Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Turkey Tail Fungus" Next Step

I have now finished the lower left corner. My original intent was to matte the piece along the sides where I stopped with the colored pencil.  I have changed my mind and have decided to extend the painting into the border region and let it vignette. (An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges.)

As you can see I have started working on softening the border.  It is important to stand back at this point and take a look at your work. It is okay to change direction or deviate from your original purpose or intent if that is what the painting needs. Be brave!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Accepted into CPSA Explore This 7 Show!

I just received word that my painting titled "Yin Yang" was accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America's Explore This 7 Show! The show is an on line juried show and will be up starting Febuary 1st on the CPSA site. This show requires 60% colored pencil and some other type of medium as opposed to the 100% colored pencil show. "Yin Yang" was done with gesso and acrylic paint with colored pencil on top.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Turkey Tail Fungus" update

My "Turkey Tail Fungus" painting is progressing. I have only the lower left corner to complete. I am a bit stuck at this point in the painting. I'm not quite sure how to proceed. The forms in the lower left corner are darker like the one in the upper left. If I make them dark I am afraid the painting will be heavy on the left side. At this point I am going to think about the overall painting and work at making the composition tie together.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Back to work!

After the holiday season and a much needed rest it is time once again to get back to work. I am so fortunate that work is also play for me. I get to work with many talented artists in my teaching job. My students drive me to work harder at my own art. Working with them and watching them develop as artists is such a joy to me. I have said may times that I learn as much, or more, from them than I feel they learn from me.

This time last year I was in quite a slump. A "Dead Working Period". No drive, desire or motivation. This time of year it is hard to stay motivated. The short days and lack of natural light. The studio is the only practical space to work due to the weather. All these factors combine and make it hard to get inspired. This year is different. This year I cannot find enough time to work on the many things I have planned in my mind. So much to do , so little time! What a difference a year makes.

Happy creating!