Friday, March 27, 2015

A wonky city view and a steampunk bird

City Reflections

Steampunk bird
Here is my work for this week! I had a lot of fun painting this 8x10" cityscape.  No actual perspective here!!!  LOL  Very textured and full of color - the reflections are a little hard to see in this picture - but they are on the bottom where the city folks are.

I have had a number of dried gourds from fall decorations for a few years.  My idea was to make birds of them.  So after 4 years I finally made one.  I am usually terrible at steampunk stuff - but I found a tool case of my father-in-law (bottom left) and pulled out a bunch of interesting rusted washers, screws and even a tiny old rusted spring (on the bird's head).  He will be sitting on the old spindle (after I paint it) and I will sccure it to something else so it doesn't topple over and he's going to live on my covered porch - hopefully I will be able to create some buddies for him soon.

The painting will be mounted on a wood board and in the local gallery where my other work is.

So - a mildly productive week - I just got Pam Carriker's new book - Mixed Media Portraits (wonderful book) and hope to start sketching faces again soon.  Haven't done much of that this year.

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin every week - thanks to both of you.  I'm so glad you came to visit and hope you have a blessed and artsy weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Time just flies....

I finished this rooster this week.  Not sure how I feel about him yet.  He is collage, acrylic paint and Pan Pastels on cradled wood (8' x 8").  I am still experimenting with color, contrast and composition and trying not to be discouraged when a work is less than exciting. I am giving him a high gloss tar gel finish- just because.  It's hard to tell here but he is extremely glossy and that brings out his colors a bit more.

I am working in fits and starts - some of the fits are lying on my studio floor - need to think about them.  I started 2 new paintings today. Too early to tell.  They are in the adolescent stage - hard to tell what they will be.  

I am linking this week to Paint Party Friday (happy 4th birthday to PPF).  This is a wonderful web site hosted by the lovely Eva and Kristin - who are as faithful as they are talented and sweet.  Go visit and be inspired. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed and art filled weekend!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Working in the studio

WIP on heavy wc paper
Overflowing - 12x16 canvas

Trying to keep the brush moving - Overflowing is a painting I started several weeks ago - definitely meant to be abstract in the flower department.  This was my first foray into limited color and black and white.  The sides need to be painted and then I am done.  Not sure what I am planning to do with this picture.  I could hold it for a while and put it in the fall show I was part of last year - we'll see.  All in all - I am pleased with how the painting turned out - not easy to see but the vase is collaged with dictionary paper; then I painted white, used some charcoal and finally sanded the vase so more of the paper showed.

The WIP is just that - not sure if it will be salvaged or become collage fodder.  I'll have to see how it goes.  I like the idea - just not sure I like how it's executed.

I am linking to Paint Party Friday - go take a look at all the art displayed there.  Be inspired - and join with us by showing your art there.  I have learned so much from this wonderful online art community!

Thanks so much for visiting - I love to hear comments.  Be blessed with a fabulous art-filled weekend.