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The Creative Process

Amber Kane The Unstandardized StandardI woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise! Amber Kane, educator, textile designer, entrepreneur, and stellar day dreamer featured an interview with me on her blog, The Unstandardized Standard!!!

I recently completed Amber’s online course on Creative Confidence, and she asked each of the students attending to complete the interview questions. I feel honored to be the first interview posted!!!

You can read my interview and link to Amber’s blog to learn more about The Unstanderdized Standard. I highly recommend this course for those who are feeling a bit lost creatively or just need to get more organized and focused…and well…that was me in a nutshell for 2013. But it’s a new year and thanks to Amber, I now have some great ideas to make 2014 a highly creative year!!! I have already begun to put these tools into practice and I am so excited about it!!!

I get the best creative ideas when I’m….

When I least expect them!!! They usually come to me when I am doing something else, which is not always convenient, especially if I am not in the studio. I also love browsing the internet for ideas, especially Pinterest. After taking Amber Kane’s online creativity course, The Unstandardized Standard, I have begun pinning more and more to my Pinterest boards. I love Pinterest, but it can be a real time soaker and I was feeling a bit guilty about spending so much time there, but in Amber’s course I learned what a valuable tool pinning can be to improve my personal aesthetic. I have kept visual journals for years and Pinterest is just another way of collecting those visuals to spark an idea that might be helpful somewhere down the line. Now I allow myself time every day to browse and pin without guilt!!! Read the complete interview…

And by the way, Amber Kane makes the most beautiful scarves. It is my dream to own one someday!!! You can view her work here.

Thanks Amber!!! You’re the best!!!

 

 

 

A Great Way to Spend that Christmas Cash!

Orchard by Elaine Brady Smith, 12" x 18" encaustic collage on board.

Orchard by Elaine Brady Smith, 12 x 18 encaustic collage on board.

Did you get a little something extra in your Christmas stocking and are wondering just what to do with it??? Well, I’ve got just the thing….Take a creative workshop with me at the Art Association of Harrisburg or at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Center For American Crafts. Make 2014 the year to nourish your creative soul!!!

I have three workshops starting next week and guess what…IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!!!

So here is what I have to offer, but DON’T WAIT, space is limited! REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!!!

Still-Life in Collage

WIP Tea Time by Elaine Brady Smith, 8" x 10" collage on canvas.

WIP Tea Time by Elaine Brady Smith, 8 x 10 collage on canvas.

Date and Time: January 8 – February 12, Wednesdays, 6–8:30PM (6 weeks)

Location: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA (717) 236-1432

Skill Level: Beginner, ages 15 through Adult

In this class we will create a still-life painting in collage by “painting with paper.” Drawing inspiration from photographs, we will start with a simple acrylic under-painting, then add torn papers that have been painted, stamped, stenciled and textured to complete the piece.

There will be demos by the instructor. There will also be discussions on how to make subject matter more representational by using color, value and directional tearing of papers.

Students should be able to complete at least one 12×12” painting in class.
$70.00 – Students should bring the supplies required in the list emailed them at registration. (Minimum 5 students.)

To register for this class, contact Art Association of Harrisburg or call them at (717) 236-1432.

Artistic Journaling

Artistic Journaling pages, work in progress by Elaine Brady Smith

Artistic Journaling pages, work in progress by Elaine Brady Smith

Date and Time: January 9 – February 13, 2014, Thursdays, 6-8 PM (6 weeks)

Location: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA (717) 236-1432

Skill Level: Beginner, ages 12 through Adult

Do you need a creative place to experiment and explore ideas with no pressure to produce a masterpiece? An art journal may be the perfect solution!

In this class we will create a 16-page simple stab-binding journal from one sheet of watercolor paper. This booklet will then serve as the place for you to collage, paint, draw, doodle, scribble, write and/or all of the above, to create a visual celebration of your life and events.

There will be plenty of demos and tips on artistic journaling techniques during this six-week course. This is an excellent class for teens as well as adults and a great time for child and parent to spend creative-time together.

$70.00 – PLUS THERE WILL BE A $25 SUPPLY FEE PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR AT THE FIRST CLASS. (Minimum 5 students.)

To register for this class, contact Art Association of Harrisburg or call them at (717) 236-1432.

Intro to Encaustic Workshop

Greetings by Elaine Brady Smith. 10" x 8" encaustic collage on raised panel.

Greetings by Elaine Brady Smith. 10 x 8 encaustic collage on raised panel.

Date and Time: January 11 & 12, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, 10AM – 5PM

Location: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Skill Level: Beginner

Encaustic is a luscious and versatile medium with a range of controlled to wildly unpredictable results.  In this 2 day workshop we will cover the basics of working in encaustic, equipment and supplies including how to make your own beeswax and damar resin medium.

Demonstrations will be given on techniques such as:  fusing methods, using and applying color, building texture, incising lines, adding collage and transfers. Students will have the opportunity to explore the techniques after each demo and have plenty of time to explore this wonderful medium.

This is a great introductory workshop to give this medium a try. An extensive “how-to” handout is included along with a complete list of supplies needed to set up your own encaustic studio.

Members: $157.00/Non Members: $175.00

Plus Materials fee: $50 payable to the instructor at the time of the class covers 4-8” x 10” birch plywood sub straights, encaustic medium, encaustic gesso, brushes, Nitrile gloves, single edged razor blades, laser copies for transfers, assorted collage papers, use of tools and equipment, and printed handouts.

To register for this workshop contact PA Guild of Craftsmen or call them at 717-431-8706

See my complete listing of 2014 Workshops here.

Encaustic Demo during Lancaster Art Walk

This Sunday, Oct 6, 1-4pm I will demo encaustic collage at the Guild Store at Center of American Craft during the Lancaster Art Walk. There are 32 great venues on the walk and you can get a handy dandy map of all the stops on their website.

AND the PA Guild Store at 335 W. Queen St, Lancaster, PA now carries my encaustic art!!! Yaaayy!!! I’ll be delivering these two encaustic pieces this Thursday.

So if you are in the area on Sunday, come on into the Guild Store and say HEY!!!

Storm Warning by Elaine Brady Smith

Storm Warning by Elaine Brady Smith, 12″ x 12″ encaustic on board

Alphabet Angel by Elaine Brady Smith

Alphabet Angel by Elaine Brady Smith, 12″ x 12″ encaustic on board

Collaging into Fall

Seems fitting that these next two collages are aprapo for the season despite the fact that they were numbered in reverse order and number 020 is among the missing. Oh Well! It’ll turn up somewhere. It’s probably under a pile of collage papers on my messy worktable. There is a lot going on in my studio right now!

019 B is for Books by Elaine Brady Smith

019 B is for Books by Elaine Brady Smith

019 B is For Books represents the beginning of the school year, even though it started weeks ago for our kids. When I was growing up school always started after Labor Day and it felt like Fall. We were always ready to hit the books…oh yea…grin!

This collage is 5 x 7, mounted and matted with a black colored mat and ready to drop into an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

You can purchase this collage for $15 plus $3 shipping (shipping is adjusted for multiple purchases) by clicking the Add To Cart button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.




021 Collecting Shells by Elaine Brady Smith

021 Collecting Shells by Elaine Brady Smith

021 Collecting Shells represents the end of summer. Lazy days at the beach and fun on the boardwalk are over for another year. We now face that the days will get shorter and the air will become increasingly cooler as the days march on…well at least that’s true here in Pennsylvania.

This collage is 5 x 7, mounted and matted with a cream colored mat and ready to drop into an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

You can purchase this collage for $15 plus $3 shipping (shipping is adjusted for multiple purchases) by clicking the Add To Cart button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.






View the entire collection of Off the Cuff  – 101 Totally Random Collages by clicking here.

Thanks for looking and Happy Collaging!!!

Sunday in August

There is that late summer feeling in the air on today. You can almost hear a pin drop in my neighborhood. Very quiet and very unusual, but I am enjoying it and spending time in the studio! Here are my two collage offerings for today. A bit out of order due to some bad photographs that I took a few days ago. Oh well, I’ll just have to snap those over again! But here is collage Number 010 and 012!

010 Nifti Thrift

010 Nifti Thrift

010 Nifti Thrift by Elaine Brady Smith

010 Nifti Thrift is a 5 x 7 collage on Bristol board. It includes magazine pages, vintage printed papers, vintage book end paper, vintage bank and phone book pages, and stamped silk paper. It is mounted and matted with a cream colored mat to fit an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

This collage can be purchased for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping by clicking the Buy it Now button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.

SOLD

012 Destination

012 Destination by Elaine Brady Smith

012 Destination by Elaine Brady Smith

012 Destination is one of my favorite collages so far. It is 5″ x 7″ and includes painted tissue papers, bark paper, printed and stamped newsprint, and printed Lokta paper. It is mounted and matted with a cream colored mat to fit 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

This collage can be purchased for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping by clicking the Buy it Now button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.

SOLD