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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 5x5 Paintings (2013) on: August 21, 2013 06:46:45 PM
The Hillsborough County Arts Council has a great fundraising event that I participated in last year (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416164.msg4921074#msg4921074).

Participants create 5"x5"(x5") (http://fivebyfivetampabay.com/) pieces of art that are sold anonymously for $25. They can be sculptures, pictures, mosaics... Whatever. It just has to fit in a 5"x5"(x5") square(or cube).

I'm participating again this year. I've been on a painting kick, so this year I did two paintings. Both are based on photos that I took. The stairs were the winding staircase where I was staying on a recent trip to Amsterdam. The flower was from a cactus in my back yard.

I hope you enjoy! Smiley (Sorry the picture is a little dark. The color is still mostly good though.)

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Catching up-A few projects (pic heavy) on: June 04, 2013 09:51:31 AM
I went to a couple of those BYOB painting classes that you can get Groupons for. They ended up giving me enough confidence to paint on my own. So since then I've painted a few things. A couple I've already posted, but I thought I'd get caught up. I hope you enjoy them! Sorry for the shininess in some of them.

My most recent for a friend!

My first attempt at using painting knives. For the background, anyway.

It's hard work creating new planets. Titled: There's a fine line between infinity and gravity

The Essence of a Tear. Such a complex thing...
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sometimes you've got to leave your Comfort Zone on: December 22, 2012 04:55:08 PM
I finished my second, fully original painting the other night. It's 12"x12", acrylic on canvas.

The symbolism of the color scheme is associated with chakras. If you believe in such things, chakras are life energy centers located along the spine. Each chakra has a representative color. (Here's a bit more information about chakras and their various meanings: http://www.empranament.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/empranament-chakras.jpg.)

For this painting, I was thinking about how living in a comfort zone can be a dangerous thing. That we can become complacent and take things for granted if we remain in our comfort zone too much. That our greatest periods of personal growth seem to occur when we are outside of our comfort zone.

So each side of the painting is an almost-mirror image. One side represents the comfort zone and our perception of what will happen if we move away from it:  basically that moving away from our comfort zone feels more and more dangerous. The other side suggests that staying within the comfort zone is the really dangerous part, and that we truly find bliss by moving outside of our comfort zone and challenging ourselves. The red dots throughout show that, sure there are still risks as you move away from the comfort zone, but that they are smaller than we might imagine and spaced pretty far apart.

Thanks for looking and for your feedback!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cycles of Life on: December 06, 2012 06:05:23 PM
I painted something! By myself!!   Grin

Here's the concept behind it:

I think that most people would agree that there are cycles in life. We all experience highs and lows, and sometimes we experience situations that are similar to previous experiences and respond to these situations in a similar way. There are a number of cycles that I've recognized and revisited throughout my life. As I've revisited those various cycles, I noticed a trend:  a dampened oscillation with an overall positive trend (yay, nerd art!  Cheesy).

I've coupled the oscillation with colors that correspond to the various chakras. If you believe in such things, chakras are life energy centers located along the spine. Each chakra has a representative color. (Here's a bit more information about chakras and their various meanings: http://www.empranament.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/empranament-chakras.jpg.) Overall you can think of red being associated with base survival and a progression through the color spectrum (also a bit nerdy) through to more spiritual concerns. So early in spiritual development the cycles are more erratic. As you progress, the cycles continue but the lows are less low.

So, though I'm no Renoir, I enjoyed making my first original painting. Smiley I hope you enjoy it too.

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tank Girl on: October 29, 2012 03:05:29 PM
I decided to be Tank Girl this year. Most of the components of the costume I either had around or I store-bought. But the rocket boobs... How to do the rocket boobs?  Huh

I ended up taking two 2L bottles, cutting the bottoms and tops off of them, shoving a paper cone into the top to fill the hole (a little weird to have pointy nipples, but it worked), painting the checkerboard design on them, and sewing them to a cheap padded bra that I got with upholstery thread. The padding made the whole thing really comfortable, though I still ended up running into people and things in them. Smiley I think they came out really nicely.  Grin

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Smaller is better (? ;) ) on: October 29, 2012 02:59:52 PM
The Tampa Museum of Art hosted a great event. They called for submissions of art that fit into a 5"x5"x5" area. They sell them anonymously for $25 a piece, and the money generated goes to local artist grants and workshops. To support this event I decided to make two mosaics, each 5"x5".

The music notes sold before I even got to the event. Not sure if the heart sold or not, because I left before the end of the event and they haven't contacted me to tell me to come get it. So hopefully it sold too. I think they came out nicely, and I hope whoever bought them enjoys them thoroughly. Smiley It was a fun project.

I found the wood backings at Michaels craft store.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / 5x5 mosaics (grout feedback) on: October 02, 2012 06:19:43 PM
I'm contributing a couple of mosaics to the Tampa Museum of Art's 5x5 fundraiser (http://fivebyfivetampabay.com/). Below is the photo of the un-grouted mosaics. I was thinking of doing a tan grout for the heart mosaic and a dark grey grout for the music note. What do you think? Other suggestions? I'm going to paint the edges of the music note mosaic black. I think the unfinished look might be good for the heart...

Your feedback is most appreciated.

8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Birthday mosaic for Mom on: August 29, 2012 06:52:18 PM
My mom bought a condo at the beginning of the year. Her guest bathroom has teal tile, and she bought a brown shower curtain with teal circles on it. It's obviously a little late, but I made her a mosaic to go in her bathroom. This is my 3rd mosaic, and my largest (12"x12"). The grouting was definitely a learning experience since I encountered problems that I didn't in the past two.

Things I like about it:  I really love the coppery look of the brown pieces. You can sort of see that where the flash lit up the tiles. I also like the different teal circles.

Things I'm a little disappointed in:  I think tan grout would have looked better. Also, make sure that you wipe all of the grout off before it dries!  Undecided I ended up having scrape grout off of many of the tiles, and I had to dig some of them out.

Aside from the problems, I still think it came out Ok though it's definitely not perfect. I just hope she likes it (her birthday is over Labor Day, so I'm giving it to her then).

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fleur de lis mosaic clock (Tres magnifique! ;) ) on: January 01, 2012 06:35:45 PM
Here's my second mosaic project:  a fleur de lis clock! 

The outer border is a darker blue with gold flecks, the other tiles are mirrored, and the grout is grey.

I have sort of a French theme in my kitchen, so it will go above my stove.

Thanks for comments!

10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / "Heavy" mosaic on: October 04, 2011 03:35:46 PM
My dad passed away in May, and his nickname was Heavy.  When I was a kid he played in a rock-n-roll cover band called Reno.  I bought a mosaic kit for $5 awhile back, but I didn't know what to do with it.  Finally inspiration struck, and here is the product.  It's his bass drum from his drum kit that he put his name on...  

The outside border is black glass, and the inside surrounding the drum is a darkish blue.  The dimensions are 8"x8".  I plan on grouting it in white, which I hope will make the blue stand out a bit more.

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