I've been having fun playing around with foam stencils. I bought a pack of large foam sheets and drew shapes on them - circles, free form, lines, etc. Then I cut them out. I mix up my paint and paint it on the stencil and then press it on my painting and roll over it with a roller to really transfer the paint shape. It gives me something to respond to when I get stuck on a painting and I love the depth it gives. You can see through the layers and it brings a sense of richness to the piece. These are some of my stencils I have made:
I'm currently working on a piece that has a lot of layering going on through the use of my stencils. Not sure where it will end up yet but I'm enjoying the process!
This is a crop out of the piece I'm working on, you can see some of the stencil shapes overlaying the paint. I will post the finished piece when it is done.
I've been taking an online workshop with artist Nicholas Wilton and we are working on a series of 12 x 12 panels. We are encouraged to "play" on the boards and make many passes before we settle in on a direction or bring it to completion. I thought I would show you one of the boards and the changes it has been going through. All the layers make for such an interesting history and add a rich texture to the finished piece. The image on the left is where is started out after many layers, the one in the middle a later version and the one on the right I've brought in some birds. I think it is getting close to being done but needs a few more tweaks. If you look closely, you can see some of the elements showing through from the earlier two versions.
I delivered some new artwork to DragonFire Gallery in Cannon Beach this past weekend. It's always an enjoyable outing to drive to the beach. We deliver the work and then go for lunch while they look it over and decide which ones they would like to put up. They opted to keep all 7 paintings that I brought and they had a few for me to take home that had been hanging there for awhile. I love this gallery, so many talented artists and everything is displayed so well! It's a privilege to be a part of it. Be sure and wander through if you take a drive to Cannon Beach this spring.
Here are a couple of the new pieces I brought down:
"The Look Out"
Starting January 1st of the New Year, I have been doing a daily 15 minute warm-up of collage before I start working on other paintings. I was given a sketchbook with fairly heavy weight paper for Christmas and I drew 2 rectangles on each page.
Over the years I have saved and collected various papers that could be used for collage so I have a lot of textures and colors to choose from. I tear or cut out shapes and glue them into the rectangles. It's a fun and easy way for me to play with different color palettes and compositions without worrying about the outcome. If I get some I really like, I may try to make them into a bigger painting later!