Saturday, November 4, 2017

Figurative Drawing and Honoring the Models

About 7 years ago, 3 years into my art journey, I decided to attempt life drawing classes. With the guidance of excellent teachers, I know how much there is yet to learn and be able to apply as well as how difficult it is to see all the nuances of the human body. The models continue to be an inspiration to me, they have the patience, calmness and self control to be still in the moment, often very long moments, actually. Each one is different, and each is amazing and beautiful. I am attempting to have more stillness and calm in my life, without letting my mind race when I go there. Today, I honor those models who exude that meditative calmness than leaves me grateful that I have this opportunity to see into their kind souls.... past the anatomy and into the spirit of the soul, the humanity in each of us.

My natural style is not classical, nor photo realistic. Perhaps it could be called expressive drawing.
It comes from within and it changes over time. Today I am sharing some playful drawings using encaustic monotype process. These were not done with the model in from of me, but I would love to do that! The process involves drawing on a large heated metal plate with bars of pigmented wax. The bar melts as it hits the heated plate. The next step is to lay paper on top of the wax drawing and it transfers creating a monotype. This method takes your hand out of the drawing, what translates to the paper is always a bit of a surprise. My intent is to draw more into them during class, but I kind of like what happened just as they are!

These are printed on 30" x 22"Arnhem paper.


Encaustic monotype 1


  Figurative encaustic monotype 2
 Figurative encaustic monotype 3

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Challenge 30 in 30 - #3

Coral Forest
14 x 11
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
This is the third of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I am a little behind all ready because I am!
Holiday Monday. Housekeeping, art wise and housekeeping, house wise, and drawing class. I think that could also count as 30 in 30 so I will post a snippet of what I liked about last nights drawing below! Feet, always a challenge. I love the feel of the charcoal and what it does on paper!

Eunisa
portion of life drawing


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Challenge 30 in 30 days - #2

Beyond the Damage
12" x 12"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel

Day 2 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. 
This panel was damaged while traveling to a workshop. Packed in my suitcase, it had several places as if a knife had pictured it. SO I decided to paint on it anyway. And I pictured it a bit more, I don't know if you can see where it is broken, because the damage has been camouflaged with the wonderful cold wax medium. I love painting with this, it is like frosting, and who doesn't like frosting!

Friday, September 1, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Oilily 1
12" x 12"
Oil and Cold Wax
30 Paintings in 30 Days

Painting on a schedule holds me to practice and working towards a deadline. That said, I have had quite a few deadlines lately and have not been very good about keeping them, not because I haven't had the motivation, but life just sometimes creates other side winks or opportunities!

One of the great things that is going on is my new studio in the extra garage. It should be done by the end of September for sure and I will post a photo before I move in and clutter it! Ha! All my creative friends totally know what I am saying!

Another great opportunity coming up is my opportunity to teach one of my favorite mediums, Oil and Cold Wax, at Artist Showplace September 20-23, 2017. Please take a look if you are interested! There are a few spots left to fill! We will be starting with the basics of working with cold wax medium mixed with oil paint. The possibilities are endless, but we will start with abstraction in a way that brings out each person's narrative voice! What does that mean? It is like handwriting, each person's handwriting is totally individual and personal. When you let go of some of the rules that boggle your mind, play enters and the inner child comes out. Experimentation and not worrying about the end result allows each of us to find what makes us sing. Is it color, texture, lines? For me, I think it is definitely lines! We will take the paintings to the next level, learning the techniques that create textures, depth, and finishing. We will mostly work with abstraction but the methods can also be applied to realistic work as well.
If you have any questions, please let me know! I love sharing this process with others.

I decided last minute to take this 30 day challenge. I have completed the challenge 3 times previously and each time I was surprised at how much I learned. 
The panels in my 30 day challenge will be ones that I am working on to prepare for the class.

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



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