This year, Jane Davies held her week-long Abstract Painting in Vermont workshop in the Manchester Community Library. It is a great space, with lots of light and room to work, and climate controlled, which was a blessing this summer. Early August was beastly humid.
We had great fun with shapes (meltdowns notwithstanding) and pattern and throwing monkey wrenches into the works.
It was great to stretch the creative muscles and hone observational skills, and just spend the whole week flinging paint and seeing what would happen. Here are some of my pieces, the last of which I think it's finished.
This one is done. I've been calling it “Fifty Shades of Gray-Green”, but more than anything else it's a shape study with a little work on depth. 12×16 acrylic, graphite, and pastel on canvas.
I've started a few canvases as test pieces for a canvas I'm going to do for a friend. I wanted to play with colors and work with modeling paste and graphite…and not think too much. I started two fresh canvases and two that already have paint on them, all four 16 x 20.
I'm playing with sunset colors, the beach, the ocean…
And adding lines with graphite and then using them as structure for the composition…
At this point, I was looking at the piece from different angles,standing back, turning it around and thought 'oh, it goes this way'.
And it was practically done.
A lesson in the value of looking at your work from all distances, directions, and angles!
5 x 7, watercolor crayon and graphite
5 x 7, graphite and watercolor crayon
I’m liking the subtlety and depth I’m getting from using neutrals.
5 x 7 watercolor crayon and graphite
It seemed like it would never make it, but ready or not, spring has appeared. I know, by Memorial Day, most people are looking at summer, but this is the Northeast, and other than a couple of weird hot days, winter hung around forever. My yard is it's own ecosystem, too, and it seems as if it's the last place In the county for the snow to melt. We've had a patch of wet weather, so I've spent much of the weekend planting, weeding, and mulching like a fiend as if I can cram the entire season into a weekend. The daffodils are just starting to fade, the lilacs are blooming, and the hummingbirds are dogfighting all around the porch where I'm sitting.the studio is usually quiet this time of year while I'm outside, but I've done a few small watercolor pieces while watching the Giro d'Italia and waiting for the rain to stop.
The pictured piece started as a pencil doodle. I added watercolor crayon with a waterbrush, then I used colored pencils and graphite pencils to add highlights and shading. I realized that if I rotated it, I could add a quote quite easily. Brilliant! 🙂 I penciled in the quote, then wrote over with a gel pen. Easy, fun. I'm thinking I may put the watercolor pieces together in an art journal, but not unless it starts raining again!