Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cranky observations . . .

I follow an artist's blog. Every time she adds something new, I go see what she is showing and what she is writing about.

I visited her blog today and was greeted with the announcement that she was no longer blogging, "but you can follow me on Instagram!"

I clicked the link to her Instagram site. Just a few pictures, no writing.

I deleted her abandoned blog from my feed.

I did not follow her on Instagram.

Pictures with just a few words don't interest me. It was her combination of writing and images that made her blog worthwhile.

As I contemplate why the heck I'm still blogging and if I should quit, I found my reaction to her "paring down" interesting.

She's too busy to offer substance. I'm too busy to accept less.

And yes, I know how I sound. Arrogant, petty, and egocentric. For all I know, she's gone back to school, or is taking care of aging parents, or has a child that needs all her attention. She's probably downsizing to get some of her life back. I understand. I don't like it, but I understand!

And today at 1:30 . . . Go Seahawks! Pizza! Friends! Maybe I should post it all on Instagram...

©Carol Leigh
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What I'm working on . . . "Kimono Package"







I stumbled upon, online, a "kimono package" for sale. It's a large, padded, multilayered, old, soft, weathered, hand-made packet that, when opened, would contain a Japanese kimono.

And I'm slowly, slowly photographing bits and pieces of it to use in photomontages.

These are examples of what I've made so far, and I haven't even begun to photograph the interior.

I have similar yet very different old Japanese papers from a roll that Kathleen Amt so generously gave to me. That, too, is its own project.

And eventually, the two will merge, creating a third series of images.

For me, the key is slowness. I am giddy about all three projects. Giddiness comes with a price, however, and it would be easy to quickly burn out, and/or become overwhelmed.

Slowness is the watchword for these projects. Difficult to accomplish when one's feeling like a nine-year-old on Christmas Eve . . .

©Carol Leigh
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What I'm working on: "Oyster Shell Assemblage"

I have some friends here on Whidbey who are grandparents to a delightful 10-year-old girl. I've met/seen this child maybe twice in the past five years or so, but I hear stories about her. How she's interested in nature (especially orcas), reading, and art.

Yesterday I sent her this oyster shell that has a little silver bird's nest attached to its interior. And here's my accompanying letter:

Dear Caroline,

I made this the other day and for some weird reason I thought of you.

We don’t really know each other, do we? We’ve seen each other just a couple of times, right?

So why would I be thinking of you when I was making this? How did it happen?

I was cleaning my art studio and I came upon an oyster shell.

I almost threw it away, but then I saw a tiny, tiny hole in it.

Hmmmmmmm . . . A tiny hole. What can I attach to this oyster shell?

Oyster, oyster, oyster . . . What do oysters make? Pearls! I have some pearls.

Pearls, pearls, pearls . . . They look like little bird eggs, don’t they?

Birds, eggs, birds, eggs . . . Nests!

I have some silver wire. I made a silver nest with pearls inside and attached it to the oyster shell.

Ta da!

And then I thought of you — someone I don’t really know — and decided this should belong to you.

So here it is — the idea of an oyster, pearls, eggs, birds, nests — an idea that all came together as a special gift for you, Caroline. From someone you don’t even know!

Love,

Carol Leigh
Your mom’s friend on Whidbey Island.
Your grandmother’s friend on Whidbey Island.


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©Carol Leigh
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Monday, January 9, 2017

What I'm working on . . . "CellMates"



I'm using a cellphone (iPhone 6+) to photograph faces and then am using a variety of in-phone apps as well as Photoshop techniques to alter, in often bizarre ways, the images.

I don't really know what I'm doing yet, which is half the fun. And the results are often surprising, which is the other half of the fun.

Learning, experimenting, and simply playing.

©Carol Leigh
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

What I'm working on . . . "Marbles Found"




To show you what I've been working on, I've broken it all down into individual posts.

For these four images, I photographed hand-painted papers and then combined and tweaked them in Photoshop.

I like being able to submit a series of images to Fine Art America, thinking that perhaps a grouping of similar images might encourage a buyer to purchase more than one.

Options are good, but I try not to offer too many. For instance, I created maybe eight more of these, but didn't upload them for sale. Too many can become overwhelming and confusing to a buyer.

So this particular project is done. But I'm tempted to paint some more in this same style, but with a completely different color palette. We'll see. This was fun; creating a similar series runs the risk of becoming work!

Tomorrow's post -- another day, another project.

©Carol Leigh
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

This year . . .

This is a sample page from my artist's journal, a page I made a number of years ago. You may not be able to read my handwriting, so here's what it says:

Ahem . . . You aren't paying attention. You have all these ideas that you collect, that you write down, that you illustrate, but you rarely go back and follow up. Are you a dreamer or a do-er?

My years-ago writing holds true today. I never feel I'm doing enough, but I have hundreds of ideas for what I think I want to do.

Since moving to Whidbey Island, however, I'm actually making a lot of art.

So in my next post, I'll talk about what what I've made, and what I'm currently working on. And don't think that doesn't make me uncomfortable!

©Carol Leigh
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Saturday, December 31, 2016


May 2017 exceed your expectations.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Gratitude 2016

I had a very good day Tuesday at Fine Art America, where I sold 10 different very large metal prints to a condominium association In Portland, Oregon’s artsy Pearl District.

They e-mailed me, saying in part, “...we placed an order for a lot of your beautiful work to grace the halls...” and “...thank you...for producing such beautiful images to decorate our lives.”

The Pearl is a well-known hubbub of art. Fine Art America represents tens of thousands of artists. The buyers had a huge selection of artists they could have approached.

They said, “...after considering many, many pieces our eyes and hearts always came back to the work of one artist. You do nice work.”

To sell 10 big prints in one day is wonderful. And to cap it off, someone else in Minnesota bought two small framed prints, prints of Japanese-esque collages I’d made.

What a lovely way to slide away from 2016 and gently approach 2017.

I leave this year with a humble and grateful heart.

And yes, I appreciate the irony. “If you’re so damned humble, why are you bragging on yourself?!” Ha! Obviously I’m not that humble!

To see the images that sold on Tuesday, see the post directly below this one. I know many of you are curious.

©Carol Leigh
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Yesterday was a very good day . . .

Yesterday was a very good day, selling 12 images to two different buyers.

The first 10 will be residing in a beautiful, modern condominium building in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District. They're all around 40" or so on the long side, printed on metal.

The last two are small, nicely framed, and are going off to Minnesota.

I have another post almost ready that will appear on top of this one, but at the moment, we're off to Bellingham to check out the fishing boats, have lunch, and stop at a Trader Joe's. Not a bad day at all.

©Carol Leigh
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A word for the upcoming year?

A word for the upcoming year? Many are giving it thought.

My friend, Laura Lein-Svencner, has decided on NATURAL, a word that, for lots of reasons, resonates with her, has meaning for her, and will be something that’s always in the back of her mind.

So I wondered, should I have a word? A meaningful concept always floating around in my brain, consciously, or sub-?

This past year has been a challenge. I’ve always been apolitical, far removed from the fray. But this year? It’s been hard to ignore, hasn’t it? Never has politics been so repugnant, repellent, repulsive than what we saw in 2016, no matter which side you were on.

Name-calling, misogyny, bigotry, pettiness — all shoved in our faces, every minute of every day.

Where was decency, empathy, kindness, and objectivity?

It all came to a head this past week when a crony of the president-elect said the most despicable and hateful things about the outgoing president and his wife.

It made me cry in despair. And it made the word I’d chosen for 2016 come into sharp focus:

RISE

The word RISE is nothing but positive. An “upward movement.” To ascend. To go up. To do a better job.

Hot air balloons rise upward. “A rising tide floats all boats.” Rise from the ashes. Rise above expectations. Rise to the challenge. Rise to the occasion. Boost. Prosper.

Get up, stand up. The sun also rises. Sunrise. SurpRISE!

So that’s my word for 2017. RISE. Rise above the bigotry, meanness, hate, pettiness, aggression, the ordinary, the stupidity, the average. “We rise by lifting others.”

It’s a short, monosyllabic word — RISE. How hard could it be to put into practice? We shall see. In 2017, we shall see.

Wishing you all the best of everything in 2017.

Carol Leigh
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