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FGCU ArtLab Reception 2.18.10

Feb. 18, 2010.  I have been behind in writing, as I have been busy preparing all of my paintings for the show that debuted last Thursday at the FGCU ArtLab.  This show  is titled: “Dying Arts: Batiks and Silk Works by Muffy Clark Gill and Nuch Owen” has been a labor of love for over a year since interim Curator Anica Sturdivant asked me to participate .  I met Thai artist Nuch Owen many years ago when she first came to the Naples area.  Her skill in painting on silk using Gutta resist is unbelievable, and very intricate. I enjoy her work and respect the talent that goes into creating it.   I brought 8 paintings to the show including “Seated in Silence”;” Hava Tampa Spirit”, and two of my pieces from the FGCU Steamroller project.  WGCU Public Media hosted the reception as a member event, and over 60 people showed up(there were RSVP’s for 107, and it was hard to track a true total).  Quite a few for a intimate gallery setting on the University campus.I really enjoyed talking to the students who were asked to do a report on the exhibition.    The show also featured the debut of my new silk hanging: “Influence”.  I have a web page of the show here:   http://tinyurl.com/ydmhbot.

The show  was part of a busy week that included a talk about how I use my Mac computer with my artwork, and two Batik demonstrations in the Southwest Florida area, along with the opening reception  February 12th for the 7th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.  The “Hava Tampa” painting was one of the 138 entries accepted from over 720 submissions.  By the time Sunday night came, I was worn out!

The Final Printed Images

My two prints were part of a group of almost fifty different editions, done by artists and students.  One of the two images held more ink than the other, and appeared a little heavy to me in feeling.  The other seemed just right.  I returned to the studio with the prints and the plate, and colorized my images. To do this, I used watercolor paints, and applied some of the watercolor to go over the darker print and lighten the image.  When they were completed, one of them went on a group display on campus.  Afterwards, I took the images to my framer, Roger Gregory, and we decided that we wanted  to show the interesting patterns left in the paper as a result of the paver rolling over the pavement.  I then decided to finnish the original plate, which I painted in oils to bring out all of the fun little details I had added to the original plate.  I was finished with this project!

First printed image

One of the two printed images

the Three Seminole Fates

The 3 Fates Original Plate

The Steamroller Project

In March of this year, Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Gulf Coast University, Andy Owen, ran a 4 day program titled The Steamroller Project.  The program utilizes printing plates that are made by students and artists that are printed by  inking the plates, placing acid-free  paper over the plates, and then pressing the inked plates into the paper by having a driveway paver rolling over the top of them.  I thought this sounded like an interesting challenge, so I decided to join in the fun.  I was given a 2′ x 3′ masonite board to use as my base  plate. I then took the heads of the three Seminole ladies that appeared in my “Hava Tampa” piece, and re-created them, using cardboard, plastic and modeling paste.  My grandmother had left behind in her antique hutch, which I had inherited, a bag of old buttons of every size and color.  Most of the buttons were cut from old shells, and some had fabric coatings.

Plate of the Three Fates before ink is applied

I used these buttons to recreate the coin medallions on the ladies clothing, enhanced by rows of glued sequins.  I dipped linen gauze into white  gesso, and draped it in place to add a fabric touch to the sleeves of the clothing.  I used modeling paste to style the facial features, hands and hair. I added some dried bamboo fronds to break up the composition.  The finished plate is now ready for inking.