Eight 5"X 8" mixed media paintings with tree themes. They were done with two shows in mind that are coming up. One at Berkeley Arts Center in Martinsburg, WV that will have pieces featuring wood and another at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV with the title "Plan B".
Sunday, December 28, 2014
These paintings are 8"X 12". They are done with acrylic, charcoal, pastel, added paper, ink and graphite on gessoed watercolor paper.
Monday, December 22, 2014
I worked on these at the same time, side by side. They each measure 12"X 18". I'm getting more comfortable with a larger painting surface. These are done on 140 lb watercolor paper with acrylic, charcoal, pastel, and added collage of Yupo and Thai banana papers.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thought it might be fun to show you the stages one of my paintings goes through before I'm satisfied with it. I'm working on a 10"X 14" Arches watercolor block, hot press.
Finished, coated with acrylic gel medium to enhance the colors and texture. Final image 7"X 13". Hope that was interesting!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
These felt more playful to do than those on today's previous post. Again, 5"X 8", the usual mixed media with acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal. I started by tracing some large leaves just to establish some shapes. I colored in negative spaces with charcoal, then picked oil pastels at random to color in other areas. Gessoed over that, then just a lot of layering and scratching, applying and removing, pretty much losing the under-drawing, but it does show through in spots. I like these for their texture and subtlety and whimsy, and because I had fun painting them.
Both of these paintings started out with very different imagery from that with which they ended. I seem to go back to the landscape by default. Safer there...which isn't necessarily good.
Both are 5"X 8", mostly acrylic, with charcoal, oil pastel, rice paper.
Monday, November 17, 2014
For the most part, these small paintings happen fast. I paint intuitively, something a lot of painters like to say these days. It means, to me anyway, attempting to paint without thinking, without a plan. Painting by "feel".
This painting gave me some trouble. It made me work. And think. Think about what I needed to do to it to make it mine. To get that gut feeling that it's good.
This is the under-painting. It started out as a watercolor, mostly. There is a layer of rice paper over the watercolor under the "horizon". Then charcoal and white acrylic over that. It's pretty enough, but I just couldn't leave it at that.
I stared at it for a long time. Couldn't find the direction or the courage to take the direction if I thought of one. Then I read the paper I have above my work table ~ Diebenkorn's notes to himself on beginning a painting. The first note is Attempt what is not certain. So I did.
I pasted a piece of pre-painted yupo paper over the top section and added some pre-inked rice paper over that. (Thank-you, Fran Skiles, for letting me paint with you in your studio!!!) I put a wash of gel medium stained with red oxide over the bottom and hated it. Scrubbed it with a paper towel, Added blue to the gel to make a grey and went over the forms with my finger and a toothbrush. Scrubbed and scratched some more, used charcoal here and there.