Sunday, July 17, 2011

* New Tiny Paintings!

Not sure if anyone remembers the "Tiny 100" paintings that I was working on, what seems like forever ago, BUT, I finally was able to get back around to it and have added another 5 paintings into the collection.

I do realize that more than enough time has passed for me to have created over 100 tiny paintings, but hey, stuff happens and I am a HUGE procrastinator.

Here, for you, my tiny paintings:

Friday, June 10, 2011

* Hello, life!

Well for me the unthinkable has happened. I got to quit my job that was draining me of time, energy and life in general and I got to go back to my old job as a color specialist at Color Folio Design. There are no words to describe just how happy this makes me, not to mention that it has given me back all the time I haven't had in over a year, which means...NEW ART!

Hooray!!

For the time being, I am posting small samples of drawings that I am working into paintings. Over the next few weeks I will be posting the paintings as they progress/are finished. Enjoy.




More to come...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

* Here I Am

It appears I have taken an unexpected hiatus from blogging and art in general. I have been working on new things over the past 4 months, but not nearly as much as I have wanted or should have been. My job drains a lot of life out of me not to mention time which makes it very difficult to sit down and make new things.

BUT I have completed a few new paintings (to be posted later) but mostly have been working with my very good friend Michelle on a baby shower for our best friend Amy who is expecting her first child next month (next month already!?).


Amy and B.O.B.


Because they all live in Detroit and I live here some 2400 plus miles away in Oakland, Michelle and I have been working on the details for the baby shower over the past few months via emails and a lot of file sharing. Amy and Mike (the expecting parents) do not know the sex of their baby and Michelle and I came up with the gender neutral theme of whales for the shower. Michelle, of course, has done most of the work but here are my contributions to the shower and the Boddy's (Mike and Amy).

I made a print based off of the invitations that Michelle made. The whale print is being used as a centerpiece at the shower. The Jellyfish print is a personal piece that I did for the Boddy's to put in their nursery.


Whale Print Centerpiece and Jellyfish Print for Nursery
Illustrator

The original idea was for me to just decorate a box for Mike and Amy to put all their cards and books from the shower in. I wanted to do something that they could use afterward for the baby. I wanted to do a diaper bag, but my sewing machine skills for handbags have proved to produce bags "only a mother could love" and I would be that mother, not my poor unsuspecting friend. So, after an unsuccessful hunt for a bag to decorate I came across these fabric boxes at Target. The colors were dead on and they were cheap! All I had to do was cut and sew the felt designs on which went surprisingly fast (after finding a bent needle, if you want to do this do NOT use a regular straight sewing needle). The boxes fold flat, are completely durable and can now be used as a storage box for the baby after the shower. The best part was I got to make 2, a "boy" and "girl" version this way the design works no matter what.


Fabric Boxes for Bookcase - used at Baby Shower as a card/book box
Store bought fabric boxes and hand sewn felt whales and waves

Detail of Blue Box with Red Whale
Hand sewn Felt


Unfortunately, I did not get to attend the shower - all my friends and family are there so I will post photos later of what everything looked like in action. I also made Mike and Amy pins to wear, Amy getting the red whale with "Mom" sewn in the heart and Mike getting the blue whale with "Dad" sewn in the heart. I didn't get a good photo of the pins so I will post them later when the shower is over.

Congratulations Mike and Amy...can't wait to see the baby in July.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Trees and Things...

Not too much going on work wise right now. I recently worked on the Holidayland show over at The Compound Gallery for my second year. The turn out was amazing and a great time was to be had (a giant squirrel was lurking around taking photos - my kind of action).

I mostly did hand sewn felt work for the show, Whales and a Giant Squid. I also made a few prints of Jellyfish, Squids and an Octopus. The show has ended but my work is still there in the Professor Squirrel shop. If you are local to the Bay Area I highly recommend heading on over there. The regular stock in the shop is always great and reasonably priced.


Hand Sewn Felt Whales
Holidayland 2010
Compound Gallery
Oakland, CA


Octopus Print
Holidayland 2010
Compound Gallery
Oakland, CA


Jellyfish Print
Holidayland 2010
Compound Gallery
Oakland, CA


And in other art, I have not had a chance to do much painting this year, but I have been hauling my laptop with me to work every day to work on some digital pieces during lunch. This is the first one I have finished and I am currently working on others (to be posted later).



"Tea & Trees"
Illustrator
2010




© laura borchert 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

* Long Time, New Works

I have been away from updating recently due to many things. I got a new job which is robbing me of most all of my free time. I'm putting in 12 hour days between commuting and working, so my art updates have been few. I took a short vacation and I have been working on new art (info below).

But I have been making stuff while "away". As I talked about in my last post, I was in a group show at the Medicine Agency in San Francisco. Although it was over a month ago, I will say the turn out was kinda ridiculous. I had to see the whole show in stages over a three hour period it was so packed. I am posting the full photos of the 2 new paintings I did for the show (I only posted partial photos in the last posting).

The show was covered by Hi-Fructose magazine, and one of my pieces (along with my art buddy Serge Gay Jr.) were selected among the magazines favorite among the show. Check it out.

"From There to Nowhere"
Acrylic on Paper
2010


"Goul"
Acrylic on Paper
2010


In other news, I am hard at work with my pals over at Professor Squirrel. I have made new stuffed animals for their store. 2 larger butterflies (like my pins only bigger) and a huge octopus. If you live in the Bay Area/Oakland, PLEASE go and check out my octopus. I put way too many hours into him. He is going to be showcased at the store with some nautical pillows which I have yet to see, but I am excited! He (the octopus) along with my bigger butterflies are all on sale over at Professor Squirrel.

More work is currently underway, more updates later!


Large Yellow Butterfly
Hand Sewn Felt



Large Blue Butterfly
Hand Sewn Felt


Octopus (front)
Hand Sewn Felt



Octopus (back)
Hand Sewn Felt




© laura borchert 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Medicine Gallery Art



Awesome Number One Big Fun Group Show!

Opening Reception 7pm - 11pm

Thursday, June 17th
Medicine Agency Gallery
1262 Mason Street, SF CA



"Goul"
Acrylic on Paper



"From There to Nowhere"
Acrylic on Paper



Hope to see you there!





© laura borchert 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Medicine Agency

The deadline for the Medicine Agency Group Show is approaching quickly and I have to say, I am feeling it.

Originally I wanted to do 5 new paintings. I couldn't think of a good idea of a theme, and then came up with a theme that didn't really turn out the way I wanted even after I started to paint my paintings. My initial count of 5 paintings quickly dropped to 4.

2.5 paintings into it, I like 1 painting, hate the second and am not feeling good things for the third, which any artist knows, only makes that piece cursed never to be finished (at least that is how I roll).

I then kept thinking back to these small sketches I have that I was originally saving for...well, I am not sure what the hell I was saving them for. Every time I think about these sketches, I get excited.

After a long debate, an overpriced trip to Target and wasting precious time to blog about it, I have decided to go forward with the 1 painting I finished that I like, make 1-2 completely NEW sketches/paintings, and show 1-2 of my piece from the La Luz show that didn't sell (something I generally don't like to do, but I DO love these paintings).

If you have made it to the end of this blog, show information is as follows:

Awesome Number One Big Fun Group Show!

Opening Reception 7pm - 11pm

Thursday, June 17th
Medicine Agency Gallery
1262 Mason Street, SF CA


Photos to come...