Flying Redhead Studio Art

LHensley-Friend of the Family - Web

Friend of the Family — the Kat and the Cat are friends

You will find both whimsy and depth in my art, and currently a high degree of experimentation in what and how I paint and collage. Right now I’m experimenting with some non-representational art, highly stylized whimsical treats and even florals! I am also committed to spending time practicing my drawing, and some of those drawings have made their way onto little cubes of art and a variety of other items.

As a former costume designer I’m very interested in the human being, human interactions, and their meaningful or humorous stories. With that as a backdrop, I’m also enjoying playing with materials and surfaces, and trying to spend all my studio time working quickly and playfully. I’ve headed back to the basics like composition, line, value, etc to inform new work. I’m learning more about what paint can do. I’m making my own printed paper for collages and cutting my own stamps and devices for printing patterns and images. I tend to work in series, and will use these images and printed patterns for building up a painting series or collage series.

I hope you can tell I’m having fun! I’m so  glad to share my fun with you!

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Morgue File

What is a morgue file?

I used to keep a collection of images, a mini library of cuttings and photos to inspire and inform my costume design work. Standard practice for artists and designers, many fellow designers had impressive collections depending on their interests the projects they had worked on, and the space they had available for storage. When I was costume designing it was not unusual to need to research multiple time periods, locations, economic classes, cultures, and art styles, and of course this was before computers were used to store images and files. My hard copy collection consisted of interesting clothes, bodies in poses useful for rendering costumed characters for dances and plays, makeup ideas, hairstyles, undergarments, clothing for everyone from kings to clergy, and soldiers to peasants. I had sections for colors, fashion periods, hairstyles, weaponry, accessories, poses, animals, art styles, architecture, furniture. Really, anything of interest. As you can imagine, it could easily get out of hand.

Thank goodness for Pinterest, Evernote and Dropbox now.

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How I use a morgue file now

Now I have a morgue file for painting inspirations in Pinterest and Evernote. I use Pinterest mostly for the visual inspirations, and Evernote for the writing and notes. It’s not that different from my old morgue file, except for the storage space. Here I collect poses, faces, hands, compositions, painting styles, color schemes, concept ideas. In Pinterest I’ve kept some of my boards secret, others are shared. I refuse to steal, but I do participate in the time honored artist practice of responding to the work of other artists whether it’s borrowing a method of applying paint or trying on a composition that worked for someone else. There are trends, after all, and I always offer my own personal spin, colorway, palette, and hand to the project. I find inspiration in other artists, and images, and refer to them from time to time as I’m doing my own work. It’s a natural extension of being a theater designer!

Photographing my art – beginner level

Photographing your art I set out to learn about photographing my art for two reasons: to get better photos for submission to shows to have good enough digital images that can be reproduced as prints The kind of art work I am photographing is 2 dimensional most of the time, with some 3d. Up till […]

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NEAT Seattle Studio Tour December 5-7, 2014

Next big show coming up is NEAT Seattle, a studio tour. I will be a guest of Sandy Spear, and Priscilla Peterson will also be with us. Sandy makes glass beads, and jewelry from the beads, and Priscilla makes wearable art clothing. Looking forward to sharing the tour weekend with these two lovely women! December […]

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New Work for Edmonds Art Studio Tour

Some interesting additions to my artworks! I’m calling them The Actors. I currently have five figures to show. This is a fun departure from 2 dimensional paintings and collages, and more akin to what I did in my costuming days. Meet the twins, called “Illumin-naughty” and “Illumin-nice.” Then there is “Nearly 12″, mostly because he […]

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30 in 30 Day 2

Another grouping of people this one strikes me as a Greek chorus. I like this working fast thing. Of course, I’m working on completing some that I started, so the ones that I start from scratch may take longer than a day. Nice to finish up some paintings though!

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New painting – 30 in 30 Day 1

Here’s the first of my paintings for the 30 in 30 challenge. Maybe it’s even done! http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/  

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Fun at the Edmonds Waterfront – An Art Demo Day

Sunday, July 27 I was with 3 other artists at the Edmonds Waterfront, demonstrating how I make and use some of my tools for my art.  I was showing how I hand carve rubber stamps, the papers that I stamp to create pattern and textures for collage materials, as well as some finished and in-progress […]

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Edmonds Art Studio Tour 2014

This year,  September 20 & 21, once again I will be participating in the Edmonds Art Studio Tour. This event has become a destination, gaining in popularity and acclaim, and is now in its 9th year! I was fortunate to be a guest artist at Cami Smith’s studio that first year, was at Lynn Scott’s […]

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On the easel today, 6/4/14

Looking at the last show I had up, I noticed a preponderance of quinacrodone burnt orange which in one way, holds the show together, and in another, it seems like it could be time to add some new colors to the palette. So I started working with a small palette of Quin gold and ultramarine […]

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Edmonds Art Festival Juried Gallery

I am honored to have work included in the Edmonds Art Festival Juried Gallery this year. Two pieces were accepted, Fancy Coats and Friend of the Family. However, the good/bad news is that Fancy Coats already sold and is now in a private collection! Edmonds Art Festival is a yearly event, always over Father’s day […]

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