Wednesday, February 27, 2019

G is for Gesso Pull

Gesso Pull on Yupo

Gesso Pull on Yupo

Gesso Pull on Yupo

I've been wanting to learn more about abstracts
 so I was happy to find a book by artist Jo Toye called
 "Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting."

One of the many techniques Jo demonstrates
 is something called a gesso pull.

In this, gesso is dragged across wet acrylic paint / ink,
and then spritzed with water
for limited color blending.

The results are kind of cool
and will become landscapes with a few tweaks.

Since I'm taking an online class with artist Jeanne Oliver right now,
I'll put these on the pile and go back to them later.

. . . . . . . .

I know - no sympathy from you guys,
but we got well over a foot of snow the last few days.
Our turn.

Friday, February 22, 2019

F is for Frida

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 6X4

"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful,
 than a woman being unapologetically herself;
 comfortable in her perfect imperfection.

 To me, that is the true essence of beauty."

Steve Maraboli

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

E is for Egypt

 Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10

 King Tutankhaton was 8 years old
 when he inherited his throne around 1334BC.

Tut's reign was short lived. 
He died when he was about age 19
from unknown causes.

Valley of the Kings / Pixabay

Still, his name is one of the most recognizable of all pharaohs
because his burial chamber, discovered in 1922,
 was the only one found intact in modern times.

English Egyptologist Howard Carter

More photos can be found here, if you're interested.

. . . . . . .

I started a few Egyptian themed batiks last week
hoping to finish with a Cleopatra.
I wound up with her mother, her daughter, and her auntie

which have inspired new ideas for a future Egyptian series.

Actress Theda Bara as Cleopatra / 1917
I want her job.

Don't watch the video unless you want the silly song stuck in your head...

And I don't know how to end this blog post,
so I'll just stop here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

D is for Drawing

Carb-Othello pencil on smooth tinted drawing paper

This is for anyone who wants to learn how to draw.

I was one of those people who believed I couldn't draw a stick figure.

Then my husband Tim bought me a book that changed my life -
"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
by Betty Edwards.
It is published in 17 languages.

The book gave me hope.

The accompanying workbook, however, did the convincing.

If you are interested and money is an issue,
 I would go with the workbook.
You should be able to find the book at your local library.

Here is the link to some before and after student drawings
on Betty Edwards' site:
You'll have to click on "thumbnails"
on the right side of the page.

Friday, February 8, 2019

C is for Color

On the easel:

Watercolor & Acrylic on Yupo

The owl is unfinished.

Because the Yupo paper is plastic and non-porous,
the paint takes a while to dry.
I still have to go back into it with some detail,
 definitely with some darks,
and then clean it up.

. . . . . . .

This is a fun exercise in color / composition that I learned 
from UK artist Shirley Trevena in one of her videos.

Gather up a variety of paint and tools (use what you have).

INKtense water soluble pencils, charcoal pencil, watercolor crayons,
assorted watercolor paints, sandpaper, stamps for adding texture

Randomly splash & scrape bits of color 
around a large sheet of watercolor paper.

 This is a full sheet of Arches
watercolor  / rough, 22 X 30 inches or 56 X 76 cm.
Hot press watercolor paper or cold press 140# also works fine.

There's still lots of white space remaining on the paper for more color blobs.
 You can use the flip side, too.

An adjustable mat will help you isolate areas that you like.

Homemade adjustable mat - just tear or cut two sides
Number the mat by inches or cm to preview specific sizes, if you like

These are some of the color combinations
I plan on using in future paintings.

Without the dirty mat:

To get the fine speckled bits (below),
mist the paper & then rub a colored pencil or chunk of a pastel stick
onto a piece of sandpaper angling down towards the image.
The speckles will remain where you wet the paper.

And that's it for today.

Hope you stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, February 4, 2019

B is for Books

January blew by as I opened an art book, 
and another and then another.
Our library allows for limitless withdrawals, 
so caution here or I'll wake up in the middle of summer.

Lots of artists wrote about art goals in January.
I set a few goals, but the main goal is to shake things up a bit.

So aside from the usual inking,

India ink on watercolor paper

and painting,

Crow / Acrylic on canvas board / 5X7

I've been experimenting with color.

I learned how to make these mini-abstracted color squares 
while watching a Shirley Trevena watercolor video
 (sorry, can't remember which one as they are in a storage unit).

These samples are great for discovering new color combinations,
for using as small paintings with large mats, 
for use in homemade cards,
as inspiration for making larger abstract paintings,
for use in collages,
and for turning off the left side of your brain, in general.

I plan on making more,
 and will photo doing them in progress.
Then I'll use one in a painting, I hope.