From the Studio: Pismo 2 (B) COMPLETED!!

There is ABSOLUTELY nothing like the feeling of conquering an especially difficult design challenge!!

As many of you know, I have been having a very difficult time with Pismo 2 (B) and had  recently begun a 5th version of this picture. I am happy to announce that as of this afternoon Pismo 2 (B) is completed!!!:

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 2 (B), 5th version, completed. Photograph

I value and have saved all of the previous versions of Pismo 2 (B) because I learned so much from them: what worked, what didn’t, what could be used in other pieces…. Art is a continual learning curve, constantly evolving as you do – as you push designs and materials and test new ideas.

To show just how much this project has evolved since it’s conception, please check out all previous versions:

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 2 (B), 1st version, in progress. Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 2 (B), 2nd version, in progress. Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 2 (B), 3rd version, in progress. Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 2 (B), 4th version, in progress. Photograph

With the completion of Pismo 2 (B), this makes eight Pismo Series pictures completed – ~30% completed – and the 2nd picture completed in 2020!

On to the next one!!!

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Studio Update: Pismo Series and new obsessions

New Year, New studio goals!!

Since initiating the Pismo Series in July of 2018, there has been a LOT of trial and error in the development of the overall look of the project. All of which has been incredibly beneficial for me as an artist, but still left me with the feeling that I should be further along with this series by now.

My initial goal was to work out the design issues in 2018, complete half of the project in 2019 and the 2nd half in 2020… I have to let go of my self-imposed deadlines and simply allow this project to develop at it’s own pace.

As of January 12, 2020, there are six completed pictures in the Pismo Series: 

There is also one that is ~90% completed… (I am conflicted, there is a part of me that feels that Pismo 9 (H) needs to be re-done to resolve some lingering design challenges and another that feels that it is fine the way it is)…

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 8 (H) (In progress). Photograph

… and seven that I have decided to re-do: Pismo B, E, F, I, J, L, &W, which leaves thirteen that I have not experimented with yet.

I had been hoping to add another picture to my complete list today, but it was not to be. So, Friday afternoon I was working on the 2nd version of Pismo 5 (E) and I made a fatal mistake:

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 5 (E) (In Progress). Photograph

Do you see it? Yep, the red circle on the left has the intended shading while the red circle on the right has the incorrect or inverse of the shading design 😦

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 5 (E) (Crop). Photograph

I have to admit that I was more than a little bit upset with myself for this glaring mistake – I honestly DO NOT know what I was thinking while working on this section, but, stuff happens, right? I was THIS close to completing the picture and I really liked the way it was coming along, so…

Good news, I can re-create this design relatively quickly.

Bad news: I have to re-create the design.

I did mention in the title of the post: NEW OBSESSIONS, so here they are: handmade books and scrolls!

I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to make handmade books and during a recent visit to the Western Ave Studios, I came across a postcard outside of a studio advertising handmade book classes. So I looked into them… which led to getting several books out of the library on how to make them and watching videos online for small book projects.

I made a small investment in a beginners bookbinding toolkit, some sample packets of handmade papers as well as a pad of scrap-booking paper that would be perfect for my color scheme:

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©2020, Jenn White, Basil with bookmaking supplies. Photograph

In one of the books I borrowed from the library, I became fascinated with a small section on how to create art scrolls… so between learning how to make my own books, I am in the process of developing a project that would allow my work to be translated onto scrolls.

So far, 2020 is off to a very interesting start and I can’t wait to delve into these two new projects and well as seeing where the Pismo Series will take me!

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Artist of the Month: Isabel Bishop

The eighth artist that will be highlighted is: ISABEL BISHOP:Isabel_Bishop,_American_painter_and_printmaker,_1902-1988

According to her Wikipedia page: “Isabel was an American painter and graphic artist who depicted urban scenes of Union Square, New York, from the 1930s to the 1970s. She is best known for her depiction of American women and as a leading member of the Fourteenth Street School of artists.”

A quick summary of the Fourteenth Street School of artists can be found at: https://www.theartstory.org/movement/fourteenth-street-school/

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information available for Isabel, no biography (from what I can tell), no website, just a couple of articles and her catalogue raisonné.

While looking into her online for this post, I came across some fascinating artwork of hers that deserves to be revisited:Bishop, Isabel (1902-1988) 3

Artists like Isabel are the reason that I create these Artist of the Month posts: so none of these artists are forgotten and, hopefully, they will be introduced to a new generation of admirers.bishop-isabel-1902-1988-2

I did manage to locate online “Art Talk: Conversations with 15 women Artists” by Cindy Nemser and Isabel can be found on pages 303–320… now all I have to do is just to get my hands on a copy…51vEWRkm27L._SX399_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of January for more photos of Isabel and images of her work.

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Preview: New Items to be added to the Etsy Shop in 2020!

White Rooster Studios is thrilled to announce that the Etsy shop will be adding new items at the beginning of 2020!

  1. Printed Pacerback Tops – these tops are a lightweight material and feature original artwork from my I Ching Series, to start, the tops will be sold in XL: 

2. Modal Scarves: These scarves are 100% Lenzing Modal – Modal is a luxuriously soft botanic silk fabric made of beechwood. Its botanic origin makes it eco-friendly and its fineness is comparable to that of natural silk. These scarves will also feature original artwork from my I Ching Series and come in one Size: 28″ × 78″ (Approximate): 

Additional information – as well as pricing – will be added the first week of January, 2020!

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Artist Date: Western Ave Open Studios

I will be entirely honest: I look forward to attending at least one Open Studio event at the Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA every year… but due to some recent health issues, I really wasn’t in the mood or frame of mind to visit the studios on Saturday afternoon.

I toyed with some excuses as to NOT visit the studios… then I felt guilty about even thinking about not going… so I set a time-limit: about two hours or until I feel unwell, whichever came first.

The Western Ave Studios are a massive complex of five floors and three buildings of artist studios, so we took the elevator to the 5th floor, planning on making our way down and, hopefully, running into some friends along the way.WAS.jpg

We step off the elevator and I am already thinking that this is going to be too much for me… and then I wander into the studio of an artist I had not met before. I was completely entranced by her work, absolutely loved the ideas behind a series she was working on and then we started talking and next thing I knew, I was sharing some postcards of my work with her and everything just changed inside of me: I was no longer thinking about how soon I could go home or how poorly I was feeling… I felt alive and excited about sharing with another artist about my work and listening to their ideas.

That one act of kindness from a fellow artist made all the difference for me that afternoon. And I encountered the same thing in several more studios that I wandered into: kindness, acceptance, sharing… and, healing.

I cannot stress enough the healing power of art on the mind and body.

A simple two-hour visit to a free open studio event benefited me more than I could ever have imagined. I had been feeling isolated as an artist lately and by going out and networking with other artists, I felt rejuvenated in regards to my work and excited about the connections I had made.

If you are in the Lowell, MA area, I highly recommend attending one of their monthly Open Studio events, you can check them out at: https://westernavenuestudios.com

WAS has more than 300 artists and there is absolutely something for everyone there. You can meet and talk to artists about their work, attend classes, lectures and sponsored events – one studio was advertising Handmade Book Classes and I immediately saw possibilities of utilizing this in my work, so looks like I will be checking that out soon!

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Artist of the Month: Louise Nevelson

The seventh artist that will be highlighted is: LOUISE NEVELSON:untitled.png

According to her Wikipedia page: “Louise Nevelson (September 23, 1899 – April 17, 1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.

Born in the Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine), she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century. Nevelson learned English at school, as she spoke Yiddish at home.

By the early 1930s she was attending art classes at the Art Students League of New York, and in 1941 she had her first solo exhibition. A student of Hans Hofmann and Chaim Gross, Nevelson experimented with early conceptual art using found objects, and dabbled in painting and printing before dedicating her lifework to sculpture. Usually created out of wood, her sculptures appear puzzle-like, with multiple intricately cut pieces placed into wall sculptures or independently standing pieces, often 3-D. One unique feature of her work is that her figures are often painted in monochromatic black or white. A figure in the international art scene, Nevelson was showcased at the 31st Venice Biennale. Her work is seen in major collections in museums and corporations. Nevelson remains one of the most important figures in 20th-century American sculpture.”

To learn more about Louise, please check out the rest of her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Nevelsonfamous-artists-studios-muses-54__880.jpg

There is a great site dedicated to Louise: http://www.louisenevelsonfoundation.org:Louise website.PNG

To learn more about Louise, please check out one of her biographies: “Louise Nevelson: Art is Life” (2016) by Laurie Wilson and “Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life” (1990) by Laurie Lisle. 

Please check out some of Louise’s sculptures below: 

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Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of December for more photos of Louise and images of her work.

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From the Studio: Pismo Series and Illuminated Letters

I have been thinking quite a lot about the origin of the Pismo Series in relation to my love of Celtic illuminated letters… mostly remind myself of why I have taken on this project, but also to draw some inspiration from them as I progress even further into this series.

I have always loved illuminated letters and fonts, beginning with my early days in college art history and graphic design classes to the nine years I spent as an image-setter during the 1990’s – I am quite sure that that job title may be a tad obsolete now as the printing industry has changed tremendously since then and it is pretty much digital now.

Essentially, my job was to take PageMaker and Quark design files and turn them into film so they can be sent to magazines and printers, mostly for ads but also for brochures, letterhead and presentation aides. I used to love making color keys that were used to confirm that the CMYK plates were going to print correctly. cmyk-color-model-01

Each plate would print out one for each of the four colors and each layer would need to be added onto the previous one using registration marks to ensure that they all line up correctly in order to create the final color image.

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Example of a mismatched image when the registration marks do not line up correctly.

I was also trained to develop and create slides as well as print posters and presentation transparencies… some of these mediums were considered cutting edge in the 1990’s, but, alas, are no longer in use today as technology has advanced so far ahead of all this and the industry has changed dramatically.

I firmly believe that my tenure as an image-setter further instilled my innate love of fonts – I used to have a thick book containing hundreds of fonts that I would thumb though for inspiration to use in my creative work. The idea of combining words and images has always fascinated me and I have struggled incorporating words into my work unsuccessfully for over 20 years. Combine this with a love of Celtic illuminated letters – like the ones below – and one day I found myself thinking about how to create MODERN illuminated letters… and if it could be done: 

Which brings us to November of 2019 – I had begun the Pismo Series in August of 2018 and had set a goal of completing this project in two years. At the time, I had thought that completing 13 letters a year seemed to be a realistic goal, but I have since concluded that the shear number of design challenges – that change from letter to letter – have made this an unrealistic goal. To date, I have only completed six of the letters and am on my 5th and 6th versions of two of the letters.

At first I felt that I was obsessing about the overall designs and how the letters were coming out, but I now see that each letter has its own personality and that, for some of the letters, it is simply a learning curve and that I need to listen and observe how the design is evolving – there is no shame in re-doing a picture that you feel simply is not working. Each version teaches you something and there is ALWAYS some element that you can take away and use in another picture, so your time is NEVER wasted.

For example, I started Pismo 4 (D) last week and I really liked how the Knot and the biomorphic design came out, but when it came time to start filling in the shapes, I had the idea in my head to have the red circles rest on black ones:

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©2019, Jenn White, Pismo 4 (D) (In Progress). Photograph

As soon as I started filling in the black circles, I immediately regretted it and started to overthink it, feeling that i should have chose to fill in the circles with slate gray. I have since stepped away from the picture and am now seeing that perhaps it isn’t the “disaster” that I had originally thought it would be and have continued to start filling in some of the biomorphic shapes.

Some days, you just have to let it all go and allow the design to work itself out.

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