I keep meaning to post more often, but then life/work gets in the way. Not that I don’t have lots to say; I do. But, sometimes the words in my head get stuck and I can’t put them to page. This is an issue because I want to write about my experience in Japan: my feelings, my interactions, what I learned about myself…and my downfall (why I couldn’t stay).
Hundreds of people go there to work and live, many decide to make Japan their home, others want to but can’t. And still others just want to go see and experience Japan on the short term. We are all in a common stream but come with different experience, unique to ourselves. I really want to share my story. I need to this to help heal and forgive myself as well as show appreciation for the people I met and worked with. Those who were there for me when I thought no one was. This part of my life was profound and I can’t pretend like it never happened.
Painting!!! Not.Really. I working on collages right now. For me, creating an art piece is like a journey through a maze. Or maybe a scavenger hunt. I’m looking for all the puzzle pieces. I have come up with some pretty nifty ideas. I put a small one together earlier today. Yes, this plan has legs and will be walking.
I just finished my latest paintings.There is something about the lack of refinement that is both attractive to me and vexing to me. There is a homey-ness, painterly feel; simplicity in the execution. Or maybe the desire to have simplicity in the execution. I will be doing more paintings like this.
In the end, it about beauty and color and things that are shiny.
Like the days spent playing in your mothers jewelry box or something. The preciousness and value in the gems are the ones you feel inside; the value is personal and internal.
Two paintings: Affordable Opulence and Opulence is an Illusion. Both by Karmen Brown (2012)
I have always wondered whether or not it is smart to show my works in progress. I enjoy the creative process but I wonder if someone will see something I’m doing, incorporate that into their work and then accuse me of copying them or something. I may just be paranoid.
BUT, I’m working on a series featuring patterns and rhinestones and tissue papers. They are small pieces of individual paintings, but will all work together to tell a story. Perhaps six to nine panels. Here are two the panels now:
One medium I was just testing the water on before I left for Japan was collage art. I was especially interested in integrating rhinestones, sparkles, and glitter with my paintings and also using traditional Japanese/Japanese styled papers.
It was important for me to have a reason to use those items in the work. How does it help tell the story? I’m currently working on a series of designs that intergrate the rhinestones into the works. The first one is really quite pretty (although, I’m not quite done).
In regards to my Etsy shop, I have decided to sell my early jewelry. I wasn’t going to at first but I believe in the designs and the works. They have the quirky feel
I normally get depressed around Valentine’s Day. But I have found focus in doing these illustration inspired by Valentine’s Day. It is still early. Who knows how I will feel come February 12th or 13th 😉
I think I have done all I can for the following illustration titled “Love Letter 1.”
I was able to get some art done today.
I started my 3rd Valentine’s Day collage/painting:
It still needs some work. I think it may need more tissue paper. Also, my woman’s face needs work. She just needs work in general.
Here is my Sunset ACEO.
I’m going to try a few more like this one.