Hyperdoodle 06 • My Ruby World
18x24 inches, mixed media on board, 2009
Hi, friends. Sorry for the lapses in my posts. Been busy having fun & makin' art!
I am so excited to be posting about this piece. Every two years, the Johnson County Community College has an art auction that serves as a fundraiser for the Gallery of Art, now known as The Nerman Museum. I love participating in JCCC's art auctions because of the way executive director Bruce Hartman themes the auctions. Every time the college has an auction, Bruce themes the auction by giving each artist the same object to work with. Past auctions have included hand-crafted wooden boxes, colored records, and a gold leaf set, among other things. It's always so cool to see how every one interprets the object they're given.
This year's auction, entitled GLOW, is themed in celebration of JCCC's 40th Ruby anniversary. To carry the ruby theme, they sent every participating artist an exquisite box of ruby colored art materials. Set in dense foam within a ruby box, the materials included a tube of Gamblin oil paint, a couple of Sennelier chalk pastels, some Caran D'Ache pencils, a bottle of Dr. Ph Martin's ink (my favorite item in the box) and several other ruby goodies. By the ned of the night, 120 original works of art were auctioned off, making it the most successful of the eight auctions that JCCC has held over the years.
Needless to say, it feels great to be able to help support the Nerman Museum and their programming. Their auctions have always pushed me in a direction that I might not have otherwise ventured into. I love that. Ruby is not really a color I use as a primary color within my work so I really wanted to explore that. At first, I was only going to use shades of ruby, both dark and light. But as the piece started to take shape, I added oranges & yellows to balance it out and I'm pretty happy with the result. I'm not sure who has the piece now, but hopefully it's providing someone with some happiness.