I have a tiny cottage on a lake. It is 634 square feet of paradise in my book. As soon as I arrive there all worldly worries slough off. In the early evening I wander down to the Gazebo by the lake and paint – sometimes out of my head or studies for ideas, but mostly I paint what is a round me. The lake is always the same and yet always different.
A few very different items. My “Froggy” is a miniature piece. When I find myself frustrated by watercolors, I go small. It’s just easier to control the wee ones. That difficult balance between pigment and water is easier to attain. The still life was done in a work shop with a watercolor artist I whose work I love and admire. His are so fresh and full of light and color. Check out Robert Leedy. The rest are studies except for the waterfall which was my first attempt at watercolor on yupo. I will definitely be trying that again despite its difficulties.
I’ve done a series of pieces which I call “Fissures”. Some of them come out of my head, some of them are based directly on photographs and some are abstracted from photographs. I’m fairly certain this series will continue off and on through out my life. The first I call a “redux” because I’ve changed the original some how – in this case by cropping it. I do this some times and then use pieces of the watercolors in collage. The second has a funny story to it. I hung it in a local Cancer center where we hang art to help elevate the pain of treatment. But the staff there made a point to express distress over this piece so it won’t be going back there. It was scary some how…perhaps too medical looking? Poor “Fissure VII – XMASS”. I still love it.
Finally some watercolors! I think I’ve said before that I find watercolors to be the most relaxing form of artistic expression for me. Not that they can’t be frustrating sometimes as well. Now that I’ve also gotten into Plein Air painting they have become an even more meditative process. I’ve thought of another reason it might be good that I neglect these posting. If I was more on top of things I might have posted some very bad painting. Sometimes it takes further review to realize just how unsuccessful a painting it.
For now any way. I have a whole other folder to go through folks! Most of these were done in response to themed shows I was entering. Many of my artist friends dislike themed shows, but I love them. They get my brain working around ideas I may never have thought of on my own. “Bathing Beauties”, “Every Picture tells a Story”, “Garden of Eden”, “Set Sail”, and “The Earth is a Garden of Good and Evil”.
From these latest posts you’d think I never painted a plain old painting any more, but I do and I’ll get to catching those up too ….. eventually. This is “Garden Party”, “Gospel”, “Granny’s Bouquet”, and “Ode to Emil”. I love his quote “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work”.
I’m still playing catch up and maybe there’s a positive side to this. At least I’ve been productive over the years that I was unable to post! My time could have been so consumed that I never got to create anything. Then, of course, I’d probably be a basket case. These are two shots of my piece “We are All African”. I did it after reading “Seven Daughters of Eve” which is about genetics. In the second one in addition to having images of significant African Americas, I also added some photos from my family tree. Not sure if we have any more direct African blood in our family, but did do the National Geographic testing to find out what tribe I came from in Africa. Reading this book and doing the test just makes me shake my head at racism. It is so thoroughly unfounded and misguided.
Several completely different things. The first is probably the third apple collage I’ve done. I learned this technique with this specific subject matter in an Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson workshop. I find repeating this subject in various ways interesting and use it to demonstrate at various local community events. The image below it, is the third in a series called “The Epic Battle Between Good and Evil”. I have yet to depict what I’m going for successfully, but have learned a lot in the process. On of the points is that one doesn’t always know who is good and who is evil. The heart was piece done for another themed event at Great Hang Ups. It sold!
I often enjoy using this term to forge an idea for an art piece. Some times the word just happens to fit afterward, as well. Here is one for a themed show called “Happy Hour” held at Great Hang Ups in Fleming Island, Fl. It was done on a board using both sides. One depicts you typical modern concept of a happy hour and the other a more philosophical hour. Instead of framing it I made a free standing piece that could be turned to reflect the owners mood of the day.
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