Saturday, December 29, 2012

The last post of 2012!

The holidays are a tough time to get things done in the studio even for those of us who are Jewish!

This year I made a small Thanksgiving for my family instead of going to relatives. Then Chanukah came right away after that and I had my annual Chanukah brunch with all the latke making that goes with that!

My kids and grandson all have birthdays at that time so there was that going on.

Then on Christmas, even though I am Jewish, I still enjoy preparing a feast for my family. This year I made my first roast beef.

We also met some new cousins this week and spent lovely hours over lunch getting to know one another. It was really wonderful and a big highlight of the holidays for me.

So between all these things, I have not been able to get much done in my studio. Instead I thought I would show you some samples of the textures I have been making for my gelatin prints. I find that string and thread make the loveliest textures. I like them even better than the stamps I had on hand. The gelatin picks up every little nuance of the yarn or string and makes for some very interesting results.

Hopefully after the holidays I can get back to work. I really want to re-open my Etsy shop with some of my collages as well as some cards.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Oh and PS, I sold 4 pieces this week! Exciting!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tacking Iron

This piece was ruined or so I thought until I got my new tacking iron today!

Wow what a difference ironing down the pieces makes. The iron makes it all so smooth. All the air bubbles and wrinkles came right out. Happy me!

Here is a picture of what the tacking iron looks like. I ordered it from Jonathan Talbot. Here is the web site in case you are interested in getting yourself one of these wonderful gadgets.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Perched

Perched by Roberta Warshaw
Perched, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I am so in love with the ghost prints from these gelatin prints. I like them much better than the first print.

I almost lost this piece due to some bad adhering on my part to the substrate. Luckily I was able to salvage a portion of the image, the one with the bird. I do believe I am going to try the dry adhesion process with the tacking iron and release paper. It just isn't worth losing a piece to wrinkles and tears.

I know that there is quite a backlash right now with adding birds to art, but I really love the way this looks. So it is a keeper as far as I am concerned.

Bird and all.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Purple Papayas

Purple Papayas by Roberta Warshaw
Purple Papayas, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

When I lived in the Florida Keys one of my favorite plants to grow were papayas. They are an interesting plant to grow. They grow really fast. About a year and you get fruit. There are male plants and female plants. If you want fruit then you must weed out all the male plants but one for the fertilization of the female plants.

If there were no male plants around then the female plants would become both male and female. You could tell the sex of the plant by the way the flowers hung.

But of course the fruit was always better if the female plant was fertilized by an actual male.

The fruit would hang big and heavy and when they were unripe they were a lovely deep, dark green color. Some people use these as a squash and cook them. But I always liked to wait until they were ripe. When they ripened they would turn a luscious orangey yellow.

They were never purple of course.

But when I began to look at this piece, it reminded me of the way the trunk of the plant looks with the heavy fruit hanging just so. So I am calling it “Purple Papayas” anyway. I can you know. Artistic license and all that.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Golden Tree

Golden Tree by Roberta Warshaw
Golden Tree, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
The background image on this piece is very meaningful to me. It is a print I made from my mother's brown wedding dress. Her wedding dress was brown for what reason I do not know. I think it had to do with her  step mother’s wishes but I am not sure. My mom doesn't like to talk about it.

Anyway, she gave me the dress and I proceeded to make a lace pattern with it. I hadn't found a use for it until now but I think it works well here with the gold tree.

The last few days I haven’t done much in the way of artwork. I think I needed a break. Plus I decided I wanted to set up an online gallery with available artwork for sale. I have had a few people ask me where they could buy my work and I didn’t really have a good answer.

Frankly, I am tired of Etsy and all their fees. I thought I would try something different. Although if it doesn’t work out, Etsy may be the only other option.

So if you are so inclined and you would like to purchase a piece you can click on the link here or at the top of the page and it will take you there.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Purple Flowers

Purple Flowers by Roberta Warshaw
Purple Flowers, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I keep getting taken down different roads with these gelatin prints. I just keep following along. Someone mentioned working in a series on another blog. I am pretty sure this qualifies.

Each work leading into the next. I also find that if i spend too much time on a piece it will not work no matter what I try. Each piece has a mind of it's own it seems.