Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best of Show ~ CSN Juried Student Exhibition

The CSN Art Exhibition was juried by Denise R. Durante, a Public Art Specialists, Artist, and co-owner of D'Art Designs, LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Her selection for the gallery included work from the studio arts as well as mixed media.  Pieces in the gallery were placed in aesthetically pleasing groupings.

Below are photos of my piece Moon Over Bourbon Street whic was honored with the Best of Show award.
Click on the images below to see larger versions.

Moon Over Bourbon Street
Moon Over Bourbon Street ~ Detail

The piece was created using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, then printed onto fabric. Oil paint along with a combination of threads were added to create highlights, shadows and texture.  The piece was free motion stitched on a home sewing machine.  The two professors that most influenced my work are Wayne Littlejohn and Keith Conley, both can be found teaching in the CSN Art Department.  Their encouragement to explore the use of different media pushed my art to a whole new level.  My sincere appreciation to them for their continued support and invaluable critiques.

The following three art works can also be seen in the gallery as well.  Four pieces were entered into the show.  If you look closely you may see development progression between the pieces.

Spiral #1 - Mixed Media: Water color paint, ink, stitch.

Mixed Media: water color paint, colored pencils, and metalic ink.
 ~ Detail
Illuminated Poppy ~ Detail

Illuminated Poppy

This last piece was digitally altered and printed on to canvas.  Ink was used along with thread to enhance the hues and tones.  The entire work was free motion stitched on canvas and batting using a home sewing machine.  This indeed was a labor of love.