Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 29 of 30 - January 30

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Read Between the Lines
28" x 22"
Mixed Media on Paper
Today is the last day of the 30 day challenge, I am behind so will continue to do my 30 paintings. Today's painting has many layers of texture, including cloth, gesso and modeling paste. The paint is absorbed in the most interesting way.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 28 of 30 - Study 4 - January 29

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Study 4
12" x 9"
Acrylic on Paper
The last section of the larger painting is shown here. I have an app called Value Viewer I like to use when I think a painting is almost to the point of stopping before I go too far, as in add too much or totally paint over and start again. Value Viewer lets you view the image in several ways including Notan - just black and white, grey scale, or modified values. The slider allows you to modify the values somewhat. I use it mostly to see if I have a good balance of lights and darks and if your eye follows these areas to keep you inside the painting. You can do some of these same things with your camera with the Black and white or sepia options. That is my next step with these four paintings and I will post those tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 27 of 30 - Study 3 - January 28

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Study 3
12" x 9"
Acrylic on Paper
This is the third of the dissection of the larger painting. This one really shows where alcohol was sprayed on one of the layers while the acrylic was wet. I need to tone that down a bit. I like to be able to look at a painting and wonder what created the texture, not thinking to myself, that is bubble wrap, that is corrugated cardboard, that is alcohol. It is a challenge to figure out how much to cover and scrape yet still keep that mystery of what caused it. This is my challenge for the next step. How much to tone down? The last of the four will be posted tomorrow. But I will keep tweaking them I have a feeling!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 26 of 30 - Study 2 - January 27

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Study 2 - January 27
12" x 9 "
Acrylic on Paper

This is the second part of the series being developed from the large painting as I mentioned on yesterday's post. There are a lot of layers and I have a feeling I may continue adding and taking away before I finish. I like working all of these at the same time so that I can keep them on the same page, yet different. Often I like to start a large sheet and develop it with the end goal of cutting it up into it into about 4" x 4" or  4" x 6"  and attaching it to cards. I have discovered some beautiful paper cards with envelopes made my Fabriano at Dick Blick,  http://www.dickblick.com/products/fabriano-medioevalis-stationery/


Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 25 of 30 - Study 1 - January 26


I am going to finish off the challenge with a few studies on a large sheet of watercolor paper that has been layered between colors with matte medium. The matte medium allows me to lift layers with alcohol and go back to a previous step, like a redo button on a photo editing program. This is a piece I have been trying to solve for a very long time and end up doing another layer or dissolving a layer. I plan to dissect the piece into smaller sections and hopefully create four smaller works that are complete, yet will hang together as a cohesive grouping.

Day 23 and 24 of 30 - Opening Act - January 25

Opening Act
28" x 22"
Mixed Media on Paper

I have been traveling so I got a little behind this last week. I will continue to do 30 paintings however not this month!
This one is another playful study using heavily textured paper with gesso and matte medium, many layers of paint, many lives as usual, and then covering up with neutrals, and finding hidden images.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day 22 of 30- Time Will Tell - January 22

Time Will Tell
Oil and Cold Wax
12" x 12"
Another one in process. It has to grow on me, however, I like enough of it to want to leave it alone.
Time will tell!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day 21 of 30 - In Process - January 21

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In Process
20" x 20"
Mixed Media on Paper
I am working on building negative shapes out of the abstraction. I have been motivated by seeing others subtle figurative work, I have been drawing live models for a while now, and it is time to just dig in, I suppose. I had fun with it and it isn't done but thought I would post the process as I go.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 19 and 20 of 30 - January 19 and January 20

The City Beneath the Sea
"30" x 30"
Mixed Media on Paper

I'm posting this painting today as a substitute in the challenge. I have had trouble posting to challenge this week, it seems like the site is so slow loading that it times out for me. Plus, I am at a workshop so painting in larger formats and will have finish a bit more before I post them.
This painting is in a juried show at Denton this month, VAST-125. It has many layers of acrylic, plus lines in everything imaginable from graphite to pastel.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 18 of 30 - Study in Rhapsody - January 18

Kathy Elliott Art
Study in Rhapsody
12" x 9 "
Acrylic on 100 pound paper

There is nothing too precious about this process, but I like what I see happening . And the name means  nothing.... just a study using my favorite blues and others!


I really have been painting every day, but nothing to completion. We celebrated Ella's first birthday and how fun that was! In the meantime, I also delivered 34 small pieces for the two person show at the Crumbzz in Forney. I can't wait to see the show hung, but had to leave town for a workshop in the morning, which is like an artist retreat! Life is good!
I just decided to post one of my studies I am doing in a class I am taking. We start with really wet paint and cover the page. Then we quickly go into the paint with a graphite stick and make marks. Next, using another piece of paper, we lift the wet paint. Step two is to cover some of the paint and marks with transparent, opaque or translucent paint and create layers and depth. It is so much fun, I started two new canvases with this method and will finish when I return next week.

Day 17 of 30 - Cerulean and Quin Gold Study- January 17

Cerulean and Quin Gold
8" x 8"
Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas 


When I was younger I remember colors names, like hot pink, or sky blue, or amethyst.
When I hear those words, I envision the color in my head. Perhaps this is similar to walking into the house and smelling chocolate chip cookies baking. Kind of a sensory thing you feel, smell or see if the memory is triggered. I love the colors of turquoise, and teal and cerulean. I can tell an artist friend the color of the sky today was Cerulean and they know exactly what I mean, even if they would argue and say it was more like ultramarine and white. Blues are my calm place, they make me feel alive and free. I love to add other colors with them, but the blues have it! This is just a playful study and I called it Cerulean but I know most would disagree and say it is more turquoise, but thats ok. I like the way Cerulean rolls off the tongue and today I will pretend it is Cerulean!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day 15 of 30 - Neutral and Red Study - January 15

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Neutral and Red Study
8" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel
Starting with turquoise layers and building up to many colors, this was then covered with some of my favorite neutrals, including Titanium Buff, Unbleached Titanium, and Pale Grey (which is not really a grey, but more in the beige grey tones). Scraping back after the layers set a few days, the red tones were allowed to simmer. Some of the turquoise is also coming to the surface, so I will let this study rest and see how it looks after the top layers settle in.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 14 of 30 - Treehouse - January 16

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Treehouse
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
I'm still playing with leftover paint and small paper. The colors in this one were created by layering and seeping through, all except the reds. They didn't change much. It is like a chemistry experiment when I let them sit a day, often something comes out and I have no idea what colors were mushed together or how it came to be, much to my chagrin. Because if I wanted to make sure I came up with that again, or if I wanted to make sure I NEVER came up with that again, I do not have the information I need.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 13 of 30 - Two or More - January 13

Two or More
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper

This little study has been evolving and changing this week. I thought it was done but then started adding and taking away, so I had to redo and rethink. I see people in here and it reminds me of lyrics from a song in the 70's I believe. Without thinking about songs I cannot remember very well,  I like the colors and the contrast,  and I will stop for now.  There are several portions that I will crop and make into a larger painting.
When I first started painting, it was hard for me to come up with "what" to paint. Now, I cannot paint all the ideas in my head and balance the amount of time in a day!!! And when I look at other's artwork, it makes my mind do more questioning of "what if?" Or as my almost 3 year old grandson likes to say all the time, "why not?"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 12 of 30 - Heather- January 12

Heather Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Heather
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
My sister travels a lot and shares wonderful photos with me. Sometimes it is a painting in which she likes the colors or design, or an interesting bit of scenery, buildings, or people, or  it may just be a photo to use as an inspiration. This small study is from an inspiration photo taken while a passenger in a speeding vehicle of colorful fields of heather in Iceland. The colors all melded together and the sky was a pretty soft blue. I loved that blurry, colorful photo and this painting reminds me of how the colors and lines can be used to create motion.

I will have to get a better photo sometime, the blue appears as if it is sitting on top of the page, which often happens when you use cold wax. It needs a little more drying time to really settle into the painting. Sometimes the wax picks up the light and it looks like a hot spot in the photo. And sometimes the dry wax makes the painting look very dull. It is quite a challenge to get a good photo and if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear from you!

Day 11 of 30 - Push Pull - January 11

Push Pull
8" x 8"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper

Hans Hofmann is an artist I am intrigued with. I am attempting to read his book, which is way over my head, and I get side-tracked looking at the photos. He talks about push - pull and the forces that make a painting work, like in opposition to create depth. One other thing to think about. I do like Hofmann's work, it definitely has depth! Painting engages the heart, the emotions, and the mind. As long as I can learn and experiment, I have no reason to ever get bored!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 10 of 30 - Reflections - January 10

Reflections Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #mixedmedia # abstractart
Reflection
12" x 12"
Mixed Media on Canvas
Today's post is one I have been working on for a long time. It started out as as intaglio print collaged onto a gallery wrapped canvas. Next I added acrylic paints in brown and neutrals. Then came the lines. This has been hanging out on my wall until it came to me to work more on value and increase the lines, which add to the texture. There is a quite a bit of texture on this from mat medium used to adhere the papers. Layering medium allowed me to continue adding lines and paint without disturbing the layers beneath. So for now, I will let it hang out a while on my wall and see if it is truly complete!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 9 of 30 - Speakeasy - January 9

Speakeasy - Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Speakeasy
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
There's unique restaurant in Albuquerque called Vernon's Hidden Steakhouse that is similar to the 20's speakeasy where you had to have a password to get in.  My cousin took me there to show me the decor and the "secret" to getting in, it wasn't actually open for business when we were there in the middle of the day. She knocked on the obscure door that seemed to be part of a liquor store, probably exactly the right number of times, and a little window opened. The person on the other side said in a serious voice, "What's the password?" My cousin said, "Joe sent me." and the door opened to a fun and decorative lounge and steakhouse that I understand is highly rated! They let us in to explore, even though it was too early for dinner. Someday we will try it out!

This study after scraping and layering somehow gave way to a rusty door and a tiny window that I will just let hang out for a while. The colors started with who knows what, I should have paid more attention! I might want to try this again. That is the odd thing about oil paint and the cold wax medium. Although I was able to get this combination this time, there is no guarantee the chemistry will be the same the next. There is not any boredom or security in working with these two buddies, but it sure makes for some exciting outcomes, some good, some not so good!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 8 of 30 - Springing Forward - January 8

Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Springing Forward
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper


We are having a bit of a cold spell, but nothing to complain about when I look at weather in other places. So, why does this painting seem like spring? I am not sure, but I will go with it. The colors just seemed fun today. Maybe it has to do with spending the day with three of my favorite little people, my grandchildren! It's hard not to laugh and feel lighthearted when you hear their little conversations, such as wanting a guinea pig that talks for Christmas next year. If anyone knows how I can make that happen, let me know!

This is another "possible". A study that may grow or be a springboard for parts of it to become another painting. In the last few days, I have been putting photos of my work into Photoshop and cropping sections of them to use as a guideline for new work. These will most likely be done in acrylic since the oil and wax method is so unpredictable. Little bits of color seem to appear unexpectedly and as the painting sits, some of those will even change more as layers dry. Often little surprises seep though layers of paint. Two methods of working, one for my right brain, and one for my left! Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 7 of 30 - Color and Lines - January 7

Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Color and Lines
5" x 5"
Oil, Cold Wax, and Ink
Continuing with a study on paper for a future possible! "Possibles" are what you set aside when you are starting to pack for a trip according to my brother-in-law! Especially useful when planning an art trip! "Do I really need this? Maybe, maybe not, but there may not be a chance to get to an art store if I do!" I digress....

Anyway, a possible painting is kind of in the same league. Maybe this is a jumping off point for a painting. It might be the colors, which are not usual colors I choose, or it might be the line work, which is usual for me. And of course, there are those figures that keep appearing, so I feel the pull to jump in and do that! Having color studies is useful when I hit a wall, so for today I will stop and ponder!

Day 6 of 30 - Shaped and Cityscapes - January 6

Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Shapes and Cityscapes
5" x 5"
Oil, Cold Wax and Ink on Paper
I am thinking that painting fast and furious to complete a painting each day is not working with my life these days! I am happier with the finished product (if I can call it finished!) when I have time to layer and let it dry somewhat, then go back in. I feel somewhat more content when it is one I have had time to ponder and rework after days or months even.  For now, I will work on some studies. The studies are on paper and not precious, so I can play a bit more and not feel like it needs a purpose or a finish. I am also finding freedom in being able to let go of some, like actually throw them away! Ah, what a release! My declutter and simplify motto for the new year!

The start of these 5" x 5" squares was basically cleaning my utensils, wiping excess paint onto the paper. It is a challenge to bring each to some sort of composition. I see a lot of figures and shapes, but then I see structures as well. A curious question arises as to whether it is good to combine these. I will ponder and I am sure modify this one. It cannot be half and half for sure, one must dominate!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 5 of 30 - Looking Back - January 5

Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart 8" x 8" Oil and Cold Wax, lines, aqua, reds and neutrals
Looking Back
8" x 8"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel

This one had another life also, several in fact. I am finding I love the muck underneath. It is a challenge to bring it to something I am more at ease with. Kind of like life. We look back and we think about ways we could have taken a different path, but that might cause a major upset in other areas. We might even create more muck! 

I love making marks and lines! I can't even show you what this one once was. It was never to an even slightly resolved point, but it did have many layers to play with. I started with solvent and then used some scraping tools. Next I added more color on  the top and blended with wax.

I love this quote by William Purkey:

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”

Painting is its own kind of dance! 



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 4 of 30 - Cabin Fever - January 4

Oil and Cold Wax, Cabin Fever, Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Cabin Fever
8" x 8"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel
This painting started out as one from the previous 30 in 30 challenge. It just didn't feel right, and I kept playing with it and adding more lines and more layers of paint. The oil and wax sets up nicely so you can to continue to modify it because is still pliable even after a couple of months of drying, Sharp tools or sticks allow you to scrape into the colors underneath. I discovered a cobalt color deep down in there. Sometimes I try to keep track of all the colors I add, but then it just gets too mundane to write in all down. Especially since I may have several going at the same time and so as not to waste paint, it is fun to just smear in onto another painting. Often as it dries, colors mingle and become something totally unexpected.  The yellow is a new one for me, Alizarin Yellow, very transparent and rich. It was a dark and dreary week here with rain and no sunshine until yesterday. So I have named this Cabin Fever! But also, I believe I see a window deep in the woods in there somewhere, and just maybe there is a cozy cabin with a warm fire and a pot of coffee brewing!


From the previous post: this was the previous life of Cabin Fever!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 3 of 30 - Imagination - January 3

Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Imagination
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper

Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

I like this quote. Often my imagination hits a wall and all I can think about is getting from A to B.
This is my third study this week. Logically, they are studies. But if I just imagine they can grow up and become a larger painting, then I think I have a road map will allow my imagination to kick in!

The past week I have been preparing for a show. Many of the pieces have grown up from the previous 30 in 30 challenges in 2014! Well, they actually just filled out as some of us do as we grow up. But mostly, they were brought to a finish after hanging on the wall and me looking at them for many days. When I finish framing, I will post a photo of the work that I will deliver for the Forney Art Council at the Crumbzz Tasting Pavilion, a delightful bistro to have breakfast, brunch or their wonderful Crumbzz cake that they famous for! (They do ship!) More later!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day 2 of 30 - The Gatekeeper - January 2

Today's painting is also on a piece of Arches Oil Paper. I am not sure I like the rough texture of the paper, but I will  play with it a bit more.
The Gatekeeper Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
The Gatekeeper
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Paper

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015 - Perceptual Openings - Happy New Year - Day 1 of 30

New Years Resolutions. Well, I decided to do the 30 Paintings in 30 day Challenge again, this will be my third time. The first was January 2014 and I posted resolutions. I am excited, I actually accomplished some of them, a blog, a web site, and the 30 day challenge!
 From January 2014
  • Goal 1. Create 30 paintings in 30 days.
  • Goal 2. Complete the unfinished paintings in my studio.
  • Goal 3. Start a blog to keep track of my accomplishments, and failures as well, since I learn with each!
  • Goal 4. Create a web site. And a blog.
  • Goals 5-100. To be determined as each day evolves!
This time I have two ideas to explore. First, I have been cleaning my brushes or tools on squares of paper with leftover colors from other paintings, and I am going to start by working these into small somewhat finished paintings. Secondly, I plan to look at some of my finished paintings and dissect them into parts that I can develop into new paintings. Sometimes zooming in, I find a lovely little area that I want to enlarge to be its own painting and that has been quite fun! I have been noticing two reoccurring themes in my work. The first involves entryways including doors, windows and other passageways, and the second involves emerging figures, sometimes so subtle it even surprises me! Let the process begin!
Happy New Year!
Perceptual Openings - Artist Kathy Elliott   http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com  #oilandcoldwax # abstractart
Perceptual Openings
5" x 5"
Oil and Cold Wax on Arches Oil Paper

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