Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 227 ~ Transform a room into a new environment.

This is the 9X12 watercolor painting I worked on this past weekend while doing the Mountain Heritage show.

It's the combination of two images. One was a photo of a kitchen from a magazine. The other, some trees near my home.

I wanted the images to merge so that the kitchen became the outdoor environment, too. The trees and grasses grow from the counter and out of the sink. The images are translucent, creating an ambivalence about what is where. Someone who saw me working on it at the show suggested a double-exposure.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 228 ~ Work with balancing something on a small point.

I'm terribly behind on my daily projects. I've had shows and orders to fill. But just in time for a wonderful article by Sheila Vertino in the on line arts magazine Fluent, about yours truly and my 365 creations, I'm going to be posting day 227 very soon. The assignment is to transform a room into a new environment and I've started a painting of a kitchen window that also looks like the landscape outside, the two images superimposed. I'll be working on this painting at the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival in Harper's Ferry, WV this weekend. If you'd like to see the work in progress, please stop by my booth in tent 8!
In the meantime, here is my project for Day 228 ~ Be balanced. This is a picture of a rock I balanced on the shore of the Potomac River. My friend Bill taught me how to do this. Bill Baldwin is an extraordinary metal smith and leather worker. He and his wife, Sue, stay with us during the Mountain Heritage. This is not a photographic trick! The rock is actually balanced on a small point. Try it!