getting ready for summer

May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Original monotype entitled 'floral surprise' available for purchase.

Original monotype entitled ‘floral surprise’ available for purchase.

This monotype keeps sneaking by me but here it is-just in time for summer.  There’s alot going on with the elements in this piece-just like a garden approaching summer when all the blossoms are competing to reach for the sun.  The plate size is 18″ x 24″ and is printed on 22″ x 30″ Arches 88 paper-which is made in France.  The price is $375. unframed plus shipping.  Any questions please contact me at info@donnaingemanson.com.  and the rest is history…

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the process of creativity

February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Blue figure monotype.

Blue figure monotype.

Ghost of Blue Figure monotype with linework.

Ghost of Blue Figure monotype with line work.

This past week, while working in the print studio, I got to a point where I was focused on a piece that just wasn’t resonating for me.  My (mentor/teacher), Esther Maschio, gently told me that the only way to get to a better place was to keep working.  After rifling through one of my sketchbooks I found a figure drawing that I had done a few months ago that always appealed to me-so I started rolling ink on a plate while using my leftover palette of blues, whites, graphite grey and black.  It was like jumping off a diving board after standing still for too long.  There was nothing to lose and my experimentation ranged from painting, to scratching, to applying a trace type of drawing.  It was a very ‘in the moment’ experience.  Above are the results from two stages of the process-moody & blue.

Trish Berube, Esther Maschio and Marie Tegler.

Artists Trish Berube, Esther Maschio and Marie Tegler.

Inspiration brews during Monday lunches with my art buddies.  Working in the printmaking studio, sharing ideas and encouraging each other on is the best way to start the week.  No electronics-just good will, creativity and courage.

holiday cheer

December 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

Recent monotype print entitled 'fruit bowl.

Recent monotype print entitled ‘fruit bowl’.

The holidays are here and, even though stress levels are high, I find myself looking forward to the local creative community putting out their wares with open studios and craft sales.  There are so many talented folks out there and I splurge with the sentiment that I’m helping the local economy and artisans and always discover some new creative find that I will cherish.

This week there are some of my favorite events which I am eagerly anticipating.  Starting on Friday, Dec. 7th, at 7 p.m. Local Pottery hosts it’s Annual Open Studio with a wide assortment of beautifully crafted work with a focus on pottery.  This is a sale not to be missed and if you can’t make the opening the shop is open thru December 24th.  Lisa Howard is the owner and curator with a keen eye for quality pieces.  Check out Lisa’s own creations and you will be in awe!

On Saturday, Dec. 8th, Ann Schunior will be opening her doors for a Studio Sale of her hand-crafted pottery.  Visit an authentic ‘pottery barn’ where Ann throws her pots and has them on display where she works.  Ann puts lots of care into researching traditional methods and motifs in ceramics and incorporates these inspirations into her work

Also on Saturday is the hallowed RISD Holiday Art Sale which brings together a large culmination of RISD alumni and students selling their wares under one roof at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence from 10am to 5 pm.  Admission is $7.  Another favorite stop off after visiting the RISD Sale is the Foundry Artists Holiday Show in Pawtucket, RI.  If there’s time to squeak it in I always enjoy Olga’s Cup and Saucer for a little nosh.  Be aware that they do close at 2 pm on Saturdays.

If that’s not enough the SOWA Holiday Market will be operating full tilt in Boston on Dec. 7th and 8th.  This craft market started a few years ago and has gained a cult following.  Be prepared to wait in line to get in.  It looks like they’ve worked on getting a new location so hopefully it will add more space to this very popular event.

Cambridge, Ma also has a few great spots including the Harvard Square Holiday Fair that runs every weekend and the Holly Fair that will be on tap on Dec. 15th & 16th, 2012.  Enjoy the season and support your local artists and artisans!

autumn inspirations

October 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

Recent monotype entitled ‘house in the woods’.

Fall in New England is at it’s peak and the colors this year have been outstanding.  Years ago I loved to drive the back roads of Vermont and witness the pastoral beauty of the autumn landscapes.  Now I’m just as content to find nature changing in little micro-landscapes that pop up everywhere in between the pavement and telephone poles.  It’s encouraging to see well tended, tiny pocket gardens and or an occasional reckless vine that positions itself just perfectly along a tree trunk and make a striking statement visually.

my deck

At this point I’m not sure if my deck is starting to look like my artwork or perhaps it’s the inspiration for it.  It was so monochromatically green all summer and now each leave is rebelling in there own way.

autumn pickings

Gardens have been the inspiration for many artists and one of my personal favorites is Paul Klee.  Recently I took the MBTA to Boston College McMullen Museum to see the Paul Klee Philosophical Vision:  From Nature to Art.  It’s worth the trip to see so many of Klee’s piece’s in one exhibit.  It ranges from sketches to painting and reveals his process for creativity.

It must have been so difficult for Paul Klee to be a Jew in Germany during the early 1930s.  Recently I read In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson that focuses on the rise of Hitler as it unfolded.  The book is the true story about an American diplomat and his family living in Berlin starting in 1933 and really gives insight into what it was like during this tumultuous period in history.  Like all of Larson’s books I was unable to put it down…  There are sketches in the exhibit that Klee created during this very troublesome time in his life and the book enabled me to understand his circumstances a bit more clearly.

Scratching…

July 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Recent scratchings in printmaking.

It’s been just about three months that I’ve been recovering from a shoulder injury that’s taken longer to recover from than I had hoped.  Now I’m working my way back to creating pieces that express moments of spontaneity and personal expression.  Lately I’ve been reading The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp and it’s been inspirational in regard to the process that all artists go through in creating something from nothing.  The chapter on Scratching has me delving deeper into my own evolution of innovating.

in the beginning…

There’s a Chinese saying that goes something like “The long journey begins with the very first step”.   In the printmaking studio I have my plexiglass plate and gather my thoughts and pieces of inspiration to awaken my thought process.

Building a color palette.

This is an example of the ink that I’ve built up on the plate.  Improvising as I go the color choices and textures reveal themselves and blend like a puzzle.  It’s like swimming through an idea.

Preliminary monotypes in the drying rack.

These prints are hot off the press and present suggestions about where I’m headed with color, texture and ink viscosity.  From here I start adding elements that tell my story for the day.  This week I fell in love with organic shapes and glazes found on hand thrown ceramics.  My most recent muse has been the exhibit of New Ceramics by Ken Matsuzaki at the Pucker Gallery in Boston.  Each piece is so striking and different and yet they all tie together as the work of one artist.  Definitely worth the trip!

Please check out the details on my Calendar about a couple of exhibits that I will be participating in at the South Shore Art Center opening next week.

Art | Food | Community on Father’s Day Weekend 2012

June 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

Braintree Farmers Market 2012 Commemorative Poster

On June 16th the Braintree Farmers Market hosted by Sustainable Braintree will be opening for the very first time for the 2012 season located at the Braintree Town Hall, One JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree, MA.  The market operates every Saturday from 9 to 1 thru the end of October with an indoor Thanksgiving Market on November 17th.  This will be the fourth season for the market and I’ve been coddling it along since it’s inception.  The market has grown considerably since 2009 and it has become a treasured community event that offers something for everyone.  All of the products are locally grown and made right nearby and all the farmers and vendors work hard to deliver the highest quality and greatest assortment of goods.  If you’re in the neighborhood or looking for adventure-please stop by-it’s worth the trip!

This year I created the Everything Under the Sun design which will be featured on posters and decals as a means for the market to raise funds for its operational costs.  Stop by the Market Managers tent and I’ll sign a limited print-run poster printed by my long time friends at Image Resolutions.  They print all the signage for the market and they do a cluckin’ awesome job!

5 Women monotype

The South Shore Arts Festival 2012 starts on Friday, June 15th and runs until Sunday, June 17th on the historic Cohasset Commons, Cohasset, MA.  My original monotype, 5 Women, will be on display in the Members section of the exhibit.  This piece was inspired by pre-Colombian art and the the juxtaposition of color and paint texture.  Each figure has its own personality and  illustrates a wide variety body types that translate to the present.

This monotype has been included in this exhibit thanks to my devoted artist friend Trish Berube who’s been schlepping my art all around the South Shore while I recover from a shoulder injury.  Trish will have several pieces at this event as her work is truly outstanding!

This venue also has plenty of local crafters where you’re bound to find something you like.  Two of my favorite jewelry makers participate in this event-Look for Jewelry by Sage and Freebird Designs-enjoy.

recycled art

March 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Monotype created from recycled materials.

While it may seem that I’ve been away for awhile I’ve actually been exceptionally busy with my illustration work and personal work-when I have time to squeak it in.  Recently my time has been wrapped up on a project that I’d love to announce to the world and is a massive feather in my cap but I am sworn to secrecy and must keep the joy to myself-and that’s not easy…

In the printmaking studio my explorations have me seeking textures and shapes in the trash.  In the studio there’s a collection of strings, plastic bags, fruit bags, wax paper and other assorted, discarded items that have caught my attention lately.  My process is to cut them up and apply ink on each piece with either a roller or brush and strategically place them on an inked plate.  From there I place my Arches 88 paper on top and crank them through the etching press.  Instead of a play on words they’re a play on the eyes.

Monotype created with recycled items.

After working for what seems like endless hours my plan is treat myself with a trip to the Boston Print Fair and the Boston Flower and Garden Show.  For now I’ll have to be content sipping Bangkok Tea and dreaming of the warmer weather to come.

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