Monday, February 23, 2009

Aubrey Rhodes Opening - February 20

After the Russian festival we went to an opening at the Space Gallery on Polk Street. I had never seen Aubrey Rhodes' works before; her boyfriend works at UBS. Lots of paintings in different styles. I liked her circus series best.

Russian Festival - Feb. 20, 2009

I look forward to the Russian Festival at the Russian Center every year. It's a wonderful event that includes an art exhibition, Russian food prepared by volunteers and a 3-day variety show. I love the balalaika, the dancers, the singers and clowns. This year we could only stay for a little while but we got to see Olga Prokoshina dance.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rex Ray at Gallery 16

Rex Ray demonstrated his collage techniques at Gallery 16 tonight. First he applied a watered-down Elmer's glue with a brush onto a large canvas. Then he adhered hand-painted paper on top. He used a brayer and sponge to flatten the paper onto the canvas. I noticed there was quite a bit of water used. Then with an X-acto knife, he defly cut shapes on the paper, then removed the cutouts. It was interesting to see that instead of cutting shapes and messing with glueing them on the canvas, he applied sheets of paper and cut them out from the canvas. As long as the glue stayed wet, the paper came off easily. I wondered how he would adhere the next layer of paper without accidentally cutting the paper beneath. We didn't stay long enough to find out.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden

weeping ume in bloom

We had a break in the weather today to enjoy a walk around the Japanese tea garden in San Mateo. It was more understated than the one in San Francisco and felt more authentic. After a leisurely turn around the garden, we went for dim sum at nearby Joy Luck Place.

Last Friday Evening

De Young A Place of Her Own Reception
Fog Outside the De Young
Tower Lights Glazed with Fog
Went to the closing reception of AAWAA's "Place of Her Own" exhibition. The gallery was buzzing and most of the artists were on hand to talk to the visitors. Afterwards, the evening was shrouded in a thick fog, which put a lovely glaze on street lights.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

To Serve and Protect

I'm working on image transfer techniques. Here's what I did for this piece:
  • Used matte gel to coat a square of wet muslin and black and white inkjet image
  • Placed the image face-down on the muslin and rubbed the paper until a faint outline of the image appeared.
  • Let the muslin dry, then sprayed the adhered paper with water and rubbed it off using a sponge. The transferred image is completely married to the muslin at this stage.
  • Turned the muslin over (image face-down) and applied fabric ink. The ink bled through faintly to the image.
  • Let the muslin dry, then applied a light wash of fabric paint on the front of the image and let that dry.
  • Applied matte medium to seal the paint.
  • Tore the edges of the muslin to create a slight fringed effect.
  • Applied muslin image to an old money bag with double-sided interfacing.