I was thrilled to have an article featured in this month’s GreenCraft magazine! The article is a tutorial on how to reuse shower rings and turn them into sweet miniature flower frames. The editors of GreenCraft continually produce a publication that is as lovely to look at as it is informative. You can find GreenCraft in America at Michael’s stores and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Hope you can pick up one and flip through it, at least. My article is the second one, page 12. Have a blessed week! ~Scarlett
I’m still having fun painting on glass and printing on vellum. Some of my experiments look delicious!
The texture that the glass pulls up as you remove the paper is pretty cool. It creates all sorts of various patterns.
Photograph: Standard range target, Permanent marker, Glock 43, 9 mm pistol.
I’ve been thinking about art and media. With all the talk of gun control in the news lately, it’s hard to avoid the question: To what extent are artists influenced by political agendas?
I know my choice to use a gun in this piece may set people off, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. February 1st will mark 2 years since my little boy was killed by mutated genes.
Many artists have used controversial imagery in the name of social justice or progressive ideals. But that’s not what I’m doing.
The target is the canvas. Bullets are the medium. Shooting is the process.
No liberal agenda here. No conservative agenda, either.
It’s an accurate reflection of my feelings about Cockayne Syndrome and what it did to my son.
And what it’s doing to children all over the world that I love deeply.
There were no other materials that could’ve made this image as powerful. As accurate.
Honestly, it felt good to shoot up the name of this disease.
I drew my gun to draw my pain with bullets, to process the agonizing loss of my son.
What about political agendas in the arts?
I’m confident those truly devoted to freedom in the arts and progressive ideals will understand my process and embrace the way in which I choose to express myself.
I found this 8″ x 10″ burlap stretched onto a wooden frame at Hobby Lobby.
Using acrylics, watercolors, and embroidery thread, I created this scene of an angel showering the earth with stars, announcing the birth of the Savior. One shepherd drops in fear, hiding his face; the other is unafraid, eager to reach up and receive a divine message. While working on this piece, I continually asked, ‘Which one am I?”
Recently, I created this small replica of one of the contemporary pieces at the Blanton Museum of Art called “Cord Painting 14″ by Regina Bogat. This was done in an effort to encourage discovery and interaction for a group tour for young children, ages 3 to 5 years.
It was time consuming, but worth it. I started with a small 5″ x 4″ white canvas. After painting it with two heavy coats of cadmium red dark, Using Bogat’s work as the model, I used a needle and poked rows of holes in the canvas, in an organized grid pattern (see photo) with 27 holes from one end to the other. Only the top third of the canvas was used. I matched the colors of embroidery thread to the actual piece, as best as I could. Knotting the threads from the back, I sewed them through and double-knotted the ends, snipping off excess thread. The threads were left at various lengths.
After all the threads were sewn through and knotted, I restretched the canvas back onto the wooden frame by hand, and stapled it back in place.
This was an excellent interactive addition to our tour. The small children loved to hold, explore, and play with the small piece as we talked about the larger work on the wall. We looked for favorite colors, guessed what the back looked like, took turns making knots, and used our imaginations to talk about what could be hiding behind the cords! Overall, the miniature art aided in maintaining short attention spans, encouraging curiosity, and gently redirecting the temptation to touch the art.
Here are the process photos!
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend. ~Scarlett