Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Getting Ready to Hang A Show

It’s a pop up art show curated by Maggie Bandstra and it will be at Loutit Library tomorrow evening.  A Window At Lavender Hill Farm is one of the pieces that I will have in the show…

A Window At Lavendar Hill Farm

It’s one of the pieces I worked on when I was up north.  Two more of those pieces are also going to be in the show, Conch Cottage #2

Conch Cottage #2

and The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate

All three are 8”x8” and 1 3/4” deep so they can either hang or stand.  The price of each is $95. 

I’ll also have 6 of my 4x4 pieces in the exhibit.  And, if you can make it to the show do come because there are 9 other outstanding artists in the exhibit.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Still More Of Last Week’s Work

This time more of my Little Gems Series.

little gems 21

 

The Little Gems are 4x4’', all non-representational.  I’m learning to just let go and let God.  One idea leads to another as the series continues.  This one is similar in color and pattern to the earliest gems.  As the progression continues you can see it evolving…

little gem 22

little gem 23

little gem 24

little gem 25

little gem 26

little gem 27

little gem 28

little gem 29

little gem 30

little gem 31

I also finished three more 8 x 8’'” pieces…

blue and orange

going in circles

running in circles

and finally this last one… I have no idea where she came from but I do like her…

4 x 4  you bet I'm dancin

You can see, it was a productive week.  And it was a fun week!   Now to get everything mounted and ready to sell.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Some Teeny Tiny Art

mini is that an owl in there

Often when I’m working on a piece that just isn’t coming together I find little snippets that I like.  This little owl is one of them.  They are always between 2 and 3 inches square.  Here are a few more that came out of last week’s marathon session…

mini blue and yellow 

mini more circles

mini on the plain

mini turq square

mini, red sky at night

mini yellow square

These will likely end up on notecards which will sell for $5.00 each.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More of the Monoprints

 

monoprint artisans

These are the other monoprints that were done, ready for adding the other elements that will make them mixed media pieces.  The Artisans Gallery above is a favorite subject of mine and I’ve done it in watercolor, monotype, monoprint and acrylic.  When it’s done it will be one more version.

Here are the others…another conch cottage

monoprint conch cottage

and a church on Marathon Key

marathon key church

There were a couple more but for some reason they are not showing up on my computer.  So you can be surprised when they appear with the finished works.

Monday, June 8, 2015

More Retreat Work

number 15

This is another one that is ready to be mounted on a wood panel.  I did the monoprinting part of 8 works but only have four that are ready to be mounted.  Here are the other three….

spider key cottage

tell us a story

lavendar hill farm window

Still more to come but scanning isn’t done.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Some Daily Sketches

Sunday Spider Wart

I’m back from an Art Retreat in Harbor Springs, Michigan.  It was a productive week for me, lots of new work and several starts completed. 

I still have to photograph and scan most of the work; however, I did get some photos of the morning sketches.  Every morning started with a daily reading, morning journaling and then a sketch.  The Spider Wart was Sunday morning, before I left. That one is already gone to a new home.  The rest you can see here….

Monday tomatoesTuesday tomatoesWednesday

Thursday

Friday

That last one is the top of the fridge….

That’s all I can show you now,  As soon as I get the others scanned or photographed I’ll share.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sketchbook Inspiration

I’m still doing Valri’s challenge and had an aha moment in the process.  I love to draw and often do the drawing first before painting; however, having done a very careful drawing, I end up being too tight when I paint. 

When I started doing the poured paintings I thought I had the answer; however, being a master at being a Jack of All trades and masking fluid having a shelf life, when I finally got to painting my masking fluid was too gummy.  The only answer was to buy it fresh when I was going to paint.  That has other complications but it’s doable.  If you’re not a regular follower, here’s an example of one of my poured pieces,

carefully drawn and then mask and pour the paint so it isn’t tight.

With the challenges I’ve been doing them in a handmade sketchbook made from junk papers that I’ve used to mop up paint or clean a brush or roller when making monoprints or monotypes.  Since the paper was already marked up with paint I could do a careful drawing and not worry about how I painted it.  The result is a loose look that I like very much.  So, the AHA moment – why not put some marks down on a larger sheet and do the same thing.

Next week I’ll be in Harbor Springs, one of my two annual art retreats with my friend Terry.  She doesn’t have a web presence for her art so I can’t provide a link.  However, I can tell you she is an excellent pastelist.

I’ll post the results of my week when I get back – good or bad.