Saturday, October 18, 2014

Break's Over!

Wow.  Has it really been 4 months?  I may not have been blogging, but I have not been eating bon bons either.  In fact, I've been creating, creating, creating.  I've also been learning how to build a website for my gem and mineral group, MMLS.

I'll post some of my recent projects in some later posts.  Today I am excited to share my jumping into working larger.  I haven't painted much since college.  When I have, it's always been 8x10, 9x12, or gasp 14x18 ooooh! (insert sarcasm)

I have really been inspired by some talented local artists.  In fact, the opening for Ryan Stiner at Two Twelve Art Center  caused me to crave acrylics+BIG canvas+Expressionism= happiness.

That's exactly where I am right now.  However, I don't have the resources to purchase big canvases or the inclination to cause rabbits to suffer so that I can build my own!  So off to the hardware store I went.  I got a 4'x8' sheet of Masonite that the wonderful guys cut into quarters for me.  2'x4' might not be considered giant for some, but it's a lot more size than I've ever worked with.

I've decided to fully enjoy each step of this process.  From priming to varnishing.  I spent one overcast day outside priming all 4 boards, when the rain suddenly came.  Although I rushed to get the still wet gesso-covered boards inside, one or two might have some interesting rain texture embedded in the gesso ground.

Today- a whole day to myself - is a day to start sketching and laying down the first layers of paint.  originally, I wanted to be outside and work from the actual landscape, but alas my friend Rain has returned with his cousins, Wind and Cold.  At least my studio is 3 walls of glass so it's almost like being outside.  I'm working from some photos I shot of our gorgeous landscape views here at home.




Day 2: Sketching and laying on the first layer (under-painting)





Day 3: Another layer






These are not consecutive days.  I work, wait a couple of days and go back to it.  I'll post again after the next layer.  It's good to be back!







Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Prayer Flags

Good Grief!  Has it really been almost 6 weeks since I've posted?!  It seems life gets in the way sometimes.  I have a couple of ongoing projects that I'm working on right now.  I'll share one of them today.

Prayer Flags!  These are loosely based on Tibetan Prayer flags that I've seen in a number of places.  As I met with a group of fabric loving gals, I was granted permission to commence on my heart's desire of creating my own "take" on these lovely and for many, spiritual art.




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Landscape, Lace, and Long Ago


When I'm not working, I'm generally found in my studio...working!  Lately I've been obsessed with fiber.  My fiber guild decided to show some of our work at Saline library next week, so I've been up to my ears in fiber, fabric, and thread!  Here's a couple of examples of what I've been working on step by step......
Landscape





Did you notice the onion bag I incorporated?


Lace






Long Ago


This piece you might remember, was for the Paris Challenge.  I called it "Paris 1940's"