So today is the first day of our Virtual Gallery Walk! If you are not up to speed about what this concept is… check out my article from last weeks post here about the Virtual Gallery Walk. The name of this exhibit is Artistic Inspiration: Then and Now.
For this exhibit of our Virtual Gallery Walk, we decided to use various forms of inspiration to draw from. My initial thought was to draw inspiration from classic artists, but with this group of artists… the sky became the limit. Our talks went from story books, to music and well… it just expanded. So the focus for this exhibit will be Artistic Inspiration: Then and Now…
Here is what I came up with 🙂
My initial inspiration was an artist that I was introduced to during my drawing class. I loved my drawing class because our teacher had a really unique approach to teaching us the basics of drawing through varying mediums and artists. One of the artists that I was drawn to was Sigmar Polke.
Here are a few samples of his work, and for more samples click here to view google images.
Upgrade (Lens Painting) (2007)
mixed media on fabric
31 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches
What I enjoyed about his art was of course his mixed media approach to some of his pieces, but also the use of layers through varying effects such as screen print or image transfers and stencils.
Another inspiration of mine is street art… I have become enamored with the use of stencils in street art and the juxtaposition of some of the placement of art and content. Banksy and Shepard Fairey are the two that come to mind when I think of influential street artists. With street art you are faced with a canvas that is opportune and available. I love that some of the work that street artists create often cover advertisements, or flyers that are stuck to the wall. Mostly just in the way that it creates texture… not so much in the illegal way it costs communities to restore.
So with this in mind, I set out to create a piece that offered techniques such as stenciling, screen printing and image transfers but that offered the texture of a random surface. I love the look of stenciled street art that has been created over walls that previously held papers, posters and such… the textures are amazing! That was one of the attributes I knew I needed with this pieces. I had planned on screen printing a bit on this, but after I looked at the last layer I laid… I didn’t think it was necessary. So this is it 🙂
Take Hold of your Dreams
I am trying to catch up on some prompts since I have been ill the past few weeks. This blog post seemed perfect to add a prompt to. If you are not familiar with PAJWLH… check it out here. This is a free art journal workshop that I offer on line this year.
Prompt: Why do you create? for your family? For yourself? for healing? For work? look into the root of why it is you create. Is this the reason you started to create in the first place? Does it make you happy? Why?
Creative Prompt: Use a stencil, image transfer or silk screened image.
I am pretty excited that this is the start of this fun artsy adventure… I have chosen some good girls that are amazingly talented… I am so glad they said yes and that you get to be a part of this with us.
So enjoy this gallery walk… I will be your tour guide if you get lost, just hop back over here… am I will guide you to the right part of the exhibit for the day. We will be doing this from October 1st through the 5th… I am sure you will have a blast, pick up a few artistic inspirations that will get your creative juices flowing!
See you tomorrow 🙂