I have been working on several large pieces trying to allow the paint and the process to retain their importance while allowing the universe to have input into the image. This involves applying colors without any preconceived outcome in mind. At first I try to work freely responding quickly to the paint. I choose colors that I find interesting when placed beside each other and also when mixed together. For this painting, I chose Magenta, Yellow-green, and Blue-violet. I mixed muted colors and tints from these colors to create options for contrast in value and intensity. Of course I have repainted some sections, usually by pouring another paint over the one underneath. There is very little brushwork involved in the beginning. I have added a little stronger yellow-green and cooler muted blue violet. I am at the stage of waiting for inspiration on what to do next while working on another painting. I like the top part of the painting, but am not sure it I want it to retain such an obvious Landscape feel. Landscape is my comfort zone, so I may want to develop the bottom more to move away from such an obvious suggestion. Right now waiting is important. (Feel free to comment and make suggestions)
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
When in college I was experimenting with various types of watermedia on paper and bought a large roll of WC paper, 51 inches by 10 yards. So finally I've challenged myself to use this paper. This piece is about 36 X 42 inches, fluid acrylic, with thin layers and washes.
For several years I have been approaching painting with the idea of following where the paint or universe or accident leads me. I like the icy greens and the soft contrast of the reds. Working large and loose is a challenge. I have had trouble finding a large, rigid, lightweight board for mounting while working. For some reason, I thought Rigid Foamcore came in 40 X 60 inch size. I am using a lot more paint and larger brushes. Keeping it wet for a long period is difficult. While I am working in one area something unexpected & undesirable happens in another area. I think I have finally solved most of the problems and am happy with the final product. I have 3 more large pieces in progress. Challenging and fulfilling.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Spontaneous Landscape Using Colors From a Found Object
This 5 X 7 inch painting was done using fluid acrylics, without a reference photo, to demonstrate one of the color exercises in my Color Workshop. For the painting I chose colors from a silk scarf.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Memories and Mementos workshop
Art work by Abigail Edwards
Abigail created a rich textural background with stamps and layering color. The under-painting works well with the collage of her grandmother and various papers.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Work in Progress by Tommie Sue Slaughter
This work is by one of the participants in my recent workshop, Memories and Mementos, exploring the use of photo transfer and other mixed media techniques. Slaughter transferred a photo of her grandchildren under an umbrella and some of their drawings. The work is unfinished, but she achieved a rich textural surface and illusive images that work well.