Abstraction

Since my transferring to my new university I have embarked on this new adventure called abstraction. Well, even more so nonrepresentational studies which focuses more on the experience the artist has creating the piece than the overall result of the piece itself. I find this work to be quite fascinating because the success or failure of the piece isn’t the primary focus. The doing or action of making the piece is the main focus.

My biggest inspiration for my current work is Cy Twombly. His work is beautiful in the sense that when standing in front of his piece you see his experience. You are overwhelmed by the slashes, the motion it took to make that mark on the page. Their large scale takes up the entirety of your vision exploding with color and brush strokes.

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(Here’s an example of his work)

Here are some of my current more current works on abstraction:

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Painting with Beyonce: Oils: 24×30    ( I only listened to Beyonce’s new album in the making of this painting)

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Inspired by Twombly 1 of 4: Oils: 18×24

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Inspired by Twombly 2 0f 4: Oils: 18x 24

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Inspired by Twombly 3 of 4: Oils: 18×24

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Inspired by Twombly 4 of 4: oils: 18×24

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This latest painting I did for my new apartment took a different turn than my previous works. I added thread to the piece after the initial painting dried; embroidering sections to carry heavier visual weight, and fringe coming out from the canvas giving the painting visual depth and a slightly sculptural element.

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Let me know what you think of these pieces, as I grasp on this process head on in the upcoming semester.

 

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What I Wore: Concert Attire

This past Wednesday I saw Sara Bareilles in concert and not only was she beyond words talented, but I loved my outfit so I’d thought I’d share. Concert Attire is kind of my favorite occasion to dress for because it gives me permission to be bold with my style, and a little out there.

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So in this case, I vamped up my inner hippie with fringe, round sunglasses, gladiator sandals and yes floral. This concert was super great! But while Sara looked like this:

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And even gave us a wave

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We looked like this:

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So I’d suggest that you check the weather before you choose your concert attire. We were quite soggy after that one. But hey, at least we got our Selfie with Sara! Before it poured!

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So when it comes to concert attire be yourself, be bold, and plan accordingly for any possible weather infringements.

To get my look: Sunglasses Free People/ Tank top Free People/ Pants Free People/ Vest Forever 21/Sandals Modcloth 

And Please do check out Sara Bareilles’ website here and see her on the Little Black Dress Tour.

And here’s a really awesome cover song she didnt play at the Lewiston Show:

And here is the AMAZING ENOCRE SHE DID PLAY AT LEWISTON:

 

 

 

DIY: Dream Catchers

The past few months I have been on a dream catcher spree. Making them left and right simply because they’re pretty…They are all over my room as you can see:

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This week I decided to make yet another dream catcher, using the naturally dyed fabric I did a tutorial on a few weeks ago. The results looked like this:

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So here’s how to make your own dream catcher!!!!!!

Here’s what you’ll be needing:

Supplies

-1/2 of an embroidery hoop. (each hoop can make two)

-Any color Fabric strips. (In my case I used my beet dyed muslin)

-Feathers (bought or found)

-Yarn (any color)

-An assortment of beads

 

Phase one: Covering the embroidery hoop.

1. Take a piece of your fabric and tie it to the embroidery hoop

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2. Wrap the fabric tightly around the hoop until you have cover its entirety.

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3. Secure the end with a knot and tuck it under the fabric so it remains unseen

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Phase two: The inside

1. Take a long piece on yarn, about the length of your wingspan, and tie one end to the hoop

2. Cross the yarn to the outside edge

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3. loop the yarn around the back of the hoop and cross in front of the yarn. This is your basic knot for each stitch

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4. Continue the stitches around the remainder of the hoop. (The closer together the stitches the more elaborate the design)

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4. Once you have completed the first row make a stitch onto the second row. You can do this by looping the middle of one of your first stitches. That brings the yarn inside.

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5. Continue making stitches until you have reached the center of the dream catcher. Then you will tie a regular know to secure it in place

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Phase three : (And my favorite part) The Fringe

1. Take the strips of fabric and cut them into various lengths.

2. Secure them onto the bottom of the dream catcher

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The amount of fringe is up to you, I say the more the merrier!

After your dream catcher should look like this:

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It still looks a little empty so

3. Take the leftover yarn and cut it into various lengths.

4.Tie the feathers onto one end of the yarn

5. Add beads if you wish

The final product can look like this!

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Or one of these

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All of these were done with the same tutorial. With slightly different fringe, and hoop sizes.

Let me know if this helps and post your dreamcatchers in the comments so I can see what you all are making!!!!