I love nocturnes. I purchase them as well as paint them. I have one by Randy Pitts, Debbie Cusick, Cynthia Csalovszki (actually maybe two), Hall Groat II, and several of my own. Our FCPAP (First Coast Plein Air Painters) scheduled a paint out for last night. It was so much fun. The weather was beautiful, the location (San Marco, in Jacksonville Fl) had tons of paintings waiting to be plucked from it and the energy of the area was fabulous. I didn’t finish my piece but will go back to do so next week some time. It is always great to paint with this varied group. There were 5 of us there. I was the only one doing watercolor last night. Admittedly, I had little faith in myself, but was determined to enjoy myself regardless of a success or failure at the end. I think this freed me and helped me relax into the task.
I don’t think any one was disappointed with the workshop today, even if they may Not have been completely happy with some of their work (like me). Anna is so good at pin pointing what improvements could be made. It’s a shame I can’t show any of the successes in a show. Here are my creations for the day. The first 3 are small (8×10) exercises in depicting emotion, the next is a large canvas piece (can you locals guess what it is?), and the last one is a 12×16. Many will guess that it is ocean but it is actually a glacier. It along, with a couple of the smalls needs some work. See others work here.
“Peace” “Anticipation” “Rage (3)”
I’ve spent the day looking through various photo albums on my iPad in preparation for a workshop tomorrow. It has made me so so so excited about “Immersion in Abstract Painting” by Anna Miller at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra. She suggested for us to gather names of abstract artist whom whose work we enjoy and to bring examples. For me this starts at JW Turner, then to some Bahaus members like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, as well as Odilon Redona, Dali and Frantisek Kupka. After that many from the 1950s-80s. Sonia Delaunay, Richard Diebenkorn, Arther Dove, Hans Hoffman, David Hockney, Judy Chicago, Georgia O’keefe, Richard Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko. As for current artists… sadly I have a gap in my knowledge from the 90s – now. I do love Joan Fullerton, Nancy Eckels, and Carole Frye and others whose work I have pinned, but whose names I have not retained.
I have taken a workshop from Anna before and she is an excellent teacher. My ability with abstracts was much improved after it. I look forward to expanding and further honing those skills in this workshop.
I’ve collaborated on various art projects with members of the Art Guild of Orange Park. However, my favorite collaborations have been with my now 2 1/2 year old grandson. In this one he did a base of watercolor and then I put some pastels on top. At first I wasn’t impressed with it, but it grew on me. I like it as is but am thinking of making it even more mixed media. Some of you remember me saying in the past that I have to be careful when doing mixed media not to go overboard and add too much. I’m thinking some type and then some acrylics to help the collage bits to blend in. What say you? Leave it as is? Or give it more oomph?
I believe in myself enough to think that I have some pretty fantastic and wonderful ideas for art pieces. However, I often fail in the execution (especially for assemblages) for various reasons. I’m having difficulties with proportions in this piece. I’ve looked up the average size of each animal, but am still a bit unsure. The wolf’s average length is 4.5 – 5 feet, a Beluga’s average is 9 feet, an the Snow Owl is 20-28 inches. This Beluga is only showing about a third of it’s body. Is it the right size? Too big? Too small?
Yay! I’m coming out of a long and deep dry spell. This is actually the 3rd phase of a piece. I’m mad at myself for not recording the first two – the drawing and an underpainting of fluid acrylics. This is a painting that has been in my head for YEARS. It is one of a series that I call my Om Visions. They are visions that have come while listening to an album of music called, “There’s No Place Like Om”. Music that helps me sleep on difficult nights. It’s actually the 2nd vision. The first one has not yet been begun, though I did a watercolor study of it during on of my 30 day challenges. The third is also languishing in my psyche. The fourth is my Blue Angel (“These Wings are Heavy”). This will be called “Trinity”. There are more very specific elements to come….
I started on the mixed media part of this piece that many of you are familiar with. Sadly, after working on her this evening and not being happy with the results, I forgot to take a picture of my unhappy result. This is a phase after I took some glazes to various parts of the piece. My studio is not well lit at night so I hope I am as happy with the results in the daylight. You may have to enlarge to see that there are real feathers as well as paper feathers decorating her wings. She is by no means done.
I am so proud to have won and Honorable Mention in the current Jacksonville Watercolor Society show. It’s my first time entering one of their shows! The work of these talented artists is truly impressive. It is a huge honor to have won in such an august field and has me on an emotional high like never before. Thank you “Poppies”, Italy and Robert Leedy for making it happen. “Poppies” was created from the many reference photos I took while studying with Robert last year.
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