The next couple of months will be very big for the visual arts in the area. Events are starting to overlap, and I can only be in so many places at once!!
This is my contribution to artwork offerings.
I hope all can attend!
Many of our smaller birds do not migrate, and it always amazes me how they tolerate storms like today. During the height of it, they disappeared. No small wonder, but once the wind started to subside, the robins were back feeding on the sumac, like they had never left.
I watch out my window-and so does my cat-at Robins, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Finches that are hardy enough to endure storms like today, and the environment, in general.
As the snow was still whipping around, but not like this morning the robins started to come out. A sign that the storm was ending. Birds are good to watch for weather predictions, too.
So, on this idea of working all of the media I ever have, exploring reaching new peaks, etc. I also understand how we have caves. These are places we are afraid of.
Personally, I am exposing light into those places for myself now and saying, “Really?”
The “Mind Canyons” show what I know, what I have become, where I am as an artist.
And, I am sticking my tongue out here, too!! I am on the rim, not in the bottom of that canyon. There are those that will also need to be ascended, but maybe they are a safe place to be. Might need a Topo there, too.
Today was to be all about art. We were predicted to get 4″-8″ of snow, a perfect excuse to get into the paint.
I have two canvases midway, and I had several challenges to fulfill. I can safely say the canvases are now too wet to continue on and the challenges are completed. A personal goal was also met today by exceeding prior views for my post in one day-and the day is not over.
For most of the morning, I seemed to be able to do no wrong. The right materials and the right colors seemed to just find my fingers!
My good friend, Jeannie Griffin-Peterka is really a presence in this piece. Her work and mine are aligned, but her palette is more controlled and subdued, and she blocks her composition differently.
Here is one finished last night that did not get photographed until this morning, which explains quite visually the difference in palette, though mine is usually has more white than this. I love my color!
I am having way too much experimental fun with literally painting with pastels. This paper was soaked a few times and the marks that are visible were made with a palette knife. Thanks again to my friend, Erika Carty who added more colors to my palette of pastels the other night.
Where I am not maybe channeling other artists, I am comparing my thought processes, and art processes to reaching peaks. I have a real love for hiking, seeing vistas from a different perspective, and looking down at what I have just accomplished or overcome.
So, this is a sampling…I am posting more.
A note about the way I work: every day, if possible. When I can’t there seems to be this deluge of artistic energy that is apparent on the week-end.
I accepted every “challenge” I got, from creating a piece a day for 30 days to a piece a day for five, and for a reason. They have forced me to think beyond the three-week long oil on canvas and even the small watercolors, since I really am striving to incorporate as much as I know in the 2-D world into single pieces. This is giving me an excuse to brush up on many mediums that I haven’t touched in a long time, and make them work in ways that I haven’t used them yet.
Erika Carty came to our Artshare meeting last night bearing gifts. The pastels she had included colors I don’t have and since I am starting to use them in my watercolors…I also have to give an acknowledgement to Mell Bosch who suggested using chalk pastels like I do oil pastels with my water-based paint. I took those pastels and played with them, only including Sharpie markers. I wet the paper first. And, there is no watercolor paint in this piece.
So, as I continue to work these challenges, this is a piece that I may not have ever produced otherwise! Thanks for this challenge!
So, my Christmas started with the completion of this, which each of my siblings will receive in print form for birthday presents. I will also be taking commission orders for portraits.
And, part of the Challenge is to make sure that I post everything everywhere on social media. 🙂
When I was working on getting my printer working the other day, I chose this image to print. It’s a great one to work from for tonight’s challenge.
A self-portrait is the ultimate challenge. A family member comes in at a close 2nd.
The old man is my father.
I am now contracted to teach 3 adult education classes. I have on occasion sold classes without good examples for advertising. So, this week I played with doing a self-portrait in pastel. I know how, just haven’t in…probably 20 years. The first wasn’t a failure-actually a good drawing-but the face was me at 19.
I finished this today. More like it. I will be teaching several classes in the southern Maine and New Hampshire area, from watercolor, plein air, mixed media, and pastel portraits.