Saturday, April 16, 2016

What Does it Take to create a good painting?

Some days it takes more than others!  Just thought I would share this pile of discards as these are what it took to paint the successful image.  Sometimes the paintings just flow off the brush, other days it is a struggle.  After not painting for some time I have to relearn!!  It is best to" keep your brush in the water"We always see artists successful paintings in the gallery, we don't see what it took to get them to that point. In the end I love this painting, so it was worth the effort to keep trying until I got what I wanted.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I just took a workshop with Bev Jozwiak at Kanuga Watermedia Workshops.  These are a few of the paintings I did there. Bev paints on hot press paper, which I had not really tried before.  Needless to say I learned a lot!  Using her techniques with thicker paint, darker paint, and the brushes she paints with helped with the learning curve!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Inspiration, then creation

Every time I walked past this room I was so interested in the sunlight and shadows created by the blinds.  Just looking at the photo doesn't convey that much interest or the feeling of warmth, but I really wanted to paint it.  So after considering how to paint it I tried two different techniques.  The first painting I did using tape batik, the second I painted on gesso applied to watercolor paper.  I wanted you to see this as so often I hear people lament that they don't travel, can't find anything to paint.  Truly ordinary objects, items that are around us all of the time can create beautiful paintings.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Helpful websites

Here is a list of  websites that have quite a lot of helpful information, if you have not already found these on your own.

Since I have not been able to paint I have spent a lot of time on the internet studying other artists work and researching websites.  These all have blogs, tutorials, links to other sites that you may find of interest. 

Working with Gouache

I had purchased several tubes of gouache paint for a workshop several years ago and never used them.  At a location I had gone to paint one morning there was mist coming off of the water so I though I would try them to see if I could get that misty feeling.  The trees had turned color so there was a lot of contrast with the mist.  I think this did create a great atmospheric effect.  I need to keep working with these paints as there is a challenge to them.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Another Beauty

The quilt pictured in the top photo is finally finished!  This is one of my favorite quilts that I have made.  The patchwork blocks make hearts, and halfway down the quilt they reverse direction.  I quilted a butterfly border.  Using scraps of the fabric in the body of the quilt makes for an more interesting border.

And of course once I finished that quilt I had more scraps to use.  So I put those pieces to good use in designing a lap size quilt.  I still have to put that together with quilt batting and a fabric backing before I can quilt it.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Not A Painting, but still a work of art

This past year I have had knee replacement surgery, foot surgery, and stress fractures which have  left me unable to climb stairs or stand for any length of time.  Since I need to deal with a flight of stairs to get into my studio, and I stand to paint, I have not been able to produce any paintings.  So in my need to create I went back to my love of sewing and quilting.  This type of work makes sure to keep me seated, good for my bones, and keeps my creativity flowing, good for my mind!!!! These are the four quilts I have completed.  I did hand quilt them all.  I have one more to finish. 

What's the saying,  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!??  Or in my case when it rains, it pours, so I need a bigger umbrella!!