Sunday, November 11, 2018

Drama Pose on Dark Background

Pose taken from the site Line of Action site. Another great resource for figures nude and dressed along with images for hands and feet, animals, and facial expressions. I actually love the clothed figures. 

Stopped at first critique. Caught the pose and gesture, no need to overwork.


Catch Me if You Can
13.5 x 19.5"
Oils on Gessoed paper
Background Acrylic



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Studies on Dark Background

Studies on Dark Background

Started a series on formats that I painted with burnt sienna on gessoed paper.  Most of these papers I retrieved when a neighbor emptied out a studio from the house he bought. The house was the home of an artist, painter and sculptor Archie TalronThe paper was already pretty old before it was chucked out on the street. Retrieved as much as I could, sketch pads, heavy paper, charcoal paper etc. Repaired several edges with masking tape.

Brought this to my workshop to add more color with oils. Reuven stated the painting has already made its statement and any more work was not necessary.

Sometimes We Have to Liston 
13.5 x 19.5"
Charcoal Pencil Neocolor I Crayons Medium



Friday, November 9, 2018

Figure on Paper

Another figure study

Lost in a Daydream
13'5 x 19.5 "
Oils on Heavy Gessoed Paper


Pencil and Charcoal Sketch
13.5 x 19.5 "
Gessoed Paper


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Figures Paper Abstracts

Don't know if I stated this before but this season I will be working on a project or series for the first few months. I have chosen to continue my work with the figure, nude and clothed with backgrounds which may be in some cases be abstract or plain blocks of color. I really enjoyed the two courses that were given by Artist Pauline Agnew; Feeling the pose and From the Heart and feel I need more practice with the figures and want to make a body of work in this direction. So the figure will be my main focus.

Most of the poses that I use come from the Croquis Cafe site.

Passing the Time of Day
Oils on heavy gessoed paper
13.5 x 19.5 "

Charcoal Sketch

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ingres A Mash-Up

Our first class project! Aesthetics and beauty, on the border of kitsch.  To help us out Reuven gave us an article written by Kant on the subject. I brought two entries, first one of my figure painting done in the e-course Feel the Pose see post, and a mash-up of Ingre's Reclining Venus. This is the second mash-up that I have done and really enjoyed the process.

The critique on my painting was favorable but my mash-up did not "do it" in Reuven's words. Needed a twist. Put on my "thinking hat" sometimes referred to as my Dotty hat.

Today I brought in the result and this time hit the bull's eye!  The only suggestion was to push the golden bed back so the figure gets the attention! I used several techniques in the process. Manipulation in the style of D'Vinci of the figure and black background transfer, transfer of view of the room behind which didn't turn out so well so I painted over in metallic paint, plus collage pieces crayons, acrylic, metallic paints, in short, all but the kitchen sink.

Further inquiry about the painting I found that it is a copy of the same nude by Titian for the sculptor
Lorenzo Bartolini 

But what is the real story behind the scenes? Who is the woman in the background, and why is the child seemingly crying. The woman, perhaps a handmaid, seems to be consoling the child! The naked woman, although called Venus, is perhaps awaiting her first client?


Reclining Venus

Mash-Up # 1

Mash-Up # 2

Mash-Up # 3

My first mash-up was done for an online course from Cousera in Art History from 

The best course so far that I have taken. The assignment was to do a mash-up of the famous painting by Valazquez. Las Meninas! I just looked at my folder for the course and YAY I have ALL the videos. I can now retake the course.

Mash-Up Assignment
Photo Montage

Valezquez
Las Meninas

After much thought, I felt that Las Meninas reminded me of the pageants for young girls that exploit
their femininity and sexuality. At my weekly workshop I noticed two Barbie dolls that my friend
Riva was working on and photographed them to use on my assignment. It is a riff on some of the
themes, exploitation, reflections, looking in and being seen and in this case the "photographers"
process







Saturday, October 13, 2018

More Transfer Experiments

I seem to be wandering all about. Did experiments in Gelli Plate transfers that didn't finish. Workshop figure studies to post and continue. This morning couldn' sleep so did some experiments in mono-printing on my Gelli plate. Hey there Carol, FOCUS!

OK, photographed the transfers so I can post. Seems every time I look and photograph there is something to tweak. Have to stop somewhere, they are really just experiments. Really was feeling the technique and if something worked it was just luck!

You can find the WIP here

Windows to my Soul
8 x 10 "
Heavy Textured Paper
Acrylics Collage Watercolor Neocolor I crayons 

Gel transfers references should be high contrasted. The first step with dark colors and second with lighter. These are fun to do, can be addictive. Lots of trial and error. I worked on the print with my wax crayons and decided to make use of the map as a frame.


"London isn't waiting for me
There too I'll be alone"
Chava Alberstein
9.5  x  13 "
Gelli print on a map of London
Crayons



Print off press

Magazine page with added crayons

Magazine page after placing on the plate




Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Seated Figure Tweaked

From the e-course

The last project for Feel The Pose course was a seated figure. Decided it needed a little tweaking, was too much a student painting. Still, more work to be done on the head and hair Actually I liked the first sketch better, more abstract!


WIP  Tweaked

Seated Figure Layer 3
Oil on Gessoed Paper


Seated Figure
9 x 11 " Sketchpad
Charcoal and Wax Crayons on Acrylic Background


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gelli Printing Transfers

Wow, October already! September challenges finished. New year, new start. Workshop tomorrow YAY!

During September I did some experimenting with transfers with Gelli printing. Really tricky need just the right contrast image and paint combinations. But, whatever the outcome, there is always something to work with.

Brayered the reference with some colors and used sections as collage pieces. Added watercolor and wax crayons. Love how the crayons lay on the acrylic. After photographing I see more interesting shapes I may develop.


WIP
8 x 10 "
Heavy Textured Paper
Acrylics Collage Watercolor Neocolor I crayons 

Print from transfer



Reference Photo
Not enough contrast

No real relationship between the reference!

PS Instagram down to 190! I am following JUST 25-26! Maybe a few more that aren't following me.
Got that down from more than 2000 YIKES

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sept 30x30 Challenge Collage

Collage Day   30 in 30

Another challenge is over! This was an exceptional challenge this month. First all the holidays, tomorrow Simchat Torah, an online course Feel the Pose, and 30 x 30! Tomorrow I feel like I will be going on vacation! Deserve a rest but not for long, want to keep up the creative momentum!



Photo Montage
Click to Enlarge



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Flown the Coop Day 30

Day 30  30 in 30

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

Dealing with Instagram.. down to 657.... following... most of the time when I open my feed I do get my artist friends first...

Another jumble of shapes and colors.... actually enjoying the freedom of not having to please anyone and just go for it. Brayed background, collage pieces, inktense pencils, neocolor crayons, and Posca pen. Everything but the kitchen sink! Last day of the challenge.... I've flown the coop!


You Can't Catch Me Cause I've Flown the Coop
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
  Inktense Pencils NeocolorI Crayons  Posca Pen
Click to enlarge

Saturday, September 29, 2018

We Are With You Day29

Day 29  30 in 30

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

My experience with Instagram really pulled the rug from under me.. Today, however, I am more relaxed about the situation.

A sort of mixed up piece, a jumble of shapes and colors trying to get out! Veiled it with white and the wetness revealed the figures that were hidden. Win some lose some! A bit tired from the challenge, holidays etc...


Being Flexible and Adaptable You Will Remain True to Your Purpose
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
  Inktense Pencils NeocolorI Crayons
Click to enlarge

Friday, September 28, 2018

I Was Hacked on Instagram

No artwork, just a rant! Someone, somehow, somewhere got into my Instagram account and I now I am following 2500 PEOPLE+!  I barely have 70 posts, and had only 42+ followers!

What happened! Most are models, selling stuff, porn, babies, dogs, you name it. Started to unfollow and got it down to about 692. Now Instagram has blocked me for 1 hour or 24 can't figure out which.

So instead of seeing artwork from those, I FOLLOWED I see crap!

Can anyone convince me not to delete this account!  Crawling slowly up the wall!  Heard Instagram was GREAT! For WHAT I ask?

The Hardest Part is Waiting Day 28

Day 28  30 in 30

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

Second, of the photographs, I saw in the album in Eye of the Photography  A young boy waiting to get the institution uniform. Could feel his loneliness in the harsh photo, hope I succeeded as well.
Brayered background, drawing with charcoal and pencil. collage Gelli printed tissue paper, inktense pencils.

Be Gentle with This Boy He Will Rise
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
 Charcoal Inktense Pencils


Click to enlarge

Hoping the next and last two will be lighter!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hope They Will See the Light Day 27

Day 27  30 in 30

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

It's hard to see youths behind bars! Not a happy image but hope will come through the window.
Brayered color, charcoal, and pencil drawing, collage printed tissue paper, and inktense pencils.
I subscribe to the Eye of the Photography and found these haunting images of a detention center in Hungary.  Every day I get to view interesting photography albums.


How Sad and Solitary They Must Feel
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
 Charcoal Inktense Pencils

Click to enlarge

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Shouts of Joy Day 26

Day 26  30 in 30

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


Layer 1 random brayer marks. Collage pieces covered with Gelli-printed tissue paper. Inktense pencils.  The green sketchbook ribbon sort of got in the way!

The Path Before You is Being Cleared and Reward Lies Ahead
I-Chang
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
Inktense Pencils
Click to enlarge








Tuesday, September 25, 2018

All That Light Day 25

Day 25  30 in 30

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

I am really loving working with the printed tissue papers. Like the veiling effects.  A layer of random brayer marks, usually cleaning my brayer added collage pieces tissue paper pieces and added a bit of inktense pencils.

The Light Will Always Shine Through
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
Inktense Pencils
Click to enlarge



Monday, September 24, 2018

Time Is Running Out Day 24

Day 24  30 in 30

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

Collage of Gelli-printed tissue paper pieces on a background of brayer marks plus magazine collage. On the original background, I had tried to do some transfers which didn't come out the way I wanted. The magazine page way too heavy and the watercolor paper started to peel. They can faintly be seen,  


Hickory Dickory Dock, It's Not Yet One O'Clock
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
Click to enlarge


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Is London Bridge Falling Down Day 23

Day 23  30 in 30

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

We start with a concept and look for materials in that respect. This starts with random brayer marks. Lots of experiments, but there are lots of choices. Colors, how to tear, where to place these are choices. But in pieces like these that things happen accidentally, happy things! Pasting tissue paper is an art in itself. Used my silicon brush!
No doodling here!


And the Walls Came Tumbling Down
9 x 7"
Sketchpad Watercolor Paper
Acrylics  collage Tissue Paper Gelli Prints
Click to enlarge

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