Saturday, April 9, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
40x30 acrylic on canvas
I painted over a previous painting for this new work. I liked the original last year but it no longer served me or fit with the direction I want to go. My goal is to create a consistent body of work whether it be pastel or paint. I have been trying to bring the two mediums together. I get closer as I continue to work. But now I have a basement and a storage unit full of paintings that are now three or four years old. I may end up taking a razor to them and destroying them. I had to do them to get to this point and I wish progress was faster but it is not. That would make it too easy and it is not an easy thing. I did use some drawings from the Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale for this painting. I will continue this theme for awhile and will also work in oils as well. Color palette will be more muted and soft.
I have closed my Etsy site now. It was successful and I enjoyed having it. Shipping is not a favorite activity of mine. I have decided to let galleries sell my art and let them manage shipping. My goal right now is to create more balance and manage my time better. I have taken on a new gallery and really want to devote my time to working with them and the other venues that carry my work. I am now represented by Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia. I am very excited to work with them and hope a trip to Atlanta is in my future. They expressed a lot of interest in my pastels and this was very positive and encouraging. I have sent them a selection of pastels, acyrlics on paper and paintings on canvas.
I am striving to find a positive balance. I have enough workshops for 2016 and am now scheduling into 2017! I have five scheduled for 2017 already! My goal is to manage and be grateful for what has come to fruition with my art. I feel blessed.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
24x36 oil on canvas
Oil or acrylic? I've been painting on canvas with acrylics for the most part. I love the speed of working as I really like to work fast. I also like the luminous appearace of oil paints and the fact that they do not dry as quickly. I will end up merging the two in the future. I created a painting recently that I felt was really "dull" and had no sparkle to it so I got out my water miscerable oil paints. I've used them before but not with a whole lot of success. I painted over my acrylic painting with some oils. I have since tried a couple more oil paintings and this is my last one. This one is closer to what I am hoping to achieve. Not quite there but closer. I want a layered appearance, some open and undeveloped areas, lines from my plant drawings and mark making to echo some of my pastels. I would really like to do with paint what I can do with pastels and that has always been challenging. I love the pastels. They really are my domain but I also really enjoy painting. I keep striving to get somewhere. Trying to improve day by day.