Spring Greetings! I think I am finally getiing out of winter hibernation. . . .
I've got a couple of recent art projects in the works and would love to give you the update! Most recently, a few of my scarves were displayed in a art/fashion photo shoot entitled CRAFT TRAP. Get the full scoop here:
Appalachian Fashion Craft Trap
I think my scarves look great flowing in the breeze and the model is gorgeous! Good stuff.
My scarves are for sale, and my inventory changes frequently, so please use the contact form on my website to get in touch with me!
The next bit of news is that I have a solo exhibit, Textural Organic, up at the Sylva Library! It is in the Rotunda Gallery in the Historic Courthouse Library Complex. It is up now, so come out and have a look!
Click here: Textural Organic
I have a little bit of everything in this exhibit; some of my large collage paintings, some encaustics, and some small works.
The exhibit will run through May 8 and I will be there for a little meet-and-greet reception from 2 - 3pm on April 27 during Greening Up the Mountains festival.
I hope to see lots of friendly faces there!
Anyway, I love making Valentines. I made a bunch of them yesterday and now they are totally ready to be given away!
These were made with my favorite technique of layering screen printed images on paper. When an abstract, nature image is printed in layers of different colors, the visual texture really builds up and some unexpected beauty happens.
I printed the image texture with reds and violets, cut out the heart shapes, and voila! Valentine City.
I wonder who will be the lucky recipients?
Spread the love!
...and spread some OctoLove!
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Artwork by Dawn Behling
Happy December everyone! Mercury is out of retrograde (thank goodness!), and the lunar eclipse of November 28 is expected to bring lots of positivity. Good things to think about as we head into the Winter Holiday Season....
Okay, so I'm now going to toot my own horn for a bit... I just sold some artwork!
The WCU Program at Biltmore Park was looking to purchase artwork from WCU alumni to exhibit in their new buildings. I am so excited and grateful that they chose some of my work!
Below are some pics of my goodies that are now gracing the walls of Biltmore Park.
If you want to know exactly what Biltmore Park is, click here...
http://www.wcu.edu/6249.aspThanks for indulging me, everyone!
Layered Branches, mixed media on paper
Earth and Skin, acrylic on paper
Octoprint V: Clay, mixed media on paper
Handmade Holiday Sale in 2 weeks!
Of course, I will have scarves and prints for sale, as well as other suprise goodies for your artsy pleasure. ♥
Thursday November 15, 2012
Fine Art Museum
Western Carolina University
Wine and appetizers will be served!
Happy Fall! I have the privilege of participating in Colorfest this year. It will take place in Dillsboro, NC on Saturday October 6 from 10am - 4pm. Click here for my profile!
During Colorfest, I will be set up outside in downtown Dillsboro demonstrating my work. Well, maybe not actually demonstrating, but I will be working on one of my collage pieces and will be happy to answer questions about how I do what I do. I will also have scarves for sale and more OctoLove prints! Since the prints were such a hit at my Hot Wax & Octo Love reception, I decided to have them available again at Colorfest.
And speaking of Hot Wax & Octo Love, it is still up in Signature Brew Coffee Shop through October 11. I have to say, if you missed the opening reception, you missed out on lots of fun! There was wonderful, mysterious, underwater, ocean music! The wine was flowing and lots of my Octolove prints went to new homes!
Hello! I started a Facebook page for my art. I thought it would be an easy way to spread the word about new artsy stuff I'm doing. Check it out, and please "Like" my page to get updates!Click Here: ArtworkByDawnBehling
You can also click the little Facebook icon in the upper right corner of my website. Thank you so much for your support!
Lots of OctoLove!
Greetings! So, you know all the encaustic paintings I created during Lisa Pressman's summer class? (You should, if you've been following my blog!) I'm putting together a little exhibit that will be at Signature Brew Coffee Company in September. See the announcement....
Yep, the title of the show is Hot Wax & OctoLove. I decided to call it that because most of the work is encaustic, which is made with hot wax, and most of the work has an octopus theme. I love the swirly shape of the octopus and most of these paintings have some kind of octopus-flowing-underwater imagery incorporated into them.
My work will be up September 14 - October 11, 2012. There is a free opening reception on Friday, September 14 from 6 - 9pm.
Signature Brew Coffee Company
633 W Main St
There will be refreshments (and of course, great coffee) at the reception, as well as a fun surprise from me! So, come on out and bring friends!
Click on the Facebook Event invitation here:
Hot Wax & Octo Love Facebook
So, at the end of the workshop, I was delighted to discover that I had eleven finished pieces. Whew! Eleven pieces in four days is something! It felt so great to be absorbed in the studio again and focus on art making for a week.
I noticed I worked a lot in greens and blues, and of course my beloved Octopus showed up more than once....
So the workshop week has come to a close. It was fabulous. There were three simultaneous workshops: Book arts with Karen Hanmer, Hot Wax with Lisa Pressman, and Cold Wax with Rebecca Crowell. I loved meeting these wonderful instructors and mingling with all the students involved. Seeds for wonderful friendships and artistic collaborations were planted!
Here are some studio shots in the various classrooms....
By the way, the book, Free Play, by Stephen Nachmanovitch, is a must-read, not only for artists, but for anyone wanting to be more creative and intuitive in life, in general. I read it for the first time about 10 years ago and was thrilled to see Rebecca reference it in her class!
Book arts with Karen
Here are a few pieces in progress. I hope I can finish them all before the class is over!
This is how this piece started.....
....and this is what it's transformed into. We'll see how it ends up....
Lisa had us do a really interesting warm-up exercise where we created 30 drawings in 30 minutes. It gets the creative mojo going and allows the creative process to flow without thinking. Here are some of mine.....
I usually use very sinuous, rounded shapes in my work, so I was surprised to see how geometric and "square" these drawings were.
Here's some of Lisa's....
One of the drawing prompts was to draw a certain word or feeling. Of course, Lisa and I psycho-analyzed them.....
Remember, she could have been a therapist, right?