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New Piece: Step by Step continued….

Hi all…hope your fall is going well…the holidays will be upon us soon!!  Well, my new piece is coming along nicely and I hope to get it finished in time for my next show.  We’ll see how the muses work!  But here are the latest photos and the progress made….I’ll include from the beginning so we can see how things have progressed fully…

I’m very anxious to finish up with lots of details….we’ll see if my hand is steady enough!

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Love and Light as Always…..WK

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Follow Along Beveled Project Part II

Well, I’m sure everyone is  busy with Christmas and all the Holidays that come up around this time so Happy Holidays to all, no matter what you are celebrating.  So I’ve been slow in getting out the next step in this project but school is officially out now and I’m hoping the next two weeks will  involve sleeping and painting….ahhh, heaven.

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So the next step in the beveled project is very easy and I’ll be on in the next day or so with the next step which is a blast and has become a staple of mine, but you’ll have to wait for that one.

Today we are adding ephemera of any kind with heavy gel paste.  I use dictionary pages, pictures, asian papers and basically anything I want to be seen underneath the paint.  I love text showing through so I use a lot of text.  You can use pictures or anything you like….

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As you can see I’ve let the papers go over the side onto the beveled area and I’ve “collaged” the papers inside the original lines I drew keeping my original composition.

Like I said the next step is really fun, so stay tuned and until then grab all your fun pages and start tearing or cutting and collaging into your orignal sketched composition.  Have fun!!

So I’ll see you soon with the next step and as always, comment, share or like the post if you do indeed “like” it.  Don’t forget to visit Hummingbird Studios on Facebook and Like our page there.  I would love to keep up with you and be able to visit.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays….peace and light….WK

We Can’t Help It!!

Is she really adding stripes? YES!!! Why?  I don’t know!!…..Do you ever have a feeling as an artist or a buyer that you have no control over what you do as an artist or like as an art lover?  It’s just there or it’s not and you can’t explain why. When someone asks you as an art lover “What do you like”, I most often answer, “I’ll know it when I see it.”

So for all those art lovers out there who can’t “help” what they like….just a little secret….we artists can’t “help” what we paint!  I may not be speaking for all the artist’s of the world but when I’m in my studio it’s this bubble of feeling like you can’t make a mistake because every drop of paint or encaustic or paper or any medium you use to create your work WILL without your consent END UP EXACTLY WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE.  I feel possessed almost and my husband will ask me, What’s it going to look like?, What are you going for here?” and I can’t answer him most often except to say…”he*% if I know!”  I’m just along for the ride!

And the ride is so exhilarating that you can’t breathe sometimes and you step back to look at your work and you think “where the He*% did that come from” or “Did I do that?”  “I couldn’t possibly have done that, I’m not that talented”, but there it is on the canvas and I love it.  Not another soul on the planet may love it, but I do and it came from a place inside me from which I do not know and that alone creates a sacredness about the piece that makes it ok if someone else doesn’t like it.  They don’t have to. The process was sacred to me.

So here we are with my latest piece and my first outdoor show (I’m used to indoor comforts) in one month and this piece literally came from nowhere in a matter of days.  It is very similar to my familiar style but there where some moments here and there, like the stripes and some free-handed painting that just happened and felt so familiar that I wanted to share with you all.

Artists, let your muse do the work for you today and art lovers, love what you love without feeling it necessary to explain why.  We like what we like and it’s all for the same reason….WE CAN’T HELP LOVING IT AND WE CAN’T HELP PAINTING IT!

As always, love and light  WK

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What my kids added to my work!!

Last post I showed you two pieces I did for our school walls.  I gave this challenge to a group of my 8th graders and look what that had to come back at me with!!  They are so good!!  This will make a nice installation and I can’t wait to see the other smaller installation they are working on.

First two panels I made….

 

Panels my students have added!! The two brown and one red are theirs and the white mine….

I think they might be showing me up!!  I’m so proud of them.  These installations have a lot of promise. And it comes from 13 and 14 year olds.  A great reminder of why I teach and don’t just work as a solitary artist.

Peace and Light…..WK

How will my students finish what I’ve begun?

Well, my students have been asked to create two installations for our school!  Given Two large bundles of canvas, Thanks you to our Principal, as we study Shape, one of the Elements of Art, we decide to collage shapes.  You know I’m all about the frugal way to create and these collages are made simply using vintage papers and magazine pages, along with some acrylic paints and paint markers!!!  One installation will be in triangles and the other in rectangles and squares.  We’re using white as I’ve shown below as an example, then reds and browns and greens with the rest  of the canvases.  I can’t WAIT to see what my talented students do to finish what I’ve started!  Stay tuned for the final project.  In  the mean time, these will be made available as prints on Red Bubble and Artspan….  I’ve already had one client inquire as to a purchase, although the orignals are already spoken for and were meant to be hung in the school, they are now asking for prints.  Check out Red Bubble or ArtSpan by clicking the images Below and it will lead you to the opportunity to buy prints….who knows, when the kid’s work is done….. it might be even better!!! 
 
As Always I Hope all is well with you and I’m sending Love and Light and frugal ways to create….Windy Kai
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First two panels I made as an example for a student installation

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Why do I feel like I’m in Kindergarten again? And More ways to save at Home Depot!

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First Squares themes in my work, then triangles and now I’ve move up to the elusive CIRCLE…. This was sosoooooo much fun!  The brown is a paint Sample from Home Depot, Martha Stuart Collection called Potting soil and now I know why…they texture feels just like rough dirt when paint smoothly or with a knife, I used both methods.  it cost me 5$ at Home Depot and will last forever, so check out the paint sample section that people use to “try out” paints on their walls to see if they like it or not, and DON’T forget to look at the remnant bin where all the “mistakes” go and you can get a gallon of paint for $5!!

So here’s my newest “work” which I hate to call my pieces “Work” because I have so much fun doing them!!  This one was a blast.  Think I might play with circles for awhile…..just like the good old days in the sand box….”dirt” paint and all!!

                                                                         This piece for sale at Art Span and prints available at Red Bubble

As always if you Like this piece click “LIKE”, if you want to comment…great, but most of all…say it with me…..HAVE FUN AND CREATE (and get a good bargain when you can)!!!  I’m all about the fun of the hunt and the lower the price tage the better and the better the secret “location” is….even better because that means I can share it with you!!  So Have fun and don’t go broke doing it!! Peace and Light  WK

Using the same technique with different mediums….what in the world will happen?

I’ve fallen so in love with Encaustic lately but I still love my acrylic technique so much, so I’m just going for it and playing around….remember to always just play and have fun!! so here I am playing around with using the exact same taping and collaging techniques except using encaustic instead of acrylic.  If you look at a lot of my shape based pieces you’ll see I”ll focus on either triangles, squares or rectangles….well with this encaustic piece I not only set aside the acrylic but used both squares and triangles….How DARE I????   🙂  But it was so so fun….so here is the result, let me know what you think and  leave a comment or “Like” it or just look at it and say “what the heck was she thinking”…..but just have a look ….. that’s all we should care about is putting what the muses give us on the substrate given us, whether it’s canvas, wood or notebook paper, then let others do what they will with it….(but I do love my comments I must say!!! 🙂  Peace and Light to you my friend.  WK

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