New, different and a bit daunting

Creating new artwork is always a little scary. So many things go through your head. Will this series be any good, will people like it, will they like my old work better, is it recognizable as my style, does it mean anything? It’s no wonder so many artists get blocked. I am starting to create a new body of work for an upcoming exhibit in April. Its new, different and a bit daunting to work on. It’s very personal work influenced by the past few years of my life.


In addition to the personal influence and inspiration of the work the medium is going to be different than my typical as well. My past work has mainly been photo based; woven, painted, transferred or other techniques. Photography has always been the focal point with other media complementing it. The past few years though, I have been working more and more with encaustic and book arts. Working with wax and paper feels very natural and fulfilling. I have become very fond of creating and experimenting in sculptured, layered and textured work.Photography will always be my first love but I feel that it is receding into the background a bit. Instead of being the main element it may just be an addition complimenting the main mixed media work or not included at all.

So, new very personal work that's not photo based, needless to say I feel very vulnerable about creating and exhibiting it. I am enjoying the process though, it’s not all fear and panic. I love being an artist and being able to create and express myself through art, it can be a very cathartic process.

Below is a sneak peek at a work in progress.

Upcoming Workshops

NEW! ENCAUSTIC AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Saturday, June 22, 2013
9:45-11:45am (2 hour workshop)
Cost: $85 per person (includes materials)
Twin Soul Art Studio, Los Gatos, CA
Ages: 13 to adult
Take your photos to new level by learning to combine the ancient art of encaustics with modern photography and printing techniques. This workshop will cover paper use and selection, mounting techniques and materials, encaustic pouring, painting and photocopy transfer techniques. Proper tools and safety procedures will be discussed. Great for photographers who want to add another option for their clients or anyone who wants to giv their photos an artistic painterly touch. All materials included and all levels welcome. Students will go home with 2-3 finished pieces and a goodie bag. Class limited to 5 participants.
To register please call Twin Soul Art Studio at:
408-410-8143 or email info@twinsoulartstudio.com
http:// www.twinsoulartstudio.com/
INTRO TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING
Saturday, July 20, 2013
2:00-5:00pm (3 hour workshop)
Cost: $145 per person (includes materials)
Twin Soul Art Studio, Los Gatos, CA
Ages: 13 to adult
Encaustic is the art of painting with hot bees wax. This hands-on workshop is a great introduction to encaustic painting. Learn the basic techniques of encaustic painting including the history of the media, materials/safety concerns, heating tools and fusing techniques, layering, masking, stenciling and other techniques to create beautiful works of art. Instructor will provide all materials and students will go home with a sample technique board, resource list, instructional handouts and product samples. Class is limited to 5 students.
To register please call Twin Soul Art Studio at:
408-410-8143 or email info@twinsoulartstudio.com
http:// www.twinsoulartstudio.com/
IMAGE TRANSFER TECHNIQUES
Saturday, July 27, 2013
2:30-4:00pm (1.5 hour class)
Cost: $45 (includes materials)
Twin Soul Art Studio, Los Gatos, CA
Ages: 8 to adult

In this class students will learn image transfer techniques for paper arts, collage, fiber arts, and more. Explore transfer options such as Xerox Transfers, Packing Tape Transfers, Inkjet Image Transfers and more using inexpensive materials. Students will go home with a variety of samples made in class.
To register please call Twin Soul Art Studio at:
408-410-8143 or email info@twinsoulartstudio.com
http:// www.twinsoulartstudio.com/

Open Studios

Silicon Valley Open Studios
Saturday May 12th & Sunday May 13th
11:00am – 5:00pm
Shannon's Art Studio
492 Arleta Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

This will be my 8th year participating in Open Studios. I will be featuring work from my new series "Selcouth" including never before seen pieces.

Alternative Process Photography, Mixed Media Book Art, Prints, Cards, and More.

Featuring ambient and down tempo music by Mark Camp