Tag Archive: Fine Arts


You can take the girl out of the Chicago but you can’t Chicago out of the girl!  That pretty much describes what motivates my edgier style of artwork.

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(above)  Child’s Play was a problematic / naughty creation that had taken me three years to create.  It began as a collagraph print that went rouge on me, so I tucked it away in a drawer for a few years. As time went by,  I had grown and evolved as an artist. So when I found the collagraph print, I knew exactly what to do with it, to make it into an interesting composition.

(below) My series of surrealistic charcoal drawings title Bombus (Latin word meaning BOOM) expresses the feeling/action that I wanted to portray in the drawing Bombus!

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(below) This composition titled BILLIE  is created with handmade paper.   The paper pulp was applied to a free form mold.  Once the pulp had dried I applied a variety of permanent metallic paints and mounted the sculpture onto a wood background that’s covered  with fabric.  Please stop in the studio to find out why this composition was given this title!

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(below) The series title SNAP has a special story connected to my dear childhood friend that inspired me to create artwork using a very unusually  method.  Please stop in the studio and ask me to tell you the story behind this artwork! iMAGiNETHAT Art Studio is #12 on the self- guided tour of the Northwoods Art Tour brochure. Go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

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Artwork is a reflection of the artists life experiences and my creations are no exception to this rule.

The  Leap Of Faith series was created because of my daughters devotion to children with autism. artDSC_0080 8x10

Through my own personal experiences, any person and their family members living with a loved one with physical or learning differences has taken a leap of faith in order to achieve their goals. This is the inspiration behind my series titled Leap of Faith!   Leap of Faith is a collection of collages created from a selection of altered original prints and paintings that have been torn, cut and paper punched into a new creation.

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Welcome to iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio!  I hope you will come and explore my studio during the North Woods Art Tour on October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017!

My art studio is #12 this year on the Northwoods Art Tour guide map located in the brochure.

To learn more about the 2018 Northwoods Art Tours go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

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While I can’t post photographs of the wonderful campers that stopped in at my art studio today, I’d like you to look at the camp website to view a few photographs of the those campers that were guests in my art studio. The link to camp is:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/camptimberlane/sets/

I look forward to visiting the campers in the near future, when stop in at Wildwood Park and Zoo this Summer.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Munsey and Boda  the two Kodiak bears.

I’d also like to thank all the other guests that have come to my art studio this weekend!  I was thrilled to have returning guests!  We chatted about the conversations we had last year and learned more about each other during their second visitation at the studio.

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Below image “Catch of the Day” / little Intaglio etchings, hooked on the fishnets offers studio guest a selection of original prints that are reasonably priced.

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20170728_005922-1I’m so excited for the opening day at the iMAGiNETHAT Art Studio and welcome all the guests visiting all the art studio’s on the Northwoods Studio Tour!  My art studio is #12 this year on the guide map in the brochure.

To learn more about all the participating artist go to the following link  www.northwoodsarttour.com

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I’m posting a few photographs of the artwork that will be showcased during the 2017 Northwoods Art Tour.   iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio is located in Arbor Vitae ,about 1 mile north of the Lakeland Airport. My studio is #12 on the brochures guide map.

To learn more about all the wonderful northwoods artists on the tour and view the guide map, go to the following link  www.northwoodsarttour.com

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The WALKABOUT series is inspired by the two rescued Kodiak bear cubs that I’ve been documenting since September  of 2015.  This collage was created from a variety of  original prints that have been cut, torn and/ or paper punched into a wide selection of formations.  The bear is created from paper toweling that has been water-colored and cut into a bear shape.  The background of this composition is created from an original Intglio Print that was water-colored to create more contrast, enhance the prints textures to  entice the viewers visual interest.

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During your visit to my art studio you will have the opportunity to learn how a collagraph plate is created and watch how an original Intaglio print is inked, the special printmaking paper (Rives BFK) is soaked, blotted and pulled through the Intaglio Printing Press to create a one of kind original print.

 

 

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The two images above depicts the creation of the collagraph print of the elephant composition that I’m working on at this time.  The collagraph plate of the elephant was inked and printed after I had inked and printed the background plate.  Tiny seed beads were added after the I had added watercolor to the composition.

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The image above depicts the background collagraph print (which is the same print as used for the elephant’s background.  The bear is made from paper toweling that is colored with water color.  I sprayed the paper toweling with a fixative, so I could utilize the paper toweling to be used in my collages.  The fixative seals the water colors into the paper and will not allow the color to bleed out onto the collagraph print.

If your interested in learning more about printmaking and or would like to see how to make prints or take a workshop in printmaking feel free to contact me.  Go to the following link to learn more about the Northwoods Art Tour  www.northwoodsarttour.com

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The drawing of Munsey had taken me about a solid 24 hours of time from start to finish.  Of course I didn’t sit down for 24 hours and draw the composition all at one time.  I spent about a month working on this drawing, while I worked on other bear related collages.

I used multiple photographs of Munsey in order to get the lighting and perspective of the bear captured correctly.  The fur coat was drawn three different layers because it needed to capture the muscle tone, the bears under coat as well as his wispier top coat.

This wasn’t an easy draw and I had to constantly remind myself that I could accomplish this task if I persevered!  So, I was was very pleased with the end result!

Once I had drawn out the basic outline of the bear in pencil,  I used powered charcoal, feathers, a sham, various types of erasers to draw the this composition.  I had the most fun drawing the fur coat because it lends itself to be more abstract.

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If your interested in viewing Munsey this Summer, please stop in at the    iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio during the NORTHWOODS ART TOUR on July 28th, 29th and 30th.  My gallery is #12 on the tour map this year.   To learn more about the NORTHWOODS ART TOUR go to the following link;  www.northwoodsarttour.com

 

I’m extremely honored to be involved with the UW Marshfield/ Wood County Campus Art Department serving as the Art Director for Art Gallery 450.  The video above segment depicts a sample of the artwork created in Professor Kitty Kingston’s Art Studio Courses.  The video segment listed below showcases the 2016 Fall semester  art students  and the 2017 Spring semester art students actively involved in the art studio courses offered at the UW Marshfield /Wood County Campus.

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The above image depicts what the elephant collagraph plate looks like after  it was inked and pulled through the printing press to create an original print.  On the right hand side of the picture is a small section of the pulled print.  The elephant prints will most likely be altered through adding watercolor and applied to a background to create a more interesting composition.

The above images are collagraph plates before they’ve been inked. To create the plates I mounted textured wall paper to a high quality mat board. When I was creating some of the Kodiak bear collagraphs,  mounted wash cloth fabric to mat board, which creates a similar texture that resembles the bears fur coat.

The above image’s represent the  inked background plate and how I blocked the formation space for the  elephant plate.

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The image above is of the elephant plate inked and placed on top of the background print.

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The above image depicts the end result.  This piece is far from finished. I will add watercolor and possibly sew on tiny beads to enhance the artwork.

To see the finish product or see how the artwork is created in my studio, please join me on July 28th,29th and 30 or October 6th,7th and 8th. I’ll be demonstrating the printmaking process at the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio during the NORTHWOODS ART TOUR. Go to the following link to learn more about all the wonderful and diverse artwork that’s created by artistic members on the art tour.  www.northwoodsarttour.com

I spent four hours photographing Munsey and Boda on April 17th.  Munsey’s weight is about 575 pounds and Boda’s weight is about 594 pounds.  On April 17th, 2016 the cubs weights was 230 pounds and in October of 2015 the cubs weights was 120-130 pounds.

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Munsey has been  initiating  the wrestling matches over the Winter months , while Boda was moving a bit slower because of the Winter weather.  Munsey favorite way to bother Boda is to pull Boda’s ear.  Now that spring has arrived Munsey and Boda are as active as ever and during their active periods they will usually wrestle with each other about four times during a 60 minute period of time.  One of the best times of day to see these guys in action in the Bear Woods is usually around 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

DSC_0073 You can find them playing tag, having water fights in the Bear Pond and bathing.

Munsey’s favorite water activity is finding a nice size rock and placing it on his nose or forehead and launching it into the air.

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The bears should of stopped climbing tree’s about 12 months ago but on March 17th, 2017,  I watched Boda climbing back up one of his favorite trees in the Bear Woods.

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There’s something just not right about a 600 pound bear climbing up a tree!  I guess the bears were curious about the sounds of a chain saw that was cutting down one of the large tree’s at Wildwood Zoo that day.  Of-course the bears love the taste of those tender new leaves on the tree but it takes a lot of energy for Munsey and Boda to get their muscular bodies up into the tree’s as well as getting themselves back down to the ground.

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You can see the difference in the growth of the cubs since they arrived in October 2015.

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On March 17th, 2017, I photographed Munsey climbing this tree trunk and standing on top of the trunk.  The Kodiak cubs never cease to amaze me!