Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
14" x 19" Watercolor
It was sunny and hot, with temps predicted in the 90s. I had planned to find a favorite clump of flowers and paint them close focused, but I decided I needed shade. Thus I did a floral landscape, along the idea of last week's Irises in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
|Some of the day's production|
Another beautiful day of being inspired by my fellow artists.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
10" x 13"
You can read about our adventures on the SCVWS blog.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
|"Sailor's Warning on a Foggy Morning"|
14" x 20" Watercolor
This garden is gorgeous, a loving project of Jim and Irene Cummins. We were there May 2013 on a hot day. You can see the post. The setting is lovely, even on a foggy morning, so I found some Irises that I loved and painted them against the backdrop of the mountains. You can see that their name is "Sailor's Warning", I am guessing because they resemble a sunset often seen before a storm.
We gathered at one to have our picnic lunches and view the truly lovely paintings. We were entertained by wild turkeys who seem to think the garden is their home. The three males got all puffed up in fight mode, looking about three times their size with beautiful, blue, and white on their necks. They are much handsomer when they become protectors.
|"Don't mess with us"|
|Some of the garden area|
|Some of the day's production|
Saturday, April 11, 2015
22" x 30" Torn Magazine Collage
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
8" x 10" Manipulated Papers on Canvas
Friday, April 3, 2015
|Sunrise over Utah|
15" x 20" Watercolor
I first put down some washes. I then masked out the foreground grasses. Next I deepended the washes and I allowed the painting to dry thoroughly. I then looked for organic shapes to enhance with negative painting. The Magic Eraser helped with the sunrays. After removing the mastic, I deepened the grasses.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
|"Artist at Work"|
12" x 14" Pastel
I promise to jump start my art this week and get back to blogging. Meanwhile, here is a little remembrance of our recent cruise through the Panama Canal. The crab was delicious at the Crab Shack event on our ship.
|Eating at the Ship Crab Shack event|
Somewhere off Mexico as we made our way to the Panama Canal
|Chilling in Aruba |
enroute from the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
10" x 10" Torn Magazine Collage
First, the good news. My "Native Sage" was juried into "No Limits -- Freedom to Create," a show sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. I was very pleased because I really like that piece.
This is the third in a series of purse collages. I decided to incorporate some small charcoal drawings of models along with the torn magazine. I used workable fixative on the drawings so they would not smear when I adhered them to the canvas. I wanted to suggest spring, runway shows, and New York City.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
10" x 10" Torn Magazine Collage
I also updated two collages, "In the Pink" and "Native Sage", with modest changes after taking it to critique where my experienced fellow artists made some suggestions.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
|"In the Pink"|
10" x 10" Torn Magazine on Canvas Collage
Friday, January 16, 2015
3 feet x 3 feet
Torn magazine on canvas collage
Saturday, January 3, 2015
|"The City That Never Sleeps"|
36" x 36" Torn Magazine Collage
I am currently focusing on collage, though I still paint. This piece took a while and went through a couple iterations. Here is the original piece that I thought was done until sharing with my critique group.
One of the very accomplished artists noted the white was isolated on one side and another said remember how the master makes the collage emerge from the background. So I bravely went back and collage out the white. I like the result, which is a bit more dramatic.
I will catch up with my blog friends as I get back in the swing of things.
Monday, December 1, 2014
For those who don’t know me, I am a painter and collage artist who grew up in Vermont and has lived many years in San Jose, California. I took up watercolors about 20 years ago, and more recently have moved into mixed media and collage. I am a Past President and current Board Member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Association (SCVWS) with 400 members. I host open studios and participate in several art shows a year. Blogging is a perfect way to share my art, because it combines two of my passions: art and writing. Participating in the blog community has brought me friends and broadened my knowledge of art.
I am focusing on some torn magazine collage on canvas pieces. At a recent workshop in Taos, NM, Gwen Fox encourage me to do more collage. SCVWS is sponsoring a juried show in March open to all forms of watermedia, including paper on canvas, and we can enter up to three pieces. I am hoping to enter a few pieces and make the cut.
"The City That Never Sleeps"
I just completed "The City That Never Sleeps" which is 36" x 36." I also like to combine paper that I've made with acrylic paint, as I recently did in "Letters from Home." There are more in my future.
"Letters From Home"
|"Fall Rains In the Vineyards"|
A week ago I painted at beautiful local winery with the SCVWS plein air group during some fall rains that helped paint my watercolor, "Fall Rains in the Vineyards."
I am also liking acrylics. "Happiness" is a good representative of my acrylics and close-focused works.
|"Poppies on the Faultline"|
My art is influenced by a life filled with travel, ballroom dancing, bicycling, art, and spending time with family and friends. I often paint landscapes, especially painting plein air with like-minded artists. I frequently fill the picture plane with a piece of an architectural feature or plant, as I did when painting "Marinka's Figs" in Croatia, to deliver an unusual view.
|"Hoping We Get Some Wind"|
I paint people observed in daily life and travels. My paintings focus on the commonality of mankind, while hinting at the qualities that make the person unique.
3. Why do I create what I do?
Since my childhood, I have expressed my creativity in drawings and making small objects. In my teens and through my middle life, I sewed clothing for myself and family and did crafts with my sons. After the children left home, I had a strong desire to do fine arts and began taking workshops. Now that I am retired from my corporate career, I devote many hours to my art. I am very visual and tactile, and I have a passion for capturing common experiences and observations that speak to others.
Collage is very challenging and takes many hours, especially for large pieces, such as 36" x 36". I select pieces of papers and objects that contribute to a recognizable shape. I often include memorabilia to tell a story. Much of the final result depends upon randomness as there is no way I can plan completely how the work will come together. The viewer is pulled into the painting as they discover unusual images that make up the art -- a stiletto in the hat, a purse in the hair, and words that give hints to the story.