I've been having fun "hanging" my artwork in various settings. Here are (2) 12 x 12 mixed media pieces that really complement each other. They are scaled up larger than their 12 x 12 actual sizes and seeing them this way, I'm going to see if I can paint 2 more in a similar vein but actually larger. I like the color palette and simplicity of these two so will try and capture that again. Stay tuned!
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I am working on a new series of paintings that I am calling my "and . . . series". Each painting will have an ampersand symbol in it. In addition to, also, including, plus, together with, as well as, furthermore, moreover, are all another way of using and saying "and". First this happened "and" then this. I will see where this goes . . .
Red is usually a color I reserve for accents but in this piece it became the star. This is "Red House on a Red Mountain", 12 x 12 mixed media on board.
Since the beginning of the New Year, I've been working on 5 - 6 paintings at the same time. I work for a few hours on one piece and when I reach that point where I'm not sure what to do next, I put it aside and pick up another canvas. I find this is a way to keep the creative juices flowing and often times when I do go back to the "stuck" piece I have a new perspective and know what to do. This piece is called "Bird House" and is the first one of the group to feel finished. It's mixed media on 24 x 30 canvas.
This is a crop out of a recent 12 x 12 painting on panel. I used this for our Christmas card this year. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
I recently finished a couple of 24 x 24 paintings on board. I'm loving working on board as you can really scrub or sand through layers of paint to create unique affects. I began each of these paintings by just playing around with color and shapes, not really with any direction in mind. As I turned the boards, I started to see the dog shape in "Fetch" and the bird shape in "Bird's Eye View". Once I can "see" a direction like that, the painting progresses quickly with a clearer focus. I don't often think to take "before" and "after" shots but I did remember with these too.
These two paintings are currently hanging in DragonFire Gallery in Cannon Beach. Their Stormy Weather Festival is coming up Nov. 4 - Nov.6 if you want to check them out and enjoy the festivities.
I recently took part in a 12 week on-line workshop with California artist Nicholas Wilton. It was fantastic! He is an invaluable source of information and I feel my artwork will be going in new and better directions.
During the 12 weeks, I completed (6) 12 x 12 pieces on board and I wanted to show you some of the process that I go through in making a painting. Nicholas encouraged us to not fall in love with something too soon, but to continue to push ourselves. Below is one of the panels that went through 5 different stages until it felt complete. (actually it went through more stages but these are the only ones I have pictures of!)
I started out with the figure but on my next pass on this board I rotated it and ended up covering up most of it up. Now it was looking like a landscape of sorts for the next 2 boards. On the fourth board, I turned the board to the left and began to "see" flower shapes, painting the negative spaces around them and adding a vase. The finished piece, "Floral Motion", was a result of many layers of history, giving it a unique look that couldn't have happened any other way.
"He Was a Sensitive Guy" is a new 30 x 24 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. I collaged some rice paper which I had made random shapes on into the flowers and the pots are actual torn out paper shapes. As I continued to collage shapes, one stood out that suggested the brim of a hat so I decided to push that idea further. My paintings often surprise me with the direction they take! Now why is he checking out the flowers and who is he buying them for?