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!
Watercolor crayon, colored pencil, graphite
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
A month has flown by since I posted last. Incredible. I've always kept the holiday hubbub to a minimum, but I've been investing energy in plenty of other places and suddenly the end of the year is nigh.
I've been spending time in the studio–some of it cleaning!–mostly on experiments and not so many finished pieces. I've got pieces from all the Text & Image lessons, just nothing to the point it feels ready to put out there. And some of them are lost in the piles I've been moving around, along with a couple of other things I'm looking for. Sigh.
I did work more on one lesson 3 piece at Jane's suggestion, and toned it down. You can see the previous stage in an earlier post. Definitely less overpowering. I think it still may not be done but here's the next stage:
I have found things while cleaning the studio, too, one of which has triggered some experiments I'm pretty lit up about. I also found my box of Secondary Color Canvas pieces, so I'm committed to doing some serious work on that project in the coming months. I think it's a good idea to go into a new year with intentions rather than resolutions. In fact, 'Intention' is my word for 2014. One of my intentions is to put my word for the year 'out there' more, so here's a start!
I started blogging about the Collage Journeys workshop with Jane Davies on Monday.
The workshop itself was about using opposites in collage. We started with monochrome…
…then moved on to complementary colors.
Notice the 'subliminal' chicken…chickens were a theme of the week…
I even did a couple of purple and yellow pieces, my least favorite pair.
The one major accomplishment for me of the week was to 'just keep working' on pieces. I was excited to see the pieces evolve.
I think the only one I'm absolutely done with is the monochrome piece. Im still buzzing from this workshop. It's such a joy to spend days at a time immersed in art; learning about it, watching it done, and doing it. And I want to thank the gang of Sherri, Janet, Cathy, Pam, and Gwen again for making the hours we weren't making art so much fun!
I spent most of last week at my first workshop, Collage Journeys, in Rupert, VT. Incredible is not an overstatement. Jane Davies taught a class of twelve women in the Rupert firehouse for four days (three full days and two half-days) and it was serious fun!
We worked hard but it was exciting to 'get' the concepts and see the results of our efforts over time.
I really enjoyed having an extended time to work on pieces, as I tend to quit too soon when left to myself.
And what a fantastic group of women I worked and played with! There were all kinds of backgrounds and interests represented, from city to country, card makers to fiber artists, one coast to the other. I made some special friendships with remarkable women and I'm so grateful for and to them all. Most special is my friend Janet, with whom I shared a table and a house during the workshop. Jane made an inspired choice when she put us together!
More tomorrow when I get more photos downloaded. I'm ready to go again!