This body of work began sometime in the mid 1990's, as an experiment, seeing if I could adhere a dress to a canvas and create a painting over all the textures. "Dress painting" is a term I came up with to explain these when I simply couldn't think of anything better. Over the years they have evolved, with new elements of collage being added. Dress patterns, photographs, and embroidery all appear from time to time, as well as lino block prints, rubber stamps and gold leaf. I will use this space to explore the beginnings of this series, as well as showing my latest work. If the piece is available for sale you'll find the price at the bottom. Free shipping in the U.S. Contact me at kallencole@aol.com to purchase.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bare Bones

This is the little number sitting on my easel right now. Just the bare bones. I've attached the dress, and figured out who I want her to be, "attagirl." Her name is stitched through the dress and canvas, so I'm ready to paint. But I'm miles away from figuring out where to go next.
People come to me at show asking about where I get all my great ideas. And there is nothing better than when a painting comes together almost intuitively. But sometimes the paintings just sit there, staring at me, and neither of us knows where to go next. This is one of those.
So what to do? The answer is always the same, get out to the studio and paint. Just paint. Often roadblocks drop away in the process, one brushstroke leads to the next, and finally her "voice" rings out. That's what I'm hoping for today. I'll post the finished piece before the weekend is over. How's that for a personal challenge? Send all the positive painting vibes you can, I think I'm going to need them!

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