Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lisa Pressman Workshop

The past three days I was fortunate to study with the highly energetic and exciting Lisa Pressman at The Encaustic Center. Lisa's teachings were more than the technical use of cold wax and oil paint, but included everything from how to create the layers and textures and depth, to the really important stuff of creating paintings with meaningful messages that tell a story. Wow, that is a lot to think about! Her enthusiasm for making a painting your own is something to strive for.
I find that the process is what lures me in. I love the layers and the textures. Often I start with really bright colors and then start knocking them back. And often, like in this painting, I find images emerge. Sometimes it is windows, doors, or worn broken structures, and sometimes it appears as if the images are human. So, I am going to continue to play and see where this leads me!
Oil and Cold Wax
I Am Because We Are
12" x 12"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Painting with Greys

I see a lot of articles about painting with greys these days. I have been playing with them myself. Grey is more than what I used to think of as grey, halfway between black and white. Grey may be warm or cool, or it may lean towards a hue, such as a blue grey or a reddish grey. Grey may just mean   neutralized. In this painting I limited myself to mixing with three colors, black, white, and Gamblin Torrit Grey. Torrit Grey is an interesting color made out of what is left in the bottom of the barrels. Gamblin actually gives this away with purchase each year and it is not ever the same because of what goes into it. (That's kind of how I cook!)

  • 2 Blacks - Gamblin Chromatic leaning slightly towards blue, and Mars Black,
  • 3 Whites -Titanium White-opaque, Zinc white-more transparent and Flake White Replacement 
  • 1 Grey - Gamblin Torrit Grey 

Runaway Greys
11" x 14"
Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Between Friends

Entering a show with a painting is always a bit intimidating. To be accepted is always an prize in itself! I was honored to receive an award for Best of Show with "Between Friends" at Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA). The painting was in the show Driven to Abstraction at The Plaza of Americas in their gallery at the lobby level during the month of September. They have wonderful revolving shows every month. If you haven't checked this out, you should!
Click here Texas Visual Art Association
Between Friends
11" x 14"
Mixed Media on Panel
people in

Wednesday, October 1, 2014