Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Journey Back

Journey Back I and II
Mixed Media on Canvas
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I had a lot of fun creating these two mixed-media paintings. After establishing the texture elements on the canvas, I dug around in my bins of paper scraps and found several that I liked. I glued them to the canvas, added calligraphic elements and washed color over the canvas. An alcohol (the rubbing kind) spritz created some interesting effects in the bronze metallic color.
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Acrylic on Canvas

Did I mention that I like texture in my paintings? I guess I like running my fingers across the surface of a painting - it's just not enough to look at it, I want to touch the brushstrokes. Unfortunately museums don't like that much.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went to the Dallas Museum of Art. One of the pieces on display was a long sand dune spread across the floor. There were mirrors set up about a foot apart and sticking out of the sand. I walked around this "masterpiece" for quite awhile before I realized that the mirrors reflected the dune. In my curiosity to discover what was so interesting about this particular piece, I didn't realize that I was standing on it! A guard quickly came over to warn me to step back. Whatever damage I created could easily be fixed with a broom. I'm glad I wasn't arrested for art theft - there were a few grains of sand stuck to my shoes!

Anyway, feel free to touch my art...I don't mind.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Broadway Lights

Broadway Lights
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

My oil paints have been sitting in a bin for quite a while and in danger of turning into petrified blobs. I think the last time I actually used them was at a workshop I took with my art pals, Judy Mackey and Nancy Medina.

When I was in college (back in prehistoric days), I painted exclusively in oils. Acrylics were horrible and difficult to use. But, over the years, acrylic paints were perfected and I found that I preferred them over oils. However, that old bin of semi-dried out tubes were beckoning to me.

I started this painting in my usual manner. After slathering on molding paste to create texture, I underpainted in acrylic but wasn't able to get the blending effect I was striving for. I dug around in the bin and found several tubes that were still in good condition. I had forgotten how much easier it is to work in oils as compared to acrylics. Don't get me wrong, I don't intend to switch completely to oils but at least now I know that I can use them together when I need to. Just some words of caution, in case you're planning to do the same. Oil and water do not mix! Always paint fat over lean - oils over acrylics.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009


Acrylic on Canvas
I completed "Transparencies" yesterday. Normally I'm able to finish a painting in one "sitting" but I'm glad that I decided to to explore all the options over a period of several days. I started out by layering color onto the textured canvas and then as the design began to evolve out of the formless background of color, I developed the composition. By following some of the "cues" in the textured surface, I was able to pull the painting together into a unified whole.

I love paintings that are textured and invite eyes and fingers to glide over the hills and valleys on the canvas.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Midnight Espresso

Midnight Espresso
Acrylic on Canvas

I admit this is a very strange title for this painting. Actually, I painted over another painting titled "Midnight Express". But being a little lazy, I decided to just change a couple of letters and give the painting a new name. The coffee colors in the painting somehow justified that for me.

This is a very textural painting. I started by slathering on thick layers of acrylic modeling paste and pressing various items into the wet medium to create texture. By sculpting the medium, I was able to establish the composition or "bones" of the painting. Once the canvas was dry, I started to apply the color layer by layer. Spattering with water before the paint set up revealed underlayers of color. As I continued to paint it reached the point of completion.

How do we know when a painting is finished? For me it's always been that point when any more work would not add to the finished product. Stepping back from the canvas usually reveals the moment to quit.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Starting again...

Starting Again
Acrylic on canvas
It's been a while since my last post on this blog. Life has a way of throwing difficult and painful events our way every once in a while. After our recent move to China Spring, Texas, my father passed away. Watching the pain in my mother's eyes is heartbreaking. But, life must go on.
This is the first painting I completed after losing my dad and it definitely feels like I'm "starting over again", thus the title of the painting. I'm working on a series of new, heavily textured paintings and will post as soon as I complete them.
Getting back into my studio is certainly theraputic for me.


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