My Artist Symbol

WIP: mosaic obelisk.

If you have art in your house and you’re not sure who made it, look for the N and the bird. Of course, that only applies if there is a possibility of the art being mine. 

I’ve used my artist symbol to sign about everything since the early 1990s. It’s become so much me, that’s my signature; it’s even on a debit card. The rare pieces, if some goofball ever declares my work valuable, will be my “early works” signed before it.

My artist symbol of an abstract bird in flight crossing the initial of my given name represents art as the language of the soul grounded by my earthly limitations. Thanks for listening!

How’s that for artist statement fluff?

It is true… art is the language of the soul and we, as artists, try to translate what we experience on a soul level into something visual or another means of expression. We are limited by our ability, tools, talent, skill set, etc.

What is also true… I hated signing my art with my ex-husband’s name. Maintaining an element of peace was more important than my personal identity while parting ways. He thought using my own name, my maiden name, would confuse our young daughter. I just wanted out alive.

I started setting up pages, posting photos of old art, with Art Cards by year. They’re ACEO because I’m willing to trade or sell. Some were on eBay or other sites. I got tired of paying fees to let them sit so I moved them here.

I also started a NFS Art page. Look for Knookie Celebration on there if you want to see something signed before I started using my artist symbol. See how that distracting that is from the art? Maybe it’s just me.

I tried variations back then; played with initials. T became t and took flight as I morphed into a free bird. Yes, I eventually gained use of my own name again but still continued to use my artist symbol. There’s just something about it that feels right. I love when it blends in and becomes one with the art.

Thanks for reading! If you have a backstory on how you sign your art, feel free to share in the comments or post a link to your blog.

Sunday Pour

They’re still wet… I was going for a marble effect via pour on purchased wooden cross plaques. Both used the same color mixes, but not in the same ratios. One cross has more white and silver and the other has more delft blue. Making two to gift one to a friend… not sure which one he will choose.

I did a little test drizzle on paper first and decided to omit the lighter blue because adding a liquid white to delft blue from an old little tube was a bad mix that just didn’t want to stir up completely smooth. I don’t know if you can tell from this next photo, but there’s like a zillion little micro lumps in that little cup of lighter blue.

Colors from top: silver, white, black, 2 cups of delft blue, and a bad mix of delft blue and white.

Mixing up paint for pouring is, when you stop and think about it, pretty much just a little home chemistry experiment. Just poured or drizzled over each other resulted in a few micro lumps, more evident when dry. Not a lot, just enough to add a little texture, if considered a happy accident. I’m thinking of buying a bottle of that gloss top coat, the type you pour on… that might give it a smooth surface. I’m going to order online because that stuff is like $20 locally for a 16 oz. bottle… cheaper at Dick Blick. Here’s what the crosses look dry, without a clear coat. I do like the way the blues came out darker.

A part of me can’t help but ask myself: why am I playing home chemistry with acrylic paints, mixing stuff up and adding drops of oils and all that? Why not just play with resins? Or, try some alcohol inks?

Inks might be interesting… never tried alcohol inks, used to draw with inks like 20 or 30 years ago… maybe I should buy some watercolor paint? I’ve got plenty of pencils, don’t really feel into colored pencils right now… brushes? Do I need a new brush? Do I have enough art papers?

Okay, am I the only one who goes through this “what do I need” thing just to rack the total up high enough to qualify for free shipping when ordering online?

What I need is a couple good sized or several smaller glass mirrors, cracked or broken would be perfect because I’m going to cut them up into mosaic tiles. The only requirement is they need to be ye about the same thickness as stained glass or it will be a royal pain rising one or the other (can do it, just work upside down). The obelisk project is on hold until I find some old mirrors. I thought I had a box of mirror shards, but guess that’s long gone, maybe given away on a move years ago. I could buy a couple glass door mirrors, that would do, but buying new kind of defeats the recycle aspect.

So, words on the wind… if anyone local has any old mirrors they’re willing to part with, drop me a note or message me on Facebook. Thank you!.

WIP: Mosaic Obelisk (update #1)

It doesn’t look like much, but that is the substrate for my latest project, a mosaic obelisk. It is made of recycled Styrofoam covered with tarp-like plastic (recycled packaging from huge bags of outdoor formula cat food), hard board (to stiffen it up a bit) sealed with duct tape, and the latest layer: wire mesh window screen glued tight to the surface with a thin layer of multi-purpose ceramic tile adhesive.

The angles are not precisely perfect but eh, it’s yard art… for MY yard (not for sale). Plan is to mosaic it with a mix of sea glass, stained glass, broken mirrors, and odd elements leftover from previous projects.

The top is flat instead of pyramid shape because I plan to top it with a glass bowl shaped solar light that I picked up at the dollar store. I bought two. The other is out in the future strawberry patch on top of a remodeled Spore.

I can’t toss broken art out, if something about it can be salvaged… that was my tallest Spore. It didn’t survive the harsh winds of a last winter storm. Of course, it had already been busted and repaired a few times, thanks to a big dog and two rowdy little boys. Here’s what it looked like years ago, with the other two when freshly grouted.

Mosaic Yard Spores, 2007

Thanks for viewing my art!