Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I'd like to introduce you to my last guest sitter for the Vermont Open Studio Tour this coming Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th, from 10am-5 pm both days. Her name is Natalie Flemming. She is a student at Essex High School, and is currently enrolled in the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts within the High School.
Natalie is also painting in a realist style, as seen in the last painting, capturing a lovely bird. I love seeing young artists learn how to use new mediums and try new art techniques and styles. Chelsea, my daughter and I are very happy to welcome Natalie to our band of eclectic artists during this Open Studio Tour. Great work, Natalie!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Chelsea is very media savvy, and a wonderful artist in her own right. She has tried pretty much everything that we have in the store, from block printing, to acrylics, watercolors, inks, mono-printing, sculpture, and the list goes on. Her favorite medium is Oils. The painting on the left is a cold crisp winter morning with poplars (although we affectionately call it "big blue"). It's just one of the many oil on canvases that you will see during your visit to Precision Studios. Chelsea loves anything from the natural world, and has started plein air painting on site. The painting on the right
is titled "Birches in the Bog". Chelsea is a tenacious painter. She rarely gives up on a piece, but rather will let it rest for a while, and then come back to it and start re-working it until the final painting is realized.
This is Chelsea in her home up North in Belvidere, painting in her studio. She participated in the First Fall Vermont Open Studio Tour in the Fall of 2011.
Chelsea has agreed to show art at my studio for the Open Studio Weekend. Her paintings will be on view, however Chelsea will be physically out touring Open Studio herself, working tirelessly to round up new artists and teachers for the upcoming year. She is one of the hardest working people I know! I would also like to congratulate her on putting together a fine 25th Anniversary celebration for the Artists' Mediums store this past weekend. A good time was had by all! Thanks, Chelsea!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
You may have seen Jess behind the counter at Artists' Mediums Art Supply Store in Williston. Along with being media savvy, Jess is very creative. The photo to the left is just one of Jess' creations that you will see during your visit to my studio. Jess is an avid bookbinder with a strong focus on trees. The books are made from various woods, which are sawed, sanded, in some cases, wood-burned, drilled and oiled or covered with some unique bark. Some of the inner pages are hand-torn, and the end papers are usually selected hand-made sheets and coordinate nicely with all of the decorative elements. All of Jess' wooden books contain an element of nature and can be used as journals, sketchbooks, or even a guest book.
Jess is also a painter, and focuses on the ever-changing brilliance of the natural world, sometimes set within a frame-work of a dream-like surreal quality.
You may also find Jess' work on "Society 6" and "Etsy" and Polanshek.com
Friday, May 18, 2012
Cheryl resides in Montgomery, Vermont and raises sheep with her husband David. Their farm, "Buzz & Honey's Fleecy Flock" will be open this coming weekend, Sunday, May 20th during "A Farm to Yarn Tour". You may find more information about this particular tour at www.travelthekingdom.com.
Then, after this weekend, she will be sitting at my studio during Memorial Day Weekend to demonstrate spinning yarn with a drop spindle, and a Vermont-made spinning wheel. She will also have samples of her work. The adorable kitten slippers above are knit and then felted. She will explain the process of felting for those who are interested.
You may ask why someone so far away is sitting with me at my studio? Well, Cheryl Wisell is my sister!
And it gives me great pride and pleasure to have her join our group of artists during this Vermont Open Studio Tour! Hope to see you all there!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The photo on the right took a couple of hours to get right. I remember her setting up her tripod on the porch in February. If you have ever taken a picture of the moon, you know how difficult this is, especially when it is a clear night, and the moon is especially bright. There were many adjustments to be made, and I remember opening the door briefly a few times to make sure she wasn't too cold, and offer her a blanket (it was a frigid night-but crisp and clear).
I think the most exciting pieces for me were the pieces she experimented with different filter settings like the one above (our beloved cat, Kitty). Chelsea used Golden's fairly new Digital Acrylic Grounds to treat art paper and other surfaces that normally aren't great for printing on. This allowed the ink to "set" on surfaces like brown craft paper, clear acetate, mirror board and my personal favorite, tin foil. You can get some really cool effects. Kitty's picture was a glowing edges filter printed on graphite paper treated with clear digital grounds acrylic medium. The look you get is like a silver and black scratch board. Really cool, Chelsea! What fun!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In addition to the Ukrainian eggs I do, I am working on egg paintings, prints, cards and magnets. I will also have some recent watercolors and mixed assemblages.
In the next couple of weeks, I will be blogging about six guest artists who will be sitting with me during the Vermont Open Studio Tour. The studios all over Vermont will be open on Saturday, May 26th, and Sunday, May 27th from 10am-5pm both days. Look for the yellow signs! I hope to see you there!
For more info, visit website: vermontcrafts.com