Monday, December 13, 2010

Ending the year.

2010 has brought many wonderful and creative things into my life and I am grateful. "Paint Life Grand" at the Village Deli has proven to be a delightful monthly event. And I am looking forward to meeting more creative and fun people in the months to come. A tentative schedule for 2011 looks something like this:
January 20th - featured art - Big Red Flower
February 17th - featured art - o Be Announced at a later date.
March 10th - featured art - To Be Announced at a later date.

Please mark your calendar for January 6th, (Thursday) 5:00PM-8:00PM for an art show featuring myself and Cyndi McGrail. Cyndi will show a grouping of beautiful watercolors. I will be debuting Project 2020. This project is comprised of 202 four inch by four inch panels created as a collaboration with the future high school graduating class of the year 2020. Resourcing their art to be included in this collaborative endeavor was quite a challenge. The perimeters I set forth in this project, pushed me beyond my comfort zone.

Collaboration was my common denominator with this small body of work. One piece entitled "The Joke Thief" was inspired from a series of postcards from a Scottish man I have never met.
Also in this show is a piece inspired by illustrator Janina Domsenka. Her talents and story took me to a very peaceful place.

Needless to say this show will make you curious if nothing else. So, please plan on attending and let me know your thoughts.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Paint Life Grand December 2nd


I know it is difficult to think that the holidays are right around the corner.... The featured art Snowman will be a lovely additional to your home decor. Wrap holly or garland to frame this endearing painting and it will brighten up your heart and home for the holidays.

December 2nd, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Paint Life Grand - Village Deli, 41A South, Sango Village.
Featured artwork Snowman. All materials are provided to paint this 16 x 20 acrylic painting. Join us for an evening of fun and creativity, $35 per person, reservation and advanced payment required. To register and make payment contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net.

Paint Life Grand November 18th


Yes! We are getting creative for the holidays! Join us and paint featured artwork Holiday Angel. This artwork would look great during the holidays or leave it up year round.


November 18th, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Paint Life Grand - Village Deli, 41A South, Sango Village.
Featured artwork Holiday Angel All materials are provided to paint this 16 x 20 acrylic painting. Join us for an evening of fun and creativity, $35 per person, reservation and advanced payment required. To register and make payment contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net.

Paint Life Grand November


November 11th, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Paint Life Grand - Village Deli, 41A South, Sango Village.
Featured artwork "Fall Forest" All materials are provided to paint this 16 x 20 acrylic painting. Join us for an evening of fun and creativity, $35 per person, reservation and advanced payment required. To register and make payment contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net.

Mixed Media Workshop - ARTifacts October 28th


This beautiful fall weather is so inspiring, gather your creativity and join me for a workshop!

October 28th (Thursday) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mixed Media Workshop - ARTiFact Third Floor Classroom, 124 Strawberry Alley.
Featured artwork "APRON" All materials are provided to create this sweet 8" x 8" mixed media piece. Learn simple paper sculpting and watercolor techniques. Please bring: scissors and craft knife with #11 blade. Optional: you may bring collage resources to personalize your art, (such as letters or maps). You may register online at ARTifacts, in the store (also Hodgepodge). Reservation and advanced payment required $35 per person. Questions? Contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net.



Saturday, September 25, 2010

The October Schedule:

Paint Life Grand:
October 14th 7:00 PM The Village Deli Sango - featured artwork (to be posted soon) "Fall Splendor" cost $35 per person includes all painting supplies and 16 x 20 canvas. Bring your favorite beverage/appetizer and join us for an evening of creavity and fun! Adults only.

October 29th 7:00 PM The Village Deli Sango - Couples Night! That's right, this creative endeavor is in pairs! Create art with your significant other, husband, friend, sibling or.... Cost is $60 per couple to include all painting supplies and canvas. Couples will paint different but compatible pieces art to take home and hang together. Bring your favorite beverage/appetizer and join us for an evening of creavity and fun! Adults only. Featured artwork (to be posted soon) "Ying Yeng"

Sign up - ksantiago@bellsouth.net
Classes are limited. Advanced payment is required.
Mail to:
Kimberly Santiago
156 Yorkshire Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043

Workshops:
Watkins - College of Art and Design, Nashville, TN
October 16th 1:00 - 4:00 PM Mixed Media Workshop
Details and sign up available at Waktins website

Watkins - College of Art and Design, Nashville, TN
October 23rd 1:00 - 5:00 PM Altered Book - Mixed Media Workshop
Details and sign up available at Waktins website

Podcast with Rice Freeman-Zachery
October 21st 3:00 PM
Discussing Project 2020


12 x 24 panels, mixed media, top image is titled "X Y Z" and the bottom image is "Flight". These pieces are going to be featured on Dick Blick Art Supplies online as part of a video demonstration with Grafix Corporation. As you all know, I am a big fan of Grafix products, I use them faithfully in many of my mixed media pieces.

The leaves on "X Y Z" are made by copying a pressed leaf onto Grafix's Rub Onz Transfer Film, hence actually making a rub on sticker of the leaf. I do this on my Kodak AIO printer, the color and clarity are beautiful. The running strip incorporated within each framed section of the leaves were created on Computer Grafix's printable Transparency Film (again with my Kodak AIO). The original copy was a child's homework paper from the 1950's. The fragile handwriting was picked up perfectly on the Grafix's Transparency Film. Even better is the fact that this transparency film is self adhesive!

On to "Flight", using the Computer Grafix's Transparency Film, I drew a butterfly (black sharpies on Dur A Lar paper - another Grafix's product*), copied it onto the Transparency Film and adhered to an acrylic sheet, the kind you would find in the framing section - just sheets in a variety of sizes (you can cut them with an acrylic blade). I then painted a watercolor of the butterfly on watercolor paper - without using any black. Overlaying the acrylic sheet on the watercolor and presto! The butterfly is complete. I used Grafix's Double Tack Mounting Film** to adhere the butterfly and acrylic sheet together and again to add to the background.

The subtle leaves in the background are made from pressed leaves copied onto Grafix's Rub Onz Transfer Film, the transparency of them is just yummy.

*Dura Lar Matte Film - alternative to acetate - translucent, strong, non-tearing polyester film with a frosted coating - draw or trace your pattern with ink or pencil to create stencils or masks or drawings.

**Double Tack - 2 sided mounting film - Archival quality adhesive film: forms a permanent bond between all types of materials. Simply peel-off the backing and apply. Use with art, craft, fabric, photos, wood metal ceramic and paper.

Computer Grafix - laser, Ink Jet, multipurpose Computer-printable transparent plastic films for use in Laser/copiers, Ink jet printers or both. Great for layering, journaling, windown adn shaker boxes, printed photos and more.

Rub-Onz Transfer Film - create high quality rub on transfers. Draw directly on the film or use an original drawing and copier.

Check out all of these Grafix's products and more at www.grafixarts.com.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

True Believer





Creating an art piece for a show is always exciting. True Believer is a mixed media piece, 36 x 48, the collage resources are maps from Edinburgh Scotland, letters from Covent Gardens in London and a school boys homework from the 1940s'. The flower image came from a pressed flower, scanned and enlarged at a printers. The color blocks across the bottom are 2 x 2 squares of Color-aid paper.

Materials
Substrate - 36 x 48 canvas
Adhesives: Grafix - Double Tack Mounting Film, Computer clear self adhesive acetate, Modge Podge,
Papers - buff (letter in background) Color-aid (squares)
Acrylic Paint - white and brown (maps and flowers)
Oil Pastels - embellishment around color squares
Stitching - sewing machine stitches on the map rectangles

True Believer will be exhibited at Riverfest, Smith-Trahern Mansion, Sept. 10 - 11 2010, Clarksville TN.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Schedule


Paint Life Grand - September Featured Art - Enchanted Tree
at The Village Deli 3371 Hwy 41A South

August 24th Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM featured art Rainbow Guitar Class - Full

August 26th Thursday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM featured art Rainbow Guitar Class - Full

September 16th Thursday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM featured art Enchanted Tree Sign up now

September 21st Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM featured art Enchanted Tree Class - Full

To sign up send email with name and number of guest to ksantiago@bellsouth.net
Cost is $35 per person which includes all painting materials, 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas.

Advanced payment my be sent to:
Kimberly Santiago
156 Yorkshire Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043









Friday, August 13, 2010

Sounds of Silence




I had the pleasure of working with some talented and kind people at my Hobby Lobby classes this past week. We embarked on a project titled Sounds of Silence. This mixed media class was directed at teaching new techniques and skills using Grafix product Double Tack Mounting Film. The project itself is also found in my book Collage Playground.

The participates in these classes were very enjoyable to share time with; they completed a 12 x 16 piece of art. Every one of the pieces and I repeat every one of them were absolutely beautiful. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I was with the class.

I am so looking forward to the next adventure at Hobby Lobby!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Crafters Club


Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet with the Crafters Club in Clarksville TN. They had asked several months ago if I would present a program on my book Collage Playground. I throughly enjoyed the time I spent with this group. It was a fun to share not only the contents of the book, but how it came to fruition.

This Sunday 2-4 at Borders, Governors Mall, I will hold my first booksigning. My hope is that it will be as fulfilling as Tuesday. If you have the time please join me.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Paint Life Grand


Paint Life Grand Classes are now open for sign up. The featured artwork is Rainbow Guitar and it will be offered twice in the month of August:
Thursday August 19th
from 7-9
at the Village Deli in Sango

Tuesday August 24th
from 7-9
at the Village Deli in Sango

Please join me for a night of fun and creativity. You may sign up by email, mail or phone. Advance payment is recommended to hold your reservation, class sizes are limited. Please email for further information.

ksantiago@bellsouth.net

Saturday, July 31, 2010

time to make the donuts


As August rolls in I see the need to post my upcoming classes, workshops and events. This is an exciting time, sharing art, meeting people and learning new techniques. Please come join me for a class or two.

Life has segwayed into teaching "Paint Life Grand" or painting parties. These bimonthly events are usually held on scheduled nights at Sango Deli on 41A south. The folks at The Deli are wonderful people and the food is fabulous. Drop in, have a bit to eat and check the class schedules. A new website dedicated to Paint Life Grand events is currently under construction. The Deli is now on FB and full of valuable information.

Back to the schedule:

August 1 Sunday Borders Bookstore Tent Event - Governors Mall 1-4 featuring artist, authors and of course books!

August 8 Sunday Collage Playground Book Signing - Borders Bookstore, Governors Mall 2-4
A special day in my heart, my father's birthday, he would have been eighty, he passed away in 2009. My first booksigning a special gift to him. Love you dad and miss more than I can say.

August 9 Monday Mixed Media Class - Hobby Lobby, Wilma Rudolph 5:30 - 7:30, limited class size, $35 per person includes materials (will need to bring scissors, craft knife and blades), create a 11 x 14 mixed media piece of art, featured art: Sounds of Silence, sign up at store, for more information contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net

August 12 Thursday Mixed Media Class - Hobby Lobby, Wilma Rudolph 10:00 - 12:00, limited class size, $35 per person includes materials (will need to bring scissors, craft knife and blades), create a 11 x 14 mixed media piece of art, featured art: Sounds of Silence, sign up at store, for more information contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net

August 19 Thursday Paint Life Grand - Sango Deli, 41A South 7:00 - 9:00, limited class size, $35 per person includes all materials including 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas. Come and paint original artwork along with me! Featured painting - Rainbow Guitar (photo will be posted soon!) To sign up contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net

August 24 Tuesday Paint Life Grand - Sango Deli, 41A South 7:00 - 9:00, limited class size, $35 per person includes all materials including 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas. Come and paint original artwork along with me! Featured painting - Rainbow Guitar (photo will be posted soon!) To sign up contact ksantiago@bellsouth.net

A couple of tidbits to think about for the fall...
Classes with the Community School of the Arts, Austin Peay University
August 31 - Oct 5 Tuesday 3:30 - 5:30 Trahern Art Building
Mixed Media - Collage Elements
Understand the depths of mixed media by creating your own collage resources. Over the course of six weeks you will develop your skills and learn techniques on how to make collage sheets, alter book pages, weave paper and alter textiles. You will incorporate these resources into your own original art. Contact JoAnn McIntosh at mcintoshj@apsu.edu or go to the Community School of the Arts website.

Oct 14 - Nov 17 Wednesday Evening 6:00 - 7:30
Journaling with Mixed Media
Have a love for vintage books? Looking for a new way to journal or make a unique art piece? In this six week class you learn techniques on how to make a vintage book into a piece of art. Takin a page at a time, develop skills in painting, stitching, adding ephemera, cutouts, popups and more. Contact JoAnn McIntosh at mcintoshj@apsu.edu or go to the Community School of the Arts website.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

video

The month of June flew by as I prepared to leave the country. Viewing my invoices I see that over one hundred canvas were ordered and used in paint workshops. WOW! It has been a joy to teach painting techniques. My book Collage Playground F + W Media, North Light, also made its debut. The response to the book has been exciting. Thank you everyone for sharing your comments with me. It is my hope that everyone gains more insight into the world of mixed media. Art is a catalyst for numerous ideas, emotions and creativity. Visit your local book, thumb through my book, please take it home --- and make some art.

The video post is from the last couple days, glorious ones in the UK -- Aberdeen Scotland. My oldest daughter, two grandchildren. We are visiting my youngest daughter -- and loving life. The video contains our first day (jet lag) playground, hence why I am not visible - 24 hours without sleep. The next day is on Balmedie Beach, beautiful sand dunes and the North Sea. Please view the video.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Different Similarities - The Ying and Yeng


I am always looking for ways to bring artist into my life, the energy and talent they offer is so rewarding to me. One characteristic of being an artist, is that we like "our time" the isolation of working and creating. The ying of this characteristic is that we also crave interaction of other creative people. My quintessential balance of the ying and yeng are collaboration projects. I enlisted the help of a few phenomenal artist; Lorri Lennox, Perth Austrilia, Colette George, Riddle Oregon and Christina Jackson, Atchison Kansas, to work with me on a project I entitled Different Similarities. In this project I sent them an envelope stuffed with my ephemera, unfinished artwork, sketches etc. The guidelines were simple, create a piece of art that incorporates some or all of my materials. This task was open to their own interpretation, meaning the materials could simply inspire or physically be part of their artwork. They were asked to compare and contrast the title Different Similarities; to look for meaning in their art in conjunction with how they viewed others and (perhaps) how they wanted to be viewed. I asked them to be creative and not to edit ideas or thoughts.

The process of this project was such a joy for me, it allowed me to get a glimpse of three superb artist. Each of them unique and beautiful in extraordinary ways. Lorri was going through a difficult time with the recent death of her mother, however she never wavier from the project and in the end embraced her feelings of loss. Her work is colorful and delightful. The words "Celebrate Life" clearly relay a message.

I have always enjoyed Colette's work, she has the ability to use peripheral materials, candy wrappers, bits of thread and fabric; creating romantic, feminine and endearing art. Her color choices melt in your mouth, while the texture woos you for more.

Good things always lead to more good things. This was definitely the case with Colette. She introduced me to Christina and proposed that she work on the collaboration. How delighted I was to meet and work with Christina. Her first piece appeared on my facebook page and received enthusiastic comments from all my friends. She is a prolific artist, taking my materials and creating intriguing pieces, that captivate your eye as well as your mind. Her work shows a range of talent and diversity. What a magical experience to view her art.

Please take the time to view these talented artist work on the blogs titled Different Similarities - The Ying and Yeng, part one, two and three.

What more can I say, except that I am grateful for the ying and yeng of life and mostly talented artist. Thank you Lorri, Colette and Christina for making art.

Different Similarities - The Ying and Yeng continued, part 1





Good things always lead to more good things. This was definitely the case with Colette. She introduced me to Christina and proposed that she work on the collaboration. How delighted I was to meet and work with Christina. Her first piece appeared on my facebook page and received enthusiastic comments from all my friends. She is a prolific artist, taking my materials and creating intriguing pieces, that captivate your eye as well as your mind. Her work shows a range of talent and diversity. What a magical experience to view her art.

Different Similarities - The Ying and Yeng continued, part 2



The process of this project was such a joy for me, it allowed me to get a glimpse of three superb artist. Each of them unique and beautiful in extraordinary ways. Lorri was going through a difficult time with the recent death of her mother, however she never wavier from the project and in the end embraced her feelings of loss. Her work is colorful and delightful. The words "Celebrate Life" clearly relay a message.

Different Similarities - The Ying and Yeng part 3


I have always enjoyed Colette's work, she has the ability to use peripheral materials, candy wrappers, bits of thread and fabric; creating romantic, feminine and endearing art. Her color choices melt in your mouth, while the texture woos you for more.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

All Things Considered


A visit to the dentist and doctor in the same day constitutes some type of reward. Yes, I bribe myself with small (maybe) gifts. On the particular day (I refer to as "medical science day") I dropped in a bookstore to browse. After cruising the art, craft, home improvement and photography isles, I landed in the magazine section... Boy, did I hit the bonaza.

Reading a magazine requires a cup of coffee, so I glided into the bookstores cafe (with my purchased magazines). Settled into a chair with coffee in hand and began reading the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. As I was flipping through I stumbled on the "now read this" section. I love to see the up and coming books, so I stopped and read. As I was reading I glanced over and saw the cover of my book Collage Playground. My mind reacted quite casually at first and then...I gasped! My book is being advertised, Wow! What a great feeling. Thank you Sarah Reynolds, marketing guru of F + W Media, for making my day (especially on medical science day). Even better the ad was coupled along with Susan Tuttle's Digital Expressions. She is a sweetheart. If you haven't picked up her other book Exhibition 36, you definitely should.

Well enough of my self indulgence for now. The message today; Read art and craft books, have a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It takes a word to make a thought, it takes a thought to make a statment, it takes a statement to make a conversation, it takes a conversation to make a commitment, it takes a commitment to make art, it takes art to fulfill your soul... fill you soul, make a commitment , make art.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Painting Parties

Once upon a time, I taught groups, better known as "painting parties". Little did I know at the time that this would one day become actual businesses, Pinot and Picasso, Corks and Canvases etc. "Painting Parties" are fun and a great way to socialize while learning and exploring art. Teaching in this type of setting is rewarding in many ways. I have throughly enjoyed revisiting and revitalizing this particular workshop. My point here is that art is such a great way to bring inspiration and people together. Enjoy creating with friends! Reach out and make art!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Rhythm of the cycle


The greatest amount of energy you'll ever need is the energy to start. The first step is to make a commitment to the goal, not the process. As artist, we have the ability to visualize the art before it is actually complete. Once you have seen your goal, it is easier to gather the energy it takes to begin the process. Does the art have to look exactly like the visualization, no, of course not. That is not what creating is about. It is the entire journey, the beginning, the processing and the final result. Find your rhythm, let your energy meet inertia and begin to make art.