Since I haven't posted in awhile I thought I would post this also. It was a painting of roses that had dark. dark, red and purple and a lot of detail. I got some oil sticks and just rubbed them on then took my scraper and pushed the shapes around. I think it really improved it. The power of these saturated colors is something.
This one wasn't done but I posted it on Instagram and it got a lot of likes and comments. The mother theme has struck a chord with a lot of people. The feedback is helpful and I changed a few things and I think it is better now but haven't photographed it yet. It is after Modigliani. His figures are so simple and so unique and beautiful. I start with a painting of the big shapes in a collage and keep the image for reference but it so often goes off in another direction. I did not intend to do a detailed face. I didn't think the bright colors would work and covered over some. I wanted to use the circle design that I made from a stencil. Cutting folded paper reminds me of cutting snowflakes with my students in elementary school. I always enjoyed it as much as they did.
These things are always pretty interesting. The top left Vuillard painting in a multiple image post about Japanese inspired artists got way more likes than anything else. I have a combination of paintings and collages here and I like to see if there is some kind of common theme, etc. The beach is definitely a subject a lot of people like, me especially. Thanks to everyone for looking, liking, and or buying my art in 2020.
A lot going on here so thought I would post this picture of my studio instead of a finished collage. I am struggling with making two approaches, painting and collage into one or at least more similar. I'm not sure it's possible but I think I'm getting closer. It's all colored shapes. Listening to Art Juice podcast all week has kept me entertained. I know that just showing up everyday is the most important part. Thanks Alice and Louise. And Merry Christmas.
Not exactly the new year yet but working on a collage for January theme for Charleston Artist Collective. It's not this one, this is available at Art Harbor Gallery in Georgetown, SC. As I work I have been listening to Art Juice, a podcast by two British artists that is so entertaining and informative. I should post a link but.... Anyway they talk about the pandemic and what effect is has had on their network of artists. Having finished my three person workshop with Art Digger Lab, I am feeling good about moving forward into next year with some idea of where I'm going. This has been a great year for me and my collages. I wish I could do more but they require a certain amount of concentration in which time just disappears and I can't seem to go faster. Thanks to all who purchased or liked or looked at my work in 2020. I do really appreciate it.
This acrylic painting was an assignment for Susan Lichtman's workshop, "Start With a Part." I painted this with a limited palette. I started with the watering can.
These two are characters in a book, "On Beauty," by Zadie Smith that I absolutely loved. It was a Gibbes Museum/CCPL Book Club pick. I am in the middle of my last virtual workshop and it is so completely engrossing even though I have had two of the instructors before. This time things have really clicked. My paintings are going to change and I am so excited to work in a new way, that will be related to my collages.
So this is from another great virtual workshop. This is by California artist Jennifer Pochinski. I hope it is okay to post this. One good thing to come out of the pandemic, is the abundance of online access to great art and artists. Painting is challenging enough but with guidance all things are possible.
This image is going to Art Harbor Gallery in Georgetown, SC. Again borrowing heavily from a Diebenkorn collage/painting. It has a lot going on. Seeing photos of my work always makes me want to change it. This week I will be in a radically different painting workshop with J Pochinski. At some point after 2020 is mostly over, I hope I will settle into a consistent painting approach. My collage journey continues to lead me in unexpected directions.
"Young Mother Sewing," is a painting by Mary Cassatt whom I hold in the highest regard. Especially her color etchings, because having done some etching I know how tedious and labor intensive it is. This is for the Charleston Artist Collective November theme "Gratitude." I chose it because I enjoyed sewing for my two daughters when they were little and it also reminds me of my mother who taught me to sew.