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Sunday, May 17, 2009

MMM: Altered People

My Own Private Bali

I know that I've mentioned how much I longed to go to Bali in April for Anahata Katkin's week long mixed media workshop, Since I couldn't go to the retreat in person, I studied the photographs she posted on Flickr, and today I had my own private Balinese art retreat in my studio. Because one of my favorite subjects is altered people, the wallpaper panels she demonstrated were of great interest to me. You can see samples from her students here. Although mine is very miniature, I tried to apply the techniques Anahata taught, and here's my version of a wallpaper icon.

32 comments:

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Stunning art piece...awesome colors and great image.

Ozstuff said...

Is her name Flora? How wonderful is this? And accompanied by "Waltz of the Flowers" is just too, too delicious. What a fantastic treat to wake up to this Monday morning in Oz.

indybev said...

OOOh, My GOSH! I had to run get my sunglasses for this one. What a feast of color. I so admire your boldness with color, Alberta! Another winner!

mixedmediamonday said...

What a wonderful piece, Alberta! Amazing - love the colours! Diane

Kelly said...

great altered lady! love the bright colors!

Sharon said...

Great! Sometimes I have to have my own little art retreat too. Best kind. Your wallpaper girl is wonderful.

Lori Saul said...

This is a very beautiful lady indeed . Gorgeous use of color on both background and the focal point. Inspiring!

Femmy said...

fabulous!!

Rachel Bland said...

WOW! This is amazing. Thanks for playing my theme. I realy love what you've done here. Fantastic image, and wonderful colours!

Owl Eng said...

Amazing piece!!

Lynn Stevens said...

So colorful and edgy, Love it!

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~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Brilliant job Alberta, Bali and a class with Anahata would be dreamy, thank you for the link :)

Janny said...

OMG It's gorgeous, I am a great fan of Anahata and also here wall paper gigures.
I am so sad that I am living at the other side of the ocean;o(
Well done!

Mandy C said...

how utterly wonderful Al, you are totally inspiring.

Sandy said...

Wow this is fantastic.
Very impressive work. Love them.

Jean said...

What a great idea to have your own Bali retreat at home! The link to the Bali workshop photos is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing that with us. The colors there are absolutely stunning! Maybe we'll meet in Bali someday! Happy Monday to you and your sister!! :)

Kim Mailhot said...

Did you dress in brightly colored silks and drape fabric from the ceiling with flowers everywhere and light incense and candles and listen to Balinese chanting music ? You must have because your red beautiful lady glows rich in the flavor ! Wish I could have been there for the retreat - it sounds like quite a trip !;)

Alberta and Ava said...

Would a mango candle and a paint-splattered men's dress shirt count? I also have a hot pink paper umbrella hanging from the ceiling. For my next trip I'll definitely have chanting music. Oh! Lightbulb!!! We should all set aside a day and have our own cyber Bali art retreat in homage to Anahata!

Cathy Mendola said...

OH WOW! HOLY COW! I've been missing in action for a while and I've missed so much. Your gardens are to die for...I would love to come visit if I ever get back to GA (my daughter is visiting her friends there right now-Alpharetta). Such beautiful roses and foxgloves. I'm turning pea-green with envy!
Your artwork is spectacular as always but I'm really loving your Anahata inspired piece. I too would have loved to go to Bali and take her workshop. Not sure if it was her workshop or the idea of going to Bali was the bigger draw but I definitely lover her style and you've done a superb job!
Kudos!
I love your idea of everyone doing an Anahata-inspired cyber workshop.
have a great week and hugs to you!
cathy

Cori Lynn Berg said...

This is amazing. I love the combination of the reds, pinks, and yellows. Great work!

Nan said...

WOW.....I just love this. The colors you used are amazing as well as the design. And thanks for the great link.....what a trip that would be!

Kris Dickinson said...

You've outdone yourself with this fabulous piece! WOW!

BlueRidgeLady said...

She is stunning!! A floral fantasy! I have been to Anahata's blog and daydreamed about it too. The colors are intoxicating and I love the Hibiscus!

Thank you so much Alberta, for your sweet comment on my blog, you always brighten my day!

Love ya sweet friend :D

Janet said...

Yum! The colors are like juicy, ripe fruit! Love everything about this one!!

Taluula said...

Oh Alberta, this is just stunning and you at your very very best. Bravo my friend.

liveart said...

Dramatic, fantastic and sooo colourful!! Looks like you mad the trip to Bali after all!

Valerie Lorimer said...

Goreous! Great colors.

*jean* said...

this is great! the colors and composition are very energizing and glorious!!! i've always wanted to go to bali as well!!! wouldn't it just be something to take one of her classess????..........sigh.......one can dream....

Alberta and Ava said...

Let's all go to Bali together today. It's gray and rainy here, the perfect day for flights of imagination to a tropical lands of colors and spices!

Luisa Migon said...

Wow!!! Your work is totally fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing it!!!

spindelmaker said...

Great piece! Love the colors!