Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ruby Roo is FOUR!


Roo is FOUR!, originally uploaded by howtouseart.

She just turned four on May 1. Can you believe it? I feel like only yesterday she was a tiny little thing that only took up half of my purse. Now she is this full grown little doggy full of personality and energy!

I can't wait to move into my new home, because there Ruby will have her very own backyard...no more leashes ever!! :)

What is a good gift for an artist?

Here is my first attempt at answering some of your art questions! More to come soon. Thanks for the comments and questions; please keep them coming! :)

I guess it would depend on what mediums your friend worked with, but if they do any kind of painting, an artist can never have too many paintbrushes, especially ones for detailed work. Don't get the cheapest paintbrushes at the store, and stay far away from the most expensive ones, lol... I would say $3-5 per brush would be your best bet - not too cheap and not too pricey.

(Above is a photo of a painting in progress with some of my favorite brushes. Ooh, I need to work on that ear!)

Resource books are always great too... or gift cards to online art supply stores for sure! What other ideas does everyone have?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

How do you make art?


So I just finished self-publishing my book this afternoon, and now I am in need of a new project. The seeds of my new ideas are just beginning, but I need your help as I begin to develop the ideas a little bit further...

What have you always wondered about art and artmaking? What are some questions you would ask if you knew someone would have the definitive answers to them? Please leave some examples of questions you or someone else might ask in the comments section.

Some examples: What is art? What is good art? What is bad art? Are photographs art? What do you wear to an art opening? Etc...

Thanks in advance for your input!!

My book is OUT!!

I got excited and found some free time today to finish up the book! The issues with the cover that I had before are all fixed, yay! You can take a look at the order page and preview on lulu.com here.

My digital camera is being cranky (I'm kinda worried...), so I don't have photos of the book, but I did take this snazzy new video of it:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Book News!


book page!, originally uploaded by howtouseart.

Here is a page from my new book zine diary journal sketchbook thing, coming out soon! I finally finished all 255 pages of it, and it will be up for sale on Lulu.com sometime at the end of the summer. I had one copy made so far, and it was so cool to see my little book as a tangible object rather than just a dream I've had! I just need to re-do the cover and a few pages here and there...I'm giving myself a lot of time to do that because I will be on vacation and then moving to my new place very soon. So hopefully it will be ready for more eyes other than my own at the end of the summer!

Here is my mini description of the project: "Armed with just a copy machine, scissors, glue, and her sketchbooks, artist Tessa McSorley takes you on a journey into her creative process by layering text and imagery to create a narrative that is both confessional and inspiring."

It was so much fun to make! There will definitely be many more self published books like this in my future. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cold Roses


cold roses, originally uploaded by howtouseart.

acrylic, gesso, charcoal, and pastel
10" x 13"

I wanna make paintings like this all day instead of going to a job...one day I hope that will be my life. What do you hope for?

Sunday, May 02, 2010

It's Getting Hot!


relax, baby, originally uploaded by howtouseart.

silkscreen, spray paint, pastel, charcoal, and acrylic
18" x 22"

Yeah, I think summer is officially here in Florida... As soon as you step outside, you get covered in an icky film of sweat and humidity. So that is why I'm staying INside and doing lots of painting! This is one from a few months ago, plenty of new ones to show you too, but of course I gotta take some pictures first...

I'm super excited because in a few weeks I am off to Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I am taking the "Print and Clay Buffet" class and learning how to make images onto pottery - yay! So exicted...and lucky because I got a scholarship to take the class. :)
I will keep you guys posted on how it goes and will definitely want to show you what I make!