Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sophia Remembering

Sophia Remembering
I had to take a break from the embroidery/crewel work. There is a huge learning curve for me and I get frustrated with always pulling out my imperfect stitches. I decided to go where my brain hasn't gone in a while, which is figurative / representational drawing. I had a really nice time in my watercolor class last year. I would enter a state of flow while painting and I wanted to go back there. Stitching doesn't get me into a state of flow, at least not yet.
There is a lot for me to learn with drawing and painting. I see so many mistakes and where I need to improve. Hands and feet are difficult to draw and it's been many moons since I've drawn them so I left them out here. 
I also find that I'll have an idea of what I want to draw or paint, but the finished product is much different than I pictured.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What Happening in the Studio

Embroidered Tree- in progress
This is what I've been working on lately, among other things. I like mixing embroidery with paint on canvas. It's progressing REALLY slowly, though. I've been experimenting a lot with other things in the studio, so when I get restless with this, I try my hand at something else.

I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and frustration with my work. There is so much I want to do yet everything is moving at a snail's pace and not always to my satisfaction. My sewing machine has been in the shop for a couple of weeks and I can't complete a few projects. I'm wondering if I should just buy a whole other machine. But then I get completely confused about what to get when I research the machines.

Hopefully, I don't run out of this crewel thread. I have only one skein and this brand is discontinued. I tried to find more online, but the companies do not answer my emails and they do not pick up the phone. What kind of business is that?

Anyways, maybe I can finish this this week and make some more progress with my other pieces.

Updating My Site

Fresh Growth
The above is part of the Warm Fuzzies series, which was completed a couple of years ago. I was only able to photograph it recently because it is heavy and behind plexiglass, both of which presents problems for hanging and photographing. 
This one along with two others are up on my site.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Beyond the Box

 This was the piece I had in the Swerve show.  All of the artists in the show work mostly in 2D and they were asked to make a three-dimensional object.

I've been on the moth kick lately so I made this about thinking beyond the box.  The box is filled with eyeless moths that all look the same.  This one has some color and it is free.  Free to dream and fly. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

I'm In Swerve, a Group Show

For Immediate Release:

ShoeboxLA Presents
Swerve:  A group show curated by Sophia Allison
Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 3-7pm
Kabab Way – Glendale
919 S. Glendale Ave. Glendale, CA 91205

Swerve:  Professional wrestling terminology that describes an unexpected action or event that takes the audience by surprise.

ShoeboxLA is pleased to present its first group show, Swerve, curated by gallery co-founder Sophia Allison.  Artists Amparo Jelsma, Melissa Manfull, Julio Panisello, Carl Smith, and Jaime Ursic primarily work in the two-dimensional realm (painting, drawing, printmaking); for this exhibition, however, each artist was asked to create a work of sculpture. Beyond size restrictions, no other instructions or requirements were provided. While it is not unusual for artists to work in both painting and sculpture simultaneously, it can be a challenge to move fluidly between these mediums. The resulting work may or may not be a translation of the artists’ primary practice but it will be exciting to view the results.  Join us for this special event.
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