Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lions Monument

Lion Monument

Close up of Lion Monument

Summer Vacation Part 4
Lucerne Switzerland

The Lion Monument in Lucerne , the most sentimental of SwissMonuments, commerates the Swiss mercenaries who, serving the French King Louis XVI, lost their lives during the French Revolution at the Tuileries Palace in Paris . Many were killed during the invasion of the Tuileries on the 10th August 1792 while others were guillotined on the 2nd and 3rd September 1792. The inscription above the Lion reads "Helvetiorum fedei ac Virtuti" which translates as "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss." A fitting tribute.

Carved into the cliff face, the monument measures a staggering 10 meters in length and and six meters in height. Captain Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned the Lion Monument which, in turn, was designed by the Danish classicist sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsenwhilst in Rome in 1819. Lucas Ahorn, a stone-mason from Constance in modern day Germany, carved the sculpture out of the limestone cliff face in 1820 and 1821.

The artist captures so much emotion in the details of the this dying lion's face. I am thankful for artist and their ability to translate history in such a moving way. 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Lakes, Mountains and Chocolate

Nothing can prepare you for how breathtaking this city is. 
Views in Lucerne

The city by the lake

The distance mountains of Switzerland

Summer Vacation Part 4
Switzerland

Nothing can quite prepare you for the breathtaking beauty of Lucerne Switzerland. The Alps are truly beautiful, words do not give justice to this area. This is my first time to Switzerland - and I have promised myself I will return. 

Our first stop in Lucerne was emotion as we visited the Lion Monument - this deserve it's own blog page. Hopefully you will visit my blog again in a few days to catch up.




Fontainebleau Forest and Burgundy

The Grand Canal Fontainebleau Palace
Summer Vacation Part 3
We left the lights of Paris driving pass Fontainebleau Forest and the historical Chateau de Fontainebleau. This is a weekend getaway for Parisians - not the Chateau, but Fontainebleau itself. 

A lot of signing of historic documents have been done in the Chateau - Treaty of Fontainebleau (Louisiana territory), later Napoleon signed another Treaty of Fontainebleau authorizing passage of French troops through Spanish territories so that they might invade Portugal.

Napoleon held Pope Pius VII prisoner at the Chateau for almost two years. Enough about the history. The forest was lush and beautiful.

Continuing on the motor coach we headed through Burgundy.  This is one of France's main wine producing areas. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. After traveling through the lush countryside, I can see why Burgundy wine is so good, giving a new respect to wine and origin. 

I must admit I did not take photos along this journey - (a) the reflection of the window (b) I wanted to enjoy the memories without the hassle of trying to get the perfect photo while on a moving coach (c) it was more enjoyable not to worry about taking photos - the scenery was perfect. 

On to the Alps!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Louvre and Lunch

Macell, Luis and myself after lunch at the Louvre

Does it really need a caption? Tom Hanks and Dan Brown says "no".


After a nice lunch in the food court at the Louvre we set out on a guided tour. The world’s largest museum - The Louvre has one of largest art collections. The magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum — LeMusée du Louvre in French — sits along the banks of the Seine River in Paris. 

The Louvre’s collection includes Egyptian antiques, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, paintings by the Old Masters, and crown jewels and other artifacts from French nobles. Its works span the sixth century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. More than 35,000 works are on display at any given time. The displays are divided into eight departments:Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints and Drawings and of course the Mona Lisa.


As an artist, I could live in the Louvre, sigh......

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montmartre - Sigh

Street on the way to Montmartre.

First Dinner in Paris
Summer Vacation Part 2
Paris - Montmartre
The first dinner in Paris was in Montmarte. While Montmarte is gentrified and somewhat clean these days, the neighboring areas are a little sketchy. We started at the base of the hill in the village area of the Moulin Rouge and Elysees Montmarte Theatre. Our hopes were to board the "little white train" unfortunately the train driver was not cooperating and we readily convert to plan b - walk the hill and ride the incline. Not a big deal and we got to see the street market. Unbelievable but the prices in this area were not to high. These street stalls were selling everything from household items to art supplies. Arrive early on Saturday morning and you will be amazed to see trucks pull up and dump enormous cardboard boxes onto the sidewalk. Then the workers run out with boxcutters, split the tape seals, and literally dump piles of jeans or sweaters made by Naff Naff or Bennetton or Esprit onto huge wooden sidewalk bins. People go crazy - running - throwing elbows etc. the sight alone is remarkable. 

As we aimed for the big white church as the top of the hill (Basilica of Sacre-Coeur) I imagined the life before us - artist meandering these streets and buildings. At the bottom of the hill is the Boulevard de Clichy which is lined with bars, kebab shops, and more sex shops and peep-shows than you can possibly pretend you are not looking at. 

Look at your map and draw out a triangle, the base of it to be the section of Blvd. de Clichy and Blvd. de Rochechouart between the metro stations Blanche and Anvers. The tip of the triangle would be the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. The area between these three points is roughly the area of interest. 
Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre, Paris
Basilica of Sacre-Coeur
Because all the great poets have told us the journey is more important than the destination, I recommend you start at metro (Moulin Rouge) or metro Anvers and gradually enter the "village". This will make it feel more like a pilgrimage toward the place that nurtured most of the great artists and writers living in France this past century. 
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Moulin Rouge, Paris
Moulin Rouge


Paris Montmartre view
View from stairs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Old vs New


Summer Vacation Part 2
Paris

One of things that amazed me about Paris was the dividing line in history, literally the old part of Paris and the new modern existing Paris. The skyline of the old buildings only to a level of approximately six floors (what is that about ten feet a floor?). The feel is of this height is so different than the modern part of a city where building range in height and age. 

Tell me your thoughts on Paris and it's glory - love to hear them. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Heights and History - Eiffel Tower

Selfie and smiling - however trepidation is creeping in...

Thank goodness there is a barrier between me and the ground. 


Summer Vacation Part 2
Paris
You couldn't possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. The tower is 984 ft - did I mention I do not like heights?  This temporary exhibition, wondering when it is coming down? Just kidding - Gustave would be a little disappointed (Gustave you still have the Statue of Liberty). 

We rode the elevator up to the second level - high enough for me. A then made a near fatal mistake - taking the stairs down to the first level. Yikes, descending down these open metal, slippery steps on a waning structure was not well thought out and regretted. Anxiety set in (yes, I know that there is medication available) along with trepidation of the next level. Level 2 has glass floors for viewing (oh goody! my anxiety said).  Finally after my deep breathing exercises and review of my yoga classes (thank you Brittney) I pulled my chi back together and enjoyed this lovely structure and its view. It's all good - thank you Gustave for your beautiful mind and sharing it with the world. 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Notre Dame Characters and Life


Summer Vacation Part 2
Paris
The Eurostar from London to Paris was a fast and efficient way to travel the miles. Now, I cannot say I didn't get a little anxious on the train, thinking about the fact that we were traveling underwater. Amazing isn't it? Not, my anxiety but that a train can travel underwater safely? 

Once in Paris we boarded the coach (they don't want you to call it a bus) and tour around stopping at Notre Dame. A long list of characters flashed into my head at the site of this landmark. 

Napoleon, of course and his decision to save the Cathedral from destruction; this would also be the site of his crowning.

A long list of King Louis and their desires to "modernize" the cathedral.

The Bishop Sully who vision from the drawing in dirt to the completion of the cathedral (unfortunately he died before the final completion). 

And my all time favorite association, Victor Hugo, Quasimodo and Esmeralda (notice I left the antagonist out - who wants negative energy). 

Onward to our accommodations and little rest. 



Friday, September 12, 2014

Hyde Park and Harrods


Summer Vacation Part 1
London
On our way to Harrods we strolled through Hyde Park, this proofed to peaceful and relaxing. We stopped along the way to see the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. It can be appreciated as a marvelous creation, and a suitable tribute to The People's Princess.  In marked contrast to many public monuments, this is unobtrusively beautiful and in perfect harmony with its surroundings. What sets it apart from other monuments? That fact that you can actually wade in the water. It was so enjoyable to watch the children splash and play in this fountain.

Harrods you ask? Yes, I always visit Harrods when in London - it is art and design with a sidebar of retail therapy. The food is amazing, the merchandise spectacular and the energy level off the charts. My favorite room in the store? The spy room - gadgets and devices even James Bond would have. I am still thinking about that drone, would love to have it to play with. No, not to spy or intrude on someone's privacy. But to deliver messages and possibly food to my grandchildren. Now, if they could just improve the battery life and weight limit as to what it can carry - I would be in. Last Day in London, tomorrow on the Eurostar to Paris!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Graffiti Art

Summer Vacation Part 1
London - Walking along the Thames River we came across this area where the city had provided an area for skateboarders. The interesting thing to me was the allowance of Graffiti Art. How wonderful that the city had encouraged and provided a space for visual and performance art. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Double-decker Bus



Summer Vacation
London - Double-Decker Bus
Remember nerdy - here we are again riding the Double-Decker Bus. It was a beautiful day and it sure beats riding the tube from North London and missing the scenery. The added bonus is the audio - great tips and history. Cheers!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

London Eye


Summer Vacation - 
London Eye
Yes, I am a nerd and like nerdy things, tourist attractions included. Having visited London before, I have done a lot of these tourist attractions - but my husband hasn't; therefore it gave me an excuse to be nerdy again. Settle down - I also love the classic parts of London (and we did indulge). 

The London Eye is fun and I encourage everyone to experience this marvel - especially for the view. 




Saturday, September 6, 2014

Primrose Hill Park


Primrose Hill Park was a short distance from our Hotel and where we headed before dinner. This park is highlighted by a grassy hill that offers one of the best panoramic view of London. It was wonderful. I know, the name doesn’t ring a bell – it’s not known like Notting Hill, or even Brixton – but I can guarantee you know some of the residents. Celebrities in Primrose Hill include the likes of Jude Law, or Kate Moss. So picture this, a pre dinner stroll, handholding,  map in your pocket and your iPhone. This northern pocket of London is home to the pretty colored townhouses. 

Did we spot celebrities? I will keep that secret for another post. I can tell you it was a splendid walk accompanied by a delicious Italian dinner. Cheers



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Camden Stables Flea Market



Summer Vacation Part 1
London
Stables Open Air Flea Market
At the Stables Market there is around 700 shops and stalls, perfect for a morning stroll.  The Horse Hospital, formerly used to care for horses injured pulling canal barges is in Camden Stables Market. This was a way to overcome jet-lag.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tower of London


How I spent my Summer Vacation - Part 1
Because I am slow on the draw - especially when it comes to posting and social media, my vacation is being shared in the afterlife. This summer my husband and I got to take an extraordinary (and well needed) extended vacation. We spent a few weeks trekking thru Europe (about 1200 miles of trekking). 

First stop - London 
Flight - just like I like them "uneventful"
Train to station - fast and easy
Station into cab to hotel - comfortable
Hotel - room ready at 8:00 a.m. - A definite bonus
Breakfast - spectacular 
Trying to stay awake - difficult - but abated by a lovely walk to the Stables an outdoor flea market - converted from Victorian stables - absolutely fabulous.
Nap-time - ahhhh
Dinner - yummy preceded by a lovely walk to Primrose Park (photos on another post)
Sleep - my circadian cycle has landed in London 

Trips and vacation as you well know can pick up energy and go into a vortex of no return or a lovely path of enlightenment and enjoyment. Fortunately we had the latter, this vacation went smoothly and might I say perfectly. 

The Tower of London has always been one of favorite places to visit; it is full of history, intrigue and romance. A bonus to this day was an art installment by Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, 100 years since the first World War; each poppy was to honor a fallen soldier. It was a spectacular display of color, dimension and most of all emotion. So thankful I was there in person. 

(from their website)
To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cumminsand stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.
Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th. You can read more about the project over on theHistoric Royal Palaces website, and see the volunteers’ progress by following the #TowerPoppies hashtag on Twitter.
888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood


Monday, August 18, 2014

Project 365

Project 365 - Ap for smartphones that allows you to shoot a daily photo and record it on a calendar. You can document your life by taking one photo a day for a year. This a great way to create art and journal at the same time. 



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Advocate & Silence

Let your art be a voice for someone that is not able to speak for themselves. Think about it, this can be a good thing. Believe, express and love. If you are able, show them what you have created and be present for their reaction. If this isn't possible, believe that your artistic expressions is an extension of that person and they now have a voice. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Texas Workshop

We know you are busy, but let's understand what busy is. Being busy is living, that's it, nothing earth shattering. So, rather then embracing it as an excuse for things you are not doing, wrap your arms around busy and get creative.  

Stretch your body and mind. Do some yoga, take a walk, journal, make some art. 

Let go of the everyday "I'm too busy" and commit to what your soul is asking. Yes, believe me, I understand the unrelenting demands of life (family, work etc) but there is a good busy and you can own it. 

Join me in Texas this Fall - we will experience "busy" in a good way.  



Friday, August 8, 2014

Paradigm

Paradigm is the perfect term for social media. The pure value of the basis of abstraction is evident in the face (excuse my pun) of social media. Words, photos and phrasing are our only expression of ideas. The perception of whatever is posted on social media remains to be interpreted and sometimes valued. 

Step away from your laptop and express yourself in a more creative way.
feel begin by closing your eyes and visualize 
the creativity of thoughts that are supposed to be asked and valued by you
believe these questions are to be patterned by your ideas
trust the results of in front of you and how they should be interpreted
breath in and let life be


The paradigm is yours for the taking, keep your values and most importantly express your ideas through art. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Workshops

Roadhouse Arts
2355 Bulverde Road #4 Bulverde, Texas 78163
www.roadhousearts.com
info@roadhousearts.com
830-438-1884


Fabulous News! I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach at a workshop at Roadhouse Arts in Texas this Fall. These will be workshops filled with creativity, adventure and good energy. Please join me at this lovely facility. For more information contact info@roadhousearts.com

DATE: Friday, October 24, 2014 
TIME: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP FEE: $205 (These workshops do not include lunches)


Remember the carefree spirit you had as a child? It’s time to recapture that sense of wonder and excitement in your art! Come play with Kimberly Santiago, Author of Collage Playground!, as she introduces you to simple techniques and projects that take the “work” out of collage and bring back in the fun. 

Daily Conversations with Mixed Media
Artistic expression is the perfect way to develop everyday ideas and creativity. A recurrent image, word or phrase can represent an object or conversation that tends to unify your life or “who” you are in life. In this workshop we will explore various collage techniques, learn how creative prompts help develop concepts and complete a mixed media project. 

Along the way, we will explore fun and inspiring creative exercises that help to relax, calm and develop your skills and ideas. Take this workshop alone or combine it with the Saturday/Sunday, two day workshop. Each of these workshop will have a variety of techniques and ideas to help to enhance your skills and confidence as a mixed media artist. No artistic skills needed for either workshops, if you enjoy the wonders of collage and mixed media but are overwhelmed by the techniques, these are the workshops for you.

Format
Curiosity Box - Using the techniques you learned in this workshop you will create a “curiosity box” from a vintage drawer, box or 12 x 12 cradled hardwood panel. This box will be representational of the ideas developed and learned throughout the concept of Daily Conversations.

Kimberly Santiago began her career as a graphic designer and later became the Department Chair of Graphic Design and Fine Art at O’More College of Design. While she continues to teach at art workshops, her art now focuses on mixed media collage, where she combines vintage art with pop style. Her first book Collage Playground (Northlight Books F + W Media) was published in 2010, also  a contributor to Mixed Media Paint Box (Tonia Davenport) January 2011 and Crafty Bird (Kristi Conlin) January 2013. She has been published in Somerset Gallery (Winter 2011, Summer 2012) and Cloth, Paper, Scissors (Spring 2010) magazines.  Kimberly operated Creative Corner Art Shop in the Summer of 2011 thru the Winter of 2013 in the historic district of Clarksville, TN. This brick and mortar art shop catered to mixed media artists, offering vintage items, ephemera and art supplies. She is currently working on her second book Mixed Media Materials (working title), to be released in Fall of 2014.  You can read more by visiting: http://www.kimberlysantiagonow.com

Call us today or sign up online! These spots will go quickly!

Kimberly Santiago:
DATE: Saturday – Sunday, October 25-26, 2014  
TIME: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP FEE: $449 (These workshops do not include lunches)

Life Patterns with Mixed Media

Using the idea of a map as a point of departure, chart your daily habits and patterns. Consider incorporating elements associated with maps, such as a legend, compass or visual topography. Or consider a totally non-representational style of art and create a non-traditional type of map. The door is wide open for you to explore with new techniques learned within this two day workshop. 
Along the way, we will explore fun and inspiring creative exercises that help to relax, calm and develop your skills and ideas. Take this workshop alone or combine it with the Friday workshop. Each of these workshop will have a variety of techniques and ideas to help to enhance your skills and confidence as a mixed media artist. No artistic skills needed for either workshops, if you enjoy the wonders of collage and mixed media but are overwhelmed by the techniques, these are the workshops for you.

Format
Life Patterns will be composed of individual wood panels combined to create a grid or mixed media quilt. 

Kimberly Santiago began her career as a graphic designer and later became the Department Chair of Graphic Design and Fine Art at O’More College of Design. While she continues to teach at art workshops, her art now focuses on mixed media collage, where she combines vintage art with pop style. Her first book Collage Playground (Northlight Books F + W Media) was published in 2010, also  a contributor to Mixed Media Paint Box (Tonia Davenport) January 2011 and Crafty Bird (Kristi Conlin) January 2013. She has been published in Somerset Gallery (Winter 2011, Summer 2012) and Cloth, Paper, Scissors (Spring 2010) magazines.  Kimberly operated Creative Corner Art Shop in the Summer of 2011 thru the Winter of 2013 in the historic district of Clarksville, TN. This brick and mortar art shop catered to mixed media artists, offering vintage items, ephemera and art supplies. She is currently working on her second book Mixed Media Materials (working title), to be released in Fall of 2014.  You can read more by visiting: http://www.kimberlysantiagonow.com


Call us today or sign up online! These spots will go quickly!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Post Card Collection


Make creating art your guiding priority. Your routine must revolve around making your art.  Look at everything as material for your art. The conversations, routines and inconveniences of life all influences what you have to express and how you express it.

Include simple collections and enjoy the process of the gathering. In the photos, you can see an old wood box became the vessel for my post card collection. When I travel I collect new and old postcards to add to my collection. They are inspiration and sometimes end up in a piece of art. 

Keep your priorities straight and make art. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Organize and Flow



Being an artist doesn't mean that you have to be messy and disorganized. Trust me if you take the time to organize your materials and collage resources, you be more productive. You don't have invest in expensive containers, in fact you can reuse items like shoe boxes (or boot boxes), old wood draws, magazine file boxes, jars and other items. The key is to label the materials clearly and maintain your system when you add more things. Be adventurous and be organized - a good combination. 



The Container Store has a wide range of storage options for mixed media supplies.



Store supplies where they are easily accessible. 






Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Substrates and Journals

Substrates and Journals for Mixed Media

Journals for Mixed Media include a Visual Journal
After years of improvising with different substrate, art suppliers have started manufacturing journals, papers and substrates especially made for mixed media. These product are perfect for this genre of art making. Check them out online or in your favorite art shop - and enjoy creating.

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAC - adhesives

GAC has everything you need for mixed media.
 The proper art supply can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of an art project. My upcoming book Mixed Media Handbook with North Light (Fall 2014) will help direct you in the basic selection of substrates, adhesives, mediums and embellish.


Collage Resources
Put together some collage resources and be inspired! Don't limit yourself - there are no rules.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vignettes - Vintage Bottle and Art

Vintage Bottle combined with art and props to create a mixed media vignette. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vignettes of Mixed Media

Vintage Bottle

Vintage Bottle with paper covered wood dowels.

Vintage Bottle with bingo card label
Combine your art objects to create a mixed media vignette. I took some vintage bottles and poured acrylic paint in them, swirled the paint around until it covered most of the bottle, let it dry and embellished the front of the bottle with things like bingo cards, old metal hinges, painted papers, fabric scraps and wire.

I then placed the bottles in front of a piece of art. You can add textural items like the paper covered wood dowels or shredded paper. Anything that presence an interest to you will grab the attention of others. Use the labels to convey information - such as the bingo card with the number 24 circled (the date).