I am so excited for you to read this guest post! My friend Josie has an amazing spirit. She is so passionate, dedicated, talented and extremely fun. We can literally talk for hours and hours. She inspires me as a teacher, artist and woman....she is so incredible! I cannot say enough great things about her! To read more about her, visit her blog: Call and Response. Thanks Josie for your beautiful guest post! I can't wait to try this! ~Nellie
Not so Still Life
I am an artist
and teacher, much like my good friend Nellie. She inspires me. Art
teachers often have to teach this idea of “still life”, you know,
oranges and lemons in bowls, piles of seemingly random junk cleverly
arranged on wooden tables, flowery table cloths, or chipped-paint
One of my missions as an artist and teacher is to take old
ideas and try new mediums and processes to put my own spin on that old
(OK, “traditional”) idea. I was stuck one day in my studio, and first
looked for a surface to play on. I found a piece of plexiglass. I had a
sharpie in my hand, and as I walked back to my table, I saw my shelf
full of art supplies through the plexiglass.
So I stopped in my tracks,
propped the plexi on my hip, and traced my stuff as I saw it THROUGH the
plexi directly ONTO the plexi with the black sharpie.
I next considered
painting with acrylics, but wanted something more tactile and
time-consuming. I turned to a big box of yarn and went crazy, first
gluing down the contours with black yarn, then filling in with whatever
colors I felt like using at the time.I am excited by what is happening.
The lines give these usually boring objects some intense energy. It is
taking many hours to complete, but the process has been both a design
challenge and a meditative exercise for me in this crazily-scheduled
spring. And bonus, a happy accident!
I noticed that the yarn was
starting to peel off the plexiglass, intact because the glue was holding
it all together. I hope that when it is finished soon, I will be able
to peel the whole piece off like a band-aid and tack it up on the wall.