adrienne mason art

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Found Abstracts and a Giveaway

I’ve just returned from a weekend workshop on Whidbey Island at the Pacific Northwest School of Art. I had a great time learning from Jane Davies and hanging out with my friend and artist, Marion Syme. I don’t have any finished pieces to show from the workshop as it was primarily about technique and exploration, but suffice to say you should check out the school’s offerings as well as Jane’s work and workshops (many of which are on-line).

Before the workshop we spent a day exploring Port Townsend, which was a fabulous way to spend the day — funky old townsite, antique shops, art galleries, good food, a parade (which we missed, but still!; it was Rhodo Fest or some such). I picked up this wonderful etching by artist Kenji Ushiku. I loved it as soon as I saw it, but resisted going back to buy it for a few hours since it was in the first shop we entered. I’m glad I made the purchase; it’s sitting on my mantle now. (Sorry about the glare.)

Print by Kenji Ushiku

Print by Kenji Ushiku

We also spent a great hour or so exploring Fort Worden and we came upon Battery Kinzie. Old buildings and military history aside, we were struck by all of the abstract paintings we found on the walls of the battery. Ostensibly the marks were to cover up graffiti, but I’m not so sure. The colours and marks seem so well chosen. It feels like artists were let loose with the paints and rollers. I can’t find anything on-line, but if you have any info., please leave a comment. Here are my found abstracts:

Fabulous or what? I think the colour combos might find their way into some work. I was a bit jazzed when I got home so I got busy with the paints, stamps, and monoprints I made to create a few abstract postcards last night. Here’s the giveaway part. If you would like an “Adrienne Mason original” (ha, ha!)—or would like to surprise someone with one—please leave a comment with info on how I can contact you and I’ll send one along (randomly chosen). And please feel free to spread the word.




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Monochrome & Monoprints

I’ll have a mail art post up soon as I’ve been receiving some fabulous mail, but for now here are a few collage experiments.

Over the Easter long weekend I spent a great evening making art with a few friends. We each had our gelli plates out and were just mucking around (and, ahem, drinking wine). For inspiration we watched Dudley Redhead‘s (aka Tara Axford) great video on some techniques she explored after visiting a botanical gardens in the Netherlands. It’s really fabulous, but she moves quickly, so we had to watch it a few times.

If you haven’t played around with gelli plates and monoprints, I’d highly recommend that you give it a try. I was primarily doing it to make unique papers for collage, but there seems to be no end of techniques you can play around with. Here is what I came up with in a few hours:

Monoprints from March 24, 2016

Monoprints from March 24, 2016

(Sorry that the image is a bit fuzzy.) You can see the great variety of patterns and colours that get pulled off the plate. It’s always a bit of a surprise and you can’t have too many expectations or worry about things being too precious. My favourite paper is often the one that I use to clean the plate. It comes out with wonderful, complex layers of paint that would be impossible to re-create.

I made a few collages, none of which I’m over the moon about, but here goes. (The transparent pieces are the masks I used on the plates. I liked how they turned out, so used them in the collage. That’s how it goes—everything is fodder for a collage artist!)