and Raven's dog treats. Raven and I work on her training in my studio too - there's space now to do that.

I'll be sure to grab a shot of my studio table when it's messy and post that another time. The important thing is to keep creating! Whether you are messy or clean :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm Back!

Well. It has been QUITE a while since I have blogged. So much has happened since November 2013. I won't go into it other than to say that my family and I are facing challenging life changes and, for the most part, winnning!



So. I last blogged the happy news that "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other" would be part of the OMMA [Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Exhibit at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery in Ottawa, January 2014.


It was an amazing show! I enjoyed looking at everyone's work and catching up with artist friends. Some of them were congratulating me. For what? It turned out that I had won an Award of Excellence from OMMA for "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other". Woo-hoo!

If you want to see the evolution of this painting, check out the last four older posts right here on "Often Medieval In Mood". I would love to hear any comments you may have.



I'll close with a mention of one the WONDERFUL things that happened this year... the adoption of our sweet girl, Raven. More about Raven in another post :)


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Juried. The verdict: to be hung!



"Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other" will be part of the upcoming OMMA
[Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Exhibit at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery
in Ottawa, January 2014. The details will be posted closer to the time.

I am thrilled to be part of this show. Based on the work that I saw
when I dropped off my painting to be juried, it will be amazing!

I hope everyone is enjoying a creative weekend :)


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Off to be juried.


Painting wedged in MINI. Off to be juried and, hopefully, hung!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

It's finished!

Did you read my last post? Here is what came next.
The bottom painting is complete. Time to do something with the top.

Old book pages and loose threads collaged on.
All is overpainted with watery green and bronze fluid acrylics.

Gothic "ruin" windows are added over top.

The area around the windows is darkened for contrast.
Circles are added [the colour & shape inspired by our miniature crab apple tree].

A hand-cut stamp is used to add architectural elements.
White connecting lines are added under the windows.

White connecting lines are gone - replaced with one large, soft line.

The large, soft line is collaged over with hand-stamped and painted paper.
[Made in my last Stamps, Stencils & Collage Papers workshop]

And... here is the final piece: "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other"
A mixed media painting, 36" x 48". It will JUST fit in the MINI Cooper ;)
Next it goes to Ottawa to be juried for the upcoming OMMA
[Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Art Exhibit: Proverbs, JAN 2014.

A detail shot, including some of the calligraphy.

I have SO enjoyed my time in the studio, trying a new approach to my work.
Thank you Flora Bowley for your inspiration!
And thank you to all of you out there who told me about Flora and her book.

Have a creative weekend everyone!

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