The best part of my day in our studio includes treasures shared!
Special pieces seem to land on my work table that frequently call my immediate attention. Certainly this canvas holds together well with my having juggled with a number of "left overs" to make a happy moment in time!
Thank you Studio Mates!
Sometimes . . . it only takes a momentary suggestion
to help my painting begin
A 36" x 36" white canvas is daunting at times...but...I started this painting with faint lines to see what would influence the painting's conversation.
I added some brilliant color, a few pieces of collage and then I saw the need for a Flamingo! Interestingly, recently I had read an article about Florida Flamingoes and learned just enough to know that I wanted to introduce you to this great being!
And, for the image to be important, I added black paint and left lots of white space. I think you can see the interaction at play.
(Whimsey is another facet of my work!)
This Spring my work has continued to move in an abstract direction. I can't remember a time that I have ever felt so challenged, but so focused on sticking to a plan. Although each time I start a new canvas, I have trepidation and wonder if I really know what the heck I am doing. But...the good news is: I keep pushing at the opportunity to grow and learn more about art. I now recognize that I love challenges and moments in time to really look clearly at what I am doing. Thus far spring painting has been fruitful! I've wonder from abstractions to reality and beyond. I've pushed myself to keep moving forward and exploring new horizons. Plus, I've had a great deal of positive feedback
...just what an artist loves!
I am hoping spring continues to be bountiful, especially as I work on my show scheduled for this summer at BluSeed Gallery in Saranac Lake, NY!
I promise to post the invitation and images on FaceBook and Instagram.
Hoping Spring is fruitful for you, too!
I've mentioned before in my blogs that I work in a studio with several artists. I have a great time. And, every once in a while, I am thrown a challenge and usually I decide to go after the dare!
Over two month ago, just before the holidays, two classmates shared their paint
brushes with me -- I don't mean artists' paint brushes, I mean house painters' brushes -- really big ones. One brush was loaded with left-over orange/yellow paint and was accompanied with a bucket of more left-over paint. The other donor shared a paint brush loaded with red paint.
OK...so where did I begin? Even trying to write to explain this piece brings back my fear
of making this 3 foot x 4 foot painting work! Holy Cow...but the truth is: I believe I made this painting come to life by finding ways to move the viewers' eyes around the canvas!
But, what you see above is almost three solid weeks of getting past a very timid start. Adding and subtracting take on a much different language when painting, but the foundation works like our math lessons long ago.
Finding a creative solution is a necessity. The work needed is constant, but the courage to continue drives me to a better visual place and makes me stronger as an artist.
January 3, 2019
It takes another look at a painting -- especially when hung on the wall in a new location -- to say to oneself: "I need to add just a little something more!"
And, thus I did exactly that with a few edits. And, now I am very pleased with this painting and have already another painting to share...see the "Welcome" page.
Yikes, artists have a ton of avenues to travel along, and I am really giving
myself the freedom to explore many more canvases.
I am submitting this painting for artistic review and I will let you know what happens.
November 8, 2018
It appears as though you get another look at my painting in progress.
I am working in a great studio with lots of eyes watching me, and very thankful for the opportunity to have suggestions from classmates, as well as from our art guru, Deborah Gooch. The conversations are very thoughtful and helpful, and because I believe I will never stop learning, I listen carefully and try new things regularly.
I hope you enjoy this process as much as I do!
Thanks for looking and being supportive.
October 29, 2018
It looks like I've started a new habit. I can't seem to finish my paintings as quickly
as I would like. I am laboring over details, changing up my color palette and exploring in every new way that I can imagine.
This new procedure is freeing me up, but it also is very challenging.
Sometimes I paint myself into a box...then I ask myself:
"What the heck are you doing?"
But, I remain happy! My art excites me, stimulates my mind
and allows me to really explore color and movement and composition.
I love being an artista!