Monday, March 29, 2010

Transition of a painting

This painting was started in the painting class I like to go to on Thursdays. I wasn't thrilled, but I didn't hate it either.
I decided I wanted to see a little more "air" in the painting and totally screwed it up.

The joy of acrylic paints is that there are infinite possibilities, just keep painting. I decided most of the pink had to go, some of the white had to be whiter and to give it texture and movement there had to be splatter. (I love splatter, but you do have to think when you do it) Now it seems to be a better representation of the thrill of spring, and just in time for Easter.
"Treat yourself to Flowers" #4
12 x12"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Age of Aquarius

"Flower Power"
this is what the prints look like in their frames.

"Live Long and Prosper"

"Joy to the World, all the boys and girls"

"Upon a Star"

"Makes the World Go 'round"
This is a series of small mono-prints that I have made to go into the Key West Art Center show "RETRO-WORKS". The Key West Art Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a large party and a show of how their member artists interpret the sixties. I chose the age of Aquarius theme and earthy images. These pieces are small, the image and mat are 5" x 7". I had a ton of fun making these. Some of them use oil based inks and some are acrylic paints, each have their advantages. The acrylics dry so fast that if you do a layer you hate, you can wipe it out with a sponge. The oil based inks have that wonderful consistency. The birds are stamps I carved out of Speedball blocks. The words are store bought stencils with Golden's mic------ iron oxide (can't spell it and too lazy to go down to the studio to look it up) which I love to work with. Lots of layering going on in these. At each step I used a discarded mat to isolate the image and decide what the next step would be. The show and party are this coming Sunday and I am looking forward to it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Two Small Florals

These two very small ( 5 x 7") paintings have evolved painfully slowly. They are on ampersand gesso board, and it took me awhile to get used to the slick surface. But finally, after many short sessions the flowers emerged in my favorite color combinations; red/coral and blue/tq. Each painting is framed in a simple 2 inch wide gold frame. They are hanging in 7 Artists Key West.
"Treat yourself to Flowers" numbers 2 and 3 $125.00 each

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