...is almost over! Hard to believe! Our apartment here in Portland has this magical, hidden garden. It was designed and is tended to by a sweet man who lives in the apartment below us. This garden is his art.
My prints are patiently waiting for their frames. I worked on them all day yesterday and again last night. They are all printed! Now I have to design and make the corner pieces. I added a little sprinkle of extra fine emerald green glitter to the printed leaves...
I'm making these "frames" (which are really extensions of the prints) out of ripped apart corrugated cardboard boxes I found in the recycle bin in the basement of my studio building, and Duck Tape.
I'm making a vine and leaf pattern on the frames, using some old clothesline rope for the vine, and the bases of the leaves are made from cardboard sleeves I've been saving, the ones that come with my daily hot cup of tea purchased at the Art Mart next door (I knew they'd come in handy!) I cut the sleeves into quarters and hot glued them into position, then glued a heavy paper leaf onto each one. So the frame has a nice relief quality to it. I painted the frames with some old latex wall paint, and today I will repaint them with a white acrylic that matches the print paper, and I plan to print a black leaf pattern onto each white leaf. I will be cutting the frames so that there will be a square in each corner, with another image printed onto those corner pieces. This is fun - I feel like I'm designing a set piece for a play! Once again, stay tuned.
And lest you think this looks all Martha Stewarty, with my little hot glue gun sitting neatly beside my frame, here's a video that gives the whole messy picture...
We've come a long way (baby) since Alfred Steiglitz made his famous exclamation, "At last - a woman on paper!" upon first viewing the drawings of Georgia O'Keefe. Posted here, some work of ceramic sculptor, Judy Fox. Her work brings to mind O'Keefe, and Judy Chicago, Hans Bellmer, George Segal, Kiki Smith, Paula Rego...
These images are from the book The Embroiderer's Flowers by Thomasina Beck. They bring to mind the paintings of Julie Heffernan - especially the last pic of the dress. You could hide an army under that skirt! But just look at the embroidery in these pieces (click to see details...)
I'm sure it took an army to do that work!! Fantastic.
An anonymous portrait of Elizabeth Vernon, Coutess of Southhampton, c1600.
An anonymous portrait of a lady of the Hamden family.
An anonymous portrait of a young man c1590, wearing a blackwork doublet veiled over the sleeves with transparent gauze.
While drawing, look at the object, not at the page. Let the pencil slooowly follow all the contours of the object, as if your pencil tip is actually touching all those edges. Don't look down except to occasionally reposition your pencil on the page. This is very meditative, and a great exercise in SEEING.
Blind Contour Self(with Cell Phone), 2007 pencil on Rives BFK, 15" x 15"
Here I was trying to touch up these prints with charcoal and cray-pas, and I was not happy with the results. They looked awful. I was ready to start all over and print them again. It didn't occur to me to just use the INK that I had printed them with, until my studio neighbor, John Knight, came in and suggested it! Logic so ofteneludes me! Duh. So I painted over areas of the prints with the waterbased ink, and now they are ready for THE WINDOW. Yay. Now I have to figure out if I'm hanging them with clips, or velcro...
If money were no object I would have beautful big frames made. I also need to figure out the rest of the installation. The next (and last!) time I post about this it will be in the window!
Blackwork Lovers, 2008
hand painted linoleum prints, paper size 50" x 51", print size 36" x 36"
I am an artist, an art teacher, a mother of five children, and a grandmother of four, and I live with my husband and our two cats in the woods of Woolwich, Maine. I teach drawing classes through the Continuing Studies Department at Maine College of Art in Portland, and now privately in my new (!) studio @ 72 Front Street, Bath. My blog 'Martha Miller' shares my art, my process, and my inspirations, and my blog 'Not Bad Thing' showcases my daughter Lisbeth's artwork and process. It is also where I share my experience as a mother of an adult child with special needs. You can see more of my artwork on my website @ www.marthamiller.com