Monday, February 21, 2011

Works in Progress and Artistic Process

Acrylic on canvas 
30" x 40"

Graphic Ovoids - third state
36" by 36" (in background)

Another one of my "Ovoids" paintings has come out from hiding, ready to be finished, (top photo).   I know where I'm headed with this and one more session should do it.   However, "Graphic Ovoids" is causing a little frustration.  I took the leap and added the textural element on the lower portion of the painting, shown above. I've decided to keep it.  But now, additional treatments to the horizontal band at the top of the canvas have me in a quandry.  I lost the soft ambiguity in the band that was present in the first two states and now I'll have to figure out whether to try to get it back, or to move in a different direction. 

Speaking of process and the protracted completion of works of art.... Shu-Ju Wang, a Portland artist, currently has a wonderful post on the stages of a mixed media piece that she recently finished.  Shu-Ju is a computer engineer-turned artist, having studied in multiple disciplines at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is a printmaker (including Goco), book artist, painter and teacher who is always generous of her time and knowledge. Find out more about her, and view a lovely video showing her working on another painting, here.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

As always, thanks very much for visiting....


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Small Paintings and Decorative Scrolled Paper


Robyn Gordon has posted lovely images of paper scrolls on Art Propelled right now.  I always love visiting there because she always does her homework and brings her viewers a multitude of images of whatever it is that she's interested in at the moment.  I have "discovered" so many wonderful artists there, thanks to her "sluething".  If you haven't visited Robyn's blog before, jump on over there and be sure to link to her website where you'll find her own, gorgeously carved totems and other objects. (She also happens to be featured this week on Patti Roberts-Pizzuto's ongoing Made by Hand series at Missouri Bend Studio.)

It being a glorious day in Portlandia, I was inspired to grab a stash of my own personal "scrolls," made from one of my mixed media-treated papers, and dash up to my garden shed where I knew the low afternoon light would be conducive to photographs.  I also managed to capture a couple of of decent photos of small paintings on mat board while I was up there. 

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentines and Small Works

Watercolor sketch

 Found this sketch from some time ago while I was rifling through some storage tubs. It says, "Give me your heart.  Here is mine."   Stocked up on Dove's milk chocolate "Heart Promises" in honor of the upcoming holiday and because I look for any and every reason to eat chocolate.

Still enjoying these pussy willow branches that my daughter picked a couple of days before Christmas.

"Poppy and Bottles"

"Ninepatch Targets"
Acrylic and crayon on matboard

Acrylic on paper

Thinking I'll add these three pieces and a few more small works to my Etsy shop.

Thanks for visiting....
Hope you're having a lovely weekend!!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Giving Life to a "Dead" Piece and....Graphic Ovoids: Second State

Mixed media in process
6 1/2" x 9"

Well, here it is -- mid-afternoon on a Sunday.  The weekend window of opportunity is narrowing.  Yesterday was filled with errands, a long overdue and much welcomed visit with dear friends, and a little baking.  Interspersed, were trips back and forth from one studio "annex" (read: dining room table) to another annex  (read: sunroom table) and then back to the "main studio" (read: converted bedroom).  Mind you, this was strictly a "get re-acquainted with the 'this-and-thats' (sketches, surface designs, etc.), that might one day be useful in a work of some sort or another" kind of activity.  Nothing productive by any stretch of the imagination.  Late in the evening, I became sort of "desperate," if you will.  So I grabbed a very "dullish," "reject " monoprint.  "Dull" as in drab mauve and even drabber olive, and black.  Then, I grabbed my Prismacolor pencils, set up camp in front of the dying fire, and begin to color.  That's right -- color -- just like a schoolgirl.   And now, my destined-for-for-the-trash monoprint has become this colorful "doodle-print-sketch-ditty!''

Which leads me to a wonderful bit of advice that I gleaned from the extremely talented artist behind Non-Indigenous Woman.  NEVER GIVE UP ON A DRAWING.  This little gem came forth when she generously took the time to respond to a question I had asked about a watercolor process she had touched on in one of her posts.  (I've mentioned Non-Indigenous Woman on this blog before.  If you haven't visited there yet, I highly recommend it.  She  instructs at the university level and the focus of her own work is currently printmaking. She is a fabulous illustrator and her mixed media sketches are just amazing.

"Graphic Ovoids"  - first state

"Graphic Ovoids" - second state
Acrylic on canvas 36" x 36"

Speaking of schoolgirls (and boys), did you ever look at "Highlights" magazine in the waiting room of the doctor or dentist as a child?  Remember the "Can You Find the Hidden Objects?" feature?  Well, that's what these two photographs of "Graphic Ovoids" are like:  Can you identify the differences between the first and second states?  No? --I didn't think so -- :) -- because they are so darn subtle. So I shall assist:  The changes include "Xs" in the orange rectangle, changes to the hue of some of the "white" quadrants on the eggs, darkening of the grey/brown quadrants of the eggs, additional definition on the perimeter of the eggs, and a warming up of the lower field.  All that over the course of a few hours to achieve subtle differences!  So that's what I've been looking at for the last week.  And now, the time has come to garner my courage and jump back into the painting...   

Stay tuned, and have a wonderful week!