Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Printemps Invitation-Corrected Dates

I saw many of the paintings submitted for this show, and they were fantastic! I am honored to be a part of the Waterloo Watercolor Group and to have the opportunity to exhibit a painting downtown. Treat yourself to a leisurely viewing sometime between May 2 and June 26, and come if you can to the reception from 2 - 4 pm on May 8.

Directions to the Corridor of Art are a little tricky: You must enter the parking garage from Guadalupe at 8th, where the Chase drive through bank is on your left. Go up the ramp, just before the light. Park at any level, then take the elevator down to LL. Parking for the reception is free. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Less is more!

I learned a lot about exciting wet-on-wet techniques at a one day workshop this week taught by master artist, Rae Andrews. She emphasized leaving plenty of the white of the paper to create breathing space and sparkle in your painting. To start, we wet the paper, but only in parts. We then flicked paint onto the paper, staying mostly in the wet parts so the paint could spread and mingle. When our underpaintings dried, we looked through our photos and imaginations to decide on an image to paint. I used tracing paper to draw the flower I selected and then moved it around a bit on my painting to see how and where it would create a pleasing composition. Using a combination of positive painting (painting the object itself) and negative painting (painting around the object to create the shape of the object), I wove my image into the underpainting. When I photographed my painting, I got some shadows over the white parts, but I hope you can get the idea of "less is more!"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

No rules painting

My daughter brought her new acrylic paints to our little cabin at Bastrop State Park where we were having a girl's weekend. Set up on the picnic table outside our cabin in the piney woods, our attempts to create with this unfamiliar medium resulted in lots of laughter, wind blown paper and paints, and these colorful pictures. It ranged from hilarious to contemplative, and even inspired some of the group to do some painting at home. It reminded me that it is great to create together with others, where there are no rules for what and how to create, only that you have fun. And that we did. Thanks everybody!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Purple Mist

I have been having a fun time experimenting with wet-on-wet painting. It is exciting because you never know quite what you will get. This one, "Purple Mist, " was inspired by some flowers and surrounding color and light I photographed at the Dallas Arboretum a couple of years ago. I love to try to capture feeling and atmosphere in a loose painting style.

Just this morning I received notification that this painting has been selected to be in the 2011 Waterloo Watercolor Group Spring Show, which starts May 1 in Austin. More info about the show will be forthcoming!