2017 Is Here!

As I welcome this New Year I hope that my mind will navigate me through creative moments of wonder. I hope that wonder will be channeled into my art and my writing. My hope is to continue where I started with this blog and work to inspire others and share my art process and also expand into all avenues of my creations from painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, poetry and fiction writing. I hope that this year blesses me in such a way that I am able to achieve my goals just as I hope that others have a blessed year and that their and your goals will become a reality! May we celebrate this new year with grace and wonder and find joy through all the moments we encounter! Happy New Year! Much Love and Many blessings.

Sincerely 

Briana Rose Lucero 

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I have been away quite awhile but all for a purpose.

In 2011 I decided to return to school to further my education in Fine Art. In 2014 I received an associates of fine arts but I wasn’t quite finished. Today May 12, 2016 at the age of 39 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine art with Magna Cum Laude departmental Honors and Baccalaureate honors Magna Cum Laude. I worked hard to follow my dream proving it is never to late to believe in possibilities.

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One Pen, Many Lines, A Few Days and a Poster is Born

One Pen, Many Lines, A Few Days and a Poster is Born

 

It’s been a bit… a bit of mad rambling, tinkering and thinking and when that happens my artistic intentions go on hiatus however, I’m back today with my latest creation.

I don’t always know where I am going when I pick up an inking pen instead of a paint brush. There are no concrete plans or reference photos and I start inking till I fill a page until I feel that the work is done. I wasn’t quite done with this drawing until fate decided that I was done and that moment happened in between the time I went to sleep the night before to the horror stricken morning when I kicked myself for not isolated my work from the chaotic water droplets that fell that fateful next morning. (Dramatic Pause)

Fortunately the night before I snapped the photo below and the image was sufficient enough to transfer into my computer.

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There are a variety of steps I go through to take an image from the photo above to the final product. Anything from transforming the image for alignment purpose to adjusting contrast and then levels until I have a bright white background.

There are challenges when working from paper to computer and these are a few.

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Alignment of image. 

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Adjustment of line work through lighting effects. 

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Correcting levels to remove grainy paper background.

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Adjusting color to black and white and if lines are not dark enough adjusting contrast. 

Once you are working with a black and white image you can start manipulating the image to your hearts content!

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By creating layers you can create dramatic backgrounds, or even preserve your original layer while you have fun with duplicate layers experimenting on different effects.

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Using the magic wand or any of the isolating tools you can extract the white background from your work exposing a new background on a different layer.

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After all the process, experimenting and playing with color I finished off with the image below.

 

Coral Kaleidoscope

 

It’s not painting, which I still love to do… it is still drawing and I put just as much work into one of these creations that I would a painting. I used a combination of PSE and PS for a variety of choices and the psd file is interchangeable between the two programs. Also, the image started as an 11×15 but is now printable in a 34×46 format. Also by using my Redbubble account I can get great products from one image like the pillow below.  (which is available on my account —> http://www.redbubble.com/people/brianarose along with other products)

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If you have any type of photo editing software chances are a lot of the features listed above are available to you. Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are not entirely necessary though as an artist it will be something I will always recommend for a variety of reasons! (perhaps listed in another article, another day, time and place)

Till then if you have any photo editing software give it a go and experiment with a drawing. One Pen, Many Lines, A Few Days and a Poster is Born!

 

Thank you for reading and following along!

 

I can also be found :

https://www.youtube.com/user/BriarRose6791

https://www.etsy.com/people/BrianaRoseLucero

http://ravenheartcreations.tumblr.com

http://www.redbubble.com/people/brianarose

http://instagram.com/ravenheartshop

http://www.pinterest.com/reddragonwriter

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/briana-lucero.html

 

 

Top O the Evening to you!

Top O the Evening to you!

It is a warm Monday night in Albuquerque as I sit here typing away on the computer for this post while down the hall my love shouts football jargon and makes me smile! (yes a bit early for the season)
I realize I am over a week late in posting an art blog and all I can say for myself is, I always allow the good things in life to interrupt my intentions. What’s that saying? “Life is what happens when your busy making plans” – or something like that! I am an advocate for life happening vs making plans for life to happen, especially when it is life that makes me smile!

I can’t say I had the most productive week and a half but I did create a little something I am pleased to share. Which of course brings me right back into my title of this little post!

“Top O the Evening to you!”

When I hear this term I get this old English visual of a gentleman raising a top hat to a lady passing in her layers of dress and bonnet upon her head as she replies, “and to you kind sir!” …perhaps that’s the storyteller in me coming out but I assure you the top hat is more than visible in my mind and prevalent in this post. You see, I fancy the days of old and the wardrobes of corsets and bustled dresses and men in tails holding canes and wearing top hats. What a stylish time period and the beauty of this time period is it is still embraced in fashion and new styles that are often emerging these days in new and unique ways, such as in steampunk fashion. Top hats specifically are fun and not just meant for gentlemen and this artist here (meaning me) decided I had to have my very own top hat and it definitely had to be a me kind of top hat!

Now if you have ever priced fancy top hats you know that they can run a pretty penny. Being a “starving artist” there was no possible way I could shell out a couple hundred to purchase any top hat of my choosing, so I decided to make my own! I did some research, gathered my supplies and I actually created my very own top hat!

I have never before attempted this mind you so I knew there would be some mishaps and frustrations but I made it through and now I have some tips to share with you!

I am going to try to break this down best I can and attach photos.

I didn’t use an exact pattern as I tend to work off of “This looks about right!” mentality.

The first three images are the frame built from corrugated cardboard, the top, the wall of the hat and the brim.

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Top – I cut wedges around the outer circle of the top of the hat to allow it to fit the wall of the hat.

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Wall – I shaped the wall to fit my head. I did find I had to decrease the height of the wall down to about 6 inches.

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Brim – The brim is challenging as it is not a circle but an ellipse. I don’t happen to have any tools for drawing an ellipse at this time so I had to wing it a bit. On the inner circle of the brim I cut wedges to allow it to form a circle and glue to the walls of the hat. If you look within the wall of the hat you can see the top already glued in place. The wedges bent inward and allowed for the support of the wall when glued.

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Once brim is glued in place I taped the wedges down and placed a form inside the hat frame to add pressure to the walls allowing time for glue to dry.

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I used left over leather from a purse I had. (which I had also previously made shoes out of…old purses come in handy!)

The leather was a dark golden brown and I wanted a darker red color so I dyed the leather using Dr. Martins India Ink.

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After allowing the ink to dry on the leather I cut my pattern for the top of the hat and glued the leather in place. At this time I also cut my pieces for the walls and brim.

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Using corrugated cardboard wasn’t the best choice after all and knowing this I would now choose a thick smooth cardboard or illustration board perhaps for future hats. Corrugated is recommended as it allows for curvature however it makes for a lumpy form…

To smooth the lumps of the corrugated cardboard I glued felt in place on the underside of the brim.

In working the hat, you really want to work the top of the hat, then the top of the brim and then the bottom brim.

There was a bit of trial and error in this as this was my first hat.

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This is the material I chose for the bottom of the hat as well as the top of the brim and parts of the wall.

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You can see I also cut wedges in the top pattern of the leather to allow it to shape to the circle of the form.

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Wedges were also cut on the bottom brim pattern of the material to allow it to sit inside the wall of the hat.

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To apply material to the top brim of the hat I cut the same pattern I used for the bottom brim and created a hole in the center and wedges till the pattern slipped down over the form of the hat to rest on the brim.

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View of the top of the hat.

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Originally I thought I would decorate the brim with this gold ribbon and black velvet…trial and error…as I ended up removing that detail.

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I used the cut pieces of black leather, more purse leather and dark red taffeta to attach to the outer wall of the top hat. I used a glue gun at the highest setting to attach all pieces. (make sure to wear safety goggles when using a glue gun on the highest setting! I speak from a frightened experience and the memories of a once burned and blistered eyelid thanks to an unwarranted attack from a glue gun…)  I also used a grommet tool to attach grommets to the leather to allow for a ribbon lace up in the front of the hat as well as the back of the hat.

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I used left over pieces of leather and taffeta to create two flowers and some black lace to attach around the hat for decoration.

This is my finished top hat.

 If you have questions about this process or any other art/craft question feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you! 

I am still working on the portrait of my grandfather and hope to post an update soon!

Thank you for reading and following along!

 

I can also be found :

https://www.youtube.com/user/BriarRose6791

https://www.etsy.com/people/BrianaRoseLucero

http://ravenheartcreations.tumblr.com

http://www.redbubble.com/people/brianarose

http://instagram.com/ravenheartshop

http://www.pinterest.com/reddragonwriter

 

 

When “It” Stays With You

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.”
― Albert Einstein

Recently I have wandered into various Contemporary Galleries… (and this should be said…just because you/I or anyone else that is an artist, doesn’t mean we like all art! <—I don’t think I’m alone in this? I dislike Dada…and to say dislike is an understatement and Contemporary art makes me question my own sanity and why I journeyed into the experience in the first place but that being said…) I did in fact wander into multiple Contemporary Galleries this past week and while some work did very little for me there were some pieces of work that really stayed with me and not because I liked them all that much but more so because I can’t seem to stop questioning them.

In thought I am reminded of what art really is. I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Joseph Comellas an artist that resides in Santa Fe and has been successful in his career as an artist painting beautiful organic landscapes in bold beautiful colors using oils. Mr Comellas posed the question, and I am paraphrasing, if I thought painting with acrylic was just a fad?

I couldn’t help but think what an odd question/thought. Hadn’t acrylics been around since the 1900’s. I know it is considered a modern medium and perhaps Manet would scoff at the use of acrylics. However Manet is considered to be the father of impressionism is he not? Impressionism was change brought about in new technique, new methods of thought to deliver art and evoke emotion. Now there are purists in art using traditional methods, oil, charcoal, conte…etc..and they have their ideals when it comes to media but is it right to consider acrylics a fad? I happen to LOVE oils…I also happen to be allergic to them…Ergo my alternative is ACRYLIC (So I really hope it is not just a fad…) *worried brow look with eyes wide and questioning???* 

(And though this post is not about acrylics vs oils it plays a roll in the thought process of what makes art art?)

In a contemporary gallery you never know just what you will get as far as media is concerned and if you enter a contemporary gallery for the very first time with the thought that you may see some unusual paintings…you may be in for a big shock when you wander around the gallery and never see a single painting!

My experience thus far with contemporary art has been similar to my reaction to the Dada movement…(let’s just put it this way, at the mention of Duchamp my blood begins to boil! The mere thought of having to look at another picture of that dog gone urinal aka “The Fountain” or “Bicycle Wheel” makes me want to gouge out my eyes) *mayhaps a bit over dramatic but still* And what really gets to me is the man could paint and I actually enjoy his paintings!

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Bride/Mariee – Duchamp – oil on Canvas 89.5×55.25cm The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Now Contemporary art, for me, has been an experience to where it is similar to my reaction to Dada but I don’t completely loathe it just yet. My experience at the exhibition FEAST at Site Santa Fe in April 2014 was honestly my first real experience in a full Contemporary art setting, that wasn’t in a book or on the internet…shameful I know… but after walking through the exhibition I knew the gods were methodically keeping me away for a reason!  While some work stayed with me…others did not and again not because I particularly enjoyed them…If you have never heard of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his Candy installation, read the story behind it and then tell me if it is a “joyful” experience, especially after you’ve taken a candy from the pile. If anything there was a sense of guilt but it did stay with me as a memorable display as I am now writing about it…
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres – Candy

 

Similar to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Candy

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Ai WeiWei – Plastic Crabs

Ai WeiWei’s determination and perseverance as a Chinese contemporary artist and the messages he delivers with his work, for me, puts him on a well respected platform. His work is one of the reasons I continue to walk into Contemporary galleries since my first experience at Site Santa Fe and hold on to the hope that I will experience something that really stays with me!

(candy? Plastic Crabs?…and I suddenly fear Acrylic being a fad? not that I am calling Candy or Plastic Crabs a fad at all but they are different and definitely not oil paintings or any other traditional media) ahhh…the mark of Contemporary!

So then what is art and what makes “it” art? My answer is “When “it” stays with you! <— it really is that simple! 

The work of art can make you angry, happy, sad, joyful, thoughtful so on and so forth…now…as mentioned above, Dada and Duchamp… it is art…sadly…and I don’t have kind thoughts on it, clearly…but it is art and I do have thoughts, many and as a result I can’t even argue that it isn’t art.

With all this thought on art a new form of art has been brought to my attention and it is definitely staying with me and I can’t help but question it. Maybe it isn’t even new art really, but it is new to me. I am even tempted to create a piece to see what artistic process I go through in the creation. Within the Contemporary galleries I have ventured into since that fateful April day…I have come across projected media in various ways. The work is not a painting on a canvas/panel/wall, it is not stationary in that it is film and the delivery through projection is repeated in sequences some with sound some without. My questions for it are, “Is it more film experimentation/animation rather than an installation?”, “What classifies it as Contemporary art?”. I can’t help but think about Metallica’s One video and see influence of this video movement in Contemporary art. I can’t help but want to experiment myself and I can’t even decide whether I actually like it or loathe it! I am curious however and I want to know artistically what I go through in the process. I love to film things and I love creating my own music so I know this is a challenge I can take on. Stay tuned as mind is really wanting to travel down this rabbit hole!

 

For now I leave you with some examples in “video art”…including Metallica’s One video let me know what your thoughts are!

 

 

 

 

Art – When “it” stays with you!

 

Thank you for reading and following along!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment!

I can also be found :

https://www.youtube.com/user/BriarRose6791

https://www.etsy.com/people/BrianaRoseLucero

http://ravenheartcreations.tumblr.com

http://www.redbubble.com/people/brianarose

http://instagram.com/ravenheartshop