Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New year

Wishing you all a happy and creative New Year!  

I'm teaching a two day work shop
and a five week
"Intuitive Painting"
class at North River Arts Society 
in January.

It would be a great way to kick off 2018!

"This class is designed for the painter who is interested in creating 
more intuitive, bold, and exciting paintings. 
We will learn how to take a less representational, analytical approach to painting
 by allowing our intuition to lead us.
 Each week we will challenge ourselves to “think less and do more!” 
Through a series of quick, fun exercises, we will learn 
how to use color, shape, space, and line 
to express an idea or statement. 
We will be working from still life and/or photos 
and all painting mediums are welcome.
 Cut paper collage will be introduced along the way. 
Materials list to follow. "

Click HERE for more information. 

There a few spots open! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Abstract "Postcards"

I recently watched a demo by Jane Davies
 on YouTube where she made "abstract postcards" 
 by collaging different papers, crayons, etc. 
on a 8 1/2  x 11 sheet of media board.
Then she cuts them in fours to get a wonderful 
mix of patterns and textures. 

I ended up doing four of them in different colors
and had them framed together. 

(Sorry for the glare. 
I didn't photo them before having them framed!)  

I loved them so much, I kept them
 and hung them in our sitting room! 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Making It Up

In my quest to become "less literal"
I am learning to make things up.  
Here, I made up the figure first,
then chose a composition that would
move the eye around the painting 
using color temperature. 

Night Beach 
20 x 16 

Letting the colors and shapes tell the story.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Featured Artist at J Crew

I am going to be the "featured Artist" 
at the Derby Street J Crew this Friday 
from 10 - 2. 
Please come by if you're in the area! 

"End of Season"
16 x 20 oil 

I'll be featuring a few larger oil paintings
and many affordable 
Mini- Collages
3 x 3 matted and framed 
to 8 x 8 

Using Color Temperature

Working on the 
"Push/Pull" of using colors. 
warm /cool 
light /dark 
intense /dull 
a la Hans Hoffman. 

I painted over this painting 
that had been hanging around the studio for weeks. 

Now I wish I had kept the original! 
Oh well. A good lesson.

Here are some I Pad 
experiments I did during the process. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Collage Informs Painting

Working with cut paper collage
let's me play with color and design.
In many ways,
I think it is beginning to inform my paintings.
It's a great way to simplify.

Gordon's Pond 
9 x 10 

I went to an wonderful demo by
  at Concord Art this week.
She showed us many different ways to 
"paint" papers for use in collage.  
 I was enthralled. 

She showed us how to make "stamps" 
using adhesive craft foam 
attached to foam board. 
Oh boy. 
There is no end to what you can do with it!