What an evolution this piece went through. I started with a base and applied the leftover materials from yesterdays collage. A bit of red and brown paint and some red, cold wax medium. I applied them with a palette knife and scraped them until I had a rough layer across the surface. Then I walked away. When I came back I dribbled some gesso onto the surface and smashed it with wax paper. I did that a few times to mostly cover the surface. It left a nice texture. Again I left and returned once it had dried. I then grabbed some yellow and red watercolor and began painting those colors over the surface. When I had finished it made me think of sunrise and of a garden, but it was missing some greenery. So, I mixed up a bit of green and added it to the mix. I love the result – bright and pretty (at least I think so!).
Hello everyone. I have been very busy yesterday and today dropping off artwork for some upcoming exhibitions. There will be a Members Show at Galatea Gallery (460B Harrison Ave, Boston) with an opening reception on Friday, July 2, from 6-8 pm. My latest piece, the Children of Lir, will be on display there. Due to the July 4th holiday, there will be an additional opening on Friday, July 9 from 6-8 pm. Come by and I’ll explain the story behind the title of my piece!
I am also in two exhibitions of the Cambridge Art Association. There is a New Members exhibition at the Katherine Schultz Gallery on Lowell Avenue in Cambridge. The opening reception is Saturday, July 10, from 12-2 pm and I am showing my work, Illusion. Additionally there is an Art Fair at University Place in Cambridge with all works $200 and under. I have three of my postcards in the Fair. It is an opportunity to buy some beautiful art at an affordable price.
Why painted desert? Why not?! This started with a piece of wax paper that had layers of paint which I glued to my base. I then colored on it with Cray-pas in brown and yellow. From there I grabbed my cold wax medium and mixed it with red and brown paint until I had a shade that I liked. I applied that to the surface with a palette knife. The combination of browns, golds, and reds made me think – painted desert. Especially since there were some other very subtle blues and greens peeking through. Well, that’s it for today. Tune in tomorrow for, ” As the Collage Turns”. Good night!
Okay, so I am behind the power curve, Weekends are proving difficult for me. So here are this weekends submissions. The first is Metropolitan Puzzle. I started by adding white paint to a postcard with a palette knife. Then I brushed most of the surface save a little. I textured that portion with a palette knife. Then I literally took yucky brush water and ran it all over the surface. It formed a puzzle that reminded me of a metropolitan road or subway map. The second is Blossoms in Blue. I took some white from the first one and painted in the corner. Then I added some blue and brushed it in a feathery pattern. Finally, I added some yellow (the blossoms) and feathered those as well. Voila!
I have always been fascinated by objects that are old and worn. I went through a phase of photographing aged things which often included peeling paint. The base of this piece is a photograph I took during that period. To it I have added the faces. These are wooden cherub sculptures that actually have wings. They are my sister’s and I photographed them at her farm. When I removed the wings they reminded me of spirits and seemed to mesh well with the old wooden background. They didn’t look happy so I had the feeling that they were trapped – trapped in time. A big thunder boomer is starting and I have to go watch. I LOVE thunderstorms!
So while I was working on this piece my husband was trying to solve a problem with our computer while online with Dell. During the conversation they were discussing computer viruses. And I started thinking that my piece looked like an abstract of a healthy computer overtaken by a virus. I started with a postcard that had bright colors (blue, yellow, white). I painted over parts of it with red acrylic. I took a piece of wax paper , crumpled it, and glued it down lightly to retain the texture. Then I wiped over it with india ink. The black web work looked like a virus. I completed it by adding some pieces of matte medium that I peeled off of my work surface, That made me think of the parts of the system becoming corrupted and unusable. What an imagination!!!!
Okay, so I was going to call this the coffee jitters. The pattern looked very jittery to me – like after you’ve had too much caffeine. But, the funny thing is, I saw a man with a beard and a top hat in the pattern. I won’t even try to explain how I see it. I’m sure I’ll probably be the only one. But, what can I say. I took black construction paper and glued it to my base. From there I put a thin layer of gold acrylic on a piece of wax paper. I pressed a piece of tulle into the gold paint and pressed it onto the construction paper. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I would have gone further, but when that guy showed up I didn’t want to tell him he had to go. So, there you have it. Man in Top Hat. Can YOU see him?!
It’s true. I don’t! I grew up on the Cape and I like the beach not ponds. I never liked the muddy bottom and not seeing the bottom when you got in deeper water. When I put this collage together it brought swimming (or not swimming) in ponds to mind. I covered my base with brown paint over which I applied a sheet of tracing paper. I colored with green Cray-pas over the tracing paper to pick up the texture lines. It gave me the impression of looking through the water to the muddy bottom. YUCK! I then added a bit of blue, water-soluble crayon and applied water to produce a nice blue wash. When it was wet it REALLY looked like pond water. Anyway, which way to the beach?!
For this collage I started with a part of a page from an old art book. I liked the horizontal white lines running across the surface. I decided to add some black and white lettering, but not so you could read words. Hence I cut very thin vertical slices of lettering to contrast with the horizontal lines. I put color yellow behind one piece to bring a bit of color to the mix. Finally I cut the pairs of eyes and added them to the letter stacks. To finish I took some extremely watery gesso and brushed it over the surface to soften it a bit. Have a great day!