Sunday, September 3, 2017

View from the Road





   Here's another view of Acadia Park. This one's really green, but then the park is really green. It looks a lot like upper Michigan with boulders everywhere. And bigger trees.
   This painting is on canvas on Masonite. I like making my own panels and have learned one major thing. If you're going to make them, research the common sizes (at Michael's or wherever) before you cut. That's better than having to order a custom frame at a crazy exorbitant price. This painting is 20"x 24". DUH!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Acadia




   Our vacation was really nice. We visited relatives in Bangor Maine. Saw Portland, Bar Harbor, little towns along the coast and Acadia National park.  It's really beautiful up there. You can understand why so many American artists lived or vacationed there. Everywhere you look there's a painting waiting. I did a lot of sketching and have two more paintings under painted and ready to be worked on.
   This painting was a view in the park. (Which is 100 years old this year.) The challenge here is to make the greens interesting. Every time I start a summer landscape, I relearn mixing green. I even go to youtube and watch videos. This time I learned about black and yellows making green. Who knew?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Long Haul





        I have been in a real painting slump. This painting was posted to Instagram almost two weeks ago and I haven't painted since then. I don't have any ideas or any drive to paint. It's a real block. In the meantime, I've been doing some homey creative things like making pillows , embroidering pillow cases and gardening.  We're going on a small vacation in a week so maybe I'll get charged up again. 
        This is a big painting- 32x32 with lots of texture and  felt dots. I really enjoyed working on it and am thinking of doing another version in gray and chrome yellow.  









Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Untitled





   These flowers were from the farmers market in Ft Myers. I'm not crazy about how this turned out. Not really finished but I can't work it any more. Needed to get over it so I can move on.
   Spent several hours over the weekend shoveling two yards of orange gravel into my landscape. You can only work outside here from 8:30 to about 11 am. It gets so hot. And drink tons of water.  I've moved a lot of gravel for landscapes in my life. Lets just say the shovel loads are getting smaller and I used a little garden cart instead of a cement wheelbarrow. But, the job is done. I do love a good garden project.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pink Elephant




   Moving along on the acrylic abstract thing. I've discovered lots of new techniques with the paint. It's all about experimenting endlessly. I bought three books on techniques and there's always the internet where you can see demonstrations. I'm trying things out on small panels but the paintings are large- 24x 30 or so. This I love.
  Abstract is more about the act of making. Takes me back to my batik dyeing, stitching and quilting days. No stress just play. But I'm also continuing to work in oil because there's a lot of wait time while the gel mediums dry. (a day sometimes.) Got another big flower thing going- so much fun.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Done or Not Done





     This one I actually like. It's been through several re-paints and I learned something in the process. I found out the re-painting is one way you can do this. The trick is to plan the re-painting.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chaos




  What else can I call this. This is about the fourth one I've done but  mostly they're awful. Painting nothing is very difficult. But Fun. Just screwing around, no need to get it right, playing with paint. I got a couple of books and a multi-media sketchbook. And a few acrylic medias. They range from thick to thin ,shiny to matte. There's no end to what you can do. The hard part is developing your "visual language."


These are sketch book pages. It's a stretch for me. I've always had to be painting something I can see. I'm also trying new media. You know I have acquired everything over the years. Pencils, pastels, oil pastels, ink, poster paint, you name it, my stash has it all. I'm going to recommend this to everyone. Don't be so serious.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Big Switch



 

   This is actually my second, third and fourth attempt at abstract painting. Acrylic paint dries very fast, covers very well and can be painted over and over. In fact, you can do a whole painting, hate it and just start over the next day.
   I guess I'm about to take a break from oil and investigate acrylic. It's not the first time in my life I tried to express my creativity abstractly. In the 80's, I  ventured into working with paper cloth, lots of color and etched pseudo-writing.  My first husband thought it was evidence of brain injury. " WTF are you doing" was his frequent question. I just gave it up and went into weaving and fibers, which can be very abstract on their own.