I am researching sun colors for my disco ball sun. I am leaning toward a reddish pink ball like the artist Jules Breton was so good at painting. I'm thinking somewhere between pink grapefruit and blood orange. I haven't started testing color variations yet, but I have a pattern that evolved while working on Blue Sun. It has a good scale to get the texture I want and a little repeating spiral to make it dyanamic. Imagine the beaded tile to the left repeating all over a sphere. I have to look at more astronomical pictures of the sun to see how or whether I should flip the spirals going left and then right.
If you have ever been to the Art Institute of Chicago you have probably seen the picture above, "The Song of the Lark" from 1884. Although not a Regionalist piece, it resonated in sympathy with the midwestern aesthetic groundswell that brought "American Gothic" to fame.
Rising or setting, I like his suns. These photos don't do them justice. The top one below is called "The Weeders" or "The Gleaners". The title I am finding for the bottom one is "Tired Gleaner." I'm guessing Breton's real titles were in French.
I'm starting work on a mercury glass almost-globe vase. It's a study for a disco ball sun or-- if my proposal is accepted for Par Excellence--Saturn. Or both.
I want the reflective silvery surface to shine through the bead mosaic. I am learning some new bead tiling techniques inspired by of Gwen Fisher's blog. The modular tiles have nice voids that will hopefully give me a layered, dappled effect.
It's going to be a blue star because I don't think I need those colors for other projects. I can spare them. I will be using blue reflective beads and blue transparent, maybe some translucent 6/0 beads.
Back to Gwen Fisher...she is one of the hyperbolic and mathematical beaders. I love her work.
I wasn't going to enter this show, but a lady I work with enters this show every year and she needs someone to deliver and pick up her artwork.
From the Norris Cultural Arts Center Call for Entries on EntryThingy:
""""""Norris Gallery committee invites artists to submit up to three original pieces for consideration in the winter juried show called Visual Harmony. Work in this juried show depicts patterns in nature, design, construction or wherever visual harmony is seen in our world.
Open to all media and content.
- Entry deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019
- A non-refundable entry fee of $30 is charged to each artist
- Artists notified of status of entries: by mid-December
- Accepted work drop-off date: Monday, January 6, 2020 (3 - 6 pm)
- Show dates: January 11 through February 16, 2020 (gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm)
- Reception and awards presentation: Sunday, January 26, 2020 (2 - 4 pm)
- Work pick-up date: Monday, February 17, 2020 (1 - 3 pm)""""""
I don't know what pieces the show in Woodstock will accept, so I picked these from what I have left over. They are not entirely a cohesive grouping, but whatever.
Call for entries and prospectus http://www.xculturearts.com/Curiosity-artist-briefing.html
The exhibition will be at The Old Courthouse Art Center in Woodstock, IL. I haven't shown anything there yet.
You can submit up to 5 pieces. I proposed Solar Panels, Cosmos, The Rose, Enchanted Spring, and piSun.
I haven't shown The Rose before. I am going to keep adding to it for years like a giant ball of twine. It's a curiosity so I thought, why not.
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