Summer Wind

This even fresher. . .Some times I don’t have an idea what a piece is going to be about when I start it. It may develop a voice of it’s own anywhere within the process and tell me what it wants to be when it grows up. This one let me now at the very end that it was “The Summer Wind”.

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Fresh out of the Studio

I have to admit I’m not sure what to make of this one yet. I wish that I had taken a photo of it’s beta version because it it so different than this one, I was not all that pleased with it at it’s inception, but having walked away and come back, it did begin to captivate me. I am naming it after Mount Fuji in some way. Needs some tweaking.

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“Fuji” phase 2

 

Using Techniques

Sometimes when you take a workshop it turns out you never use the techniques you learned again. That won’t be the case with Joan Fullerton’s. In fact This piece was done using many of them.

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Learning…or…NOT?

So I thought I’d learned a lot about Abstract Painting over the past year. At least enough to fix some past work. But here are two attempts. I believe one of them has improved, but not so sure about the other. I did come up with a funny saying though: “When in doubt add a dead lizard”. As always, I am still learning.

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Chaos

Most of the time (before the grand baby anyway) the studio is a quiet, contemplative and therapeutic place. I am forntunate to be able to “schedule” time there weekly when a friend comes to paint with me. We have been doing this for almost 10 years now. As much as I love my time alone (especially in the studio) there is something to be said for painting in the company of others. Small bits of encouragement or constructive criticism are passed. A strong feeling of camaraderie is in the air. Last Friday however, my husband scheduled something that included me looking after two grandkids. Kris and I had only an hour to ourselves before their invasion along with the sound of the hubby and stepson hammering outside the studio door. This is the piece I worked on then…. called “Chaos” and despite the title looks kind of happy. It’s not quite done, but almost. This is large form me too – 24×30.

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Diverging Path

 

Sometimes the path to the trash is a winding one. During the process of unframing some pieces I deemed unworthy, I then had to decide their next destination. Several will have a temporary reprieve. Since I feel I’ve learned a lot about making abstract art this past year, I’m hoping I can rescue some of them. These will be reworked:

This one, which I didn’t include in my original post about culling work for quality, will have a more difficult journey. I hope to rescue it by improving it as a watercolor.

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Bossy Pants is fun

This is another painting from my online workshop with Joan Fullerton. This one was painted with the 17 month old grandson in the studio. Hence it’s titled “Tension”.

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Culling for Quality

So every now and then I go through my oeuvre and trash or repurpose those of lesser quality. It’s rare that I keep anything right after it’s creation that isn’t at least moderately successful. Still time often changes my view of a piece. Then too, hopefully my work improves the more I do. The newer stuff isn’t always better than the old, but most of the time it is.  These are some that are on the “chopping block”. The watercolors I usually cut up and use for collage or “weaving”. The other paintings can be gessoed over. The mixed media are harder. Those I often just unframed and store as a memento of where I’ve been. This lessens the framing bills too, because I definitely can always reuse those!

 

Known & Unknown

It always amazes me that several artists might follow the same instructions yet produce totally individual and unique artwork. This so demonstrates to me one of the most important things about art. It is at the core of why it is so important to keep the arts in our schools, from pre-k to high school and beyond. It is so important for all of us to be able to communicate with the outside world(s).  Yet sometimes we don’t even know what we want to say. Sometimes we aren’t even sure how we feel or what we think. The arts can help us to give voice to the known and the unknown.

“Obstruction” final

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Learning via laptop

I’ve been taking an online course for the past three weeks or so. I wasn’t sure I would care for this. I’ve bought many instructional DVDs and never seem to get around to watching them. There are several things that are different about this online course. For one thing it is more audio than visual. Kind of odd that I’d prefer that since I am more of a visual person. You can print out the lessons and read them too. I highly recommend Joan Fullerton as an instructor. How can you not love the idea of “Bossy Pants” painting?! Here are mine so far.

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