These are just some sketches I made poolside while on vacation in the Berkshires. They are done in Caraon D'Arche Neocolor II Wax crayons. I love sketching with these as the colors are luscious especially when you wet them with water in a water brush. It is then that the colors and shadings really come alive. Perhaps these will become inspirations for new pieces or perhaps they are just nothing more than obsessive pool sketching.
I have been trying for a while to work in negative shapes but I don't find it at all easy. This is a sort of successful attempt. Although it still looks derivative to me and much like many other pieces I see done this way. In other words I have not found my "negative shape" voice yet. This piece did invlove much scraping back and sanding. I like that aspect of it very much.
Anyway, I am getting ready for our annual trip out to the Berkshires on Saturday. I love it out there but I won't have my paints and that is the part I don't like. Of course I will have pens, paper, and anything else that is not too messy so I will do a lot of sketching. There are lovely gardens in the house we rent so I will have plenty to draw and keep me busy.
I am also looking forward to seeing the new and improved Clark Art Museum in Williamstown. Apparently it is quite a sight now with all the new renovations! And of course we will take a trip up to Mass MOCA. Always an exciting event with so much to see and inspire.
Speaking of renovations, our bathroom has finally been remodeled. We have been waiting for the contractor to come since we hired him back in November! But it looks nice and was worth the wait. Now the second bathroom looks dated and we will have to do that one too at some point. Maybe next year.
Anyway, I will see you in two weeks. Enjoy summer!
Well, it is Friday today and it has been a nice relaxing week now that school is over and I could be out and about without worrying about being home at a specific time. Next week camp begins. I will have early days since the pool hours change and I need to swim very early in order to get my swims in.
The bathroom is finally being remodeled so the bedroom is a bit of a disaster but it just encourages me to stay in my studio and work! Which is exactly what I have been doing. I even sold two of the paintings I made this week. A lovely reward for my work.....
I have been trying out different surfaces for my acrylic work besides paper. I like the Ampersand gesso board but I don't like the idea that the pieces have to be framed. I really like the cradled birch panels but those seem very pricey to me, so I decided to go back to my trusty old favorite, canvas! The above painting is done on canvas. Back when I first started painting I worked on canvas exclusively although I stretched my own. I don't have the space for that anymore so I am purchasing these lovely pre-stretched ones from Blick. I like the way the back is finished so that it is neat and tidy and doesn't show too many staples. I can paint the sides to match the piece and therefore the piece does not have to be framed. Framing can be a huge expense as well as a big pain. All that measuring............
Anyway, if you are interested in purchasing a piece from me, let me know. I am adding a button here in case anyone would like this particular piece above. I am selling these small ones (8" x 8")on canvas for $60. I stopped using my Etsy store. It wasn't working that well for me and it
was costing me too much money to list things just to have them sit
around for four months and expire.
On the blog it doesn't cost me anything to list it. If it sells it sells and if not, it goes on top of the piano, where I display my small pieces. Although I have to admit that there is less and less room on the piano!
I am still enjoying making these "blown flowers". They look very real to me even though they are completely abstract. I did try blowing with the canned "air" but I came to realize that it is really canned gas and is quite dangerous. In fact while I was using the can to make flowers, some of the gas liquified on the outside of the can and I got it on my fingertips. As soon as I realized it, I went in the bathroom and washed my hands for 15 minutes per the instructions. I worried all day that I had given myself frostbite which can happen with that stuff! I threw the can away after that. I try not to have anything toxic in my studio and that stuff felt too scary to me.
Anyway, I like the control I get with just blowing through a straw. Although you really have to stop often as you can get very lightheaded from all the blowing.
The blue in the center stripe is created with a black under painting with interference blue over it. Interference colors are quite interesting and something new for me. I really love all the metallics!
On a slightly different note, my grandson graduated from middle school last night. This is quite a huge milestone for us. He is really growing up fast now. I did get a little teary eyed at one point I must say. We have come a long way together he and I.
Well, enjoy your weekend. Summer is finally here and I couldn't be happier about it!
This is another flower painting I did from the blown flower series I am working on from my recent class. I really like the technique and would like to try it with some of the high flow acrylics to see the differences in the two types of paint. I haven't yet tried the technique with the canned air but that is next on my agenda. I have to say that all that blowing through a straw can be a little tiring!
This painting made it onto Flickr Explore which was a lovely surprise!
I am glad that I am back to painting flowers again. I stopped a few years ago to work on landscapes but the flowers seem to be coming back and it feels right.
This is the last week of school. I will be so happy when my grandson is at camp and I no longer have to be the homework nag! It is exhausting. Last night he had a ton of sex education homework to do. Luckily his uncle, my son, was here to save the day and have all those discussions with him. I couldn't have done it myself! It was very graphic!
Camp will be a nice break for both of us!
Thursday is his graduation from middle school. Next year high school. Who could have imagined....
Yes, I am afraid it is true. I have taken yet another online class! I know I said I was taking a break but this one was too good to pass up. I have taken previous classes with Carla Sonheim but this one was with Diane Culhane. There were so many new techniques in the class I don't know which one to do first! One of the really big take-aways I got from the class was to use a gessoboard or a birch board as your palette. At the end of your painting session be sure and spread out the lumps of paint and in the end you have a nice abstract board to begin painting on rather than a blank white one. Very helpful if you are like me and get intimidated by the blank white board.
These flowers are done using a blown paint technique. You can use either a straw or a canned gas like you would use on a computer keyboard for cleaning. I just blew and blew and blew.
I like the abstract quality of the flowers yet they still read as flowers.
I haven't painted any real plants in a while so I thought I would give it a try with my new found acrylic skills. This has a lot of metallic paint in it which you can't really see too well but it really gives it a nice glow in person.
This is an orchid plant that keeps on thriving no matter what I do or don't do to it. The orchids fell off a while ago but I do like the leaves and stem. I made up the bud/seedpod thingy since that is what I do...I have a hard time sticking to reality.....Hmmm. What does that say about me I wonder?