Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More painting, be warned...

Again, if your going to bail, the big bit of news is that we have an appointment for Tuesday with still more doctors for eldest, I thought we would have to wait till Sept, so this is great.

Now. I have, in true multi-tasking-working-mom style managed to squeeze a little painting in today in odd minutes, and you are about to see what I accomplished.

First of all, this one is at the I-think-maybe-it's-finished-but-I'm-not-completely-happy stage, so it's having in the wall while I contemplate it.


The one below is a piece I started a long time ago, and gave up on. The paper is lovely heavily textured handmade paper, and I have glued on all sorts of bits and pieces including modified coasters that make up the Sagrada Familia....I just didn't like it though, so it became an experimental piece...


This is what I did. First I painted a mossy green all over it, roughly. It soaked up SO much paint it was unreal.....I wondered if it would ever dry....then I put all sorts of things on the surface, it is very busy now, but I am viewing it as under painting so I am not concerned.

The gray splotches I put on with a balloon, I kid you not, I partially inflated it, dipped it in the paint and smodged it on....and I painted on streaks of a darker blue-green, as well as dots of yellow to give it some lift....I like the result, but it is going to change a WHOLE lot before it is done. I want to maintain the textural nature of it all though. You can get an idea of the size from the chairs at the edge of the photo...

This nest one continues to not really inspire me, I am doing it for the course, which I am having a lot of trouble viewing, but we are getting along. I was supposed to use stamps and stencils, but I don't have any so I used a bit of this and a bit of that and painted a bit as well. I am going to do some more before I put it up on the site for the class. I am not really thrilled with this, but if I view it all as background....


The painting with the frame in it got some more interest put into the background, though as I look at the photo it needs some spots that are darker, plus I worked on the inside of the frame as well, I like how that went.


I don't know if you remember, but I said I was going to go off and do some little obedient ones, then they didn't turn out little, or obedient (sort of like my kids?) This is what happened. See the pen off to one side? They aren't little and they are a five-in-one job. What was I thinking? I'm actually having fun with these too, I put depth into the background with palette knives, my fingers, a swirly metal bookmark, deep coats of textured paint, and weeds from the terrace dipped in paint as well. Those gave a nice effect. These to are going to change quite a bit before they are done.

I have also (possibly insanely) started a five piece set, that is nothing but plain backgrounds right now, the squares(ish) really are smaller, probably 7 by 7 inches...guestimating wildly here....but I have what I think will be a neat idea for them.

So that's it for today...I am thinking I'm going to go see a gallery soon, just because I can...one of my students recommended that I go and see paintings by Joaquin Mir, which if it were earlier I would give you a link for, but you too can go to Google images and look him up. He was a Catalan painter, and she admires him a lot. I can see the influence in her work as well. I like the vibrant colours...I may go off to a gallery and have a look.

Hope you had a great day,

Cheers,

O

7 comments:

Beth said...

I'm not going to "bail." I love seeing your progress and reading about all your unique and creative ideas. Your excitement comes right off the page! (Or, rather, the computer screen...)
Wonderful news about the earlier appointment.

mmichele said...

There is someone in my yoga class who came to painting later in life and doesn't 'know' people in the art scene here. She just won first place in a big juried exhibition.

When she was talking, I had the two of you mixed up for a few minutes... the person in front of me meshed with the person I know from my screen. It was an interesting moment.

Keep painting and inspiring those of us who think we'd like to try!

elPadawan said...

It's amazing how your paintings evolve and grow over time. People usually see "the result" in museums and galleries. They barely see "the process", or "the birth", though...

Trish said...

That's great that you are making time for some creative art - very inspiring. I love the textures on your pieces; it makes me want to touch it as I look at it.

Beth said...

mmmmmm, I just love the mossy green one and the one with all the blu...sort of sea glass blues...very very pretty.

rocky! You got you some talent!!

oreneta said...

Yeah, the new appointment is fantastic, especially as she has the stomach ache right now.

Michele, I can only dream...I would so love to do that, especially in Winnepeg...SO much is going on there, it isn't like winning in the local community center. I get weird moments where blog friends start to blur into physical life too....hard to explain to people who don't blog.

elPadawan, glad you like it, it is cool for me to see them progress over time, and see what went really wrong too...20/20 hindsite.

Trish, I go in and out of it, I wish I were more disciplined. Ah well.

Bullwinkle, thank you...I like the sea-glass comment, that gives me an idea....hmmmmmm

dawn said...

They look great. I like the green one best.