From Banfill-Locke

Cats and Hippos: celebrate everything!

Cats and Hippos celebrate everything and they will help you do it everyday.

Materials

December 2014: Mad creative dash to make tiny creatures: ornaments? gift tags? just for fun!

Most often I’ll use 300# Arches paper, but lately I have started to recycle some of the dozens of original paintings from the nanoscapes’ Image-a-Day files. In 2012, I was busy making tiny abstract paintings and turning them into digital magic. While appreciating and purchasing the digital images, my customers almost unanimously rejected the tiny original abstract paintings which I had carefully framed. I have a lot of them, and they are all made on either 140# Canson or Arches postcard blanks or from 300# Arches paper.

One Cat from an Image-a-day
One Cat from a 2012 Original Image-a-Day

After cutting out the creatures, I’ll paint them with watercolor and then get out my tiny plastic offset spatula to add one or more of the following Golden Acrylic Medium Products: (1)  Glass Bead Gel (the miracle of the century: tiny glass beads in acrylic medium), (2)  Self-Leveling Clear Gel, Iridescent Stainless Steel, Black Gesso, and Black & White Mica Flake. I love “shiny and bumpy” and these acrylic mediums make that possible.

I remain grateful to Bonnie Cutts, the Golden Artist-in-Residence, for introducing me to these products at a WARM Mentor-Protege event in June of 2013. I learn something new everyday that I work with these products.

Artist alert: Should you have the chance to take one of Bonnie’s workshops, sign up and go!

Old watercolors never die

Paper Mosaic Hippo
Paper Mosaic Hippo

In the spirit of the Genus Papyrus (the paper mosaics, including a horse, a cat, a pig, a hippo, and several parrots), I am recycling these tiny paintings into new creatures. Think of it! The fun of creating new images and the delight of freeing up storage. A win! win!

Cats and Hippos are just a few of the Celebration Critters: pandas, pigs (lots of pigs), parrots, frogs, and hummingbirds!

9 Who? Me? Cats
9 Who? Me? Cats

 

 

 

8 Hippos
8 Hippos

Find them!

Find these and many more new small friends for $7 each at the Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market (all year), Vine Arts Center Holiday Sale (December 13 and 14), Banfill-Locke Holiday mART (until December 20). Want one made just for you? Contact me directly. (susangainen@comcast.net or 651.917.0219).

Susan Gainen’s new work for December shows

Lost Cave Paintings At Home in the Hall
Lost Cave Paintings at Home in the Hall

 

November has been part recovery-from-the-WARM-show, exuberant creative energy for upcoming holiday sales, and quiet examination of the ultimate artist question: “What next?”

The Lost Cave Paintings are in the hall just outside my front door, waiting for their next adventure.

Tiny new work

Returning to the World of Tiny, and in prep for five December shows (locations at the end of this post), I have made new work. At the crossroads of mesmerizing high-wire tiny details and the creative tedium of packaging, I made dozens and dozens of one-of-a-kind tiny ornaments. They are painted and embellished paper and will make tree ornaments, party favors, and gift tags.

Today is Thanksgiving, and the pigs in the image below are glad that they are not turkeys and hope that they can be on someone’s tree soon. If you can’t get to any of my shows, you can find some ornaments and other pig products at zazzle.

 

Holiday Pig Ornaments

Hanukah or another spelling?

A group of Menorahs celebrate Hanukah, and remind me that it’s time to search my house for candles-bought-after-the-holiday or to buy new candles. I have four Menorahs, so it’s hard to fake. Find some images at zazzle.com.

 

First Wood Round Pencil Only
First Wooden Round Pencil Only

The first project for the new year

Combining old materials (wooden rounds cut 17 years ago from the same plywood as the Giant Flamingo) and new-ish 140# paper rounds, I’ve begun a series of RoundWorks that I hope to make into a show in 2015.

Shows in December

TRUNK SHOW AT THE CLAY SQUARED POP UP SHOP IN THE MINNEAPOLIS SKYWAY
27 S 7TH ST #6, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402 (ABOVE CANDYLAND)
DECEMBER 18 — 11 A.M. TO 2  P.M.
VINE ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY SALE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
VINE ARTS CENTER, 2637 27TH AVE. SOUTH
DECEMBER 13 (10-5) DECEMBER 14 (12-5)
TANGLETOWN ART CRAWLSAINT PAUL, MN
DOG DAYS,  1752 GRAND AVENUE
DECEMBER 6, 2014  10-5
BANFILL-LOCKE HOLIDAY GIFT MART AND TEA
DECEMBER 4 – 20, 2014
10-4 TUESDAY-SATURDAY; SUNDAY DECEMBER 7 – 12 TO 4

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