Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leaves and Berries......and Yellow Rose with Colorblocking

Both of these involved negative painting, and the yellow rose (the same rose that I painted traditionally in a previous post), involved designing a colorful abstract background.  For the abstract rose I used new gamboge, permanent rose, and thalo blue.  For the leaves, I used new gamboge, permanent rose, sap green and cobalt blue.  Both are 11 x 15 on Arches.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Daisies - Playing with Backgrounds Again

Inspired by a painting of sunflowers by Karlyn Holman, I attempted to abstract and pattern my background using a photo of a few of the daisies that were in my Mothers' Day flowers this year. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two New Florals

These two florals were done from photos I took this summer at The Gardens at Wyckoff.  They are each 11 x 14. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Journal Page for my Grandchildren

I recently joined an art journaling group on Facebook started by a friend. They decided to do a different "theme" every week. Just what I need is another group to post things with. LOL! This week's theme is to do a page about something we love. I chose to do it about my grandkids, and then spent all week trying to come up with a way to make a page with all eleven of my grandkids on it, and still make it look artistic. This is what I finally came up with.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Springmaid Watermedia Workshop 2014 - Days 3, 4 and 5

On Day 3 Jerry showed us several of his finished collages, ranging from total abstracts, like shape in a shape; semi-abstracts like his hill towns; and realistic, like Monet's garden.  Then he sent us off to do our own thing.  I started three collages and worked alternately among the three of them, finishing this semi-abstract of the Blue-Ridged Mountains with a field of weeds first.

I went more realistic with the Curtis Island Lighthouse, although there are some abstract elements in this one too.

My final collage was a red hibiscus, which still needs a bit of tweaking.  I will post that one tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Springmaid Watermedia Workshop 2014 - Day 2

On the second day, the assignment was to do two floral collages by "making flowers without making flowers".  LOL!  Jerry told us that if he saw a stamen or a pistil he would give us an "F".  These were a little harder to do for me, who is used to painting flowers that look like flowers.  But I was game.  My sister Joan and I had prepared for this workshop by purchasing some washi (oriental rice paper) in several interesting textures.  Some had threads or fibers running through them, some had holes or a lacy effect, and one had swirls that reminded me of "Starry Starry Night".  These all came in handy for the floral collages. 

Springmaid Watermedia Workshop 2014 Day 1

Last week I took a stained paper collage workshop with Gerald Brommer.  This was my second time taking this workshop.  I enjoyed it even more this time. 

The first day we did small 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 abstracts in Bridge, T or Tau, and Cruciform designs, using two colors and black and white.  This year Jerry gave us some pieces of black paper to experiment with.  (The colors on these three collages are more compatible than they look in these photos)