Saturday, September 22, 2018

Lost in a Forest Day 22

Day 22  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

 On this, I put down fence marks with my wax crayons and added brayer marks! Some collaging with torn tissue paper prints and doodling with Inktense pencils.


Not Able to See the Wood from the Trees
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Collage Inktense Pencils Neocolor I Crayons


Friday, September 21, 2018

My Haunted House Day 21


Day 21  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

The first layer where brayer marks of color. Added a tissue paper Gelli print. Found 2 tutorials on printing on tissue paper; Carolyn Dube and Gelli Arts so now I have a bunch of tissue paper prints.
The one here reminded me of a landscape so I pasted it whole. Added marks with my Inktense pencils and what do you know a haunted house appeared, thought at first a jailhouse. Whatever!
I am really having fun with this method of exploration and doodling.


Is It already Halloween
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Collage Inktense Pencils


Look who took over my "studio divan"
Looking closely at the open page looks like a cat!
Pity I didn't see that before I started doodling!
click to enlarge


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dancing Out Day 20

Day 20  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Used leftover fence pieces and started drawing in the figures, using that term loosely, Felt the pieces were a bit too dark so decided to brayer some layers on top. I think I did 3. Then went back with inktense pencils to bring back the figures. Funny how that face jumped in there!

You Can't Keep Me In I'll Dance Right Out
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Collage Inktense Pencils

WIP
The shadow on the right from the sketchbook ribbon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Suffering Child Day 19

Day 19  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

I was haunted by a photo I saw in an album of l'oeil de la photographie of Ghetto images from early 1940's. Printed one of a young girl and tore it into several collage pieces, Added some color with Derwent inktense pencils and neocolor I crayons,  Decided to add a bit of hope in the form of flower and bird transfers. Will be using some of the wire fence scraps for another image. 


Oh The Cry of the Suffering Chidren
9 x 7"

Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Crayons  Collage Inktense Pencils 
Photo Transfers

First Layer

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Help Me Find the Stairwell Day 18

Day 18  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.


Have to Find the Stairwell
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Crayons  Stencil  collage Inktense Pencils


Monday, September 17, 2018

I Fell Down the Rabbit Hole Day 17

Day 17  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Sometimes our mental "jails" can be pleasant, although lonely! I am having fun with these small doodles. They seem to take on a life of there own and I am just the tool!


Seems I Fell Down the Rabbit Hole
7 x 9"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Crayons  Stencil  collage Inktense Pencils

WIP
Sometimes I like to photograph my work. Seems I can observe it better and see what it wants or needs,

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Figure on the Wall Day 16

Day 16  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.


This started out as a figure sketch on an acrylic background. Didn't like it so veiled her and did more brayer work. She was determined to appear, so I let her stay. Added collage pieces, but still a bit on the kitsch side. Our workshop mentor, Reuven,  says there is a place for kitsch in art so can't argue with that!


My Offering for the Wall
7 x 9"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Crayons  Stencil  collage

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Who Is In the Orchard Day 15

Day 15  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.




My Sketchbook
Gift from my artist friend Traudi
Bought at Ikea!
Watercolor paper middle sheet light pink plain paper

Found Myself Trapped in the Orchard
Soil-inspired expertise
9 x 7"
Sketchpad PinkPaper
Acrylics  Crayons  Stencil  collage


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Animal Guides Day 14

Day 14  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Nothing beats the understanding of animals. They sort of crept in when I wasn't looking to act as my guide and keep me company.


Animals Will be My Salvation
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  Crayons  Stencil  Ink Intense Watercolor Pencils

Faces Behind the Wall Day 13

Day 13  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.


The Face Behind the Wall
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics Crayons Pencil Stencil  


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hiding in the Forest Day 12

Day 12  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

From  I Ching  
 Your Path is not his, and one Path is not necessarily more right than the other.

Hiding in the Forest of my Thoughts
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Lt PinkPaper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Floating Above Day 11

Day 11  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.



Rising Above
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Lt PinkPaper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  

From the e-course

Dressing up a Rodin Sketch


Monday, September 10, 2018

Is There a Paradise Day 10

Day 10  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

I have no idea where these small pieces are coming from. Each time I look I see something new appear.  Found these words in an Alumni Bulletin and thought they fit. Started out with brayer and paints and then see where they will take me.

Maybe I Will Find my Paradise
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Lt Watercolor Paper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  

My daughter and family arrived home safely last evening after 5 + months in Near East
Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand! What a great start for the NEW YEAR

From the e-course

First Sketch
9 x 11 " Sketchpad
Charcoal and Wax Crayons on Acrylic Background

before starting the
larger work, wanted to get
the feel of the pose






Sunday, September 9, 2018

Looking for the Escape Route Day 9

Day 9  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Eve of Rosh HaShana
Healthy Happy and Creative New Year to ALL



Escape By the Yellow Brick Road
9 x 7"

Sketchpad Lt Pink Paper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  






Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Helping Hand Day 8

Day 8  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Is it a week already! Went by fast!

Out of Nowhere a Helping Hand
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  




Added the Soft Pastels

Charcoal Drawing plus Wax Crayons
Caran d'ache Neocolor I

Busy day, did I say BUSY
Honey Cake to make
Apple Pie to bake
3 small 30 x 30 challenge pieces to make
A portrait to do
and more figures figures figures...addictive these are!

Friday, September 7, 2018

A Cry for Help Day 7

Day 7  30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

It's Good to Cry for Help
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  


From e-course Feel the Pose

WIP
Will be adding soft pastels




Thursday, September 6, 2018

Don't Let Me Fall Day 6

Day 6 30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Brayer
Paints
Swish swish on the page
Crayons
Stencils
A bit of collage

As I look at this I see the influence of "The Handmaid's Tale"

Working smaller...
September Challenge
The Holidays
Feeling the Pose e-course
A lot for September

Oh Please Help Me Not to Fall
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics Crayons Collage Stencil  

Some more sketches from Feel the Pose





Wednesday, September 5, 2018

We All Build Walls Day 5

Day 5 30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

We all tend to build walls, some for protection, and some to keep us in. They are all a state of mind!
This one took a while to finish. It almost went in the bin. Put on my "Dotty" hat!


Slowly I Will Bring Down the Wall
13.75 x 13.75
Mixed Media
Acrylics Crayons Transfers Ink Stencils

A few sketches from the e-course Feel the Pose that I am taking!








Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Window of my Mind Day 4

Day 4 30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

The Window of My Mind
13.75 x 13.75
Mixed Media
Acrylics Crayons Transfers Ink Intense Pencils

Monday, September 3, 2018

Too Much of a Crowd Day 3

Day 3   30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Quiet Too Much of a Crowd
13.75 x 13.75
Mixed Media
Acrylics Crayons Transfers Ink Intense Pencils


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Looking In or Out Day 2

Day 2   30 in 30

Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from a previous post.

Am I In or Out
13.75 x 13.75
Mixed Media
Acrylics Crayons Transfers Ink Intense Pencils



Saturday, September 1, 2018

Flowers Peeking Through Day 1

Here it is the beginning of September and we are in one of our summers heat waves. Inside and morning, fan running, I am feeling quite comfortable.

Just found out that the September 30 in 30 is on. Usually get a month more notice but this makes the challenge even more exciting. So I will be doing this challenge along with the e-course that I am taking with Pauline Agnew called Feeling the Pose.  I recently took an e-course From the Heart and this new course is a great follow up. Pauline is a great teacher, she manages to bring out the best in all her students with her short videos wonderful philosophy! Also, who can resist the musical Irish lilt?

So this challenge will be going with the flow! First days a few mixed media from my summer workshop and probably lots of figures.

Day 1 Mixed media on watercolor paper. Continuation of the main theme of "jail" from my previous post.

WIP
Flowers Crawling Through the Cracks
13.75 x 13.75
Mixed Media
Acrylics Crayons Transfers Ink Intense Pencils




Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer Sadna the Best

Incredible! These past two months of extended workshop classes were just that, incredible! I learned more in these months than in the 10 months of our regular workshop classes. Conclusion, we need more directional instruction.

July was Oils, for me back to the basics, for others an introduction.  August, mixed media month, using unconventional materials, collage, and assemblage, was a mind opener, even for me as I use collage and various mediums a lot.

I loved the mid time critiques that sometimes overflowed to the end of class! 

Critique Line-Up

This week we were to work in collage. But, before we start we were to write down our intentions or concept. 
 Collage
Homework - write a short text on a free subject that interests you (identity, family, nature, or something more specific like a portrait, car, etc.) that has an idea of duality or more, Then write why it will be the exact subject and right for you to create it in collage
The purpose of writing - to refine and clarify the thought
Remember thoughts are words
When I think of collage I generally think in abstract terms, usually color, shapes, and forms, lines, and textures. Sometimes I start with painting shapes and colors and then adding collage pieces and sometimes I start with pasting collage pieces and then painting. I don't generally start with a specific concept, but had this thought of Jail as maybe a starting idea.
What is a jail?
Physically and mentally? Do we make our own jails?  Can we break out of them?
What color is jail? Black, no light no hope desperate? A feeling of great loneliness!
I often find myself in this place.

"Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people."

Word associations:
Out of control, prison, jail, confinement, gaol, penitentiary, lockup, dungeon, solitary confinement,
imprison, incarcerate,  put away, immure, prohibit, ban, forbid, arrest, bar, mental block

WIP
19.75 x 13.75 "
Gessoed paper with Sienna layer
For this, I have to put on my "Dotty" hat

The next group I made starts in acrylic paint on watercolor paper to start my collage

Behind the Veil
13.75 x 13.75 "
Acrylic Collage Wax Crayons

Am I Dreaming
13.75 x 13.75 "
Acrylic Collage Wax Crayons


Next week our last session and Brachot* for the New Year! Continuing with our concepts using everything under the sun, mixing mediums like acrylic and oils, paints and crayons or pencil. Anything goes. Best to start to work at home.  I will be continuing with the starts I made


 Bracha is a blessing or benediction recited at specific times during services and rituals. ... A Bracha can also be said when someone experiences something that makes them feel like uttering a blessing, such as seeing a beautiful mountain range or celebrating the birth of a child.






Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tel Aviv A City in White Assemblage Composition

My abstract interpretation of Tel Aviv as The City in White using assemblage as a medium. Materials used were cardboard substrate plus a pressed cardboard form, bubble wrap used with oils and cold wax medium.

City in White
16.75 x 13.75 "
Cardboard Bubble Wrap
Oils + Cold Wax

City in White  Side View
16.75 x 13.75 "
Cardboard Bubble Wrap
Oils + Cold Wax

City in White  Detail
16.75 x 13.75 "
Cardboard Bubble Wrap
Oils + Cold Wax

City in White  Detail
16.75 x 13.75 "
Cardboard Bubble Wrap
Oils + Cold Wax


Don't know if I rose above the kindergarten child making a cardboard construction?

Don't know if I even conveyed a city?

As an abstract I like it.

Would I try this medium again? I'll keep an open mind!

Next week Collage!





Thursday, August 16, 2018

What Assemblage!

Assemblage, I had never heard of this art medium! Reuven asked me to search various artists working in this field for the summer group.  So first Wikipedia for more information.  One particular artist I researched was Anselm Kiefer, a German artist working in this field.  Below 2 short videos of his work.

14 minutes

 14 minutes

So for a week, I have been collecting various items that could be used.  Found an old cardboard that I had pasted strips of cardboard, a pressed cardboard wrapping piece that came with some item bought were my main starting points... Somehow white was the color running through my head. I also brought various pieces of bubble wrap that I had used in Gelli-printing.

My main concern was the feeling that I was somehow in kindergarten making constructions with cardboard item like toilet paper rolls etc, which I also brought along with my pile of junk. I had to overcome and go beyond. Reuven asked, what is the title... White City thinking of Tel Aviv.... work with that! 
WIP 
WIP
From the Side

Critique:  Needs a twist. The red is to obviously placed, the right piece in the right place! 

WIP II

Addition of another strip of bubble wrap. NOT ENOUGH! Don't want more elements, going back to kindergarten.  Actually, the answer is right in front of me. It's too gray! Painting cardboard tray white will test this option in PS!

Open for suggestions! I can't say that this medium really speaks to me. Maybe I need more JUNK!