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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wolf Kahn Type Painting

The original small pastel on the left was the basis for the painting, "Edge of the Field" on the right. The pastel was done when visiting an apple orchard then used a year later as the basis of an my original acrylic painting with accents of pastel.

As an admirer of the work of Wolf Kahn, I have used his process (capturing a scene plein aire) and then using it to create vibrant art.

Wolf Kahn Type Paintings

The painting on the left is titled "Orchard Path" and the other is a small pastel completed plein aire in an apple orchard.
I have long admired the work of Wolf Kahn, known for his pastels and oils and I have followed his process of using small on-site creations to create a larger painting in acrylic with pastel accents.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Repurposed Art Construction

These two construction pieces were made from old watercolor paintings. The paintings were covered with gel medium and fluid acrylics on both sides of the paper. The art was then folded and laced to form pouches to hold dried material. Hangars added the final touch!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Art Exhibit

Many of my watercolor monotypes and intense watercolor images are on sale at the Caribou Coffee shop through the month of November. I've also put in a few abstract paintings. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yellow Beets and Red Beets

Here are two art works from the same beginning. On the top is a diptych watercolor monotype of yellow beets with abstracted leaves and background. On the bottom is a quilt designed by tracing the shapes from the monotype and arranging them on cloth. Leaves were also traced and attached. The quilt layers were quilted and then embellished using gold foil and beads.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Brylan's Art Show

My paintings are on display at Brylans in Newtown. It is open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2p.m. for the rest of October 2010.
Stop by for a look and a coffee!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Italy Series

These two watercolor paintings were created from memory of a day in Venice. Each was painted by first laying down color and texture. From that background, the images were painted by using "negative" painting--painting with darker color to allow some shapes to stand out. Line was added later. The one above is "San Marco Memory" and the one below is "Ponte" which means bridge.

Seaside Images

These three paintings were done while on vacation on the South Carolina shore. They represent a new direction for me: acrylic abstract expressionism. They reflect the colors and textures of the shoreline including the water, waves, weeds, flowers and sand. The first painting is the largest and it is only about 9"x12". The other two are small: 5"x5." You will probably see more of this type of art from me as I find it exciting to paint.

Simple Monprints

These three monoprints were inspired by the woodcuts of Edna Boies Hopkins. However, they are not woodcuts but rather are watercolor monotype prints made with watercolor painted onto a frosted plexiglass plate. Each of these was made with two plates--the background color and texture--and the images on a separate plate. Each was run through the press one but one was pressed on top of the other. The titles are: "Red Clematis," "Hosta," and "Grapes."

"Pears on Turquoise"

"Pears on Turquoise" is a small (8"x10") acrylic painting with a decidedly modern design and vibrant color choice. The pears were based on the backyard orchard yield but the colors were changed to give greater contrast.

Green Apples

"Green Apples" is an acrylic painting which is a new medium for me. It was painted using Golden Fluid Acrylics. The apples came from the back yard.

Beets Series

The Beets series of monotypes came after a visit to a Chihuly exhibit. Dale Chihuly, the famous glass artist, also paints energetic art filled with color and action. These paintings were inspired by his work although my work is more representational. The "Yellow Beets" diptych was created by laying two plates next to each other and painting them as one plate. Each was then printed individually and mounted later together as one piece. The other prints are titled "Red Beets" and "Blue Beets" respectively. I also designed and sewed a small wall hanging using the design in the "Yellow Beets" diptych.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Zoo Blooms and Cockatoo

"Zoo Blooms and Cockatoo" is my third art quilt. Created after a tour of the Cincinnati Zoo tulip display with my husband and son. The bird was a separate photo which I loaded into my computer and then printed it onto fabric. After trimming the extraneous background, I fused it onto the previously fused fabrics. The black and white image is the back of the quilt which shows the machine quilting better. The next image is a close-up of the stitching on the quilt.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bird's Nest #1

"Bird's Nest #1" was the first of a series of monotypes generated after a visit to the glass exhibit of Dale Chihuly. It was his paintings that are so full of color and swirls and texture that inspired me to make this image.

Bird's Nest #2

"Bird's Nest #2" is another watercolor monotype using the swirls and energy of enthusiastic painting!

"Bird's Nest #3

"Bird's Nest #3" is the final in this series of monotypes inspired by the art of Dale Chihuly. It could be a bird's nest or it could be objects in space!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Inside My Eye

"Inside My Eye" relates to this most recent Sunday reading about the man born blind. The story is almost humorous in that the man whom Jesus healed is challenged to describe his healing over and over again. We can almost imagine him getting really annoyed when both he and his parents are questioned repeatedly about his healing. But finally, the story turns serious when Jesus uses the analogy of not be able to see in a real sense as being spiritually blind to the important things in life.
This monoprint was created near the end of a year of eye problems for me. It started as a different image but the eyeball showed up and I embellished it with flowers to express my gratitude that my eye still functioned (with glasses now) and I could see.

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Living Water"

"Living Water" is a watercolor monoprint featuring runs of blue and white on a yellow base. This seems appropriate for the Gospel story of the woman at the well who receives "living water" from Jesus. His is a constant source of spiritual nourishment rather than a drink of water that leaves us thirsty again.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Grapes Monoprint

"Grapes" is a monoprint inspired by the colored woodprints of Edna Boies Hopkins whose work is now on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum. this print was done is two stages, a print of yellow ochre textured to resemble cloth and then the grapes and leaves printed on top.

"Away, Away, Milky Way"

"Away, Away, Milky Way" is a monoprint with the stars in the background with swirls of starlight in the foreground. It fits the reading of the second Sunday of Lent in which God promises Abraham heirs too numerous to count. In the covenant with Abraham (Abram), God said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." That was a covenant, a promise that was staggering, but has come to pass.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"the Birds"

"The Birds" begins my Lenten series for 2010. I strive to provide a painting each week that in some way relates to one of the Sunday readings.

I chose this image to illustrate some of Psalm 91 which starts: "You who live in the shelter of the most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and may fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'" It goes on to use various images of the assurance of God's protection and in verse 4 says, "and under his wings you will find refuge..."
This painting is one of a few oil paintings done in 2001 during a time away from watercolor. I soon returned to my preference of watercolor!