Friday, March 27, 2009

Large Oil Paintings

Art on the Town Openings are next Friday, April 3rd.
That means I have one week to clean up this mess. I'm working on 3 large canvases in poured oil paint. I thin the paint down with turpenoid and then pour it either from a cup or a squirt bottle. Sometimes I pour the turpenoid first and then pour the paint into it like wet on wet watercolor. After I pour the paint then I direct it by lifting the canvas and, or using rags. I put a fan on it and might redirect it again after some of the thinner evaporates. I let each pour dry before I pour over it. This is a time consuming process with only 2 to 3 pours on a canvas per week. After I finish my pours, I fire up my encaustic paints. This fills the room with more noxious fumes. Yes, I use fans and open the window, only one window opens. I'm lucky when my neighbors aren't in the building to be bothered by all the smells coming out of my studio. So, your thinking I might die early because of my working habits, but I'll die happy because I'll be making art!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Winter Photography

I know spring is almost here, so I thought I'd better share these now. I photograph my skylights when it snows. There are 4 big skylights in my kitchen. They leak of course, but I really don't want to lose them, I love the light and being able to see the sky.

Here's a few more snow shots, some of them I actually ventured outside to take.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Studio Work

I've been photographing some work this week, so I can add a 2008 gallery to my website. I know it's 2009. I don't know how I let this go for so long but I hope to get it done soon. It's been a year of I don't know what. Sometimes I just don't slow down enough to take photos or work on documentation. Here are some ink paintings I'll be adding to my website soon.

This one is titled Sunburst and is 4 x 5 inches approximately.

This one is titled Follow the Orange Dots and is 1.5 x 1.5 inches

This one is titled Orange Dots and is 2 x 2 inches.

I'm just having fun playing with color and composition. You can take big risks when you're working small.

This on is also 1.5 x1.5 inches, titled In Between.

Here is a photo I took today of a 46 x48 inch canvas I'm working on. I'm diluting oil paint and working it up in layers just like the ink paintings.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Creativity Workshop

I've finally set a date for my first 2 day Creativity Workshop. Here are the details:

Dive in and Make a Splash

The Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway Arden, DE
Sat. June 6th 2-5 pm and Sun. June 7th 10-4 pm., 2009

Play – Explore – Discover – Experiment

Through guided exercises in creative writing, painting and mixed media collage
open up to fearlessly enter new territory and discover your authentic self expression. Walk away re energized and inspired to tackle your projects and life more creatively.

No experience required.
Supplies provided. $125.00

I'm really excited about actually doing this. This will be a fun and cathartic experience, I gaurantee! I've had the opportunity as an actress, artist and teacher in be involved in the creative process at many levels. A creative way of looking at things is fun but also a very practical way to approach life. What I'm saying is that yes this is about play and having fun but also about problem solving and approaching situacions with an open mind.
Check back, I'll continue to write about this subject.