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Ease on down that road...to here.

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Last week I traveled back in time to the beginnings of my painting journey. Today walk with me along the next part of this path to my present day.

The next steps took me into my acrylic studies.
Wow! What a difference in handling this medium. Totally different from watercolors. A brush stroke had body and stayed where my markings landed on the surface. I could work over areas of color or form, radically changing them leaving the underpainting undisturbed...and I felt like an amateur again!
I had gotten away from my drawing skills. I was forming shapes with papers and colors were used abstractly, not to inform atmosphere, perspective or image. I missed my landscapes. Two years later, I had a handle on it... but something was missing. I felt a lack of connection to the land.
A road trip ensued! Cross country in a wild ride through 23 states, me riding shotgun, taking it all in, mountains to sea, farmland to towns...and the paintings changed again. I thought all was right in my world. My …

The Road Traveled...in the beginning

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When I began painting I chose watercolor. I was fascinated by the movement of the colors as they traveled across my paper. After years of study in a more formalized graphic design program,the freedom of water color was exciting. I found the subtle blends of color and the unusual tendrils of forms which gave me the creative push that I needed to move on in my work. I loved to work directly with no set plan. Pale and timid to begin, I found my balance about two years later. That's my learning curve. Each time I've ventured into another medium that ah-ha moment came after two years. I loved landscape but felt a need to explore textures. .Mixed media came into my creative realm. My watercolors combined with torn papers rice papers and papyrus, all preserved with gel medium and abstracts! I found my sweet spot...until I found a need to explore three dimensional work! I was still searching. Continuing on my journey I delved into my mixed media of gels and now acrylics! Lifting my r…

When was the last time you sketched?

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I recently returned to sketching every day. I was spurred on by a youtube video by  #AndrewTischler . He encouraged this in his project called #sketchendeavor. I hadn't done this in years. I also stumbled across a sketchbook that actually suited my way of working.  Being a lefty, I got tired of turning books upside down and working away from spiral bindings. I found that Arteza has a great little watercolor sketchbook that opens flat offering a panoramic option that has both a rough and smooth surface for both dry & wet media.
I made sketching a habit once again by incorporating my sketching into a time that I knew I'd be consistent in picking up a pencil and pad. The time was while watching some TV in the evening. As a landscapist, I certainly was not outside at this time sketching, instead I was drawing landscapes from memory. I have a vocabulary of images of trees, rocks, streams, mountains, fields etc. gathered in my mind over years of observation. This was not to be …

Are You Talking to Yourself?

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                                                         Are you talking to yourself? 

I certainly do! I'll be painting, perhaps singing along with my playlist of songs or listening to a Youtube webinar and I'll realize I'm asking questions aloud.  Is that value too light or too dark ? Why did I place that object right in the middle again. Is that color really what I see? Should I wipe it out and begin again ? It goes on and on. After all of this time you'd think that I'd know the answers but it happens more often than not. In 2000 I wrote in the back of a sketchbook "the only wrong questions are unasked questions..."
What I have learned over the years is to ask questions, to find the answers, arriving at a moment of  ah-ha, of learning and understanding and to share with other artists.
It doesn't happen overnight. The sources of information these days are overwhelming. Blogs, webinars, interactive online courses and Youtube can be your classroom in yo…

Begin where you are....kickstart 2020!

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So where have I been? Long story,short answer...here is where I am!

   Five years away from blogging but miles along my journey as an artist. I've studied, painted and exhibited watercolor, mixed media,acrylic and now oils.
Many art shows later,cross country trips, 2 different homes ...5 grandchildren!
I've landed in a place that has brought me full circle...wanting to share my work ,my techniques, my studio and experiences as a dailypainter. 
I hope you will continue to seek me out . I'll be right here.

Please take time to scroll through my older posts to get to know my work of my past to see where I now have come.The life of an artist is a wondrous journey if you choose to take the first step...walk with me ...again.

A Gift of a Walk

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As the colder air greets me on my morning walks, I return to my studio for a hot cup of  tea. I realize that my painting has been slowly shifting from a summer palette of sea inspired colors  to the autumn golds and now a cold snap brings out a snowy image !    It seems to me that from Halloween to NewYear's Day my world just whizzes by.  I struggle to keep a daily routine of painting that is filled with a flurry of activities, family gatherings and greetings of holidays. It is so easy to be distracted by all of this activity, staying focused is so difficult.    I have posted my upcoming shows and due dates for a variety of painting assignments on my easel ..to be read and bargained with every time my eyes drift to that cozy couch and book or the pile of knitting that awaits my new grandchild. Yes...being a "working artist" is a job...not an easy one.  It has an aura of freedom to do as I please,whenever I choose. I laugh at the thought when look back over the years t…

Small Works...for Big Ideas.

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How do I express the many sights and  awestruck moments that I enjoyed on my trip West ?

I attempted to keep a journal on my trip but quickly discovered that there were only so many ways that I could say "wow!' . Words simply failed to express the wonder of such immense, open land.  I tried some photographs and was more successful, but still felt that the 360 degree vision of clouds in a crisp morning air was lost in the flatness of the shot. I recorded the facts and now as I paint each day I am trying to convey the feelings that were present.  Little by little the images are beginning to appear as I sift through all that I absorbed from walking in this wonderland of mountains, plains and coast, through pines and sage and drought dried riverbeds.  As I prepare to paint larger canvases than I've ever tackled before, I decided to work out the images not only in my sketches but as small paintings.   My Etsy shop  features  these "small works " and they are availabl…