Saturday, September 15, 2018

Damaris, The Gutter Artist, Art-4-Art, Lyons Regional Library, "Signing Stones, Year 5"

Title: "Signing Stones, Year 5"
Media: Water Color on Bristol Paper
Artist: Damaris O'Trand (a.k.a., The Gutter Artist)
Original: 8.5" x 11" Cut to ATC size: 2.5" x 3.5"
Front and Back Covers and 10 Original Cards

This is the fifth anniversary of the Great Front Range Flood of September 12, 2013.This month's ATC's are  based on the memory of the sounds of boulders being carried down the river, the music of their knocking against each (a sound like bowling balls and pins hitting each other but muffled). I'm inspired by the resilience of the human spirit. Stones not only sing they sign: Faith in the Journey; No Regrets; Know Your Limits."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Damaris, The Gutter Artist, Art-4-Art, ATC's, Lyons Regional Library

3rd Saturday of the Month at 12:30 p.m.
Held at the Lyons Regional Library

Title: "No Lies; No Excuses"

Artist: Damaris O'Trand, a.k.a, The Gutter Artist

Series: 12 Numbered ATC's

Collage on painted re-purposed black card stock

Leftover Handouts Found at The Barking Dog  In Lyons, Colorado on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Medium: Decorated cardstock with metallic water colors and 12 tickets from "The Self-Help Dispenser" produced by

Poster designed by Bird Dog Press
for the July 12th fundraiser held at Planet Bluegrass
Sponsored by Taste of Lyons
for the Lyons Regional Library .

Friday, June 15, 2018

Damaris, The Gutter Artist, creates, "What Matters"

June 16, 2018
Art-4-Art ATC Swap
Lyons Regional Library
Every 3rd Saturday

Title: "What Matters...."
Artist: Damaris (aka, The Gutter Artist)

Medium: Heavy tan paper; moldable foam stamping using stone impression and rainbow stamp pad; black Sharpie non-bleed pen; Faber-Castell PITT artist pens, big brush, multiple colors.

Text: Copyright 2018, Zinette #13, Lyons Memorial Labyrinth, Individually Signed Edition of 24 Cards

Inspired by Lab #23, from the book, "Print and Stamp Lab: 52 Ideas for Handmade, Upcycled Print Tools," by Traci Bunkers.

Back prior to numbering edition of 24 cards

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Architecture and Death, Alexandra Van Orsdale

"A project that uses as its starting point the fact that death is inevitable and that coming to grips with one's mortality is an essential part of living an authentic life. Such an exploration is important at any stage of life but becomes increasingly poignant as one ages and approaches one's own end." 

See video here:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Gutter Artist, Lyons Regional Library, Art-4-Art

Facing Down Dragons of the Deep
Title: "What Kind of Day Is This?"
Artist: Damaris O'Trand
a.k.a., The Gutter Artist
Medium: Finetec Water Colors, Germany

What's Done
Is Done
First Day
Last Day
Only Day
Every Day's
A Good Day

Are the wounds too deep?

How many sleepless nights must be embraced before the truth is told?

How to move forward?

Something bad happened, cruel, beyond measure.

Secrets only whispered, but never shared aloud.

Must this be faced alone?

How many silver tears must fall in silence before a frozen heart can be healed or mended?

What must I let go of?

How many deadly dragons remain to be slain before enough blood's shed to satisfy the Gods?

For what am I responsible?

For what must I atone?

Am I at fault?

Can I be blamed for having been taken hostage by circumstances not of my own making?

What am I holding onto?

There's only one sure way to be free of dragons: Accept the gift of being loved and know what's done can't be undone, but a secret once told no longer is one.