Friday, February 27, 2015
Along with black charcoal sticks and pencils I used white "charcoal" pencils and some conte and pastel.
The image is made up. I started with the strong dark foreground and trees and added the farther horizon line of trees second and went back and forth to work on each section. Once in a while I glanced at the trees outside my studio to get ideas for shapes of branches.
At one point I sprayed the drawing with polyurethane to fix it so that I could coat it with acrylic gel medium as I do with my painting/collages. I felt that deadened it, however. So I went back and retouched parts of it to add highlights and try to bring it back to life.
Want to try some more drawings with added texture and more manipulation of the surface... I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I don't seem to be able to stop painting! But I'm going to have to. For the next five days I'll be in the Baltimore Convention Center at the American Craft Council show...and away from my paints.
These 13 paintings are all 5"X 7". I've matted them to go into my bin of unframed pieces.
There is a lot of collage mixed in with the usual acrylic and charcoal...Bristol board and colored pencil, rice paper and watercolor with inks, pastel, conte, newsprint, sewing pattern tissue.
They were fun to do!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
It's primarily acrylic with charcoal and pieces of inked Yupo paper and Bristol board with colored pencil added. The three panels together measure 30"X 54".
This painting went through many incarnations! Colors changed. Details got put in and taken out and put back in... I think I'm happy with it and I have to be because it needs to be finished and ready to be the main painting in my booth at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore next week.
Monday, February 9, 2015
I worked on these two paintings side-by-side. They each measure 14"X 20". I wanted to explore using more colors in layers, so that one could be seen under the other. Used the palette knife quite a bit, but also smeared with my hand or towel to avoid obvious brush stokes. I added bits of Yupo paper painted with ink. The main medium is acrylic, with charcoal and colored pencil on watercolor paper prepared with tinted gesso. So I started with a sort of ochre-colored base as a neutral tone.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
I worked on these seven paintings at the same time, letting the surface of one 'rest' while I fooled around with another. One is large, two medium and four small-ish.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Trying to think of how to title this post showing my four latest paintings, I kept coming up with the word 'whimsy'....( \ hwim-ze \ n. 1 : WHIM, CAPRICE 2 : a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation esp. in writing or art )
These first two paintings are studies for a larger triptych on canvas. I knew I wanted tall trees that started from below the image area. So I began by drawing those in, then the little cat showed up on this one first, and the trees and birds followed in the same playful style. I was having a lot of fun!
I don't usually title my paintings, but I thought I could call these the "Who let the cats out?" series.
This painting has the sewing pattern tissue over the whole dog and the green ground, to add texture and interest to the surface.