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.
A week ago, I was driving home from Rupert, VT, just having finished my second Collage Journeys workshop with Jane Davies. It's an intense five days (three full days and two half days) but an absolute gold mine of inspiration and direction. Jane is a great teacher and I've learned a ton both years. The theme was working in series, and we had several series in the works by the end of the week.
Here's the venue, the Rupert firehouse, and Jane dispensing pearls of wisdom during a break.
Here are a few of my 4x4s, all works in progress (they aren't busy enough yet!)
Here are a couple of cruciform studies. These are probably busy enough, but also not finished.
I have lots of stuff to work on and more directions to take. Such a great time!
I had a long weekend in the studio and spent most of it working on two pieces that evolved fairly quickly (unlike the series I seem to have been working on all winter). They both started with a background of yellows and tan:
I started this as a horizon but it didn't stay that way:
This one is called Spring.
I managed to get more photos of the stages of this one:
This one is Summer.
Neither Spring nor Summer seem anywhere nearby as we just had 20-some inches of snow this week. But we can dream…
I put the beginnings of this spread up a while ago:
Here's the latest and final incarnation:
Spent some time on the little details:
It didn't take that long to finish this. I lost this journal for about three weeks, behind a chair on a box in the studio. Of course, I have no memory of putting it there. Finding it spurred me to work on more than just this spread. More to come!
I've been called to work on the horizon composition style again. Here's an in-progress shot and a maybe-it's-finished shot.
Acrylics, graphite pencil, collage papers
I've been making progress on my series this week. The pieces started with acrylic paints and then I added some collage papers.
Then I used either graphite or Stabilo All pencil to define some rough, mostly rectangular shapes.
I used some hand-carved stamps with permanent ink.
I defined a few areas with white paint and painted over with a contrasting yellow green, and added blue violet accents.
I added some more white and have been tweaking some areas. I'm not sure if I'm done, but I've started another series!
Here are three collages for a lesson in Jane Davies' color online class. The first is the monochrome:
I used green blue and blue in this, as well as black and white, and the partly hidden letters are blue neutralized with orange. Mostly paint with a bit of cut paper and some doodling with watercolor crayon.
Here's an analogous piece:
This started with a green blue background and then a green and yellow green island appeared. All paint. I think I'll add some even lighter tints to the 'island' although this isn't as dark in real life as it appears.
And here's a complementary collage. I had a hard time finishing this one. The pinkish circles were bright red violet to start but that seemed too intense (even for me) so I knocked them back and now…they need something. Texture? Fine detail? So this is probably NOT finished!
Yes, I've been MIA, but there has been action behind the scenes, as I'm enrolled in Jane Davies' Unlocking the Secrets of Color class. Fun! Here are the pieces I did for the latest lesson. I love Jane's classes; I always learn something, which is more important to me than I thought it would be when it came to art.
My favorite first, kind of like dessert first 😉
Those were the complementary pieces. Here are a couple of the monochromatics:
I started an analogous piece, but like I said in my workshop blog post, it's due for an extreme makeover!