Monday, December 29, 2008

Beginning

The end of the year brings the anticipation of a new beginning.  It is thrilling to look to the future and contemplate what will come.  

My art has been neglected (in a sense) due to the holidays, I must say I missed it daily.  The creative time and living in my head are a vital part of my being however,  I was able to (sneak away)  find some very interesting materials for future art.  Now that it is time to begin with a new year, new art and new book project, I feel comfort.  The knowledge that art awaits its' conception is all I need to leave behind the events of 2008 and move into the days to come.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008




Inspiration, Do you look for it or does it find you?  Let me know how it comes into your life.

Time has slipped through my fingers as I look at the last posting, November 22nd.  The days have been full, preparing for the holidays.  Our traditional Thanksgiving at the beach (Gulf Shores, Al.) was wonderful, beautiful weather, a lot of laughter and good food.  I truly enjoy every minute, my favorite thing to do is play on the beach with my grandchildren.  These are memories I will cherish forever.

December has brought its' swirl of activities.  I have been able to slip in some art among all the craziness.  I found several vintage books and printed pieces.  These will be incorporated into a new collage technique I have been developing.  More to come on that later....

Visited the Frist Art Museum in Nashville to see the Kodak Show.  This was a well designed exhibit, with beautiful images.  

My mind is full of  art to create and many new processes to try.  Now is the time.


 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dreams do come true!



WOW!  I just received the most incredible news.......  My book proposal to Northlight Publishing has been accepted!  Yes! I will be writing an art book!  This is a dream come true for me.  I am eternally grateful to Tonia Davenport at Northlight for working with me and nurturing the proposal.  She is an extraordinary person and I am looking forward to working with her and the Northlight group.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Mind Chatter...... lots of good things have resulted from this train of thoughts.  The moon and the stars have been in alignment for the creative process.  I finished reading "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga, insightful reading on the social order of India and the caste system.  An allegory of the ways of the world to come.  This book along with Lisa See's "Peony In Love" set in motion  a different perspective in the approach of my work.  There is never an end to the beauty that words can bring.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Details from "Mind Chatter" a collage piece created with low relief.  Selected images are elevated from the background  giving the overall look more dimension.  The full size of this piece is 36" x 24".  I used images from my children's art, vintage books, along with stencils, spray paint, graffiti, paint, and pastels.  The full piece is eye-catching and engages the viewer immediately.
Mind chatter is a phrase my friends and I use to express the numerous thoughts that race through our minds.    

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


It is always great to resolve underlying issues.  I received an email from "artistvo" offering to "kiss and make-up" on the etsy sites.  This was wonderful news and I gladly accepted the olive branch.  Understanding..... is a good thing.

Finished this collage, and now I am excited to continue with more in a series.  The images from this piece were taken from vintage "Popular Science" magazines that my son-in-law gave me.  The stories, photos, line-drawings etc are amazing.  I relish each page with great anticipation of what is to come.  Look closely at the art and see the airplane, instrument panels, clocks, graphs and finally the wings.  Reading found poetry written by Annie Dillard has been inspirational, the poems are crazy, funny and beautiful.  Especially the section taken from medical books.  The information in this format  takes on an entirely different meaning.  Another way to look at life......

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wham!  My friend Becky H.  was cleaning out her attic and gave me these incredible wood frames that were used in  "lost wax process".  They are extraordinary!  Distressed burnt edges, some have hardward, others are hinged together.  Of course, I was so excited about creating the "perfect" piece, hence I kept editing myself.  Finally, I relaxed and the first result is quiet pleasing.   Today, I am connecting with my right brain, creating more art and reading Annie Dillard's book of found poetry --- life is good.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Understanding

I am amazed throughout my life I am continuing to learn the good, the bad and ugly.  Recently I was involved in a transaction on an esty site.  I had tried to purchased a piece of art from artist Victoria O'Neill,  site "artistvo".  There was an amount difference on the site listing and what the final charges were posted, I was trying to work with the artist and resolve the issue so that I could make the final purchase.  Unfortunately Ms O'Neill ran out of patience and decide to post negative comments on my esty site.  When I addressed this comment to Ms O'Neill, she told me it wasn't worth the hassle and she had no control over the shipping cost.  Which brings me back to the topic of this post, understanding.  Why is it necessary to become a person that wants to evolve negative energy and not positive?  The beauty of art is in sharing, reflecting and mostly understanding.  

Seeking advice from my youngest daughter, she gave me words to live by, "Let it go, she (Ms O'Neill) has other issues and you are better off leaving this alone.  I agreed, and have promised to treat others as I want to be treated.  

Now that this negative aura has left my space, I am ready to bounce back and create some great art.  Everyone please remember to be understanding. 

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween - eek.......................

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Sign the painting on my upper lip so your name will always be my mustache"  a line from the poem Instruction To The Artist, by Billy Collins.  Visualizing this always makes me laugh out loud.  Reading Billy Collins' poetry inspires me to make art.  And for this, I thank him.  

Participation in life today included voting, having lunch with a friend and going to the Post Office. The early voting process was energizing, the excitement of voters casting their votes in this historic election.  My voting commission has appointed me to help count votes on election day. This is really going to interesting.  One, two, three, four............  

I worked on a weaving technique for collage art yesterday.  Tonight I will be continuing on with this process to complete a piece.  

Kudos to Scooter for updating my website. 

Monday, October 27, 2008

What a glorious Fall weekend I had!  Perfect weather, good friends and time with the family!  I am short on writing today, excited to put gesso on a canvas and start a new piece.  Off to the world of creativity.  

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Zooming through the week, collecting thoughts, excited to put them in my sketchbook.  I enter this process with trepidation, which leads me to wondering why?  Making decisions with a clear conscience is the ultimate goal.  Piecing everything together results in some great collage.  Today has been inspirational, and I am looking forward to tomorrow's art.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ritz crackers, peanut butter and coffee the staples of my diet.  

Collected some interesting ephemera yesterday while I was out exploring the great outdoors. Curious to see how these pieces come to fruition.

While doing some work on a project, my mind wondered off;  what if people had their own table of contents or index, where you could read whether or not you connected with them.  Would this be helpful or harmful.  Perhaps, some would spend a lot of time editing and updating their information, while others didn't.  I am visualizing this concept as a collage now, hmmm.


Friday, October 17, 2008

And here lies the paradox...... There are many times that my work is a reflection of my sub-conscious.  Can a mind sleep while the body is awake? Or can the mind be intellectually awake while the biographical body is asleep?  Putting together collage pieces has help me to see what lies in my mind.  

I had insightful exchange of emails with Jonathan Talbot author of "Collage A New Approach" about defining art and in particular the defining of "conceptual art".  I feel I now have a true understanding of what my art is about and who I am as a artist.  

Well, now that we have pondered world peace and such serious matters, let's (especially me) move on to making art, enjoying life and having fun!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Listening to Urlsa Helgi's book "The Worst Thing We've Done", I was surprised that the main character was a collage artist.  It made me wonder, why the author had selected this occupation, how she visualized this element as part of the story, etc.  Currently reading, "Divisadero" by Maichael Ondaatje, where in the first chapter he says, "Everything is collage, even genetics, everything biographical is collage,  it is the hidden presence of everyone in us, even if we cannot see them, it is in the layers.  I love that statement!  

Defining my work when asked what kind of art I do, has prompted me to dive into the understanding of conceptual art.  This direction has taken on an entire life of its own.  I have had pleasure of corresponding with Jonathan Tabot as to his response to the idea of conceptual art. 
 
The puzzlement of two words, conceptual and intention, leaves me with lots to ponder today.  

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Following up the research I started on Friday...  WOW!  Found some great information on collage art and recently published books.  What I don't currently own, was available via library and friends.  My brain has been buzzing with thoughts and mind chatter.  Once the buzzing settles down I will begin writing.  My heart races with  anticipation, new things to learn, read and write.  
Art on my "seven" series is humming along, good direction.  Checked out a collage artist that published years ago, brain lapse, I will continue on that thought tomorrow.

Monday awaits.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am doing some research on collage art and different approaches to the medium.  The anticipation of research is always exciting.  Starting at the public library, where I owe some money for overdue audiobooks (always).  Finished listening to "The Gravediggers Daughter" by Joyce Carol Oates and "Songs without words" the author's name has escaped me.  Continuing to work on two pieces of art, going very well.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Well unfortunately my blog has been "spammed".  I'm not sure why, however, the "spam team" is checking into it and hopefully will be operational soon.  I have been working on a new series of collage, that I am referring to as "seven symbols".  This series is based on the days of week.  I have been contemplating this series for long tome.  I have spent a great amount of time researching the days of the week and have been engrossed in the results.  Today I started a piece on the week day Saturday.  The background is completed, the foreground in the beginning stages. 

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tomorrow is a day off!  On the golf course, hope I shoot par
Yes!  With the help and guidance of my lovely daughter Amber, my website is complete and beautiful!  Visit this site at kimberlysantiagonow.com

Friday, September 26, 2008

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