Pysanky, Mixed Media, Photography, Painting and Beaded Jewelry
Monday, April 30, 2012
Art Update: Pysanky Eggs, ala Donna
If you have been wondering what has been occupying my creative energies lately, this is it! I was recently introduced to Pysanky, the Ukranian method of "writing" on eggs with a stylus that employs wax to resist color, similar to batik.
traditional division, new addition
I adapt traditional elements and geometric divisions and depart to create each unique design.
I am exploring the egg as a canvas for my visions usually created with oil paint on canvas, as well as what I do in my beadwork.
Eggs on the drying rack after applying varnish
Darks and Bright
My first Pysanky: March 10, 2012
It is my intention to keep working on these eggs to see how much can be done with them. I hope to do a series for the Fourth Annual 50/50 show if I am lucky enough to get accepted.
My work is a journey of visual and emotional discovery. Transformation is taking place in my art and life in surprising ways. Unearthing buried histories by peeling away layers is a process I explore by mixing media and materials that resonate with me. Through this experimentation, I realize truth is only reality as it is currently perceived.
I grew up with creative parents who influenced my focus. My father a photographer; my mother a painter and excellent cook; and both musicians.
I loved the outdoors of the Santa Clara Valley; its birds and wildlife. I played in extensive orchards surrounding our house. I delighted in my grandfather's gigantic edible garden and abundant flowering plants.
I got my Brownie camera at age 7, and began capturing my visions. Painting and drawing soon followed. I enjoyed sailing and swimming and camping with my family. Through school I took as much art as possible. I got an A.A. in Graphic Design with honors at Foothill College, then attended the San Francisco Art Institute where I earned a BFA in Painting.
As a birder, I travelled to remote places in far and offbeat corners of the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, and the Philippines to enjoy nature and get inspiration.
I currently live in beautiful Pacifica, California.
I serve on the Board for The Art Guild of Pacifica and am the Membership Chair. Since 1995, I've met monthly with The Bookgangstas, who read and discuss books. I contribute to their blog. When time and mood allows, I make beaded jewelry.
I show and sell work locally, and have received awards for my work. My continuing study includes workshops with prominent artists who inspire me.