Sunday, August 22, 2010

Here Comes the Next One...

I started the tulips painting and finished it inside of a week because I used acrylics.  This one however
will take a little longer because I had planned on using oils.  I wanted a more painterly look for this one with juicier brush strokes.  It too measures 40" square.
I've just begun the color mapping here letting my drawing show through.  I'll add the darkest darks next for reference.  It should be interesting getting the texture of the dish cloth at this size.  I made sure to crop out
the ironing board just to the right of my easel :>)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fall Preview

As an artist (artisan) I create on a daily basis and I'm not sure if I'm early (I doubt that I am) but thought I'd put up a preview of art work to come this Fall and Winter.  Some items that I've been working on to compliment the silver and glass jewellery that I've been doing will be hand crafted/painted earring stands to add some art work to your dressing table.  Small vessels to contain jewellery, small scale collages of local scenes, and I'm indulging in some fiber art with the creation of felt and silk flowers to make wearable art as well as jewellery pouches to store special pieces.  There is often a theme of birds running through my jewellery and painting such as the silver and pearl nest pendants and the soft sculpture nest/containers as in my photo.  Watch this space for more notices on what's new in my studio....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On My Easel This Week........

This one is a 40" square stretched canvas and I've used acrylics for this one.  I had always used acrylics for murals but rarely for fine art, and I'm pleasantly surprised that I can achieve the desired result that
I thought only oils could give me.   Although it looks finished here I still have work to do, mostly on the centered large upright tulip as well as adding some foliage at the bottom to give the image more weight
I may also re-do the background with more interesting brushwork.
I've added the finished is now signed, sealed and delivered.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Street Fair and Finished Paintings...

I'm beginning to feel the rumble of activity as the summer enters the later stages.  Paintings for Fall shows and exhibitions are on my mind now.  Experimenting with new media has to be put on the back burner.  Time to get some serious painting done.
One requested painting from the Spring has been finished.   Cooper is now framed and
resides on the mantle at Rod and Linda's.

The Hudson Street Fair and Music Festival winds down today.   Three hundred plus people came to visit the Hudson Artist Association's Summer gallery in the beautifully renovated main street building formerly known as Legg's Clothing Store and now called The Hudson Mews and I had the pleasure of
sitting in the gallery yesterday.  I enjoyed the meet and greet along with Derek Halbert and it was a pleasure to hear the wonderful comments that the space and artwork from the 25 participating artists
received.  I even managed to get some little watercolors done as people drifted by.

This is a little 4" square watercolor that I'll have in my Etsy shop in the next few days.  A few people echoed my thoughts that they liked the little squiggles to the left as well!  It reminds me of the calligraphic watercolors of Raoul Dufy and incidentally of an artist I came across just this week by the name of Brenda Behr.  I am on a bit of a watercolor streak right now and think I might continue this
small format to capture some of the current summer flowers.  The deep pink phlox come to mind....