Mark Bradford at The Whitney by Leslie Fandrich

It was the perfect Birthday present. Amazing art in a beautiful new building with my husband and kiddos. It was glorious. The work there for the inaugural show "America is Hard to See" is outstanding and more inclusive of women and minorities than ever before. So much good work to see. 

This piece by Mark Bradford is so exciting to me. It's paper he found on the street and collaged into this intricate map of colors and textures. I aspire to create something this great and I'm very interested in the endless layering of paper and the sanding down of it to reveal interesting combinations and relationships.

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"Finding Power" at Gallery 66 NY by Leslie Fandrich

July 3 - August 2, 2015

Gallery 66 NY - New works by Leslie Fandrich
66 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY
Hours: Thur-Sun, noon - 6pm

For the month of July I am showing new work at Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY. The title of the Show is "Finding Power: Women of Courage, Passion and Character"

Please join me for the opening on July 3rd from 6pm - 9pm. I will also be at the gallery July 12th and 19th if you would like to stop by then.

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A Collage State of Mind by Leslie Fandrich

I'm in a collage state of mind lately. All of a sudden, it seems to be everywhere! Collage is my go-to method for creating quick compositions and keeping the creativity fresh. It's the way I have fun and play and it's something I often do in my sketchbook. This week though, I've been working a bit bigger in anticipation of a local collage workshop I'll be doing soon. Jonathan Talbot teaches a method for creating collages that eliminates liquid adhesives and I can't wait to learn about it.

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Cut Paper Art #2 by Leslie

Here's my other cut paper canvas. I posted my first one last month. This one is certainly more Christmas-y. I found, while working with these, that it was very similar to tanagrams. Have you ever played with those? It's so natural for our brains to try to work out familiar objects from geometric shapes that are placed together. I had to change the pattern a few times in the one above because it resembled a face a little too much.

These would make great hand made Christmas gifts! All you need are pre-stretched painting canvases (10x10"), liquid acrylics in bronze or gold, stiff paper in different patterns and colors (magazine and catalog covers work well), scissors or an Exacto knife with a metal ruler and some white glue.

You can use any shapes you like, ranging from identical shapes to completely abstract. I found that working with all identical shapes created patterns that were too uniform, so I cut some of the triangles to make derivative shapes. If you cut shapes that are completely abstract it might be more challenging to fit them together, but would probably lead to some interesting results. I might try that next.

After the paint is dry on the canvas and the shapes are cut, pre-arrange the shapes until you find a pattern you like. Then glue each piece down one at a time, starting from the center and working your way out to the edges. White glue will dry clear, but do try to be careful that you don't get glue everywhere. Wipe and smooth areas that have too much glue. I used a book binding glue, but Elmer's glue will work too.

The canvases look great on their own or side by side as a pair. I am feeling like a frame of some kind would make them look a little more finished, because the canvases that I bought have the staples on the side instead of on the back. If you want to leave the canvases unframed, try to find pre-stretched canvases that are stapled on the back and paint the edges too.

I'd love to hear what you think of these! For the first one, I cut up an illustration that was pretty abstract to begin with, but for this canvas, I cut up a very recognisable object. Can anyone guess what the original images were? Leave me a comment to make your guess!

Cut Paper Art by Leslie

I was inspired by Lisa Congdon, who is attending Camp Mighty with me next week, to make this cut paper collage. I've got another one in the works and I look forward to exploring some additional patterns and techniques. I love the process of cutting paper and looking at colors and shapes to see how they might fit together. I've got boxes and boxes of paper ephemera and I could make good use of them making things like this.

It's similar to the weaving that I was doing with fabric last year. I'm not done with that project, I finally shipped some barn wood from the family farm to use as frames for them. I'm kind of excited about the winter actually, so that I can have some down time at home to just play with the materials I have been collecting and the ideas that I have.

What do you like to play with? For me, making art has play at it's heart and is very meditative to me. It's very different from the photography work that I do. Working on puzzles is a similar pursuit and I also like to play with words and letters by doing crosswords. I just like to play with life, really. I love the idea of taking representations of life or artifacts of life and remixing them into something else. I guess that's the reason I am drawn to collage and mixed media.

What kind of art are you drawn to? Do you make art? Why do you make art? If you haven't tried it, you should.