Mixed Media Artist

About Me

San Leandro, California
I am a mostly retired Nurse who works enough to pay for a studio and art supplies. I have been making art all my life, with no formal degree-type training, beginning with sewing at an early age. I discovered the JOY of quilting when I realized how much I liked breaking rules and telling stories. Workshops in surface design and art quilting, mentoring and encouragement from quilt artists, discovering the magic of assemblage with found objects, has landed me right in the middle of a mixed media world of art. I have been making my art and keeping it mostly to myself, giving it away only when I felt it was safe to do so. Finally, I was convinced that in order to grow artistically, I had to open up my art world for others to see, to like or not, but to see. Please take a look. Any comments, suggestions are welcome.

Mar 12, 2009

Circus Series

The circus theme began as a bag of colorful fabric that was to be incorporated into a challenge quilt for the 2005 Amador Valley Quilt Guild show. The result was a 36"x 28' conglomeration of circus images, fused, glued, and sewn. It is quite frenetic and lacks contrast/negative space or a place to rest one's eyes, but there is not much resting at a three ring circus, is there?

Under the Bigtop 36"x28" $350 Three years and many circus dreams later, I began assembling more circus collages on a smaller scale. The images are digitally printed and machine sewn onto fabrics that have been dyed, painted, stenciled, stamped, etc.

Angel, Divas and a Pig 14"x14" $150

Jester 14"x14" sold

Brothers Ceado 14"x14" $150

Keep the Circus Going 14 "x14" $150

Text reads: "Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don't take anything too seriously. it'll all work out" (David Niven)

No Regrets? 14 "x 14 " $150

Text reads: "So Al, did we do the right thing... running away from the circus to become lawyers?"

April, May and Henry 14"x14"sold

Text on border tells story of bookkeeper Henry Fritz who falls in love with the Stanley twins, wild animal trainers, and follows them, becoming part of their circus act.

Birth of a Clown

14"x14" $150

Text reads: "Eddie's job was to run into the ring with balloons to announce the arrival of his papa, Harpo the Clown, but he couldn't run fast enough and the balloons would fly every which way. The audience would laugh but he would cry, think he had failed. It wasn't until he was older that he realized this was the start of his own life as a clown, making them laugh".

Baby June 14"x14" Sold

A Circus is Magic 14"x14" sold

Long Leaps ,High Dives 14"x14" $150 What a Wonderful Sight 14"x14" $150

Text reads: "The others hurried up the hill. They really did see two great big elephants, and they also saw circus trucks in front of their farm. What a wonderful sight! It was almost too good to be true." (More Streets and Roads)

When I Get Grown 14"x14" $150

Text reads: "I think I'll be a clown when I get grown...yes sir, a clown...I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off..I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks." (To Kill a Mockingbird)

1 comment:

  1. Dear Carol,

    WOW!!! What cool work!! Your images are so full of variety and interest, put together in really unconventional ways. Love the energy and colors. Too much pattern is never enough. Esp. like the circus banner hanging style.

    Keep up the good work,
    Linda Laird


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