Studio Sunday

Studio Sunday

In The Studio

 


Despite the excruciating heat and laziness brought on by summer, I have managed a little time in the studio.  Painting will always be my first love but recently I’ve been toying with the idea of “mixed media’ing up” a piece of furniture.  As coincidence would have it, I found this beauty in my neighbors trash pile!  (Oh yes! Wenders went dumpster diving.)

Atop this old school microwave stand is some of the “media” I uesd to create this:

I am still debating on whether I wanted to sell this piece or not.  It is being put to good use as a bedside table for the time being.  Which is making me lean toward keeping it and making more more more!

p.s. If my neighbor just happens to be reading this, I really did knock on your door to ask if I could.  You didn’t answer so…well, you know the rest.

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Other fabulous projects going on in the studio are all about photography.  Which is leading to many exciting adventures!  I LOVE capturing the happiest times and events in peoples lives.  I also LOVE LOVE getting paid for it too. Therefore, I occasionally take photographer gigs.  Now that Jude is getting older, is weaned and can be away from mommy for more than 5 seconds, I am hoping to take more. Currently, all proceeds are being filtered into the purchasing of more kick ass cameras and  camera equipment fund.  Please help an addict out and give me a shout for your next wedding, birthday, or exciting event!

Where to find the photographer of awesomeness…

The amazing Wenderflonia team (ok, my awesome Simon) is creating a separate website to exclusively feature my photography, sevices and prints.  Wenderflonia.com will be more about the blog and life as an artist in general with links to all the places to find me.  I am really excited about this venture and the branching of my Wenderflonia Empire….muahahahaha.

There are other aspects of photography that I am itching for more time to explore as well.  The Idea of incorporating photos and mixed media art has been someting I have experimented with lately.  Time and inspiration willing I hope to do more.

This is the latest of this type of work:  here and here

 

Love you, mean it,

Wenders

 

In the Studio

 

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Viktor E. Frankl

 

Oh, how I have been feeling this quote lately!  As I struggle towards my own feelings toward life, and it’s constant challenges I tend to get frustrated with the general populations’ consensus to be happy in misery.  It is hard to fight this machine but I will endeavor to march to the beat of my own drum.

 

So what has been going on in the studio?

I’ve been quite busy finishing up a commissioned pieces and editing photos, but mostly I want to be outside playing in the dirt.  I did get some exciting news recently.  I heard from an old friend who wants me to be the photographer at his wedding.  I am both thrilled and terrified.  And that is the gist of what is going on in the studio.  It is all very exciting to me and I am sure that when I am not too tired I will ramble on and on as usual.

 

With Love,

Wenders

In the Studio

Man I hate those days where I just feel off.  I knew I needed to paint, edit photos…and do bunches of other stuff, but quite frankly the only thing I wanted to do was sit on the porch and read a mindlessly entertaining book.  Then, I wanted to eat hamburgers and fries, drink beer and watch a good action flick.  Maybe a spy, whodunnit movie on Netflix….

 

However, I was a good artist and pushed through the laziness and painted.  Nothing was finished unfortunately, but I did wind up a few steps closer….maybe.  What ended up happening was the repetitive action of adding more layers to already layered layers, and I still can’t tell if I am happy with it.  It is days like this that I really question my process.  Why can’t I just gesso a canvas, envision a composition and, with great precision, paint it all with beautiful and controlled brush strokes?!  Wouldn’t that be nice!  Realistically, I know I am not that kind of artist. Every layer is meaningful and my painting technique is full on emotional.  Ah well, maybe Bob Ross wouldn’t be too disappointed in my trees…

Other than a case of the lazies and “why the hell am I doing this” thoughts, this past week was a very productive time in the studio.  My favorite day was coming home to find that BFS dragged out his beautiful palate to creates a few masterpieces of his own.  I love love love that his technique and process is so very different than my own.  I am also obsessed with his glass palette which can be considered a work of art in itself. The layers of color  he uses are amazing.

 

 

Just for future reference, We stared working on a collaborative  project that just makes me giddy with excitement.  If you look closely in the above pic you can get a glimpse of one in progress!  Hopefully soon we will have something more to show.  With so many irons in the fire these days it is hard to keep it all organized sometimes.

The only other bit of studio news is that I am working on a project that involves glitter and sparkels… Very challenging to keep the artistic vision and sparkels in balance, but I must say it has been really fun (messy!) so far.  Who knew ink and glitter worked well together 🙂  No pics on this one yet as it is a commission and the owner gets first peek!

Peace and Love,

Wenders

Studio Sunday… pulled in so many directions!!!

What a weekend so far!  So many plans for a new and improved Wenderflonia are flowing through my head.  I feel the creative spark just igniting within.  I just wish my time management issues and organizational skills were equally “sparky”.  Being a stay at home mom AND trying to build a creative empire is TOUGH!  So it goes without saying that my workspace gets a little chaotic at the moment!

I can’t even tell you what is going on in this photo except that it is a big mess!!  (You don’t even want to see the table behind it either!) As you can see, there are so many exciting new projects I am working on it is hard to keep them all straight!

One exciting adventure you can look for soon is a new direction I am taking with some of my work.  There will be announcements soon about a spinoff of Wenderflonia Studios which will branch out specifically with photography.  There will even be a whole seperate store!….Speaking of the Wenderflonia store, that is also about to get a whole new look and home as well…..  but that I will save for another day.

In the mean time here is a little taste of what I am working on.

This piece is a limited “Print and Paint” series I am doing on commission. … and that is all the details I can give for now….the sleepless one awakes…. BTW, does anyone have any tips on what to do with an insomniac one year old?! 🙂

Love you forever,

Wenders

Studio Sunday: A mess of goodness

Alright, technically it isn’t Sunday anymore but dammit it is the only time I have to blog.

It has really been good to get back into the studio this week!  Despite being confined to the house due to ice and snow, I have really felt the inspiration to create.  I guess it is that time of year where my need to paint reawakens.  That need tends to go dormant during the holiday season until mid January then comes back with a fury… right about now.  In order to define myself as an artist I have to accept that I am a victim to these creative and uncreative whims…..awe hell, I resist it all the time, whatever….

SO! What is on the table for today? …..

Chaos!  Pure Chaos…. I am not sure I could work on a clean surface…..This was taken at 6:30am this Sunday.  I actually got up at 5:30 because the tiny sleepless one decided he needed to be awake….notice the baby monitor in the right corner….he fell back asleep and it seemed logical to just enjoy the quiet while it lasted.  Honestly, it is really hard to find time to work in this house.  It is filled with life, love and chaos.  What it is very rarely filled with are peaceful moments to escape into artful moments.  Mind, I wouldn’t change my sweet world for anything else (despite my ocasional breakdowns!).  But it is REALLY is hard to find times to escape into my paintings.  However, I figure there will be plenty of time for that later.  Right now, I really need to enjoy the babyness of my baby and the tenagerness of my teenager and support BFS in all the amazing things he gets up to.  In the mean time I will paint when I can paint and dream about a studio in a remote location….

I have several paintings I wish I could reveal, but until all commissions are delivered I must keep them under wraps.  I am experimenting with a few new techniques and have much to accomplish before mid-march when I launch a new face and storefront for Wenderflonia (and possibly another branch off that specifically emphasizes my photos). But enough of that, just know there are so many things whirling around in my head at the moment,  and I will share in all due time but the mean time I am working, working, working.   I feel I should also let you know I have been working to the inspiration of all the Armageddon movies we have in our dvd collection.  So far I have watched:  Zombieland, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys, Armageddon, Mama Mia (Not sure how that fits), and 2012.  Not sure  why, but I did.  I also just realized that Bruce Willis and Woody Harrelson are in a lot of apocalyptically themed movies.

The one thing I do know for absolute certain is that there better be no more snow days!  I love love love my boys but a week stuck in the house has left my floors in desperate need of mopping and no one will sit still long enough for me to do that.  Also, Parker needs a more formal education than learning how to create a bobsled runway out of the driveway…..although he was really good at it.

Full of love and ready for an adventure,

Wenders

StuStuStudio Sunday

First off, I totally apologize for the crappy quality of the photos.  I took them with my iphone and am not sure what I did to deserve such low quality photos.  They usually aren’t this bad! Right!?  However, I really wanted to show proof of my re-inspiration.  It has been forever since I painted.  It felt so good to get glue and paint all over me and ruin a new shirt.  Ahhh good times.  A few weeks ago I had nuthin’…..I was creatived out…. I was meagerly surviving on photoshop tutorials and editing old photos to sustain my creative urges.  Then the artistic force hit me like a ton of bricks.  I think it was the “fake spring” that did it.  The weather has been sunny and warm here in the Metroplex and all I wanted to do was take walks and play with paint.  I had several burst of inspirations that have been rumbling around in my noggin and finally put something on canvas.  The weather is supposed to return to cold and wet so we shall see how this influences studio time.


I really wish the quality was better but you get the idea.  I painted!  I also experimented with adding photos to my paintings.  The first photo is “in progress” and has many more layers to go but the bottom birdie one is complete.  I love the colors and the vagueness of the background. Surely I will post some better photos….say…next exciting Studio Sunday. Ok, sounds good…

Over and Out

Wenders