Sometimes the unexpected things that started out as a scrap turn into something with soul. I have that feeling about this piece. I can't quite put my finger on why, maybe it is the air of beauty despite being unintentional or how it tells a story while being unfinished. Somewhere in this piece I feel a lesson about enjoying the present and learning to love imperfection.
Playing around with ink and watercolor paper yesterday. -> Swipe to see the early stages and the original photo from @fable_and_forest. She was kind enough to let me to take inspiration from her beautiful photo. Also behind the scenes... Fafnir finding his true cat nature and finding the best way to sleep on the current project 😂
I love working with black tea because the piece keeps changing as time goes on. This piece is at least two years old and the tea has taken on its own character that works in harmony with the cut paper pieces. I often wish that I did not have such a backlog of old work, but then I find treasures like this that remind me of deeper things. ❤️
I've been working to get my art together to put on consignment. It is an study in working past feels of what I want to do and doing what needs to be done. There is a kind of joy in it--like being done cleaning your house when you really did not want to clean. Also my business cards should be coming in the mail today! It is pretty exciting. I am learning to accept my art for what it is--a release for me and hopefully something that speaks to another soul. I get such great joy from creating and an equal joy when a piece goes to a new home.
I first developed my signature with the inspiration of Asian artist's signature stamps or seals. The name or initials of the artist held within a square or circle. Also my love of graffiti and hiding things not easily seen... so I set out to combine my initials into one image. And yes, in high school when I thought that my last name could someday change from a "C" to a "M" - I figured out how to make that work too ;) Within this artist's mark are the initials "H F M." Can you see it?
I've been busy this last week with a lot of changes. This time last week I made an arrangement to have my art on consignment in Kalispell, one of my dear co-works has left to start s new adventure, and this little guy was added to the Montana Moore household. Say hello to Fafnir--which means "the embracer" and is an apt name. Who would have thought that last week thus little one was living wild under a building and is currently snoozing under the covers in the bed upstairs. All of this to say, is that life is hard and wonderful and the changes keep coming, but it is not a bad thing. New opportunities to grow and improve.
Sometimes. There was going to be more of a thought here, but I think we will just leave it at that.
Some pieces I worked on yesterday. I forgot how much fun it is to combine different pieces and try lots of combinations to find the right one. I has got me thinking about doing another art show, I would love to work with a local coffee shop to display some of my work. For now it looks like I am going to be creating a presentation in my house!
For the past year, I have not focused on my art as there were lots of other important things going on in life. And finally I am taking steps towards doing more with my art. This Saturday I am taking some pieces to Sassafras in Kalispell to see if they would like to sell them on consignment. It feels very risky to put myself and my art back out there, but it is also forcing me to face my fear and acknowledge that my art is more than I think. I am reminded that what I create, what I bring to the table is heart and raw emotion as told through paper and ink. It might not be everyone's style, but that does not invalidate it, or me. These are the thoughts I struggle to get my heart to believe, but somewhere in there, I know it is true. This custom Kirigami piece was made for @natalietheauthor and her love ❤️
Scarcity vs abundance mindsets. Many years ago I was first introduced to these concepts. Scarcity is driven by the idea that there is not enough to go around--it's a dog eat dog world and you gotta fight for your piece of the pie. Abundance is driven by helping others and realizing that you can actually give away love, respect, and more--and at the end of the day, you have more, not less. When the two concepts are neatly lined up on the page they seem easy enough to tell apart, but in practice they can be quite hard to pin down--because who really wants to admit they struggle with a scarcity mindset?
I tend to stay clear of things that I am not good at, or have the risk of failure. I believe this is one of the reasons I like art and stick to my own aesthetic--nobody can tell me I am doing it wrong. And that is also why I normally stay far away from traditional fine art... but I am making an effort to get out of my comfort zone and take some risks. I can't move forward ad grow if I am not willing to take risks, fail, and try again. This sketch it a piece of my risk--trying to draw and then convert to Kirigami an elk. It has already taken many attempts, but I have hope and will keep trying.
Perspective is a beautiful thing. It can be hard to find or slip away if one does not pay attention. I've been reminded lately about putting things into perspective--most often the big picture. It is easy to focus exclusively on the details--those that blot out the large view but somehow also sap the joy out of the moment.
Custom unicorn for @butterfly.girl79 🦄 I have so much fun making new designs and continuing to experiment with making shadowbox nightlight / lanterns. If there is interest I hope to make more! ---> swipe to see the unicorn lit up!!
New Kirigami piece I am working on. Over the past few days I have been working on specific designs so it is another level of relaxation to just cut freely. I am excited about my new projects--making something that mixes Montana and my style. I will post more about this soon!
Working on some more shadowbox nightlight/lantern Kirigami pieces! I am really excited to see how the color translates!!
I figured it was time for a giveaway!! I always love these and enjoy sharing my art, so it feel like a natural progression!! I have decided that I will make a custom piece for the luck winner! Make a comment on this post and if you have a friend that would enjoy my art feel free to tag them! Saturday morning I will make the selection!
One of the funny things about Montana is how we are already well into May and the lilacs are just coming out. It felt like a very long winter and we have had a few rainy gray days, but warmth is coming. The flowers are saying hello and fishing season opens soon.
Round two with nightlight shadow boxes! This time with a black frame and a more traditional Kirigami shape. What do you think now that you've seen black and gray?