Sometimes I make progress bit by bit in my paintings and sometimes it just happens like turning a corner. This week was a corner. Not that I had not imagined that city, that street, that corner. I just had not been there yet.
I had wanted to paint in a different style and change my colors up a bit - and off I went!
I tried out some ideas on my iPad.
Then off I went with paint on canvas. House paint, as usual...
Oh, I was having fun now! And it was quite a mental challenge to work on leaving more empty spaces.
Next I tried a different set of colors...
Then I found 3 more paintings that I did a couple of weeks ago that I did not like.
So painted over them in my "new" style.
All the paintings this week are still in progress.
I am so excited to see how they turn out!
Stay tuned to see how these all turn out.I post quite often on my Facebook page!
Being self taught has some great advantages. I just give
in to the urge to paint whatever I want.
Sometimes it is owls….
Sometimes it is poodles…
This week - I have had an overwhelming desire to paint abstract.
Really really abstract.
Then and Now
I like cats.
So I decided to paint some cats.
I decided to try a cat style out on the iPad first.
I liked it.
I liked it!
I have an ancient iPod with about 3500 songs on it and I usually just put it on "shuffle" and go with that.
So I decided that whatever song was playing when I was ready to put words on the piece - that is what I would write. This is from a song by
Cats are not good spellers….
Neil Young song.
For the 3rd year in a row, I am signed up on the Washington County Open Art Studio Tours!
October 19th and 20th - Saturday and Sunday.
I will be here in my studio to meet visitors and talk about my art and processes.
I love having visitors and I am so looking forward to this.
Look at this great brochure!
You can pick one up here at my studio.
The brochure and the tour are both FREE.
Each artist on the tour has a description of their art and a photo.
Nice map in the back!
I usually paint my canvas flat on my work table and not stretched.
Then when I want them stretched onto bars, I have a friend who does that for me.
She trims the edges of my paintings and I have figured out a way to use up those lovely colorful scraps!
I have named these "artlets!" They are bracelets made from the edges of paintings!
I found a package of 50 cards and envelopes at Goodwill and decided to make some hand made greeting cards!
There will be cards made with images of painting of mine too!
Here is where I will be painting painting painting until the Studio Tours!
Hope to see you soon!
I am very excited to be a part of this all-women juried art show.
It starts tonight!
I dropped off art this morning and it look fabulous already - even as it is getting set up.
I found a package of blank cards and envelopes at Goodwill and hand painted them for this show. I got the clear sleeves and such so they present much better than this photo of them drying on my studio floor.
These sold last week - but there are one or two more that made it to the show.
"Grandpa loves punk music" made it to the show!
Finished up "Fish Sticks" and they are at the show too.Hope you can stop by the Local 14 show this weekend!
I have a new pal with some mad sewing and design skills.Her name is Polly Danger.
We have teamed up to make some cool art pieces that are functional.
I painted a piece of canvas with the intention that it would be cut up and repurposed.
I delivered it to my pal who then cut it up and made a couple of prototype products.
This was VERY exciting!
She not only made this sample bag, she made this:
A cool pencil bag with a zipper!
A grand beginning!
I took some art to Hubbub - a cool shop/gallery in Centralia, Washington
Rebecca, the owner bought a Victorian era building downtown and transformed it into her shop and living space, and as if THAT is not cool enough..... she bought the parking lot next door and turned it into a Sculpture Art Park.
Her store anniversary is in November and she asked me if I would be interested in making a painting for her postcard to announce her anniversary.
Then I wondered what on earth I could paint that would "look" like her place in my own style.
It is a challenge for me to paint something that looks like something.
I am great at making stuff up that I see in MY imagination!
That is easy!
I was a little daunted - but thought I would give it a go.
Parking lot and building and greenery.
White sculpture painted with a
Tall black sculpture and some concrete "tables."
I did it!
I took a photo with my iPad and then "drew" the chair in several different ways until I found the one that worked for me.
Then I painted it on the canvas....
Odd and funky - but it looks just like her Art Park to me!
I woke up one morning and looked out the window and wondered what a very narrow tall window would look like and that thought transposed into - I wonder what a very tall narrow painting would look like - with fish on it. THEN! It came to me! Paint a very tall narrow painting with fish on it and call it a "Fish Stick!"
Grabbed the iPad to get the idea
of it down...
I like it!
I am on a fish stick roll!
I painted a lot of birds lately and it was time to branch out to another animal.
These are mostly in progress....
This one is a cool cat named Aaron.
Cat in progress = CIP.
This one is meant to look like one of those ocelot kitty cats.
I got an iPad and oh, my!
It is amazing.
I am practicing for a still life project...
And practicing making cats too!