I’ve been unable to get the time to do art this past couple of weeks. The train wreck that is currently going on in our country has me feeling anxious and depressed. It has left me depleted.
I initially set out to the studio today to throw away some paintings that were not working for me. I felt that I should just get rid of things that are not pleasing to me. Why surround myself with things I do not like? I thought that there’s enough going on in the world (our country) zapping my energy – I don’t need to have that in my art space.
At the last moment, I thought about adding some more paint to cover some of the spots that I did not like. Like magic, I found myself reconnecting and enjoying the piece. It needed to be reworked! I saw a female figure emerging from her water world.
There’s a life lesson here, I know. Sometimes, it is best to get rid of the depleting items in your life. They just take up space and do not serve a purpose. Other times, things can be improved and you can see its possibilities.
Day 5 of #30paintingsin30days – Still playing with pour paint medium – using copper, brass and green hues. If you are interested in seeing the blog that is inspiring the 30 in 30 project, you can find it here – There’s a plethora of amazing artwork being posted there.
Day 4 of #30paintingsin30days – Another experiment in the use of the pour paint medium. This time, I used my gloved hand to mix things around. I like having more interaction with my painting surface.
The title of this piece is “Cuprum” – It is the Latin from which copper gets its elemental symbol “Cu”
Day 3 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. I had some fun working with the poured paint medium and again played with the Mets colors. My aim was to go wild and let go!
Day 2 of #30paintingsin30days – more pour paint medium. More playing with my NY Mets team colors. I like how the upper right side came out. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to repeat that again!
Starting with a base color
one of my favorite colors
I took the day off from work today and spent the morning at the studio. I am happy that the heater is working (somewhat); the last few times I went in, it was pretty cold and hard to do art. I love having a space so close to Casse-Croute Bakery. The warm croissant and coffee was the perfect answer to the cold temp.
Lately, I have been experimenting with the poured paint medium. I am not quite sure if I am liking this process or not. There’s a good deal of giving up control and the mess is a bit more then I am comfortable with (and I like to be messy).
For this experiment, I placed the pouring medium directly on the wood block that I first painted and then added my paint into the medium. I tried to not move the board – I just wanted to see what gravity did to the paint colors. I am not sure what it will look like when it dries (another downside to this process, IMHO). I like more instant gratification!
On Monday, I had the opportunity to take an intro to Pouring Paint class led by Linda Ryan. It was fun and messy! There’s a lot of relinquishing control when doing this technique. I also learned that there are many variables that you have to consider when doing the pouring paint technique: opacity, gravity, how and if the paint sediment settles and how the color changes when it dries, just to name a few.
on the 12 x 12 board – still wet
my test run – on plexiglass
These are my first attempts. I am looking forward to seeing how they look when they are dry. I hope to do more – explore other color combos. Maybe I will try to do them in the 30 in 30 challenge. Yay! Another reason to buy more art supplies!