Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Good morning! It's another chilly start in the south. I've got a few minutes before heading off to work today so I thought I'd share another piece in the Body of Work series. This one is called Myth of Perfection. I'll go back to the altered book later and show you some more pages from that but I thought bringing out the canvases would be nice.
I think the words on the canvas pretty much say it all. Isn't perfection what we're supposed to be striving for? I know women understand this pressure to look perfect. Just look at the women's fashion magazines and the airbrushed models. Who in the world could possibly live up to those standards? I truly think these magazines are a bad influence on young women. They send a damaging message - you're not okay. As we get older we add more things to the list of things to be perfect at - raising kids, careers, housekeeping and caring for elderly parents. We put so much pressure on ourselves - yes, there's the outside influences but we allow those influences to push us to the point of extremes. There's nothing wrong with having high standards but there has to be some sanity thrown in there too, some feeling of it's okay if everything is not exactly perfect. It's okay to let the less important things sit for a while so we can sit for a while and be at peace.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Ok, this is totally different. This is not the abstract work that I usually do, or the landscape work that I enjoy doing. This is something that started a couple of years ago even though I haven't shared it until now.
This 2-page spread in the book is about medical tourism.... these are actual vacation packages. Do you realize you can go on a cruise and have a tummy tuck and facelift at the same time?
So these thoughts turned into a book. Not your usual kind of book - this was an old book that was painted and collaged into a new work. I had seen some people doing altered books and I was fascinated by them. I love books so my first thought was - SACRILEGE! How can you do these things to a book? But then I thought.... what's wrong with transforming a discarded thing into a work of art. I found the process interesting, thought provoking, creative and challenging. Each 2 page spread became a work of art with a different story all related to the same theme. Then as the images and thoughts developed I started working on canvases that related to the book theme. In coming posts I'll show you some of those canvases. This has now turned into a series of works based on this same theme - women and body image.
As women, what are your thoughts on this issue? Ok, you're not all female out there so as a human what are your thoughts?
Monday, February 22, 2010
Off I go....see you at Red Swan,
Friday, February 19, 2010
While layers of the hubcap were drying I worked on a new canvas - this one 48x48. It takes up quite a chunk of space in the studio! I had to work flat for the first layer of texture so I had it on the dining room table for a couple of days. The rest of the painting can be worked on the easel. At the top of the photo you can see where I'm putting in the lines for the geometric shapes.
Today I'm at Red Swan all day so I'll get back to the studio over the weekend. Hope you're having fun and TGIF!
BTW..... if you're interested in taking our workshop next month, send us an email and we'll get a registration form to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Join us Sunday, March 21st from 1-5 at Red Swan Paint & Art . They are located at 2730 NE 14th St in the Oakbrook Plaza. The cost of the workshop is 45.00 and we'll be providing some of the supplies. When you sign up you'll get a list of the supplies to bring. Contact us for more info.
Time to paint,
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It's been a busy few days. The last 2 days were long ones at work and of course there's the Olympics to be watched in the evening. The weekend was great! I hope you all had a nice Valentine's day. Amazing Hubby and I spent the day watching birds and movies. First the happy little birds and then Inglourious Basterds - interesting combo.
I think our bird watching has been much improved by the frigid weather up north. Yes, I know the pictures are crummy but I had so much fun watching these guys over the weekend I just had to share. Saturday morning the commotion outside was the robins. This isn't the first time they've been to visit but it's the first time they found the bathing facility. Sunday morning it was even busier out there. The bath sits between 2 trees and these Cedar Waxwings - hundreds of them - had a freeway going between them with occasional rest stops. They completely cleaned the berries off the one tree. I'd never seen the Waxwings before even though their territory does come this far south. They're pretty little things. Both mornings all I could do was grab the little camera and park myself at the window. I would've loved to have the big camera set up on the tripod outside to really capture them but if I tried to set anything up it would've scared them off.
Anyway, that was my little wildlife excitement for the weekend. Today, I teach art class and then I'm in the studio til Friday morning - can't wait! I'll be starting the hubcap painting this week along with a 48x48 abstract. I'll keep you posted.
Have a great day,
Saturday, February 13, 2010
While I'm painting I'm watching the speed skaters in Vancouver, what an inspiration. Maybe I should try speed painting - set a timer and do 30 minute expressions. That could be fun, and messy!
Short post today.... the kids are coming over for dinner tonight. Can't wait to see them! Have a lovely evening and if I'm not on here again tomorrow ~ a very happy Valentine's Day!
Peace, and go kiss someone,
Thursday, February 11, 2010
have a good night,
Have a beautiful day,
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Here is the latest version of the landscape. Muuuuuuuuch better but still not done. You opinion is always welcome here. Raining all day here in central Florida. Great day for painting.
Peace to all,
Monday, February 8, 2010
Cheryl Gates adjusting a painting in the VAA exhibition.
These are photos of the Villages Art Association (VAA) Exhibition that we were asked to judge yesterday at the Villages Annex. As always we were happy to have an opportunity to look at the artists work, but let me say, in case you have never juried or judged an art show, it really is work. It's always difficult to make a choices when you are comparing pieces of artwork by various artists, but this one caused us a little extra time in decision making as we changed our minds numerous times.
There may be some judges that take this job lightly, we never do. In Carlynne's words, "It matters a lot to the artist." Judging is not just choosing winning artwork. One must know why the work was chosen beyond just the personal taste of the judge. If a judge tells you his/her personal taste never enters into it, they are wrong. Much as we try to leave it out, it is always there. Our personal criteria generally allows for technique and technical skill, creativity and composition, and of course must fall within the parameters of the requirements of the exhibition.
Choices are made based on how well the artist used the picture plane compared to their fellow exhibiting artist. In this particular show, we were comparing all media as opposed to others that divide the awards into categories based on media. Experimental as Carlynne and I are as artists, we have used most all media and have a pretty good idea what is involved in each piece. This is extremely helpful when it comes to a exhibit that groups all media together.
Here is a list of the top award winners in the VAA Exhibition, located in the Villages Annex:
First Place: "C" Delight, by Rich Davis We loved this abstract piece in blue. The compositionwas flawless. We would not change a thing.
Second Place: "Independent Woman" by Barbara Wensel Severns A beautiful portrait in pastel. Lovely job.
Third Place: "Bugsy" by Donna Caputo A little colored pencil portrait of her dog in an interesting pose. Wonderful textures.
As you can see, all of these works are different media, subject matter and technique. We were happy it came out that way.
Cheryl Gates and Jane Troesch of the VAA hired us to judge and were wonderfully accommodating to our needs as we performed our job. The members of the VAA that we met on Sunday could not have been more gracious. We are grateful to them for making our job as easy as possible and yes, we will be back to do a demo or workshop for you any time.
Peace and happy painting,
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tomorrow morning Kelli and I head to the Villages to judge an art show, hopefully we'll be able to find the venue. The Villages is HUGE so if we don't show up for class on Monday would one of our students please send out a search party?
Please take a look at this painting and tell me what you think it needs or is it complete as is? I am trying to do a series of very, I mean VERY, loose landscapes, sort of impressionistic (just call me Kelli Monet) with texture (did you think not?) and some bright colors. Sort of a mix of Minimalism, Color Field and Impressionism all rolled into one. (Mincolfimpism?) I am all about the texture, but I want it just barely recognizable as a landscape. Be honest, I can take it.
Thanks a bunch.
Peace and love,
All the acrylics here are little 8x8 canvases. The colored pencil on board is 22x22. Seems a little backwards doesn't it? I think the next acrylic is going to be 48x48 but I'll have to do a little rearranging in the studio to fit that on the easel.
A softer palette to start, but you know there's brighter color to come.
Have a golden afternoon,
Friday, February 5, 2010
Hallelujah!! Finally, the beginning of a new painting that I do not hate. OK, I don't love it yet, but it still has potential. I have an idea in my head (I was going to say vision, but actually it's not that clear yet), for a series of landscapes that have intense color and texture (of course) and are recognizable as landscapes, but very, very loose. I am playing with technique; I used natural sponges, brushes and palette knives on this one. I am going to adjust the color and change the foreground. I will let you know what happens.
Peace and love,
Thursday, February 4, 2010
This one is now finished! I had a good time in the studio today ~ me and Etta James. Nothing like some music to help get in the groove. I'd love to know how in the world she did some of her songs. I love to sing along with whoever is in my CD player but there's some tunes that she does that just amaze me - like, Baby, What You Want Me to Do. If you haven't heard this, listen to it. If I try to sing this I end up in a coughing fit! Some things are just best left up to the pros.
Anyway, back to the painting ~I added some layers to this one. I did some glazing with the acrylic and I also added some layers of tissue paper. I thought this would add some depth. Any comments.... thoughts.... critiques.....
Hope you're having a good evening,
Monday, February 1, 2010
Here are 2 more steps in the progression of this piece. I'm building up layers of the geometric shapes, mostly with acrylic but I'm also adding a few pieces in tissue paper. I took these 2 photos a couple of days apart so the lighting is a little different in each. It looks lighter in the upper right corner background but I really didn't do anything to it. The first one was taken during the day and the second one I took after dark this evening so the studio lights had a part in that.
Anyway, the layering will continue. I'm not sure how much farther I'm going to go. We'll see what the painting has to say about it.
Hope everyone is staying warm and dry,