An artist friend who I have traveled with, painted with, laughed with, and cried with asked me to participate in a charity event coming up in the Fall. The proceeds will go to the homeless.
So here's my project. I can do any kind of art on this substrate, a cotton twill apron donated by Dick Blick Art Supplies. I thought about doing the typical things: eggs, butter, flour, milk, etc. Then I thought about doing a flower piece in an abstract fashion, just lots of colors splashed up there. Now I'm thinking a lady (Mexican saint?) with a shawl and sugar skull face.
Chime in if anyone has a better idea.
There's an obsession going on in my studio lately. I'VE GOT TO PAINT GREEN. Like 30 years ago I hated green, and I think it had something to do with Husband #2 though why I would be led by somebody else...it's a mystery.. But the thought only lasts a moment, and then I am back here with Goldie and we are laughing about green and the boringness of it alone, and the fantasticalness of it combined with other colors.
I really like this painting as it is, however I really don't think it's done. I have stopped working on it for a while in order to go back afresh as Goldie says. It looks like a dwelling to me right now, very non-organic. We'll come back to "Green" later.
Well, I didn't get into the "Movement" show at the Blue Line Gallery. I am anxious to see the show though, to see what was chosen and whether it is mostly abstracty stuff, realism, or whimsical. The artist that is in the large room there at the Blue does kind of light, surrealistic and whimsical work so that might be the theme in the smaller space too. I dunno.
What I do know is that with every one of my entry into art shows, I learn a little more about my art, other artists and their work, and art shows in general.
So I received a prospectus from Blue Line Gallery for a show entitled The Art of Movement. I guessed movement should be in the work either by moving the paint so that the viewer feels the movement or the subject matter is moving. This art will be shown in the secondary gallery. The primary gallery will be filled with the work of Jim Piskoti's paintings, his work combines traditional painting with motorized movement (www.jimpiskoti.com).
To date, there has been no movement in my work that I can remember anyway. It is an art avenue I have stayed away from because I consider it very difficult. With these thoughts in mind, I made the decision to begin a movement painting.
I ended up with two pieces, and submitted them both for possible inclusion in this show. I will be notified by August 4th, yay or nay.
So this is "Overdo Always" because it's a little busy and it is over another painting that I originally liked. It's much better now.
For the last couple months, I have been doing a series focusing on color. I have in the past focused on drawing, then I did some paintings focused on big texture right out of the tube not even thinking about color except intuitively which I thought was enough. Recently looking back on my work, I find that color has been kinda un-dynamic so that kind of adds into my focus-- value. Of course I have been working on value for years and still am spotty. I blame one of my first oil painting instructors who would scream if she saw too much dark, and don't even get me started on "bubble gum pink" which she hated. At last, I am over it and am working with a lot of pink because I love it.
Alrighty! Goldie and me are here and working today.
So! Yes...took me hours and hours to update my Store page on this website. I guess I forgot how to add products. I've got to remember to get on here more often because things change so swiftly in this tech-savvy world. No worries, new art has been added.
I've been doing "Spring" work since January. We had so much rain here in Northern California this past Winter, I had to get myself out of the melancholia that I often suffer when the Sun doesn't shine for a number of days. There aren't really a lot left to post here as I sold some at the art show we had here in March. I've also been creating a lot of smalls lately working on abstracts to get to the point where the work evokes the feelings of joy in a non-realistic way. I guess where the work creates a feeling of any emotion at this point because I can't recall ever doing that yet. Ha! I better hurry, I don't have a lot of time left.
Just took a gander at my blog and find it's not been updated in a while, and more importantly art is old and not exciting to the eye anymore.
So! Gonna do some updating of the art and then be back here to share some of my latest art thoughts.
Want to show off a couple of 5x5"s I did. These are so fun to do. One would think they would be fast, but no not at all. It takes several layers of paint before one can even begin the composition. Since they are so small, heavy paint is really necessary to make any kind of an impact, and then it really works to do some scratching down to other layers and allow that to come through. Yum!
I am loving the combination of colors. Let me know your thoughts.
Well! Been so busy this week. I volunteered to be a venue coordinator for an art walk happening in April, and whew that turned out to be lotsa work. I didn't think it would be when I raised my hand to help, The good part is that I am hanging some of my art in the show too. That'll begin on April 7.
Then, of course our art show here is next weekend so I am finishing up those paintings; just signing them, painting the sides of the canvas and placing hanging wire on the backs.
On Tuesday, painters are coming to paint the living room and the master bedroom. Yes, yes they are. They are available next week and only next week, saving grace is that it will only take one day. It better!
The next art happening I have is on April 1 out at High Hand which is a two-day show and I have already begun to do some new work other than what I have for Sun City. I think Spring will entice customers to want happy, flowery paintings with lots of colors and textures.
Alrighty, so here's a picture of my newest work.
Yep, another beginning. This was another painting which I worked on for months, eventually ruined and now am re-doing. I like these two girls so far but can't imagine what they are talking about so am hanging with them for a while to get some clarity. The one towards the middle is distressed, and the one on the left is very sure of herself.