Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Encaustic Monotype and Carbon Workshop - Paula Roland

Last week I was fortunate to study encaustic monotypes and carbon mark making with Paula Roland.
It was a challenging and mind boggling week of many new ideas and moving with the flow of your intuition. We used mops and large brushes on many types or paper of black and white marks. Each day was filled with many new to me techniques and ideas. I am recharged and ready to create!
Mark Making with graphite pigmented waxing he hotbox.
The one on the lower left also had some colored pigments added.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Art2Life Nicholas Wilton

I just completed the 12 week on-line course with Nicholas Wilton, quite the forever giving and sharing instructor. So much information and so much to look at, now I must debrief and re-visit many of the ideas and topics. As with any information you learn from other artists and master teachers, it is prudent to actually say, OK, what works for me???? As I grow as an artist, I learn something from each of the classes I have taken, from the teacher and the other students as well. At the end of the day, it is important to spend time examining the things I love about art and what makes it mine. I admire artists who make the bright energetic paintings, but then when I work like this, I end up subduing so much. So, is the hidden me really that energetic wild and crazy person I long to come out? The one wearing the high-heeled bright red, crazy shoes? Of course not, I laugh.... I am the quiet one in the comfortable, red canvas loafers! Close enough to exciting is moving from neutral to red loafers! I am experimenting with how to make that quiet more interesting! These are 9 paintings that are close to finished from the course, 12" x 12" panels. I was surprised that they seem so much alike when they all started out in different ways!



Also here are my shoes! Who knows, that actually is white paint on those heels, and I will try it again! Life is good. It is so awesome being able to spend time with paint or charcoal, in life drawing class with the most motivating instructor, with other artist friends and just friends who never seemingly tire and so patiently and kindly listen to me ramble! And then there all the amazing teachers and mentors that have taken me in. Thanks to all!

What about you? Is the art that is in you the same art that you love?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Walking With Friends

Walking with Friends won one of four Jurors Awards in the Society of Watercolor Artist's 2016 International Exhibition. The juror was Frank Eber, well know watercolor artist and teacher. The show includes work by artists I admire and have followed for a long time. Of course I am humbled and excited just to be included in the show. The exhibition will run until through May 28. 

The painting is watercolor and acrylic on paper. I enjoy painting layers of color, texture and line and then trying to make something come out of the shadows. 
Exhibit Location: Atrium Gallery, Central Library of Fort Worth, 500 W. Third Street, Fort Worth TX 76102 (corner of Lamar & West Third)
The on-line catalog is available here: SWA 2016 International Exhibition


Walking with Friends
22" x 15"
Acrylic on Paper



Thursday, April 14, 2016

MB's Circus

MB's Circus
60" x 20"
Mixed Media on Canvas
This painting was for my sister, MB. The layers are many and it is one of a kind. I had members of the family write, draw, scribble, fingerprint and add something to the canvas, at various stages at of the work. Many of the marks are partially buried or reoccurring. Some of the family members wouldn't even let me know where they marked and it is truly hidden. Some were far away and I took something they did and did a rubbing or collaged it in here. This was truly a fun project of love and has taken much longer than it should have, but now I share it with you as it is being shipped to her! The title comes from one of my favorite phrases, "Not my circus, not my monkeys"! But hey, these are her monkeys and thus MB's Circus!

These three photos below are closeups of some of the texture and marks. It was hard to photograph and post as it it so tall and narrow.






Saturday, April 9, 2016

Entanglement

Entanglement
22" x 30"
Acrylic on Paper

I was honored to be accepted in the  39th International Exhibition 2016 with Watercolor Art Society Houston. This painting is a bit more colorful than most of mine and I had a lot of fun with it. Adding watercolor crayon on top of the many layers gave me my chance to make marks, which I am loving to do anymore. I think it is like hidden messages, those in my head that I can't ever verbalize!

I am taking an on-line course right now with Nicholas Wilton which is really stretching my brain to think about where I want my art to go. If you have a chance, check out his web site and blog. I have been following his blog for many years. He is an excellent artist and teacher and shares his processes with such grace.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Then There Were Five

Then There Were Five
Acrylic on Paper
15" x 22"
I am excited to be included in the Texas and Neighbors Exhibition sponsored by the Irving Art Association for the second year in a row. The reception will be April 17 at the Irving Art Center from 2-5. It's a wonderful reception with amazing floral arrangements individualized to coordinate with paintings on the wall nearby! Come and check it out!
Link to preview the art accepted in this years show: http://irvingartassociation.org/2016/02/2016-texas-and-neighbors-preview-gallery/

Friday, January 1, 2016

Just the Three of Us - Silent Auction February 27, 2016

Just the Three of Us
14" x 11"
Mixed Media on Panel
I am honored to have my painting, "The Three of Us, My Echo, My Shadow, and Me" in the show sponsored by Arts for Rural Texas (ARTS) to create funds to support art. The show is presented by ACT (Artists Changing Tomorrow) in which artists contribute a painting for the silent auction held every other year. This is my second time to have a painting in the auction. The auction will take place February 27, 2016.
http://www.act4art.com


The exhibit and silent auction raise funds for ARTS, a 501(c)(3) foundation which applies their funding to expand art education in an effort to offset cutbacks in art education in the schools.
All art donated for the auction can be viewed here.

This painting started with India ink on paper with lines drawn with a pen, string, and more including a stick from the yard. Adding acrylic made the ink turn a dark blue. Then I just played with the figurative shapes that came out of the mingling of the colors. and added more acrylic paint in muted colors. More lines were added with Caran d'ache, which are lovely water soluble crayons, (so much fun to play with), they can have that mind of their own! When the painting was finished, or so deemed finished by moi, I attached it to a Ampersand panel and sealed it, ready to be framed in a black floater frame by the sponsors at ACT.


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