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i am one damn lazy blogger!  after all these years this is only my 200th post!?  that astounds me.  i would have guessed at least 350.  hah.  but it is what it is… if i wasn’t so sleepy and side-tracked by my still-wet paint pallet i would do the math (i love math) to see what my average is.  meh.

recently, i was commissioned to do nude portrait but something quite unanticipated emerged, which i felt i must keep.  it’s the fault of these wonderful 20 minute paintings mentioned in my previous post.  if you paint and you haven’t tried it yet, please try it!  or do a 20 minute collage.  or a 20 minute assemblage (i’m not sure even i could do that, but still — timing yourself and forcing yourself not to touch it after your time is up is kind of spiritual in a way… and shitty in others, but humbling and fun and free).  i pseudo-timed myself on this one (after spending 4+ hours on many backgrounds and underpaintings.

meet “myselves”…

myselves
acrylic, collage, graphite, ink and white gel
8×10 on canvas

myselves-alicia-caudle

it doesn’t look like me and is muddy, but i felt really drawn to her for some reason (more from how it makes me feel than from how it looks).  so, she’s mine.  i think i want to paint over that eye now, looking at it here. but enough of that.

sooo…. i’m having a post memorial day sale starting this very moment, through friday.  $25 off select paintings.  PLUS, anyone who buys a painting will be automatically entered into a drawing for a free 20 minute painting from me.  you can pick male or female, nude or not nude.  i hope you don’t pick a nude male — i’ve never tried one before.  but i will if you do!  see my sale paintings here: http://alteredbits.com/alicia-caudle-art.php  i’ve never put my art on sale, but shameless admission: i’m nearly out of paint and canvases and need some art supply funds.  is that bad to admit?  well, even if it is, i just did.

here are a couple/few of the paintings up for sale (these were NOT done in 20 minutes):

mixed media painting by alicia caudle

mixed media painting by alicia caudle

mixed media painting by alicia caudle

after i posted the second to the last one (the noseless gal with blacked out eyes), i got a commission to do a custom rendition of her in 30×30″.  this is going to be fun!  and my largest painting ever.

happy memorial day to all!

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now available in my shop, the my first in my new series, a charlotte assemblage entitled “the keeper of dark and light”.  i’m not very creative with my naming sometimes.

assemblage by alicia caudle, frozen charlotte, animal teeth, quills, taxidermy eye
this wee charlotte is the older type, from around the 1860s i’m told, instead of the more typical 1880s-90s style (see her painted eyes).  she has been partially rusted because who doesn’t love a bit o’ rust sometimes?

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

atop the little metal box charlotte resides, is an antique pocket watch winder (i have no idea what those are called)… which is all sitting upon a vintage gear.  above that, a taxidermy eye on another gear i rusted and antique brass beads nailed into the wooden base.

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

here is a close-up of the charlotte and vial with porcupine quills and an animal tooth (love her eyes!):

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

vintage french book page text and crackle are behind the charlotte.

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

here is a close up of the eye.  and (i blush!!) the little mishap of the hanger on the back poking through.  it looks cool and intentional though, in a way.

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

at the bottom hangs a small fleur d’lis i aged.  it actually hangs straight but i took this photo with the piece laying on its back.

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

here is a side-view of the piece laying down…

frozen charlotte, assemblage, mixed media, taxidermy eye, animal teeth, alicia caudle, art

the whole thing measures about 4.5″ x 6″ and is available for purchase in my shop (at a reduced rate due to the hanger mishap — it still hangs totally perfectly though, of course).

you can check it out here >>

sold.  thank you so much, miss renee!  🙂

every year or three we succumb to a strong urge to paint various rooms in our home a different color than the year(s) previous (or rather the husby just sighs and says “as you wish” and i get it done).  it seems we are drawn to different hues in cyclic patterns.  for example, i used to like red.  then for a few years i utterly despised it.  poof!  i wake up one day and red is the most lovely hue that ever existed.  i’ve always been fascinated by such things.  right now, i reestablishing a love affair with hues of earthy green, both light and dark, and super deep almost brownish purples.  i have loathed purple for years.

orange, paint, pumpkin, leaves

when i moved into my husby’s house, i was a much nicer girl.  i said “i’m having someone paint every room in this place — you pick the colors and i’ll pick the hues.”  yeah, not doing that again.  he wanted blue for the kitchen and orange for the dining room and living room.  orange?  i ended up creating a lovely warm terra-cotta pumpkin bliss, as we later named it, but it’s a bit much for four large walls in my opinion.  hues of orange evoke feelings of energy and excitement.  no wonder i never sleep…  i wish to paint it so i can relax.  i am thinking about either coffee-stained organic white cotton or dusty crocheted tablecloth tea-party or old crumbly paper (we like to make up weird paint names as we never chose one of those pre-mixed square-on-paper-card hues).  our downstairs hall, for example, is the most GORGEOUS shade of “bum dust” (which i would paint in the whole main level of our house if i wasn’t into different hues for every room).

bum dust paint, sock monkey hat, mossy rocks
i’m thinking that i will keep the blue hue of our kitchen and dining room for another year.  it’s happy happiness blue.  hues of blue create feels of calmness and serenity.  blue can also lower your pulse rate, so if you have high-blood pressure, maybe a nice azure room in your home would be of benefit to you?  or you can come for a visit for tea.

blue, painting of city, flowers, art, beach

how you do chose one single color to paint a wall?  there are way too many options out in the world.  i’ve decided my bedroom — that’s easy.  the walls with now be “my morning coffee” with “my favorite mug” as the trim hue — you can see just below.  the mug is a deep chocolate brown, not black as it may appear.  but how do i pick my living room hue?  put them in a hat and draw?  let the husby do it?  if he picked, it’d probably either be lime green or…. no, he’d keep it “orange”.  (and he would never really pick lime green.)

coffee stained lace, tea stained fabric, cream flowers, coffee

browns and tans bring a sense of warmth, comfort and security.  i love the earthiness and natural feeling of these hues.

but enough of that — i got distracted and this distraction has turned to excitement.  my plan for the day was to post this blog entry, read a dozen or three of some of my favorite blogs’ newest posts and do client/computer work.  got the client work done for the most part.  check.  got most of this post done — i had some other colors and feelings and blah, blah, blah, but i had a thought.  “i want a bonnet so someday when i get my trike, i’ll be ever so cute peddling around my neighborhood.”  actually my REAL thought was “i want a bonnet.”  so without a pattern, sewing skills to speak of or any decent fabric, i managed to create my wee bonnet anyway…

hand made black hat with crushed red velvet, tatted lace and cheesecloth
ingredients: left over fleece from my wee bug’s solstice skull blanket, some crushed deep red velvet, coffee stained cheese cloth and two types of lace, coffee stained piece of vintage crocheted tablecloth.  oh, and two long pieces of black velvet ribbon to tie it.  it’s ever so cute if i do say so myself — nowhere near the bonnet i posted the other day that i said “i wish i could sew like this!!” but maybe with practice…

hand made hat, bonnet, black and red, tatted lace, coffee stained lace
the back is cute too with all of it’s over-stitched red bits (it was a tiny bit too big so i had to take it in here and there).  or at least i think so.  my mom will make fun of me and say something about how i look like i’m trying out for a part on little house on the prairie but whatev.  she’s is so not cool enough to wear my hat!  😉

hand made hat, bonnet, black and red, tatted lace, coffee stained lace

hand made hat, bonnet, black and red, tatted lace, coffee stained lace

hand made hat, bonnet, black and red, tatted lace, coffee stained lace

i kinda failed on taking a picture of the right side, which has a cute red polk-a-dot but you get the idea.  as if five photos isn’t enough, i know.

happy wednesday… tomorrow for most of us.  i’m going to see about going used window shopping for our new studio (like literal window shopping — i need to buy two of them).  wish me luck as this is my fourth trip to find “the perfect panes”.

black and white mixed media art pdf zine

what a crazy fun two days of being sick!  i love how i say “i’m checking out for a few days to do nothing” and what do i do?  LOTS!  and i have much to share…

first and foremost, i have completed the black and white zine!  it may not be up until tomorrow though as i still have 40 PDFs to export and the whole thing to assemble, then upload, but at least it’s complete.  it’s “omg gorgeous!”… that’s kinda like pee your pants pretty, but WAY better!  i will be adding it to yudu for ease of viewing as well (it will be ENORMOUS).  if you missed the cover, peek at my last post for a tantalizing treat to tide you over.

black and white mixed media art pdf zine

in this issue, you’ll notice that bio text and other bits are more plain than they typically are.  this is by no means a sign of laziness or a lack of desire to pretty things up, but rather done as a means to make all links clickable and all text searchable.  this will be of benefit to all of us.

black and white mixed media art pdf zine

i have also added a section on the site for cheap advertising in future publications to help off-set some of the time spent and hefty hosting fees associated with the size of the zine, etc.  the last issue, which was half the size, got over 6k views in the first month alone so i’ll advertise in it.  🙂  that is some pretty decent exposure to people who are definitely already interested, i think.

black and white mixed media art pdf zine

in other news, i have changed around the altered bits site a bit, though will continue to wrap that up over the next several days.  the important things you will need to know are that there is no long a LOVE page.  i killed it.  instead, all past, present and future artist interviews will be found in the “Guest Artist” section.  duh.  i am still kicking myself as that is, after all, what i created the page for.  why i put it elsewhere is beyond me, but the ol’ head is now outta the booty, promise.  in place of the previous LOVE page, i am adding a “tutorials” page.  here you will find all sorts of things from all sorts of people.  some free, some with small fees, etc.  currently, you’ll find nothing (just be patient — i’m only one girl).  🙂  well, i did whip up a 10-ish page tutorial yesterday, complete with photos and everything, but i can’t think of a name so it will be a bit before i post it.  more on that later.

black and white mixed media art pdf zine

last but certainly not least, i am updating the guest artist page next week!  you will be thrilled to find that you get not one, but TWO fabulous artists — a beautiful and endlessly talented couple.  you’ll see soon — not going to spoil it for you.

go peek to see if the zine is up and if it is, please, let me know what you think.

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UPDATE: Okay, it’s done, but it’s almost half a gig in size!!!  Trying to figure out how to deal with the enormity of this beautiful beast… and will get it up ASAP either way.

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ANOTHER UPDATE: The zine is now on the altered bits site and i have uploaded it to yudu.  They are, however, having issues and some of the text is display as red (initially all of it).  Apparently they have some glitchy things going on and are working on fixing it.  Please don’t hold me accountable — just look at the two part version on my site and come back and let me know what you think!  Hope you like it! Now I must nap — I should have rested when I got sick ’cause now I have a cruddy fever and am feeling deathly.

yikes! is is almost may 15th!? issue two of the altered bits art zine is supposed to come out that day and i’m the one that’s supposed to ensure that happens. this issues theme: odd numbers. this is going to rock! i’ve gotten several amazing submissions but sadly i may have to delay its release for a week or two. of course this gives people more time to submit things (kerin!). just kidding, lady — i know you’re busy.

odd numbers, even numbers, altered bits, zine, mixed media, collage, altered art

it’s been a crazy week around here! i have an art thingy next weekend and have been scrambling to create ten+ new pieces to have there along with a few other newish pieces and some of my prints i recently posted for sale. yeah, right.  a bit overly ambitious i’d say to come up with ten pieces in less than a week!?

my weekend was sweetly interrupted with heaps of fun mother’s day adventures and surprises. after a delightful breakfast in bed of yogurt and 89 different kinds of fruit, i got a gorgeous card from my six year old and a hand-picked bouquet, and a second bouquet of organic tulips from my husband. those boys know how to make me smile.

mothers day flowers and hand made card

the inside of the card made me weepy ’cause it was just too dang sweet:

mothers day card from my son

ah, and i got one of my favorite beers from the husby as well. i thought it rather comical that it was a mother’s day gift and not a general weekend blessing (is beer a blessing? yep!) considering it’s proclamation on the front of the bottle:

arrogant bastard ale

they later took me out to brunch, to coffee, to my favorite antique store (wait until you see what i got!) and all around town. i was so excited i wore black and white striped knee-highs, pigtails and a petticoat. (seriously — i have a picture to prove it.) shameless off-topic plug: if you’re in or near portland, go to the radio room. they are now serving amazingly tasty yet super inexpensive brunch and it kicks ass. drink a berry bubbly for me – tasty treat!

happy belated mother’s day to all of you beautiful mamas! i hope you had as marvelous a day as i had. this is for you — our rose bush bloomed its first blossom (blossomed its first bloom?) on mother’s say morning:

arrogant bastard ale

i should go drink my bastard now and finish some of these dolls, assemblages, collages and paintings. i’m having way too much fun with them to decide what to work on now though… the doll with a hat that looks like a brain that i made out of paper clay? the 22″ mixed media bird and numbers piece? the evil clown baby doll head piece? or perhaps the sweet and potentially pretty flowery encaustic piece i can’t seem to finish? i have multiple-arty-personality disorder this week.

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