Monday, June 15, 2015

New Surface - 1.5" Cradled Panel Needs No Framing

"Wild Cherry"
4 x 4 x 1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel
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The wet paint is giving off a little glare.

I taped around the edges to keep it clean.

Back of painting. Can hang on a nail or sit on a shelf without easel.

When I was in Santa Fe I noticed much of the contemporary art is on cradled board. I really like the look although the cradled boards are more expensive.  I can see where it would be great for buyers since they now don't have to worry about a frame or an easel.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Painting Two Days in a Row!

4 x 4" Oil on Gessobord
Going to Michigan
Can I make it 3 days in a row tomorrow?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunflower Painting - More Experimenting with China Marker

6 x 6" Oil on Gessobord (with Black China Marker)
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I began this painting several months ago and had no focus to concentrate on the complex (for me) shapes. So I put it away. I got it out today to experiment with the black china marker.

First I sanded the old painting to get ride of the ridges from the earlier painting. Then I drew a loose sketch over the old painting with the china marker and once the shapes were established I could then focus on the colors.  The appearance would give one a feeling of opaque watercolor, pen and ink.

Once the painting is dry it will get a coat of varnish to protect the surface.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ruby Red 2 and Leaning to the Abstract

"Ruby Red 2"
8 x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel

Last week I spent a couple of days in Santa Fe with JunieB and we did the Canyon Road gallery walk. We were looking for inspiration, a spark of creativity to fill up my parched well.  We were there in 2006 and it seemed there was a lot of traditional art - realism, impressionism. This time however it seemed color and contemporary art was the art du jour.

There seemed to be new textures - torn canvas wrapped on a support, tea bags, old ledger sheets, old sewing patterns. It was fascinating!

I took notes and hit Meininger's Art store when I came home. I bought oil bars by Winsor & Newton Oil Art Bars, china markers, and various other new fun things.

This painting was a makeover of an older painting, just for an experiment, but I loved playing with the abstract shapes and the lines of the marker.

A new path to travel for a few miles.