Relaxing Creatively

Recently, I have been exploring organic forms, especially orchids. I have also been investigating new art materials and techniques. Here is a day I recorded, of my afternoon of watercolor painting, after my new set of watercolors arrived. It focuses around an orchid I received for Valentine’s Day.

 

As you can see, it starts with a relaxing combination of teas–sipped throughout the process. Then relishing my lovely new watercolor set. (I love to play with new art materials!) Followed by a sepia-toned sketch. Next, layering-in colors lightly and then finally, full color. All in my handmade paper sketchbook. Then, I went to mixed media board and did a dissection of the petals, using the watercolors, some inks and charcoal (featured image).

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New Artist Portal and Gallery

With the New Year of 2018, I’ve decided to dedicate more time to getting my art out into the world and out of the studio. To the end, I joined Saatchi Art. It’s fun having a new space in which I can share my work. Primarily, I’m showing my latest work from the last part of 2017.

This mixed media drawing is called “Eyes Wide Open.” It is a diptych of 30″ x 44″ and was created in 2017. The drawing depicts a flower bouquet in a Neo-Cubist Expressive style. The end result is an Organic Abstraction. My goal was to encourage movement and cultivate an abundance of vibrant colors.

New Spring-Inspired Abstracts

This is a sampling of my newest work, inspired by spring, the Cubists, and Looney Tune cartoons. From left to right “Crazy Kitty,” “Largess” bottom image is titled “Imagine.” The top image is called “Hum” and is acrylic on linen. Other images are mixed media on paper.

Spring 2016 in Black & White

 

So far, I’ve been investigating flora of spring 2016, all in black and white–and loving it! I like exploring linear form and feel connected, as well as inspired by, some of Picasso’s black and white work, as well as Japanese ink and brush painting, and the work of Henri Matisse. I’m hoping next week, to start working in color, as I’ve cut some fresh daffodils from the garden, and they’re begging for yellow!

Ode to Spring Exhibition

Classic Cinema Annex Gallery

Here’s a sneak peak of my new exhibition, that I just mounted yesterday with the help of my daughter Olivia. I call it “Ode to Spring.” The paintings were done last spring and summer and they are warming to see in this cold weather.

They are exhibited locally. Our movie theatre, of all places, has started exhibiting artist’s works in an annex space.

Funny to see Angry Birds, the movie, advertised in front of the space where my paintings are showing, especially since my studio is called Love Bird Designs.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to see the work, even if it is coming or going to see a film 😉

Larkspur before the Storm

This is number 4 in my larkspur series. I’m still enjoying their curious shapes and the relationships of the shapes to one another. I got quite a thrill yesterday, as I worked on these drawings. The wind picked up and the sky blackened. It was quite a dramatic studio session!