Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
|Forgotten Path, oil, 14 x 10 inches|
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|Summer's End II, Protective packaging, Auction|
Your pastel painting
Crystal Clear bag
double sided adhesive tape
removable "Scotch" tape
Archival (or not) foam core 3/8"
1. Measure your painting and cut two pieces of 3/8" thick foam core 1" larger on all sides. Set one piece of foam aside - this will your cover. For the base piece of foam core, apply a small piece of dbl sided tape where each of the corners of your painting will be. Carefully center your painting and gently press each corner to attach it to the base foam. (Use a slip-sheet between your fingers and the pastel surface when pressing.)
2. Cut four 3/4" wide foam core strips (one for each side of the painting). I cut the side pieces slightly shorter than the length of the side to leave a "gutter" for any pastel dust or expansion. Now cut additional 3/4" inch wide strips to stack the strips so they are a minimum of 1/4" higher than the painting surface all the way around. In this case I needed only two 3/8" thick pieces on each side because the painting is Wallis Belgium Mist on 4-ply board.
3. With dbl sided tape, attach 4 of the strips snug against the painting edges.
4. With dbl sided tape, attach another foam core strip on top of the existing strip on each of the two sides of the painting.
5. With dbl sided tape, attach another foam core strip on top of the existing foam core strips at the top and bottom of the painting carefully overlapping the edge of the painting by 1/16". This will hold the painting in place if your small adhesive tabs in each corner fail.
6. To apply the Crystal Clear Bag: Apply small tabs of dbl sided tape to top and bottom foam core strips to attach a Crystal Clear bag stretched taunt over the painting. The bad does not touch the painting surface. Apply removable "Scotch" tape courtesy tabs to each side to hold the taunt bag in place.
7. To ship, cover with the other piece of foam core, tape with courtesy tabs on each side, wrap in bubble wrap, then into a box containing additional cushioning (foam, packing peanuts, etc.). Voila! Pastel is packaged for safe shipment.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
|Summer's End II, pastel, 11 x 8.5 inches|
This painting is a result of my Studio clean-up. I love the colors but I didn't make the best choice of a frame for it. Today, my intent was to re-frame it but once I got it out of the frame I began playing with textures on the right side of the painting. I used "spattering" as described in my book, "Art Answers: Pastels" and suddenly I had a new, smaller (after I cut it in half and saved the right side), more intimate painting. As summer ends, a rain storm approaches threatening dry golden grasses and late blooming blue flowers.
I've been posting miscellaneous studio items on eBay so I thought I'd try this one there too. "Summer's End II" is pastel on Wallis Belgium Mist archival sanded paper. Ready to frame in a frame of your choice. Purchase
Saturday, August 16, 2014
|Two Trees, pastel, 6.5 x 4.5 inches Purchase|
I came across this little demo on Ersta 500. Actually, there were four paintings of the same two trees on different kinds of paper. The one on Ersta was my favorite so I ripped the other three.
Friday, August 15, 2014
I have two original colored pencil drawings from our Colored Pencil Solution Book and I have two new paperback copies of the book. I am going to sell each drawing with a free book OR, it is a book purchase and the drawing is free. Whichever way you want to look at it, I don't mind. I just know I want them to go to a good home because I don't want to move them to my new studio. The drawings are matted and ready to frame. Above is "Basket" and below is my example of fabric in "Shirt Sleeve." Such original titles, I know! To purchase click on the title of the drawing.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Now I'm trying to organize my flat files. This is Hahnemühle velour pastel paper. Hahnemühle applies velour generously and consistently to a smooth acid-free paper. Individual sheets are approximatley19 x 27 inches. 260 gsm. I have 12 sheets, selling as a lot for $35. If you are interested in this paper and need it shipped to you, send me an email and I'll try to figure out cost of shipping.
Friday, July 25, 2014
|Lily, colored pencil, 11.5x8 inches|
Monday, July 14, 2014
Then, last week, online artist/friend Mike emailed me asking to purchase "A Glad Heart," one of the paintings set aside for the gallery. I said yes IF I could paint another similar piece to replace it.
So, this morning I put "A Glad Heart" on the side of the easel and for some reason, I put a 16 x 20 canvas in position to paint. I can't really say what happened next but it was so much fun! In about 20 minutes I had another, much larger "Glad Heart" roughed in.
If I had not taken Qiang Huang's workshop in April, I wouldn't be painting still life again. If State of the Arts Gallery had not asked for a large still life, I wouldn't have painted one. If Mike had not asked to purchase "A Glad Heart," I would not have painted it larger.
It seems my art evolves in steps.
1. The desire to try a new subject or medium.
2. The challenge of making it look the way I want.
3. The comfort zone of producing paintings in that genre (usually until I'm bored and the cycle starts over again).
Staying in one's "comfort zone" too long for optimum physical or mental health has been a family topic of late so it is interesting that I was sort of ejected from my comfort zone today into such a fun place! Now, I don't want to go back to 6 x 6 inches, they seem tedious in comparison.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer jar. I love this stuff, use it every day, and when the moisturizer is gone I remove the pump-insert jar from inside and save the blue/green translucent outer jar. The image below shows how I used the empty jar in a painting.
|Favorite Things, oil, 6x6 inches|
Friday, July 11, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
|A Bright Tomorrow, oil, 6 x 6 inches|
Friday, July 4, 2014
|A Glad Heart, oil, 6x6 inches Sold|
See the steps below.
|A Glad Heart Step 1|
|A Glad Heart Step 2|
|A Glad Heart Step 3|
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
|Signs and Wonders, step 1|
|Signs and Wonders, step 2 artist meltdown and wipe-off|
|Signs and Wonders, oil, 6x6 inches|
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Voila! I saw the issue cover on Facebook but wondered which paintings they had chosen. A french fb friend kindly scanned the article - thank you Claudia!
Friday, June 27, 2014
Eight weeks ago, I began painting 5x7 inch oil still lifes then moved on to 6x6 inches. Four weeks ago, I started posting them on Daily Paintworks and on my Studio Sale blog. They received a warm welcome. Today I have only one painting left and I have a problem: Two of my galleries want to show my work of this type, framed of course. One gallery needs a dozen paintings for a Featured Artist event in the fall. So, it is bittersweet that next week I will post my last painting of this series on DPW and turn my attention to filling my gallery commitments.
Currently, "Beginnings" is available for purchase on my Studio Sales blog but I plan to post it on DPW Monday, June 30th for a 7 day auction. My sincere thanks to all who have purchased these little scenes. You have each played a part in encouraging me to explore a new direction.
|Beginnings, oil, 5x7 inches|
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Here is the reference photo and step by step shots of today's painting. The reference photo is for composition only (step 2) - useful if I have to dismantle the scene and set it up again. I paint using the actual still life set up as reference.
|Comfort and Joy, oil, 6x6 inches Sold|
|Comfort and Joy 1997, colored pencil, 20 x 18 inches|
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
|"Stop...Go," oil, 6x6 inches Sold|
My little oil still-life experiment has grown into two of my galleries wanting to show this work. It means I won't have as many (or any) to sell on Daily Paintworks.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
|Paintings and still life objects waiting the next step|
1. To let the value dry before adding color. Although this will limit my ability to remove paint back to the white surface, it will also limit my ability to remove paint when I should have left it where it was.
2. To distance myself emotionally from the composition and value stage, hopefully to approach the color work with fresh enthusiasm.
I'm always looking for ways to make better paintings. Now, the obstacle is not materials or technique but instead, my inner dialogue. Find ways to free yourself to create your best work.
Food for thought