Since the fall of 2018, mixed-media collage became my favorite type of art to create. I love the concept of “up-cycling” items that would normally be thrown away and creating something entirely different and beautiful with it. I save every scrap that appeals to me, even if it is just an inch long! Every piece has value and purpose. I don’t often know when or how it will be used, but I know that if it is sorted by color, then I will find the treasure again and put it to good use!
My collage art is made from cut and torn pieces of images from magazines. I rarely, if ever, use a full image. Instead, I look for little bits of colors, textures and patterns that appeal to me as I flip through the pages of a magazine.
I hope you enjoy the experience of viewing my collages from far away, as well as up close. From afar, you get to see the big picture, and as you get closer you will see all the interesting details – colors, patterns, and textures… oh my! Each little bit is so much fun to find, sort, and sift through while going through magazines!
“You have to get up close to experience all the details!”
The process brings me back to my childhood. Sorting through the different colors reminds me of the times when I sorted M&Ms and Fisher Price Little People by color. Peeling the glue off my fingers is also another experience I used to love as a kid… and still do as an adult (but had forgotten along the way)!
"Happily Ever After"
As I was strolling along the art gallery on our family's cruise vacation this past summer, I saw a painting of a beautiful young woman with a long flowing gown walking away that really spoke to me. This particular image inspired one of my first collages entitled "Happily Ever After".
The magazines provided in our stateroom were meant to lure you to their jewelry and boutique shops. Fortunately for me, the magazine images are rich with colors, textures, and patterns. I had such a blast cutting the images apart. Unfortunately I don't think our cleaning service was as amused.
The dress is created from many of the pictures of giant diamonds and gems I had found in the cabin's colorful magazine. After returning home, I adorned the dress with some 3D gems of my own!
Adult Art Class Exhibition and Reception April 14th at 2pm
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center - Deutser Art Gallery
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
Save the Date! I am delighted to have been invited as a guest artist and I will have three of my art pieces on display, including "Shabbat in the City" (magazine collage), "Little Girl Lost" (acrylic and color pencil), and "A New Beginning" (acrylic abstract). The artwork will remain on the gallery walls through May in case you cannot make it to the reception. I would love for you to join me! For more information, go to https://www.erjcchouston.org/events/2019/04/14/all-events/adult-art-class-exhibition-and-reception/14833/detail/.
Beginning in April, I will be holding gallery hours. This is the perfect time for you to drop in and see my art, or even see me as I am working on my pieces. Please let me know if you are planning on stopping by.
Tuesdays (1-3pm) on April 16, May 7, 21
Wednesdays (7-9pm) on April 10, 24, May 8, 22
Art Workshops this spring!
This spring, I will be hosting workshops on the following topics:
Whimsical portraits drawing
Realistic portraits drawing
If you or someone you know may be interested, please let me know and we can form a workshop that fits our schedules. There will be a fee associated with it along with supplies that you may need to purchase. More information to follow.
Mother's Day Gifts: Products and prints available for purchase
Are you looking for a unique gift for mom this year? I am delighted to offer my artwork printed on a wide variety of products including tee shirts, greeting cards, tapestries, duvet covers, phone covers, notebooks, pillows, tote bags, and more! Here are just a few of the items that my clients have already purchased. I currently have 22 images available on RedBubble. Check it out and let me know what you think! https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennexpressions?asc=u
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