Body of Work, New Art

Memory-Jogs and the Year-End Review

Even though I’m not so much a looking backwards individual as I am a looking forward one, I do find a review of the previous year fundamental to goal-setting for the year to come. So for a start, I’ve assembled this slide show of some of my 2017 work.

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Some of these works are still in my studio, but many of them have found themselves in new homes where I hope they provide lasting pleasure. The memory jog was fun for me. The images of work created months ago remind me of how rewarding it is to create something that never existed before, and to pass it along to someone who will find meaning in it for years to come. I appreciate immensely the connections that art makes possible.

Besides a visual review of 2017, I also did a written one. I won’t bore you with details, but I’ll share a few of the highlights, some of which didn’t seem significant until seen from the vantage point of 2018.

  1. Cleared out, renovated and set up the workshop
  2. Began creating assemblages (made possible by #1)
  3. Created 36 works (22 paintings and 14 assemblages).
  4. Accepted into four juried shows

Now, looking forward to the broad expanse of 2018 (doesn’t the year ahead seem big and forever?), yes, I have goals, like creating 40 works, adding the 3D work to my website and increasing my email list of art lovers. But one of my most daunting goals is to focus on consistency of expression, to better establish my style and unique voice–challenges many artists encounter! I’m envious of those who make it look so easy.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you for your encouragement and moral support this past year. It means the world to me, no matter what form it took, whether you gave a social media thumbs up, volunteered your help, joined my patronage program, attended an exhibit, subscribed to my newsletter, read a blog post, shared an event or purchased a piece of art, be assured that I notice and feel your kindness and friendship.

A happy, healthy, and blessed 2018 to all of you.

Join me on Facebook and Instagram for behind-the-scenes peeks and first postings of new work.

All art is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without express written permission. Copyright 2017 Laura Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Ribbons and red dots

Gallery Night back in September was exciting for me. I participated in two art events, Art in the Garden and Preservation is the Art of the City. Imagine my surprise and delight when I walked into Art in the Garden’s exhibit space for the reception, and spotted a big ole blue ribbon on Aspen Energy! Recognition is, well, fun.

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Historic Fort Worth’s Preservation is the Art of the City show was exciting as well. Six of the ten pieces I exhibited enjoyed red dots. The Grove, Birdhouse Love, Dewdrops on Canyon Wall, Blue Mystery, and Into the Woods are now gracing the walls of new homes. Enjoy the work. I’ll be back soon.

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Prints Charming

 

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Long time since my last post, I know! But here, as promised, are my framed Native American-inspired prints of critters and creatures. Each image is 4″ x 4″, and is mounted in a floating mat. The black gallery frame is 12″ x 12″. I think that’s a pretty nice size for the small spaces in your home or office. And they look great in groupings. I’m printing these in editions of 50; each print is signed and numbered. Once the edition is complete, the original blocks will be destroyed or mutilated to insure the value of the edition.

I use a print-making technique, carving my own stamps with lino-cutting tools, then applying archival ink to the block. I transfer the image to the surface, which in this case is ivory-colored Ampersand AquaBord. Of course, the printed image is the reverse of the original block.

Right now, this series is not available on my Etsy shop, but will be at upcoming local events. Mark your calendars for May 10 when my friend Carol and I will host another Front Porch Art & Music event. For locals, the date coincides with the Fairmount neighborhood’s annual home tour on Mother’s Day weekend. Just think, you can get your old home fix and your art fix on the same day! Both would be a wonderful way to spend time with your Mom. Details to come.

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My obsession with hearts

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Okay, I’ll ‘fess up. I’m a wee bit obsessed with hearts. That shape with the two roundy hills and that one sweet little point. It never gets old to me. And it doesn’t hurt that hearts instantly bring to mind love-ly thoughts. Ahhh!

So Valentine’s Day gives me this crazy opportunity to make lots of hearts. I’ve created several “wall valentines,” just right for the love of your life. I also went into printmaking mode to create two Valentine card designs. The cover has rounded corners with a slender ribbon dangling from the top right. Three hearts embellish the inside, leaving plenty of room for your own heartfelt message. Even the envelope has a heart printed on the flap.

Visit the Valentine Collection of SeptemberArtStudio on Etsy, and take a closer look. I think you’ll agree with me that handmade is a whole lot sweeter than that last minute box of chocolates at the drug store. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sharing my process

I recently picked up an old book in my library with a number images of Native American art. They were used to decorate the common objects of everyday life: bowls, clothing, blankets, etc., as well as ceremonial items. The delightful blend of primitive and sophistication inspired me to attempt my own versions.

I cut my blocks into three-inch squares with a plan to produce a signed and numbered limited edition of black and white prints. Here are four carvings. I first experimented with drawing the images in my sketchbook, determining how much detail would be “carveable.” When I was relatively satisfied with that, I drew in pencil directly onto my block, then used ink to fine-tune the design again, and make the lines less smudgy. Using a #1 carving tool, I cut away until I was happy with the image in relief. When printed, the images will be reversed. Just thought I’d share the process with you.

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Handmade note cards make a personal statement

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Hi, thanks for stopping by. As you can see, I’ve been in a printmaking frame of mind lately. It’s been fun coming up with ideas for images that would delight you and the people on your gift list. When was the last time you pinned an email note to your bulletin board? Right! It doesn’t happen, does it? I love email, but there are times when it just isn’t special enough. I designed these note cards so you could connect with the people in your life in a more personal way. What could be better than a handwritten note on a hand-crafted note card! These also make inexpensive art gifts; put them in a frame, and you have a delightful image to hang on the wall. Consider these as gifts for loved ones, co-workers, friends–anyone who appreciates the handmade touch! They are available for purchase at SeptemberArtStudio, my shop on Etsy.

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Printmaking fun for me, handmade cards for you

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I’m taking a little break from my mixed media work to create a collection of note cards and Christmas cards. They are packaged in sets of four with four matching envelopes for snail-mailing. I do appreciate it when people follow this blog, “favorite” SeptemberArtStudio on Etsy, or “like” SeptemberArt on Facebook. This blog and my Facebook page are the best ways to find out about live shows and the newest work. Etsy is the best place to actually purchase something. If you’re local, let me know, and we can arrange for you to pick up your purchase. That’ll save a few bucks.

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