Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Painting: Underpainting and Gloss Medium

Thought I'd go into my process a bit for this piece.  Although I prefer acrylics for their less hazardous nature, I do have those days when I miss the slow-as-molasses drying time of oils.  It was truly a fateful day when my professor introduced me to gloss medium last spring.  I've been using it more in the past month than I used to.  I'm glad to say it's all but erased my oil paint longings.

For this underpainting (as with my latest ACEO and The Candle Wizard), I used a thicker paint layer then I usually do, the result being an even more oil-like experience when combined with my magic medium.  On a friend's recommendation, I also used a small spray bottle this time to mist my palette and painting as I worked.  It's a wonder what a difference more paint and simple water make.

More on this painting to come as I work on the layers of color.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ivory and Garnet, Snow and Roses, Bone and Blood

They forget she once had a name,
Before they stopped searching for her.
Now only whispers linger there:

Ivory and Garnet,
Snow and Roses, 
Bone and Blood.
She chooses dreams over waking, 
For closed eyes that see memories 
Only shed salt tears when opened.

(An ACEO acrylic painting on 2.5 x 3.5" canvas.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

News and Some Squirrels

Yesterday was the fall new member jury date for the San Diego County Art Mart Association, a local club of painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, and other artists who sell their art bimonthly in Balboa Park.  Since I now live in San Diego again after college, I thought I'd have a go at getting in.

Early yesterday morning I packed up my work and headed out to the park.  When I arrived, the member artists were already busily setting up their wares for the day, happily chatting amongst each other and offering words of encouragement to me and the other hopefuls.  After setting up my five pieces for judging, I left the lawn to wait.  (I wanted to share a shot of my set-up, but the photos came out blurry and undefined.)

To occupy my time, I took a walk through Balboa park, visiting the main street of museums, perusing the shelves of handcrafted items in the Mingei International Museum gift shop, and appreciating the beauty of nature all around me.  While on the landing of a wooden staircase, I encountered some super friendly squirrels, aren't they cute?  They kept scuttling within a hand's distance away, so I couldn't resist taking some pictures of them.

After two hours of wandering, I came back to the SDCAMA lawn to get my results, and guess what?  I got in!  I'm so excited to be a part of this club now; I can't wait to get my city permit so I can start selling my art on weekends.  More updates on this to come, as well as my Etsy shop.  Good luck on all your artsy business endeavors as well!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Candle Wizard

Fantasy painting on wood.

The candle wizard travels the night in his moth-wing clothes, 
crafting spells of wax and flame for any who can find him.

A small acrylic painting on wood.  More to come! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Workspace, and Some News

I love the fall months, they have a calming, meditative feeling that always seems to inspire new ideas and creativity.  Perhaps since I was a fall baby it's in my blood.  Anyway, to kick off October I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at my workspace (or the easel part of it at least).  I like to surround myself with inspiring things while working.  In fact, I have a whole envelope full of photo clippings that I often tape to the wall next to my easel, along with sketches, mainly figure studies like the sketchbook page shown here.  And the little brush shelf on my easel is the best place for lining up my paints within easy reach.  

I've been working on a lot of smaller pieces lately like this little circular painting.  Any guesses why?  That's right, I'm planning to open an Etsy shop by the end of October!  I'll be updating you on that as it gets done.  Any fall goals of your own?