Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A shadow's bliss

"Some there be that shadows kiss; Such have but a shadow's bliss." That's a little Shakespeare quote I found on a scrap of paper when I was tearing up the background texts for this collage/painting. This winter has been very grey and gloomy, if it isn't foggy, it's raining. I was thinking of sunshine on my shoulders and how I'm longing for the feel of it - so thought I'd paint a picture of sunshine. I used the main image from a photo I had taken last year of my dogs and I walking on the crest of a hill, just where the sun caught us and extended our shadows down the road. Luckily I had my camera in my pocket, so I could get a quick pic. I saw Roberta had done a really nice painting of herself and her husband with a photo she had taken of their shadows. So, the idea came from her January 7th blog. She said she didn't mind my using her idea. You should go there and see her painting too. I thought I was all done with this and set it up to dry, when the figure in the background seemed to emerge from the random colors I had applied there. When I saw it, I grabbed a pencil to capture it, and then went back with more paints to define it - without letting it take over the piece. What a lucky fluke that was. My friend Jean has those moments all the time with watercolors. She walks away and comes back to see what developed since she left it. Makes it very interesting, as things just seem to happen. This is done with fluid acrylics and gesso over torn papers glued to watercolor paper.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another work in progress

This tourist is enjoying European architecture as he walks about in awe. Done with fluid acrylics, watercolor crayons and gel medium over collaged background on watercolor paper.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Two new pieces to post

I finished the piece done for an art show "Springtime Obsession", it doesn't have a title yet. I was inspired by a bit of archaic poetry by John Milton. "Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger, comes dancing from the East, and leads with her the flow'ry May, who from her green lap throws the yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose. Hail bounteous May, that doth inspire Mirth and youth and warm desire!" I may just name it Mirth, youth and warm desire. That ought to have the judges scratching their heads.

I used pages from an old book for the mat and flowers pressed by my friend Pat. S. who was kind enough to send them to me. This fits into a black frame, but I can't seem to get a good photo of it framed. So, I am not going to enter it in the Ironstone show. They require a CD with good photos of the work.

The second piece was a practice piece using watercolor pencil and fluid gel medium. Then glazed over with fluid acrylic titan buff paint. My practice book was out in the car when I started this and it was drippy wet cold and foggy, so I did this on watercolor paper instead.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A new piece of art - winter theme

The title of this piece is February 19th. Why? One of the scraps used in the background has that date on it, and since the requirement was to do a winter theme - and Feb. 19th is still winter - that would work for a title. The Lodi Art Center has a membership show this month and the theme is winter. The problem was, I only decided to do it the day before it was due. I was very rushed, to say the least. Here it is. The story behind it is that I often feel like burrowing down a rabbit hole in winter and wait for the sunny days to return to come out. I couldn't find a little girl in a position I wanted to use, but found this ca. 1890s illustration of the little boy. The text with him says "I believe I'd like so much to play". This was another piece that kind of came from my playing around with the practice book.