Official Website of Anita K. Boyle
The Art Gallery
Inside Egress Studio's on-line Art Gallery, you'll find I use many techniques and mediums for the artworks I create. I cannot seem to hold myself to just one medium, but the styles I use are consistent within each type of artwork—even more so when the artworks are made in a series. It's not that I can't focus for long— I have proven many times to myself that I can. The answer is simple: I have learned numerous techniques and mediums over the years because of an insatiable curiosity. As an artist, I can't give that up.
Detail from the assemblage "Revised Cycles"
This detail from the assemblage includes a dragonfly carapace, an old watch battery, a circle of sifted mushroom spore, a large washer, and old macramé twine used to tie a hoop from a discarded plant hanger to the substrate.
This is my spiffy summertime paper dryer. In winter, it's in the barn.
A Few Comments About the Artworks
The assemblages I create are, to me, like painting with an actual landscape rather than paint. They are like poems without words, and sometimes even with them. They use details from my life, and our lives. They document our histories. They are about the Pacific Northwest, since that is where everything used in the assemblages is found and often made.
Watercolors and Oils—
Watercolor is challenging and delightful to work with. I have learned a lot over the years, and plan to work more with watercolor as often as possible. On this site, you can see original jazz musician portraits, landscapes and other representational works. In addition, I have made giclée prints of the musician portraits.
Painting with oil opens other possibilities. It is a medium that will stretch as far as the artist can take it. My list of upcoming projects will include a new series.
Here you'll find a variety of prints to choose from: drypoints, wood blocks, wood engravings, linoleum blocks, monotypes and collagraphs. The process is simply intriguing, from working with the ink and choosing the paper, to creating the image itself. Since the methods change for each type of print, the processes will be described on the pages with the prints.
Pen & Ink
Starting back in high school, ink has always been a favorite to work with. When ink doesn't work, pencil does. Ink and watercolor can always follow later. You should have seen the drawings that covered the desks in my more boring classes. Ink is wonderful stuff—like dirt from the garden, it works its way under fingernails to make it look like the hand might have done something interesting.
The photos I take are usually one of three types: 1. the act of framing things I see in the camera's lens, or what I call the art photos; 2. those that I plan to use as reference for—or use in—other projects; and 3. those that document what I see (including the process of creating an artwork). The lens of a camera is where the artist can find her vision by capturing what is important. In the best photos, the artist's creative perspective shows through like poetry.
I enjoy making stained glass windows. Designing a workable layout is the first challenge. Putting a silver bead of solder along a long seam between the glass can be meditative. I don't do stained glass projects often, but when I do, I tend to be very happy.
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All artworks on this site are created by Anita K. Boyle, unless indicated otherwise.