Monday, November 30, 2009

Heartwings Tin Pendants by Jennifer Campbell

I am counting down the days until our Open Doors Art Show and Sale! The top photo is of one of my "Heartwings" pendants that I created from a vintage clock face. The bottom two photos are two different views of one locket that I created out of vintage parts (watch fob, rosary connector, tintype photos,vintage locket and beads). See these and more at the show this Friday and Saturday.
Jennifer Campbell

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pendants for Bird lovers

Imagine tiny collages from your favorite birds. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and a micro collage is born. There are pendants made from those collages. And below that are canvases with a layer of gold leaf, then the collage on top. In real life they have a glow from below.

Stop and say hello if you visit our show!

Pod Painting

I finished this painting, titled "Stepping Up," for the show this week:

This is the latest in my series of pod paintings. You can see others here, here, and here. These are all inspired by the atmosphere around Portland and the way things fade in and out of the mist. In this one, I was experimenting with creating a very low focal point and using monochromatic colors. I'm really happy with the cool, watery look and the amount of depth it has.

The Adventures of Pacia The Girl That Wanted To Be An Artist

PACia arrived in plenty of time to attend the Portland Art Collectives "Open Doors Show and Sale" she called her father to wire her some cash then ask her mother for permission to use the credit card. Her parents knowing the value of art said yes to everything.
After thanking the firemen for the lift north she was heard saying "Just think 20 artists, with original gifts and many under $20. I want in first! The line starts here." Pacia was so excited to meet every artist she had only met one in her travels, she was trying to think of something new to say besides "Good bye good bye I'm off to find a paint brush and become an artist." See you at the show!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Necklaces for Open Doors Show and Sale from Jennifer Campbell

The inspiration for these necklaces was the large resin beads that I purchased at a recent bead show in Portland. My favorite is the "Frida Kahlo" necklace (top pic) with the vintage key and vintage watch face as charms hanging from the necklace. I used copper for the chain and findings. For the "Encore" necklace I used sterling silver chain and vintage beads with a wing and beads as the "charms". See these and the others of this collection at the Open Doors Art Show and Sale on December 4th and 5th.
Jennifer Campbell

Friday, November 27, 2009

More Recycled Art from Jennifer Campbell

Have you read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron? My "artist dates" include a hunt for vintage treasures to include in my art pieces. I love searching through the antique shops of the Sellwood area. A final stop at Philadelphia's for a cheesesteak sandwich and a microbrew gives me time to sit back and plan what I'll do with my purchases.

The clock in the first pic ("Paris") is made from a candy tin (4"x8"). The finial was a find from an estate sale. The clock below it is a wall clock with the tin measuring about 5"x7". These are only a couple of the clocks I'll have for sale at the Open Doors Art Show and Sale.
Jennifer Campbell

Thursday, November 26, 2009

More Recycled Danglies By Lenall Siebenaler

I had these heavy felted "snakes" and I thought, "What could I do with them?" Danglies came readily to mind. But what to do with them. I've been percolating on that for a week now. A thought came to mind to combine the felted tube and some beads I bought in Pakistan--20+ years ago!!!!! Heavens! The beads were on two pieces of jewelry I bought at a bazaar there. The black and multi colored beads are ceramic and very different. The fabric beads were made into a strand as the artisan went using fabric and gold thread. They wrapped them around a cord between the ceramic beads forming a round bead. I added a couple other larger beads from my stash and seed beads also.

These are different.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Birds Are ready to fly & Ornaments ready to hang by Stephanie Brockway

I'm excited to be participating in this years PAC sale at the MAC, I'll still be a customer too! many one of a kind treasures to collect.

The birds are ready to fly...modeled after a a "urban folk art" bird I had made earlier.

The ornaments are hand cut poplar wood, carved, sanded, painted, waxed...a fun experiment.

Stayed Tuned, miniature carved books and barn angels , will hopefully make an appearance here before the big day!

Wabi Sabi Wonder Reworked and ready to Sell! Lenall Siebenaler

"Gorge Evening"

"DejaVu, II"

"DejaVu, I"

"Memories of the Gorge"

"Mt. Hood Splendor"

I think they ended up better than they were at first sitting. It's always good to let pieces sit awhile and then come back and look at them with a fresh mind and a different mindset. You can never tell what might happen.


Finished Kimono Fabric Bead Necklaces

The kimono fabric bead necklaces are finished and ready for our show. I found the silver beads at the Gem Faire in June and thought they'd go well with the kimono beads. FYI the Gem Faire will be in Portland this weekend, November 27-29, at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E.

Here's a closer look. Come check them out in person the first week in December at our "Open Doors' Show. I'll look forward to seeing you then.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Night Lights by Tory Brokenshire

I will be bringing these little lights to the show, each one is unique and fun to look at.
This one has tree different images in it, they all glow with little cut outs.

Funny little items adds to the whimsy.

This is a favorite just because of her face and hands.

I can just hear her say "please be quiet you little nuts".
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Art show at library downtown - Jennifer Campbell

Be sure to see my new assemblage art works at the central branch of the Multnomah County Library at 801 SW 10th in downtown Portland. The show is in the Friends of the Library Store and will be up until the end of November. As I created these pieces I added more and more 3-D ephemera as I worked. See if you can guess which is the first and which is the last!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Heart Canvases Redone by Lenall Siebenaler

I reworked the heart canvases I started last week. They were just too something. I don't know what. Now they are probably too something else! :0) The color is off on these they are much more bright.
Better or Worse?


heart tassel

We have all been busily working on new things to tempt our coustomers at the Open Doors show Dec4 and 5th. These sachets were begun in my Paris apartment (ribbon is easy to pack) and finshed in Portland. I love to cluster them together, as they are one of a kind and I like to see the subtle color combinations and gradations.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beaucoup Valentines! By Lenall Siebenaler

I was working on the valentine canvases I posted earlier this week. I decided that they were too personal so I needed to take the personal away. That sounds weird, but in essence, that is just what I did. I had some extra paint and so I decided to use it making some monoprints for cards. That little bit of extra paint lead to a day of card making and wrapping.

Why can't I stop? Enough should be enough. I guess it's an obsession. It was a good day.


Danglies by Jennifer Campbell

What great fun it is to create these danglies from my collection of vintage tins! So far my favorite is the "Tiger" danglie. Each danglie measures from 3" long up to about 6" long.

Can't wait for you to see them at the Open Doors Art Show and Sale in December!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Candy? Sushi? No, Kimono Fabric Beads

My fingers are flying as I sew more kimono fabric beads for necklaces that I plan to sell at our 'Open Doors' show. Adding seed beads is the next step. See what the finished necklaces will look like Here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bookmarks by Lenall Siebenaler

How many years have I said I was going to make bookmarks? Too many!

Can you keep a secret? I've been all about recycling what I have this year and not buying anything more to create for the show. It's been an interesting experience and I have been sucessful except for purchasing some items for Art and Soul. This weekend, I was gathering all the things that I have been making and I came across the 2009 calendars I made last year. Without thinking I threw them away and then picked them right out of the garbage and asked myself, "What can I do with these?" The idea came quickly. I ended up cutting them to size and 1/2 of the book marks are made with these recycled painted covers... The other ones are made with my Mixed Media Madness mother board paper. They are enclosed in a plastic sleeve made for bookmarks and the backs have a vintage playing card back and a typed quotation about either reading or friends glued on to it...

Doesn't everyone read? I think so. Bookmarks are like jewelry or flowers. You can never have too many!