I am taking an online e-course with Brooke Wandall-Schiavi and it is thrilling. I have been stifled by my own limitations for so long and now I feel that I am beginning to bloom again. This drawing is serving as the inspiration for a painting that is currently under construction. This is done with vine charcoal on Bristol paper. The painting is done in oil.
Since I am trying new things.....I decided to play with my markers for a while and the result was this colorful drawing of one of my favorite vases and flowers. This drawing is done on Bristol paper which is quite heavy. Very substantial. It is about 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. This can be found in my Etsy shop.
I stayed up all night last nite so enthused to be trying my hand at abstraction. This is another collage. I seem to like the juxtaposition of shapes and colors....it works for me. This is done on Bristol paper. It is mixed media: Gouache, Acrylic, and Oil Colors.
This is an experiment....it is a direction that has been pulling at me for some time now. My intention is to paint a series of indoor paintings and this is one where I am looking outside of my studio. I just am not sure yet. I love abstraction so much and this is definitely heading in that direction. I did paint over a painting and so the surface is quite bumpy. That isn't necessarily bad. I went back into this painting and now I feel that I have captured the feeling of looking outside onto and very sunny morning. I am also exploring softening the edges and adding a little more atmosphere.
Satin shoes.....ahhh they really are luscious. They were a birthday gift years ago and I only wear them on special occasions. I am a fan of shoes. I love to see how women pair them with an outfit. I think that they have so much character. You can really tell a lot about the wearer of shoes....the kind of personality that they have. Shoes take on a life of their own! This painting is roughly 8x8 inch square. This is a Gouache painting on Bristol board.
Night time scenes are interesting to interpret. To create the illusion of night I had to establish very deep values. In creating the light I used a little bit of white mixed with an ochre and cadmium yellow medium. I don't often work with such deep values and so it was a challenge for me to deepen them sufficiently. I chose to use black to help deepen the colors a little. This is my dining room/office. I set up my lap top at this table and so I am her often. If you believe that rooms have energy....well, this room holds a very comforting energy to me. The big window on the left looks right out onto a pretty pond. Well, it used to be a nice Lake, but overtime the algae has turned it more into a pond. Several years ago there were 2 alligators living there......scary!! I know that they say that they won't bother you if you leave them alone but, I have dogs and they are a delicacy to an alligator. They were removed, but gosh you never know when one will show up.