I will be showing my dolls at the Palm Spring Desert Arts Festival on March 1 and 2. I just got notice today. I visited this show last time it was held and it looks great, professional with lots of wonderful artwork. I am happy to be included.
Archive for January, 2014
I casually started referring my abstract figurative paintings as story people because it just seemed appropriate. Luckily a friend pointed out that Story People is already a trademarked term. I guess I don’t really need to call them anything specific. I just was trying to differentiate them from my dolls and landscapes. So erase erase the idea that my figures are called story people from your mind. I will think of something else to call them but for now they are just stick figures that imply a story that I paint in layers and washes.
This is a painting of lovers taking a midnight swim. It’s layers of acrylic on handmade paper made from newspapers. I got it framed and matted and I just love it! Painting is 8×10 in a 11×14 frame. Wired and ready to hang. $100.
Once a year or so I like to continue my own education with an indepth workshop with someone I consider a modern master. When choosing the workshop, of course the mentor must also suite my own work. That doesn’t mean that have to paint in the same style as me but they must have knowledge I can absorb and that will help me in my own art journey. When searching for a workshop mentor I look for someone contemporary and colorful and most importantly, who’s work grasps my attention, freezes me in my tracks and inspires me. My three favorite workshop teachers are Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp and Robert Burridge, each who challenge me and inspire me, and I feel not just inspiration but a jump in my work immediately following the classes.
What a great week with Caroline Jasper at Venus Art Studios in Palm Desert. Caroline is a color expert and this is the second time I have taken her workshop and it won’t be the last. I have a good grasp on color so this week for me was all about exploring ways to create the illusion of depth in my work. I completed 5 works this week, spending half of the last day making slight changes to the first four. I feel I have a much better grasp on creating perspective in my work. What I learned and wasn’t expecting to is how to be more critical of my own artwork. And I don’t mean a general “I don’t like this” or “I fail”, but a gentler “this isn’t working yet” and a more specific critic of why. By the end of the second day some things were not working, and Jasper was excellent at suggestions that worked. By the end of the 5th day, I was finding the things that could be improved myself, and figuring out how to improve them. I am excited to spend some long hours in the studio next week.
Loving this workshop. Today was more emphasis on creating the illusion of Depth.
I want to recommend Jaspers color workshop to artist of any level. She teaches around the country from coast to coast. Today we worked on a landscape on red grounds, which I have done before, but still learned from. I still obviously need to work on value, but also on creating depth with simplicity. For todays landscape we created two studies of our reference photo, for me it was a photo I took of my favorite childhood place in Arizona. We did one value study and one color study, both meant to be discarded. By the end of the day I was a bit frustrated with my painting but I will work on it again tomorrow after a night off. I am very happy with my little color study and will make a point of doing this more often if not all the time.
I am taking a 5 day workshop in Palm Desert, with Caroline Jasper, who I consider my color mentor. She does primarily landscapes, so I probably will wind up doing one or two this week, but today I got to cheat and sneak in painting a girl. Color already is my thing and I would hesitate to take a workshop in color from anyone but Caroline, but in my mind she is a bit of a color god.
Today I focused on value, and the main lesson I am taking home from her today, and hope to apply to my work in the future is that value is just as important, or maybe even more so, as color.
Saturday morning Mirth left my place and moved into her new home with her new friend darling. Here she is on the mantle there. I love seeing photos of my artwork when it successfully finds the right home! Darlene has always wanted to collect art and fell in love with Mirth. I think Mirth loves her back.