Monday, 31 December 2007

Sunday, 30 December 2007

Inspiration from a Book

I read a lot. Art books on painting techniques (the medium doesn’t matter), inspirational or just collections of paintings done by other artists. One of the books I read is The Yoga of Drawing, Uniting Body, Mind and Spirit in the Art of Drawing by Jeanne Carbonetti started me on my series of mask paintings.

I designed my first mask picture based on the techniques and exercises in her book. I like the simplistic look and feel of this mask. It is done with watercolour and India ink.

Saturday, 29 December 2007

The Family Jewels

In these two paintings of my “Family Jewels” series I had the challenge of painting metal. They are both oil. One painting has a pearl in the centre and the other painting is strictly metal of various types/colours. These are not big paintings - 6 x 8 inches and 8 x 10 inches. The small painting’s focal point is one earring about the size of a quarter. I put the jewellery on my scanning bed and scanned various images, then made my thumbnail sketches and then painted.

I have a chart for mixing various metals suitable for oil and/or acrylic. If you are interested, please contact me at and I will send a copy to you.

Friday, 28 December 2007

Artistic Internet Groups

I feel that there is a lot to be learned in art including techniques, styles and interesting tips and how other artists are working. There are just as many ways to learn the techniques as there are techniques; books, classes, art clubs, talking with other artists and Internet groups.

Internet groups are a safe and inexpensive way to learn from others. Not all styles and groups are to my liking but each and every one of them has something to offer. I am a member of four groups and for me this may be too many. I am actively involved with two, sporadically involved with one and a lurker in one.

If you haven’t looked at internet groups, I urge you to do so. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

These are the four groups I currently belong to:
Acrylic Artists is a member’s only group for collage and mixed media artists interested in learning more about acrylic paints; acrylic media and discuss and try out some new techniques. It is a small but fun group.

Art Techniques is a large group (over 1000 members) that is for mixed media artists. Trying and sharing of techniques is encouraged. I have found that this is mainly an “altered art” type of site. This group does swaps. I’m not a swapper. The techniques offered are still excellent and can be used for any type of mixed media art.

Glue Books “are a cross between art journals and collage”. This was the first group that I joined. Doing these journals is really great and relaxing. I do not have to put a lot of thought into doing this art work.

Experimental Media Painting discuss creative techniques, such as layering to create complex levels of transparent and translucent depths and lifting and scraping to create texture and reveal under paintings.

Do you have any groups you would like to share?

Thursday, 27 December 2007

The Spark of an Idea

The painting that I posted at the top of my blog (Earrings) is from a series of paintings I did using my grandmother’s jewellery. I first started this series when I had a night school assignment to create a picture using two of three techniques; luminescence, lustre, and iridescence.

I remember sitting on my couch watching a baseball game when something sparkly caught my eye. It was one of my grandmother’s brooches that I had taken off earlier. It was sitting on my end table with the light shinning down on it. That spark of reflected light was the beginning of my series. To date, I have done seven paintings in this series-5 oil and 2 watercolour mixed media. I am working on two more; one watercolour and the other an acrylic mixed media.

Below are the exercises I did prior to starting this series along with the three corresponding final pictures.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

My First Post

I make goals for myself, not resolutions. Resolutions don’t work for me; they’re not concrete enough. I’m also pretty good at procrastination; as a matter of fact, I excel at it! If I don’t give myself a deadline, it won’t get done.

One of my goals for 2007 was to get a blog up and running. I didn’t give myself a specific deadline for this so here it is December 26 and I’m just starting this now.

I’m not sure why I want a blog exactly, but I think it is at least worth a try to communicate what I am doing with this facet of my life. What I hope to accomplish here is to put my feelings to words; discuss my artistic experiments and to actually use those experiments in some of my paintings. I welcome any constructive criticism you may have to offer to either my postings and/or my work.