Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The MAC: Something Old, Something New, Something Funky, Something Blue: "A Complicated Relationship"

Every year, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary holds a membership show and each member is allowed to enter one painting in the month long show. The theme varies and this year, it is Something Old, Something New, Something Funky, Something Blue. The reception will be June 26 from 6-8 pm. Come and join the festivities if you are in the Dallas area!

My entry was painted quickly, with wild abandon and nonsense on my trip to North Carolina. Plein air in which one uses the view as a springboard was the goal.  Yet, my dominant left brain was running rampant and tight, struggling to recreate exactly what I saw. Quite an impossible task to bring the excitement and fresh look to the painting when trying so hard to reconstruct what the eyes see. Finally getting into the zone,  we experimented with abstraction, color and value. It was an amazing and enlightening experience, enhanced by the new friends I met.

Important lesson: paint what you feel, not what you see! Seeing is important, but see with your heart and not just your eyes. Each stroke is important because of what came before and what comes next. So many lessons. So little time!

A Complicated Relationship
11" x 11"
Oil and Graphite on Paper

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lost Boundaries

Today I shipped this painting to 17th Open Exhibition of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). I feel very honored to have been accepted as I have followed with admiration and awe many of the artists who are also in the show. It is such a great feeling to get an acceptance for a show.  I have to console myself when I get a "non-acceptance" letter, that sounds less harsh than a "rejection" letter!
However, it is something to be taken in stride and learned from. One, don't take yourself too seriously! Two, if you really like the painting, enter it in another show! I did that last year and the third time was a charm, and I even received a merchandise award for the painting, which made it even more exciting. Bottom line, juried shows are subjective, it depends on the juror. One juror may hate it and another may love it. That's what I have heard from many artists that I have taken classes from who also are jurors. Now, I have first hand experience.
Anyway, this painting started out as layers of paint and gel medium on Ampersand Gessoboard. Then I layered lots of marks created with graphite, ink, crayon, and pastel. I am enjoying this process and it seems to be working for me right now.  So, I will play and have fun with the idea for a while until the next idea strikes! Have a great Monday!
Lost Boundaries
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
14" x 11"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On a Calm Day

Texture is the main element used in this painting. Starting with a gessoed canvas and adding light modeling paste, the surface was then molded, flattened and twisted to create lots of valleys and ridges. After all had dried, I mixed my paints and started blending lightly on the surface. Some of the ridges took the paint differently, creating shadows and soft shapes. I decided to let the texture be the road map, and this is where it took me. Often it is hard to know when a painting is finished. That is an often asked question in classes and workshops. And more often than not the artist will reply something to the tune of "you will know when the painting is finished." I felt like this one was saying..... "STEP away from the painting!" I wish they were all this cooperative!
On a Calm Day
20" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 Montoypes

As I am working through my stack of paintings everywhere that just need a little tweaking to the ones that need to be painted over or forgotten, I came across some of the monotypes created with Jeff Hirst before he moved his studio to Oakland. I enjoyed what we did with printmaking and hope to do some more of it, soon!
10" x 10"

10" x 10"
Taking Flight

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 - Time to Catch Up

Well, I really have been painting, just not blogging lately. So I will play catch up on posting some of my paintings the last few months. One of the elements I have been experimenting with is line, making marks with anything that makes marks. This painting is done on Ampersand board with acrylic. Plus the lines in pencil, ink, crayon, etc!
Between Friends
14" x 11"
Acrylic on Board