Semi-Abstract Figures

I was recently introduced to these fabulous semi abstract figures by my talented art teacher, Diane Segal. I just happened to meet Diane in a local art store and knew right away that I wanted to sign up for her workshops. (See below for information on Diane’s upcoming art show in Troy, NY)

I love the potential of these simple figures. After finding magazine and catalog pictures, I traced around them with a thick marker, extending their length in order to lengthen them a bit. From there, I cut them out (just like making paper dolls) and gave them a coat of gesso. They’ll be given their forever colors after I decide how I want to integrate them into various mixed media pieces. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.

Have you ever played around with this type of figure in your artwork or art journal? Would love to see how you integrated them
into your work.
Can’t wait to see this show. Diane’s art is unique,
thought provoking, and beautiful.

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Greetings. So glad you stumbled upon my little spec of cyber space. My name is Joanne Van Genderen. I have a pretty obvious “tell”. If I introduce myself as Joni that means my guard is down and I’m up for almost anything. Joanne, on the other hand, indicates a more formal side of my personality, generally used when I speak to law enforcement to try to get out of a ticket or possibly when I have to pay my water bill, depending on my state of mind.

I love everything about art. I love making art, teaching art, seeing art, talking about art, selling art, buying art, buying art supplies I don’t need, organizing said art supplies in a too small studio….you name it. I even love that moment of frustration when I think what I’m making is pure trash. Even that moment. If you are an artist, you know what I’m talking about.

The purpose of this site differs according who’s explaining it.

Joanne would say, “The purpose of this site is to help lead me to business and career opportunities and extend my on-line reach.” Then you’d hear a bunch of things like “connecting people to my brand” and “search engine optimization”.

Joni, on the other hand, would say something like this…“It’s purely for the fun of putting my art out there with the possibility of someone, anyone really, connecting with my content in some way. And maybe someone likes what they see and wants to buy something, or ask me about my workshops, or invite me to their workshop, or just talk art.”

Another truth about my purpose here is that I really like to write. I missed my calling as a journalist so blogging is the next best thing. And I don’t have to get any of those pesky rejection letters.

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This is what I pretty much look
like when I’m at dude ranch in northern New Mexico.