Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New paintings on panels, some small, some not so small

These new mixed media paintings will go with me to Chautauqua, NY this weekend for the Crafts Alliance show. They are mostly acrylic with a great deal of collage. The added pieces are papers that I've painted or printed from block prints I've made. All are on 2" deep wood panels. 

I don't use reference very often, but for the two large pieces I did start with a composition from a photo. The first one here, 40" X 40" came from a picture I saw of a man sitting in a chair with a Turkish rug on the wall near him. The only thing that remains of that composition is the large oval in the design of the rug. The texture comes from the paper I applied to the panel before painting. 
Oil pastel passed lightly over the texture makes it stand out.


These next three are all 10" X 10".




And the next 4 are 8" X 8".





The last one is another 40" X 40". The composition here started with a photo of a tree hanging over a stream with a path along side. It's a little easier to see the remnants of that photo here. 
(None of the creatures or other things were in the photo...they came from me.)


Friday, July 28, 2017

Six small pieces (with some process notes)

Continuing my series of mixed media paintings on small panels. Each are 3" X 12". 

I haven't talked much about process lately, so let me tell you about these. I start with a panel cut from 1/2" MDF board. I get these laser cut for me by Smidgens, Inc. in Lima, NY. I sand the edges and gesso the panel to give it a more durable surface, though I'm not sure this is absolutely necessary. I then cover the surface with paper, either deli sheets or tissue or wax paper, using Liquitex matte medium, letting it wrinkle, fold and buckle. When dry they are painted a base of one color, usually something neutral like yellow ochre or burnt sienna. With a plastic scraper I apply many layers of paint in different colors to build up an interesting surface and give myself something to build on with other details. I find the horizon lines and suggestions of other figures in the textures and enhance them. Paper bits have been cut out of various materials that have been painted or printed. Lines are drawn with charcoal pencil or a fine brush. I finish with a spray of fixative and then a coat of gloss varnish. The backs are painted black with a small roller and a sawtooth hanger added. 
That's it!







Sunday, July 23, 2017

Eight small paintings on paper

I will apply to the Fall 2017 Art at the Mill show with these eight small paintings on paper.
The exhibit helps fund the continued maintenance and operation of the Burwell-Morgan Mill, in Millwood, VA and the Historical Association as well as the Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial Art Scholarship given annually to a Clarke County student who is pursuing a degree in art.  

 Untitled #4412
Acrylic and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4413
Acrylic oil pastel and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4414
Acrylic, paper collage and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4415
Acrylic, oil pastel, paper collage and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4416
Acrylic and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4417
Acrylic, oil pastel and charcoal
9” X 6”

 Untitled #4418
Acrylic, paper collage and charcoal
9” X 6”

Untitled #4419
Acrylic, paper collage and charcoal

9” X 6”

Monday, July 3, 2017

Twelve small paintings on panels

These twelve new pieces will go with me to a show in Chautauqua (New York) this weekend.
All are on 2" deep wood panels. All are acrylic with a lot of collage and other media. 

 Untitled # 4394   12" X 12" X 2"

 Untitled # 4395   12" X 12" X 2"

 Untitled # 4396   12" X 12" X 2"

 Untitled # 4397   12" X 12" X 2"

 Untitled # 4398   10" X 10" X 2"

  Untitled # 4399   10" X 10" X 2"

  Untitled # 4400   10" X 10" X 2"

  Untitled # 4401   10" X 10" X 2"

  Untitled # 4402   8" X 8" X 2"

 Untitled # 4403   8" X 8" X 2"

 Untitled # 4404   8" X 8" X 2"

                                                         Untitled # 4405   8" X 8" X 2"

Monday, May 29, 2017

Five fun little pieces

Five fun little pieces to try at the Rittenhouse Fine Arts show in Philly next weekend. Along with other bigger paintings, of course. These are acrylic and charcoal on wood panel 3" X 12" X .5", 






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Our Town ~ Summer Version

This is a second version of the painting I did last winter called Our Town (shown at the bottom). 
I wanted to try the same composition and see what little things would emerge from the different surface created by the collage and built up layers, which is where I find the details that become the story of the painting.  

It came out much more "summery" with warmer colors and birds instead of leaf shapes, 
which I guess just shows how much I respond to the present season when I paint. 
Can't help it. 


Both paintings are 40" X 40" X 2" 
Acrylic, paper collage, charcoal, chalk and oil pastel, colored pencil



Saturday, May 13, 2017

9 paintings on panels

Nine new paintings on wood panels. Five 8" X 8" and four 12" X 12". All 2" deep. Unfortunately, here you aren't able to see the images that continue around the edges. 

These paintings, along with a few more, I will be taking to the show in Reston, Virginia next weekend. Those that don't find good homes there will be shipped to Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. 

 Untitled #4325 Acrylic, black and white charcoal, paper collage, pastel
8" X 8" X 2" 

 Untitled #4326 Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel, colored pencil
8" X 8" X 2" 

 Untitled #4327 Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, pastel, ink
8" X 8" X 2" 

 Untitled #4329 Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage, pastel, colored pencil
8" X 8" X 2" 

 Untitled #4330 Acrylic, charcoal, paper collage
8" X 8" X 2" 

 Untitled #4331 Acrylic, black and white charcoal, paper collage, pastel, oil pastel, ink, colored pencil
12" X 12" X 2" 

  Untitled #4332 Acrylic, black and white charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel
12" X 12" X 2" 

  Untitled #4333 Acrylic, black and white charcoal, paper collage, colored pencil
12" X 12" X 2" 

 Untitled #4334 Acrylic, black and white charcoal, paper collage, oil pastel, ink, colored pencil
12" X 12" X 2"