Lovely Ladies

I started making these ladies last year around this time and still feel super full-steam-ahead about it. I'm so smitten with the process of discovering each lady, pushing the possibilities of materials I'm using and the different textures I can achieve with them, challenging expectations on cultural ideas of women and gender & even the physical aspects of the face. I love how each lady takes on her own personality and story without my intentional interference. Lately I'm really seeing the possibility for them to act as a means of connection, an invitation to important conversations. Letting that stew and take form in good time.

Laura Johnston Amanda 6x7" mixed media on paper 2017

Laura Johnston
Amanda
6x7" mixed media on paper
2017

Laura Johnston Felicia 3x4" mixed media on paper 2017

Laura Johnston
Felicia
3x4" mixed media on paper
2017

Laura Johnston Bea 3x4" mixed media on paper 2017

Laura Johnston
Bea
3x4" mixed media on paper
2017

Laura Johnston Ross 3x4" mixed media on paper 2017

Laura Johnston
Ross
3x4" mixed media on paper
2017

Laura Johnston Freya 3x3" mixed media on paper 2017

Laura Johnston
Freya
3x3" mixed media on paper
2017

Laura Johnston David 6x7.5" mixed media on paper 2017

Laura Johnston
David
6x7.5" mixed media on paper
2017

I have made over 100 Lovely Ladies to this point, and most recently have started a book of Lovely Ladies - similar to my 365 project a couple of years ago. This isn't intended as a daily project, but I loved the idea of having a book full of (68) Lovely Ladies to flip through. I've got my loose-paper ladies in portfolios, so it's a similar effect. I know each of their names by heart. I am proud of them.

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There is a lot to say about these ladies - I am immersed in making them, reflecting, writing, trying to put words to where I'm coming from. I have a lot to share and will be doing so more often here, but if you'd like to see even more, pop over to Instagram where I am sharing on the regular!

New Collages

I've been in a collage-making frenzy lately. Here are some new ones.

Laura Johnston The Emperor Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston
The Emperor
Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston Princessa (The Beginning of Sausaged) Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston
Princessa (The Beginning of Sausaged)
Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston Sourpuss Kids Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston
Sourpuss Kids
Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston Eight Digital Collage 2017

Laura Johnston
Eight
Digital Collage 2017

I've been making collages, scribbles, doing photoshoots, planning photoshoots, working on a shop update for le animalé, etc. etc. etc. I visited the SFMoMa a couple of days ago, which is always a fresh jolt of inspiration. I especially loved Robert Colescott's "Colored T.V.":

Robert Colescott Colored T.V. Acrylic on Canvas 1977

Robert Colescott
Colored T.V.
Acrylic on Canvas
1977

I've also been organizing my studio, which was an incredible wreck after the holiday rush, and am going through old journals and photos piecing together some ideas for yet another painting series. Who knows when I will get around to all of these projects I want to do, but I figure it's good to chronicle the ideas while they're around. 

I'm going to make an effort to post here more regularly because I usually come back after several weeks with so much to say I don't even know where to start! :)