Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Small Paintings

Both of these paintings I created as a result of a Barbara DePirro workshop called "Collage De-Collage". It was a wonderful class involving sanding, tearing, carving and using various mediums. The first one involved crumpled paper adhered to the paper and the loose parts torn off after drying. Then there was sandpaper involved! It was a great class.

New Experimental Painting Group

I wrote earlier that I was going to have a second experimental painting group at my studio, and the first session was this past Wednesday. It is so wonderful to get together with a group of artists who share similar interests and get excited by the same things. Binky Bergsman wowed us all with a transfer method using parchment, which can be reused again and again. Tonnie Wolfe showed us embossed paper made out of toilet paper! There are an unlimited supply of new ideas out there, and we want to know all of them. We can learn so much from each other. Sometimes there are so many things I want to do, that I find myself paralyzed and unable to create anything. Fortunately, that always passes. I just have to sail into a new project and see what happens.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Something Different

For some reason I just love this little 8x8 piece. It doesn't look much like my work because the colors are more subdued. I don't think I have ever used gray!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sales, Sales, Sales

Hooray! I sold the three paintings above at Parklane Gallery in November. I have had a bit of a dry spell there, so the sales were even more welcome than usual. As you can see they are all from the same series. The first one and third one were purchased by the same people from Texas.

Experimental Painting

Well, I see it has been a long time since I have written here. It is probably because I only write about art related activities, and I haven't been having many. We spent the last week in Palm Springs getting warm, so no art was being created then. I have so enjoyed my experimental painting group that meets at my studio on the first Wednesday of each month that I moved it to the second Wednesday this month so that we wouldn't miss it because I was out of town. So, yesterday the group (actually three of the seven artists couldn't make it) met and had a fabulous time creating and sharing. Most of the artists that I know are so generous that no one has any problem sharing new tools, ideas, papers, whatever. Recently I have been copying everything to do direct transfers with. An old piece of loose weave burlap, a tray with holes in it, a piece of wire mesh, decorative paper, whatever crosses my path gets copied on my new laser printer. Yesterday the whole group was involved in copying and doing direct transfers. Even though we were using a lot of the same copies to do transfers, none of our work resembled anyone elses. I had a wonderful time and it inspired me to get back in the studio today.

Because there are more experimental artists than I have room for in my studio, we are starting a second group that will meet on the third Wednesday of each month. So, I get to have all that fun twice a month from now on. I think that working with other artists really stimulates creativity.