Saturday, September 19, 2009

Working Hard

This past week and a half I have been working very hard in the studio. First I began by working with several of the batik images I had purchased and have been adding fabric to those in order to make them into wall hangings. I don't have finished pictures yet because I responded to the need to be more creative.

I am working out what I want to do with fabric but in the mean time I have been doing small collages...a lot of them. At this time I have about 33 finished 5 x 7 collages that have been mounted under an acid free mat. I will be scanning them this afternoon so I can post them both here (some of them) and also on my website.

My goal today is to get those scanned, titled and listed. My poor website is so behind. That is because I work and then don't get the finished images for the website so they sit there. I am also way behind in cataloging my work.

During the past year I have had a hard time staying on top of the business part of my art...mainly because I just felt like it was taking the joy out of the art. But I need to get my work out there so I am bound and determined to start entering shows again and posting regularly here and to get my website back up and going properly. I will be putting a new page up on the website for mixed media work which will include work that is on paper also, mostly smaller things that are priced reasonably for sale.

I have really enjoyed the freedom of working in the 5x7 paper, ink, paint format and will probably look at taking some of the collages to fabric but I am still working on that one.

But, just so you don't go away image-less, I am including a few of the pictures of elephants that I will start working with...I want to do sketches and then incorporate them into art quilts...still working out how I want to do that but what fun that will be.

We saw lots of elephants and I took more pictures of them than there were elephants but I will spare you and just share five:

The herd walking away from us...look at all the ages of elephants in this herd.
Isn't this one just majestic? (above)

these are has been cape buffalo...too old to mate or defend their harem, they get kicked out and tend to live with in a group of old men...the elephants chase them away but what is even funnier to watch is the hippo chasing them away...

mother and young


Cathy in gorgeous Sonoma County said...

Liz, the most fabulous elephant photos I've seen, great color and clarity. I've always wanted to see a wild one in person, but that can't happen now, so thank you for posting these and good luck on your new series. Cathy

Vivien Zepf said...

Great photos of the elephants. Your new series look great, too; intriguing title.

Michele said...

Love the art and the elephants. And I wish I lived closer. Would volunteer to do your office stuff in trade for art classes. :) But it's just not in the cards. Keep up the lovely art. I really enjoy seeing all of it.