Plein air painting time is here but fall is not. I really enjoyed painting at Kiawah River on Johns Island with the Charleston Artist Collective a few days ago. Down by the water the breeze made it feel about 10 degrees cooler. And the hospitality we enjoyed was great. Thanks so much for the wonderful breakfast. It is truly a special place.
Seeing art in a photo always makes me want to change something. However this is not exactly how it looks. I have made a few larger collages. This was inspired by Matisse.
This window is one I've drawn and painted many times. I love the variety of shapes at the Battery. The lighthouse is a colored pencil drawing I did of one of Edward Hopper's many lighthouse images.
Whoever said "color is my daily torment" knew what they were talking about. I think it was Matisse. I think he also said it could take a lifetime to learn about it, or maybe that's just how I feel. I have painted the green soda bottle at least five times and yet to get its intensity.
The first collage of McLeod has been recycled. I did it in class up in the mountains so was trying something new. I didn't think it worked, but maybe needed to keep going on it. Right now I am working on the woman in a green kimono. Equally frustrating but almost finished.
This is a detail of a larger piece I am working on as a group of 5 or 6. It is amazing how small bits of paper can create different expressions by being moved just a fraction.
Just finished this workshop with Meredith Fife Day of Lowell, Mass. an artist who has been doing paintings and collages and teaching for many years. This painting was done on paper rather quickly from the balcony of the library at WCU. There are a number of ways to combine these two but in this instance we plein air painted in the morning and later made collages from our paintings. Working with acrylic was challenging. Can't say enough about the generosity, sincerity and unique, creative approach of this instructor. Check out her website that shows collages and paintings side by side at: meredithfifeday.com
It took a long time but I finally was able to post from my IPad. I like the ocean backdrop so much I left most of it as is. I am trying to finish several before I go to a collage workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts. I have had so much interest in the dancers I did from Degas paintings I am thinking of ways to do more. Possibly paintings next.
This painting of a coffee drinker by Richard Diebenkorn was my inspiration for "PInk Hair" and "Morning Rhythm" collages. I'm always surprised at how they turn out.
I recently had the pleasure of hosting an informal collage workshop at my studio. One artist friend demonstrated a painted paper technique from collage artist Harry Stooshinoff. The great thing about collage is that there are so many approaches it is truly a creative medium and who doesn't like to cut and paste? Above is one of my favorite subjects, the Wappoo Bridge. I can't comment on where I am with painting right now except to say it's calling to me. Follow me on Instagram for more art related postings.