Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Content--Recording Today's World

After seeing one of Jane Filer's paintings in an Asheville, NC gallery, I began wondering what I could do with her images of pillars. So this painting began with the notion that the pillars of society are failing us. Drawing my center house on those pillars was exhilarating. But building the neighborhood around him became the ultimate challenge for my crazy brain. What do you see? Where was I going with these ideas? How can you make ideas into images?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Business Plan for the Mature Artists ;-)

Sue Smith has posted a small book on Lulu that might be of help and interest to us artists of advancing age. "Ancient Wisdom: Emerging Artists, A Business Plan for the Mature Artist." Check it out.  

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fracturing with a New Subject

After working with texture in the past two florals, I wanted to try those techniques with another subject. 

I was the art critic for a local paper in my past home of Rockford, IL.  Here I worked with this young artist on several occasions--and painted him 3 or 4 times in styles from Manga to sloppy realism. 

This painting was developed on the plaid in his jacket. Boxiness being my favorite way of doodling, the sharpened back end of my paint brush provided just the right tool.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Wonders of Packing Tape, Part 2

Here is my second pass at fracturing a floral using my packing tape. I was never one to explore texture--especially if it meant damaging my paper. Now I just feel the need to move on and do something different. 

Here I have relied on sharpening the end of a paint brush in my pencil sharpener, dipping it in purple paint and using that to draw with. There are some dots of oil pastel in the lower right and some shaved watercolor pencil in other places.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wonders of Packing Tape

Those of you who have read my book or taken one of my workshops know the wonders of packing tape as an essential art supply--and about the cheapest one around. I use two inch wide, clear tape for several purposes, but here I am using it to fracture my painting. 

It has been too cold to paint in my studio, so I grabbed my watercolors and moved upstairs to a bedroom. Painting neat, clean and small, I decided it was time to try fracturing to get more ideas into a smaller space. 

Simply dividing my paper with tape and painting this bouquet in various ways on each side of the tape created a new look.