Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rush and Rhythms

"Rush"
Mixed media 4 x 4" image on
5 x 5" panel
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"Rhythms"
Mixed media 4 x 4" image on
5 x 5" panel
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Very fun day..some music...other artists....beautiful weather.....and a bunch of paint.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Next 30 Days


So, my last 30 day challenge was all about pastel abstracts. My next 30 day challenge is still about abstract, but in oil with alkyd and acrylic. I'm aiming to go completely to oil. There was so much to learn in the last challenge, I'm really looking forward to the next challenge.




"Long Division"
4 x 4" image on 5 x 5" panel
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"Bits"
4 x 4" image on 5 x 5" panel
Oil paint, alkyd and acrylic - mixed media
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Purple and Pears

"Purple and Pears"
8 x 10" pastel on panel
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I'm re-purposing all my old panels that have unwanted paintings on them. This was a Pastelbord that had a horrible blue and orange painting on it. I washed and scrubbed it down to the grit, but not all of the old painting came off. So I painted the board a blue acrylic, then coated it with Golden ground for pastels (I love this stuff!) I put some initial lines and masses in with charcoal and washed it lightly with rubbing alcohol. This helps get rid of the initial linear marks and gives nice masses to then apply the pastel.

Again I'm playing with the idea of an abstracted setting for more realistic objects. It offers me freedom to use colors I wouldn't normally introduce, like the hot pink, or the little bits of pale yellow.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Red Cherries

"Red Cherries"8 x 10" pastel on panel

Trying a little realism with a little abstraction today. I took an old Gessobord panel, washed and scrubbed the old pastel painting off, dried it and then coated it with pastel ground. This left a beautiful light colored surface to add new pastel to.

Golds and Grays

"Golds 3"
11 x 14" pastel on sanded paper

Grayscale image...helps to see the structure of a painting
Darks help to direct the viewer through the painting.

"Golds 3" was started last Friday and, after surviving 4 days of snow and being in the house, finished yesterday. I thought I was done, but after staring at the image for awhile realized I wasn't quite there. Below is the unfinished version and it's grayscale. What I realized is the structure of my darks was virtually non-existent. I added some darks to the unfinished piece and it was much more satisfying. Not perfect, but satisfying.

unfinished painting...darks are needed

unfinished greyscale...it's apparent my painting is all mid-tones and lights

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Five Queens

"Five Queens"
8 x 10" pastel on panel
Day 27 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge
Abstracted Landscape

I worked in the studio later today as I wanted to stay down in Lakewood for an art reception tonight at the 40 West Art Gallery. There was a nice buzz of activity at the studios - a reporter from one of the lifestyle magazines in Denver taking a tour, a visitor in studio 8 next door, lights going up on the overhang out front.

After working fairly quickly on today's painting I headed down the block to the gallery and attended a reception for "Point of Departure" produced by the Athena Project whose mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women's and girls' artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.

I love my art community!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Nine

"The Nine"
9 x 12" pastel on panel
Day 26 of 30 in the painting challenge
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I read this morning that nine saguaro cacti were vandalized at the Saguaro National Park in AZ in the last couple of days. When I read it my thoughts were how sad that some would essentially kill living things just for the "fun" of it. Then the story and my thoughts slipped from my mind.

Later today when I faced my painting surface I started making marks and laying in a few colors. Fifteen minutes into it I thought these look like trees...no they look like cactus and the story about the vandalism popped forward in my thoughts. So it become an abstracted landscape with saguaro cactus.

If you look closely you will find nine cactus of varying sizes and shapes. I'm still sad someone would do this to the beautiful saguaro.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Spires and Spaces 25

"Spires and Spaces 25"
8 x 10" pastel on panel
Day 25 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge
(Yes, I missed 23 and 24..enjoyed the weekend off)
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I tried a different approach today thinking more landscape/cityscape as my inspiration. I also have been doing some research (with the help of my fellow artist JunieB) on how  to create some depth and atmosphere in the painting of an abstract. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Rough Migration

"Migration"
4 x 6" pastel on sanded paper
Day 22 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

Today was rough painting. Maybe it was a long week or any other number of external factors, but the finished painting was about the 5th iteration of applying pastel and brushing it out. I even applied pastel ground twice to the layers underneath. I was trying to paint a "thing" and the "thing" just didn't want to come into being. So in desperation I started laying in my favorite purples and reds, along with my favorite turquoise. At the end I felt like the relief of having a root canal be over and done with. I actually like the finish!

Hopefully, by tomorrow I will forget what a rough painting day it was and I will be ready to start again fresh.




My studio neighbor and friend, Richard, was taking pictures in the different studios today. As you can see one of the iterations of this painting actually was blue.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Red Violet 21

"Red Violet 21"
5 x 7" pastel on sanded paper coated with pastel ground
Day 21 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge
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Ships matted to a 9 x 12" size

 I was inspired by the artist, Stanley Bielen, this morning (mostly by color and subject matter.) I believe this would be more of a cross between abstract and expressionism or impressionism. Doesn't really matter as it started abstractly as an "L" composition. L means exactly what you might think it means - the forms create an L. So mine is an upside down L.
I've always loved the idea of being able to paint flowers, but I would get so tied up in the literal interpretation that they weren't fun to tackle. Several artists whose work I admire paint the suggestion of flowers with large shapes of color. I enjoyed approaching these the same way...and may be a way for me to be able to paint flowers.