Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sorry I have been neglecting my blog! I was sick with a cold for about a week and half and it really took a huge toll on my body. But I am back to work, and will be blogging again about my art experiences soon.
I am going to start a new semester at San Diego State University, tomorrow which is always exciting. Because of my wonderful summer Study Tour to China and Japan, I am taking Japanese I this semester in preparation to apply for an exchange program for next Fall. I am especially nervous about this class because even though I am a senior and this is only a 100 level course, it is a language that I have just began to study. Is 32 too old to learn a new language? I hope not!
In addition to my language class, I am taking an online Anthropology class, beginning Woodworking and Furniture design, and figurative sculpture with Jess Dominguez. So I am looking forward to a busy semester. I promise to keep making art and posting in progress pictures like always.
Until then, Happy art making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Why We Make Art
-A discussion hosted by the Women's Caucus for Art, San Diego Chapter
When: Friday, August 21, 2009 from 6pm - 8pm
Where: Eclipse Chocolat Cafe
2121 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
(at El Cajon & Alabama near Washington)
Why: The discussion is intended to get us all thinking and ACTING and inspired to make more art, and to find what our roles are in the community and in our careers as women artists.
10% of all proceeds made during the discussion will go to the WCA San Diego. So come thirsty and hungry for chocolates. Eclipse offers coffee, tea, wine and other delicious dessert beverages such as drinking chocolates. They also have an impressive array of handmade chocolate truffles, candy bars, cupcakes, and other yummy treats.
More about the Topic of discussion:
The question that at one time or another has perplexed us all as artists: Why do I make art?
Our discussion will pose this question and we hope to hear from each of you. Of course, we can't hope to answer or even have a fruitful discussion about this without posing other questions.
- What does it take to be a successful artist?
- And we pose this question as a very personal inquiry... what makes you feel accomplished, validated?
- When you really shave away all the layers of making, whether it be performance art, painting, sculpture, textiles, small metals, wood or clay... what is the essence of what you do?
- What is your goal? Is it intertwined with a social obligation?
- Who do you make art for?
- What's the response you hope to get from your viewer?
- What/who are you inspired by?
Thanks to Steffanie for writing up these questions for discussion. And wine and chocolates to boot! Should be fun.
I am going to try to make this event. I have a very simple answer to the question of "Why I make art" which is to be a creator. I love to make new things come into being. In a world of mass production and "sameness," the unique calls to me. I need to make objects that lift you out of the mundane and live in a world of their own that you want to touch and be a part of.
If you cannot make this event, whether you are busy or in another part of the country, I would love to hear what you think about this topic. It is a question that each artist has to answer for themselves, and no two answers will be alike. Share your answers in the comments here!
Happy Art Making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Another great community event to put on your calendars!
Please check out the message below from the Women's History Museum Director Ashley Gardner.
The 2nd annual Suffrage Day Parade and Ball will be held on Saturday, August 29th in Balboa Park. The Suffragist's Parade starts at 4pm at the Kate Sessions Statue and is FREE!
Suffragist's costumes, banners, flags and placards are all welcome and encouraged. We march across the Laurel Street Bridge through the Park to the Balboa Park Club. (about 20 minutes). Lemonade on the lawn follows.
The Ball starts at 6pm on the BEST dance floor in San Diego - the Big Ballroom at the Balboa Park Club. A beautiful, elegant room perfect for "A Journey to the 1930's" our theme for the ball. Vintage cars, costumes, and cuisine will be part of the festivities. And of course, dance music by the Sue Palmer Orchestra as led by Jimmy Woodard. A Dance Marathon, Costume Contests and historical reenactments involving a 1934 Police Paddy wagon. (Rumor has it that Bonnie and Clyde will be there).
This event is part of the Educational Programming of the Women's History Museum.
Tickets and more information are available on line at www.whmec.org/ or by calling the Women's Museum at 619 233-7963. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy event attending! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Saturday, August 15, 2009
IT’S TIME TO REGISTER for the 12th ANNUAL Women's Caucus for Art/San Diego (WCA/SD) RETREAT for 2009!
Here is all the information from the WCA/SD Retreat Coordinator Jen Bottoms:
The retreat offers a special time to make art, make new friends and reconnect with old friends.
THE FAMILY FIELD AND CONSTELLATIONS, group healing session with Ellen Benfatti
PORTRAIT PAINTING with Judith Burnett
ENCAUSTIC TECHNIQUE with Jaime Lyerly
(More details about the workshops below)
When: November 13, 14, 15, 2009
Where: Camp Stevens in Julian
1108 Highway 78
Julian, CA 92036
We will be staying in the new Wolterstorff Lodge.
Fee: A $135 (member), $155 (non-member) or $180 (retreat plus basic membership) fee covers registration, 2 nights and 5 meals (organically grown and prepared by Camp Stevens), and all workshop fees. Note: There might be a small materials fee.
From San Diego: Take highway 67 to Ramona, then Highway 78 east to Julian. Camp Stevens is located 2 miles east of Julian on State Highway 78.
There is a “Camp Stevens” entrance sign on the left side of the highway exactly 2 miles from Julian.
A deposit of $35 (refundable before November 6, 2009) is required to secure your reservation, and the full amount of $135, $155 or $180, is due no later than Sept.13, 2009.
Registered participants will receive a detail map, a packing list, schedule, and other details via mail. Please let us know if you require a special diet, or have physical restrictions.
Note: There is no cell phone service.
(A WCA/SD membership is NOT required to participate in the retreat)
The family field and constellations; group healing session with Ellen Benfatti
There is a “life force” that flows through families, generation after generation. This force is one, which relates family member’s to each other. This is part of the family field of consciousness. We call it the Family Soul. Ellen will be facilitating a healing session which works with the energetic patterns held within the family. Come ready to heal and restore balance to your body, mind, and soul. The time spent together during this workshop will most likely change your view of yourself, humanity, and your family in a way that fosters more love, compassion, health, and vitality.
Portrait Painting in oils with Judith Burnett
You will learn a basic portrait painting technique. You will learn how to pose your model in order to get a good likeness and a satisfying painting; what materials and colors you will need, and how to mix and apply your paint.
Encaustic painting with Jaime Lyerly
Encaustic is beeswax, damar resin and pigment applied to a surface hot and fused using heat. You will be learning the basic techniques of encaustic painting is this workshop. We will cover history, materials, substrates, tools and safety. We will explore layering, collage, incising, embedding, and transfers. There will be plenty of time for hands-on experimentation. Bring your own collage elements and get ready to try this “hot” way of painting. (see more of my encaustic work)
About Camp Stevens and WCA/SD retreat
We will stay in the new Wolterstorff Lodge, which is built from the ashes of the Bishop’s Lodge; destroyed in the “Angel Fire” in September 15, 2007. The lodge has 24 beds; 4 six person rooms with shared bath, and a meeting room with a fireplace. Outdoor Facilities include a tree house, outdoor chapel and other outdoor meeting and gathering spaces. Visitors can also enjoy a swim in the pool (seasonal), a stroll in the botanical garden, games on the lawns, basketball and volleyball, or an evening campfire.
For more information, or to register for the Retreat, contact Jen Bottoms at (619) 892-3429 or via email.
If you missed my encaustic workshop in Escondido, you can join me for this one! Hope to see you there.
Happy Art making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Friday, August 14, 2009
I had not worked in acrylics since I fell in love with encaustics over a year ago. It was so much fun to work spontaneously without having to fuse each layer. I also worked with a "dirty brush" technique, using only about 5 brushes total for all of the paintings. Usually with encaustics, I keep my brushes in separate colors, unless I am mixing on the griddle palette. To see more about how encaustic paintings are done, check out the links above.
All of these paintings are in progress, and most are just an exploration of color. I favored soft formed geometric rectangles for this session, and some of these will be pushed up next to one another to form more complex shapes and movement. For now, here are 11 of the 21 claybord paintings. Enjoy!
Acrylic painting on 6x6 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.2 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 6x6 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.3 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 6x6 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.5 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 6x6 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.7 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 6x6 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.8 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 6x6 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.9 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 5x5 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.10 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Acrylic painting on 5x5 inch claybord, 8.8.2009.11 © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Find some inspiration in color and Happy Art Making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Thursday, August 13, 2009
For those of you who not my Twitter follower or Facebook friend or fan, you may have missed all my posts about these steps. So, I present to you the Art Biz Coach Alyson Stanfield's "First 4 steps toward selling your art." They are wonderful and a great reminder that it takes more than just work in the studio to make it as an artist.
It is because of the Art Biz Coach's book "I'd rather be in the studio" and newsletter that I even started my blog and all this social networking. Knowing the steps and learning how to follow through with them is a must for artists at all stages of the game.
Here are the steps:
Step #2 is Create your mailing list
Step #3 is Connect with other artists
I have steps #3 and #4 down. I love to write, blog, tweet, and connect with other artists. I write for my own blog, Art Making is a Journey and the Women's Caucus for Art Blog. It is even more fun to write about other artists than my own work. Over the past year, I have written about other artists such as Lisa Bebi, David Fobes, May-Ling Martinez, and events such as the workshops at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, the Women's History Museum's "Herstory" show, and Dance, Vocal and Drum Workshop led by Kat Fulton and Draza Jansky. Granted, most of these events I was somehow involved in, but what better way to write about something than to experience it firsthand?
Step #1 is simple, yet hard to manage. Devoted studio time. Do I have that? I spend lots of time making art, but I recently have been making art in hours of creative energy. When my college classes start again at the end of the month, I will be back on a normal routine of making art almost everyday. Then I will be back to devoted studio time.
Step #2 is the most difficult for me. I am just starting my mailing list, but am not sure which is the best service to use. I signed up for a free trial of Constant Contact email marketing service. I also have downloaded a free trial of Flick! which is a program to manage my art and my contacts in the same place (more information about software programs for artists on the Art Biz Coach Blog). I want to be able to send out art newsletters to announce my art and pass along the great information that I find on the web. If you want to be on my email list, please fill in the box on the right of blog post. Yet, I am still confused on which comes first. Do you have any tips?
So check out these first steps, and let me know what you think. If you have any tips on software programs, email programs or keeping up with studio practice, I would love to hear about it. Put it in the comments here to share with everyone.
Until then, Happy Art-Making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Recently, on my Facebook Fan Page, I started a doing a random drawing for an original encaustic monoprint done by me, Jaime Lyerly, for every 50 fans. I usually ask my son or partner Chris to pick a number, so it is quite random.
I have only done one drawing for my Facebook Fans, since I am currently at 71 fans. However, as I saw that my visible followers on my blog reaching closer and closer to 50, I thought "why not have a follower drawing, too?" So here we are!
The winner of our first Blog Follower Drawing is artist Kimber Scott!
Kimber is an amazing artist and I am so happy that she was picked for this drawing. She also blogs, Kimber Scott - In Progress, about her art work, which I cannot help but love. For my drawing, she wins an original encaustic monoprint made by me, which she selected from my Encaustic Monoprint tutorial from April 2009. Kimber chose Encaustic Monoprint #10, which can be seen above.
Congratulations to Kimber Scott! Could you be next?
Love art and want to get in on the winning action? Become a Facebook Fan or Follower on my blog! You don't need to be an artist to win, but if you are, I will link to your work. I would love it if you follow me on Twitter too, but I don't have a drawing for Twitter. Send your artist or art-loving friends to my sites to join too.
Happy Art-Making! ~Jaime Lyerly
Monday, August 10, 2009
We had so much fun at the free Artist Trading Card (ATC) Workshop led by Renee Richetts and Lisa Bebi last Saturday, August 8, 2009 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery! It was great, and I have plenty of pictures to share. Plus, I finally met some of the wonderful artists that I have been connecting with on Facebook. It was an inspirational day!
Most of the workshop time was spent creating the cards using whatever materials wanted. All materials were provided, and we could use anything or everything there. The only criteria to be an Artist Trading Card or ATC is that the card has to be 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch. So stay in that size and let the creativity flow!
My son, Xen, immediately started cutting and gluing cards together. My friend, Starry, took out tiny pieces of tissue and glued them onto a card. Her daughter, Pan, drew anime with pencils. Without much thought, I ripped up some book pages and started gluing them down to the pre-cut card. Grabbing some Golden fluid acrylic paints and brushes, I started to put color down on the cards. I had not worked in acrylics for at least a year, ever since I fell in love with hot encaustic wax. It was wonderful to be able to lay down color and not have to fuse every layer! I forgot how easy and intuitive it is to work in acrylics.
Here are some photographs of some of the cards we did at this workshop.
Artist Trading Card by Xen, © photo 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Artist Trading Card by Starry Wizdom, © photo 2009 Starry Wizdom
Artist Trading Card by Starry Wizdom, © photo 2009 Starry Wizdom
When we made out choices of what which card we wanted from the board above, we switched it out with one of our own. Here are some of the cards we made in their new homes (for the moment!)
© photo 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Artist Trading Cards at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, After the Workshop swap
photo © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
The workshop did more for me than just a few hours of fun. I was so inspired by working in acrylics, that later on that same day, I did more painting. I painted for five hours straight and started 21 paintings in acrylic on 6x6 inch board. Yes, I know 21 paintings are a lot; but when I'm on fire, I go with it! I will have some pictures of those coming up this week.
Until then, Happy Art Making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Friday, August 7, 2009
Want to know what I will be doing tomorrow? Taking a FREE Art Workshop with my son, some friends and a whole bunch of artists!
Artists Renee Richetts and Lisa Bebi will be co-teaching a free workshop on Artist Trading Cards (ATC) at the Escondido Municipal Gallery in Escondido, California during the Escondido Saturday Artwalk, this Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 2-4 pm.
Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are little works of art with the only criteria that they need to be 2.5 in X 3.5 inch in size. They are lots of fun to make, and you can trade them with other artists to have original art works in a pocket-sized format. I haven't made an ATC in years, so I am looking forward to this workshop.
Here is more information about the event:
All Ages event
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Place: Escondido Municipal Gallery
262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA
After the workshop, check out the opening exhibit of ATC's. Want to participate? Take part in the ATC trade: no money involved, just leave one to take one. What could be better than that?
If you are on Facebook, come RSVP to this event at this link: ATC Workshop Facebook event page.
Hopefully, I will see you tomorrow! Happy Art making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Since I enjoyed showing my encaustic paintings that I did this Friday, I decided to share some more today. Not much time to work on these today; but they will give you an idea of how time consuming it is to layer the encaustic wax. I started these paintings on Sunday. There are only about 2-3 layers on each one.
Here is today's progress:
Encaustic Painting in Progress, Untitled 2, 6x6x1.5in board, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Encaustic Painting in Progress, Untitled 3, 6x6x1.5in board, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly
Finally, here is a painting that I just started today with adding a few more layers of clear medium to the pre-waxed board. After fusing the extra layers, I used a tool to push circles into the warm (not hot) wax. Once it cools, I will fill in the circles with a light glaze of oil stick.
I hope you enjoyed my work in progress. To see more of my encaustic paintings and sculpture and encaustic process click on the links.
Happy Art making! ~ Jaime Lyerly
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
It was a productive weekend! I spent many hours on Friday in 90+ degree weather working on encaustic (hot wax) paintings. In the beginning, each time I turned on the heat gun to fuse my layers of wax, I thought "wow, I must be crazy to do this in the summer." But the wax would flow so nicely and beg me to put more layers and I quieted that inner voice with a steady stream of music on my mp3 player. Thus these 6x6" paintings came into existence despite the heat of the day.
So I am here to share the process of how they were made. The weekend of the 25th, I spent a Saturday teaching a Basic Encaustic Painting Workshop at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. It was an amazing experience for me. I love to be able to share my knowledge of encaustic and to show people the versatility and potential of this medium. Watching people who have never worked in hot wax tentatively layer on their first coats and fuse it reminded me of my own first explorations with the medium.
So this weekend, I challenged myself to just paint. Not carve, not embed, not collage - just paint. These little paintings are the results. Some are more finished than others, but they are all purely encaustic paintings. I have documented the process of a few of the paintings to show their progress, and images of other paintings done on the same day are included.
I started with 6 x 6 x1.5" Studio Gallery Panel cradled Blick Studio Artists' Boards, that I had already pre-waxed with two layers of refined beeswax. Some of the wax on the boards were applied roughly but thoroughly, which leads to an inherit texture to start the painting. I like to begin with texture and work color into it. The layers of wax need time to cool if they are applied thickly, so I work on multiple paintings at the time (see the set up shot above).
Here is the first one, with its' progress numbered.
1. Paint was dropped into dots and flicked from the brush onto a pre-waxed panel, and fused lightly with a heat gun
Onto the second one, with its' progress numbered. I did not take a photo of the first few strokes of color.
1. Dots of color (blues and greens) are dripped onto the board, fused and allowed to cool. The entire surface is covered with Indian Yellow encaustic paint, applied with a dry brush.
2. Blue is added and fused. Clear encaustic medium is added in layers to subdue the colors.
These next two painting were made by pouring the wax onto the board, fusing it and painting on top when it cooled. Of all the paintings, I think these two are the most "unfinished." They do have an interesting look.
I would love to hear your opinions about these works and the telling of the process. Too much description? Not enough pictures? It is all about the journey of making art, so I am open to suggestions on how to share my journey. Artists, Do you post in progress pictures? If so, let me know! I would love to see your process.
Happy Art making! Enjoy the journey! ~ Jaime Lyerly