Atlanta is known as “the city in the forest” due to its tree canopy of 36% when other major cities average 27% (wikipedia). This image of the skyline from Piedmont Park emphasizes that idea of the city in the forest. I added ink to the watercolor to give it more complexity. I enjoyed painting the sky and evenContinue reading “City in the Forest”
These two works were done primarily from life but also touched up back in the studio. I did the wharf picture on site using colored pencil and watercolor. I redrew it on toned paper that night, using my sketch and photo references. I was really interested in getting the geometry of the buildings and theContinue reading “Wharf Drawings”
I made a number of watercolors in Maine this summer. I really enjoyed the immediacy of the medium and the ease of clean up. I am trying to create more watercolors from views around my neighborhood. I’m attempting to paint plein air for a majority of the work and then use photos for refinement/reference. WorkingContinue reading “My current practice: plein air watercolor”
I signed up for class titled Painting the Urban Landscape at MECA taught by Hilary Irons. It was a great class because Hilary had so many interesting insights into our work and the students in the class were talented and hardworking. I was inspired by the critiques we had every morning before going out to work. IContinue reading “Urban Landscape”
I spent a week in Portland, Maine, attending the “Feed Your Soul” program for high school art teachers sponsored by the Maine College of Art (MECA). I was able to attend art classes and have time to work in a studio while also being in the beautiful city of Portland in the summer. I reallyContinue reading “Feeding my soul”
I’m working with abstraction in my art. It is something I’ve tried over the years but haven’t given serious consideration. After the initial stages of mark-making and color I feel stuck. The complexity that is always available to me in figurative work is missing and I am not sure how to manufacture that complexity thatContinue reading “Abstraction”
I recently heard about this cable TV program “Brilliant Ideas” sponsored by the financial company Bloomberg and Hyundai car company that features interviews of contemporary artists. The episodes are available on-line as noted at this link: http://www.bloomberg.com/shows/brilliant-ideas The two episodes I’ve watched so far were interesting and gave me new insights into contemporary art practices.
I made these charts of my acrylic and oil paints to see what paints I had and to re-familiarize myself with some of the colors. It was exciting to see the colors laid out and placed next to other colors. Color interaction is one of the things that motivates me to create art. This colorContinue reading “Color sensation”
I started this in Savannah and completed it at home. I like the creative possibilities of this paper technique. it works well with watercolor, pastel and other paper media.
When I sit on my favorite couch to read or write I often look across the room at the view or at the couch across from me. I suddenly saw a cat like face in the couch pattern. It really was only there because I was too far away to see all the details. MyContinue reading “Cat Mask”
Because it is summer and because I have time I pulled a book off my shelf that I’ve never looked at too closely. It’s called Foundations of Modern Art by Amedee Ozenfant. It was published in 1931. Ozenfant was a cubist artist and writer who founded the Purist movement in France in the early 1900s.Continue reading “Ozenfant”
I created this still life drawing using I-draw program. It took several hours! I could have created this quicker using a painting program but I’m trying to learn how to use layers, like many digital programs use.