Friday, January 27, 2012
A rainy day--a perfect excuse for lounging around the art studio, playing with materials and seeing what happens. This oil pastel abstract was my morning warm-up. I'm looking forward to heading off to the art store this weekend and picking up some more colors. I love smearing them around with my fingers and trying different layering combinations.
I've got a new chocolate chip cookie recipe baking in the oven, one made with spelt flour. I've taste tested one already, and they are quite lovely... light and buttery. The only thing is, they are on the flat and crispy side of the cookie scale. ;) Hmmmm. I may need to tweak the ingredients a bit. The recipe called for baking powder, not baking soda. I'm no expert; I just followed the Arrow Mills spelt cookie recipe on the side of the bag. Maybe I can find additional information about spelt cookie options on the Internet. I'm sure they will get eaten today during tea time. I'm not worried. :)))
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
For a little "ink bleed" (just love a little "runny" look sometimes), I used the Pilot V-5 pen. It runs just enough to give a watery edge to things. I use it selectively, and it does the job of adding some shadows here and there. I never quite do a layout the exact same way; it's good to change it up some. This time I used the small frames, but in the end, I had to add the elements floating in the background as well. They added more interest and depth of composition I believe.
Okay, off to have a morning run! Have a great art day friends! :)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Spent Saturday with Jeff enjoying the beautiful weather at New Smyrna beach. The weather was perfect for taking photos, sketching, daydreaming, and strolling through the tiny shoppes--so very relaxing. Good for the soul.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I was lucky to have stumbled upon Tina Marohn's website this morning. I had just finished working on my second collage (see above) and was trying to figure out if I "liked" my latest creation. Tina's post about the inner critic got me thinking about how harsh we artists are on ourselves and towards our work. My response to her was this...
"Ah, yes, indeed--those days when we can't find it in our own hearts to "like" our own work, ourselves, or our unique, and necessary journey. It's a struggle to be a creative--not knowing when the muse will decide to turn inward and go on attack mode. You are not alone; we all go there because "not creating" isn't an option. Keep painting my friend. There are visions that need to be born."
Yes, surely we will go there. Art is in our souls. Go visit her site--she has some wonderful images there. Namaste.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I find these small collages to be very rewarding. They serve as a creative warmup--a time to play with color, and a means to explore patterns and line. Small works have always appealed to me. The challenge is to keep enough information included, yet leave open space for the imagination to move in and out of--the added bonus is that the work can feel complete in a relatively shorter amount of time than the larger canvas projects.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I found this old watercolor spiral journal that had entries in it from 2006 and after perusing the pages, I considered some of my odd color choices in a few of the landscape sketches. They just didn't appeal to me any longer. My reaction was to take the portable watercolor palette and create a more encompassing color choice grid to put my mind at ease. I seriously wondered where my creative sensibility was in 2006.
I guess I can consider it artistic growth, change, maturity--a new outlook about color and color temperature. I suppose we artists all change as the years come and go, picking up new favorite shades and finding others passe´ and unappealing. It's something to think about--how colors reflect our times. Have an artful day everyone!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 09, 2012
Here's a detail of the experiment as described below. Somehow this all came together. No pencil sketch, no plan, no real vision. I just put pen to paper and let it evolve. I like how these moments just happen. ;)
I found a cheap journal that I got for free and just had to try out the paper. I don't know what it is about journals, but I keep thinking I will find the perfect one. I know... the never-ending quest. :)
This was my experiment page, and although the paper is not well-suited to a lot of abuse, pen and ink with a gentle watercolor wash looked quite nice. Let's see... that makes journal number ??????
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Couldn't sleep, so I ended up playing with my Sharpie. :), originally uploaded by studio318.
Why is it that when I cannot sleep due to a sinus headache, I end up making detailed artwork in the wee hours of the morning? It happens a lot. I think there is some weird connection between headaches and creativity! Making art didn't get rid of the headache, but at least I was productive. :)
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Found papers, ink, gouache, and colored pencil in my small Mead spiral art journal. Words used to be easy; now I'm gluing and painting the thoughts instead. It works better for now.