Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fun times at Art & Soul 2008, 1 by Lynn Nicole

Art & Soul 2008 was great again this year...I enjoyed creating my 1st beads on metal jewelry piece in Beverly Gilbert's Beads On Metal workshop, & I found out I really can draw whimsical characters in Carla Sonheim's Practicing Whimsy I & II workshops! Here are some of the pieces I created with Carla's great drawing exercises...

These drawings were all created from just 1 splotch of silver or brown paint that Carla had placed on various sheets of paper. It is amazing what shapes come forth without even trying very hard to look for them!

Please note, my dinosaur seems to be having a difficult time holding his neck up so is resting it on an upended log, & he is donning combat boots!

The 4th drawing down from the top is of our new little lab puppy, Charlie Brown, who is actually a chocolate color. He came into our lives just after Art & Soul, & is one reason it has taken me so long to post!

Here are some I drew using one of Carla's great props...Seems I had dogs on the mind!

I am still working on making some adjustments to the beads on metal piece created in Beverly's workshop, & hope to post pics of it this coming week.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fire and Wind

I finished these two necklaces today for a theme show in Gresham by the Gresham Art Advisory Committee. The show is
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. It runs from October 28th through December 11th at the Gresham City Hall Visual Arts Gallery on 1333 NW Eastman Parkway. The reception for this show will be November 18th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jewelry Binge

Are you one of those people that loves magazine quizzes? I always liked the Cosmo quizzes and remember doing several fashion typologies. Are you Romantic or Practical? Fashion Forward or Caught in Time? I usually end up Eclectic which, I think, comes from my theater background and a lifelong love of costuming.

I just finished a jewelry-production binge and I think I am also an Eclectic designer. As I review the pieces I see several lines:

New Victoriana
Classic pieces with a bit of a twist. Perhaps living in a house built in 1890 is having its influence. I just LOVE the Victorian look, twisted a bit a la Tim Burton. These are Golden pyrite with brass chain and Faceted onyx earrings.

Business, Baby
These are the type of pieces that I put on when I have client meetings. Sharp and clean. These are Moonstone with a Swarovski crystal and Gold-fill beads on sterling silver hoops.

Sweet Things for Sweet, Young Things
My nieces wear these and they look lovely on those beautiful swan necks. They are too delicate for me but I thing they're exquisite on 20-something necks and lobes. These are Peridot with crystals and Freshwater pearl necklace with crystal.

Sassy Brass
These earrings have a dynamic and assertive quality. My daughter wears these. Below are Faceted glass and Czech glass with freshwater pearl both on sterling.

Meditation Chaplets
I'm also producing a limited set of Meditation Chaplets. These are loaded with symbolism and are a great tool for focusing the mind. They each come with a booklet with descriptions of the meaning of the stones and symbols as well as how to use for prayer or meditation. This one is specifically designed for our dear friend, Scotty.

Monday, October 20, 2008

I've started doing Morning Pages and Visual Journaling again . . . not every day but aiming for 3 - 4 times a week. This piece was inspired by one of my new SoulCollage cards. Acrylic paint, plastic template and gel medium, gold pen. It's amazing how these SoulCollage cards activate imagination and help me paint in ways I'd never think of other wise. Another one of the gifts of SoulCollage!

With the help of Traci Huskamp at Art and Soul! Painting birds made easy. I used acrylic paints on a lovely transparent, fine muslin. The yellowy aura around this blue bird shimmers an iridescent gold . . . I could spend hours doing this.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bead Journal Project Pages

These are two of my beaded pages from the Bead Journal Project that I decided to join this year. The Bead Journal Project blog is where we all meet. For the time being we are posting the pictures of our "pages" only on our personal blogs, so as not to influence any of the other beaders. That will change at the first of the year.

The artistry and talent is amazing and the it's fantastic how many people from many different countries are participating. Have a look and enjoy the sights.


Friday, October 17, 2008

I recently honed my Photoshop skills to make this postcard for Art and Soul. I learned how to do gradients . . . after a lot of trial and error . . . it was easy! I like the depth it gives.

Below are some close up shots of the completed Shrine images. I used water soluble oil pastels to color black and white photos. If you haven't used them, you gotta try them! They are so creamy and easy to blend with the original digital method . . . your index finger!

The two figures are my mother and my uncle back in the late 40s in Portland Oregon

Here's a close up of the postcard cover shot, a Philly Row House and two Philly Boys from about 1952.

Want a simple, relaxing art project? Order this kit Online. Or come to our Open Doors Show & Sale at the Multnomah Art Center on December 5 & 6th.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Felted Flower Pins

This year for our "Open Doors" Show, I'm making lots of felted flower pins that can accessorize hats, clothes and bags to add color and pizazz.
My felted handbags will also be featured. It's fun to work with the soft wool roving and yarns with vibrant color. Check out my blog that chronicles my creative journey.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Felted Pendants by Lenall Siebenaler

Look what I created last night for our show! They are done using metal bezels with mini felted floral designs attached! They should be great for gifts! I love them and hope you do do! I will be making some Crystal based ornaments using the same technique.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Art and Soul,II by Lenall Siebenaler

I just spent 4 days and one night at Art & Soul taking 4 classes. This was my 5th Art and Soul. I missed the first one! The first one that I attended, and for that matter everyone since, acted as breakthoughs for me and for my art. Prior to my first Art and Soul, I was, for the most part, a pure watercolor painter. Now I CAN'T paint pure watercolor. They also give me renewed excitement, ambition and energy to create! That alone is worth every dollar spent! Besides the classes, I enjoy meeting and playing with all the artists. Actually, Art & Soul was the catalyst which lead me to the Portland Art Collective!!

All of my classes were great, but I got the most out of my 2 day class "Beautiful Papers" from Anne Bagby. All of the images I've uploaded were actually created in a square format. These images are not square but I stillthink you can get the jist of what they look like.
The assignment for this day was to:
1. Create a big dark shape using a monoprinting technique
2. Layer--Build up lots of surface texture
3. Add a smaller brighter shape--a focal point
4. Glaze--add colors on top of the texture to push back or pull forward.
5. Paint out the negative space

These pieces are really not totally done, although some are close. I think I will spend another "sitting" on them and take them further.
I will be selling these pieces at "Open Doors" unframed in my flat bins.


Art and Soul,III by Lenall Siebenaler

Art and Soul, I by Lenall Siebenaler

Saturday, October 4, 2008

What If? Crazy Quilt Challenge

I am having a great time experimenting with the Crazy Quilt block.  I have been participating in a "What If?" challenge hosted by the amazing fiber artist Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth.   The idea is to start with the concept of a traditional crazy quilt block but ask, "What if I changed it in some way?"  You can read more about these on my blog if you'd like more details.

In this piece, I started with my (mostly) hand painted graffiti fabrics as a traditional crazy pieced background.  I then asked, "What if my embellishments were all done with sheer fabrics?"

In this next piece I started with the same graffiti background, but this time I asked, "What If I make separate tufts of layered fabrics and attach them with handstitching for the embellishments?"

I'm now working on a series of these graffiti based pieces.  Another direction I moved in was to ask, "What if I layer each piece, tack the layers together, and run it through the wash to create lots of texture?"  I then used embroidery to anchor some pieces down and emphasize the curls and wrinkles of others.
I am finding that this very focused challenge of only changing an element or two at a time while working in a traditional form has been a great way to expand my creativity.  I'm excited about trying many more!