Saturday, December 22, 2012

Daydreamer

daydream I
Daydreamer I, sumi ink figure painting, collage 6 x 6

This week I started a new series which I'm calling Daydreamer. It's based on a loose pen drawing I did last year. Using sumi ink and a hard bristle sumi brush, I painted the figure on rice paper. I then tore off the rice paper that was not part of the figure drawing and adhered the painting to my watercolor paper. The background is a collage of monoprinted papers. I also added acrylic to the shirt to give it a slight tonal change.

daydream I, lamp light
daydreamer I - room shot


When I need a break from art, I either volunteer at the no-kill cat shelter or go thrift store shopping. This week we had lots of rain and ice, so I didn't drive to see the cats. However, the thrift store is within walking distance and I found a cool ceramic male doll's head. It's now a photo prop!

When I finished this latest mixed media collage, I sat for a few minutes trying to think of a title. I find it hard sometimes to title my art works. With this one, Daydreamer came right to mind. The figure reminded me of being lost in thought, focused yet abstracted. I often daydream while I'm doing my art.

Lately, I've been daydreaming about owning a house and being able to have some kitties and dogs again. That is a long way off. For now, I'm enjoying the daydream and being grateful for the time I have on this beautiful island.

What have you been daydreaming about lately?


11 comments:

  1. Nice piece of art. I love buying fromthrift stores too and often use the stuff for my photo shoots. Merry Christmas and a happy year to you!

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  2. It's a lovely piece on its own but in that frame it looks amazing. Beautifully done and lovely photograph.

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  3. Love the painting and reading about its creation. hmm..I daydream about painting more, writing more.
    Wishing you joy and fulfillment of your dreams! :)

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  4. i love the simplicity of the line drawing. it looks great framed

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  5. I love your new series, Juana. I can't wait to see what else comes forth from this little project. :)

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  6. Um, sweet thrift store find! I'm kind of jealous ;). Your compositions are always so complete, so well balanced. I admire the simplicity of the lines, and the complexity of balance and full story . . . told with few lines like poetry. Every stroke and texture has meaning.

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  7. love your daydreamer, I should do more of that myself!

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  8. i really like the loose lines of this! can't wait to see what comes next!

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  9. Love the contrast of the simple line drawing and the rich background, beautiful! Merry Christmas! <3

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  10. BEAUTIFUL daydreamer, Juana...love the citrusy colors and the pure, simple elegance of shapes & colors. While in the midst of creativity I daydream a lot. Lately I daydream of my art on show at a cafe or gallery.. something to work towards in 2013. :o) Happy Holly-Days ((HUGS))

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  11. I see a couple of you like hunting for treasures in thrift store too.

    Tracy, maybe 2013 will be your year for an art show!

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