Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I put together some examples of textures made with basic gels... my inspiration was this recipe with High Solid Gel from the Golden website... which, when I gave it a shot, turned out like this:
It's a really easy recipe... High Solid Gel (Matte) + Iridescent Bronze + Palette knife control, add a dusting of Iridescent Pearl when the texture dries and you're done. I thought I'd branch off and try a variation... the same High Sold Gel (Matte) + Bronze mixture... but a different pattern with the palette knife, and a different set of colors to finish off the look. It turned into some faux-reptile skin technique that was really cool to play around with:
My support for these texture experiments was the 6x6 inch size of the Strathmore Acrylic Linen Canvas Paper...two thumbs up in terms of a strong base for heavy gels!!
P.S.: Minnesota and other Botanic photos next post!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
That is only a fraction of it. I have an abundance of art supplies (mostly for Golden), storage shelves on which to keep said supplies, plus loads of other art making tools and goodies. And I'm a girl, I have modest amount of clothes and shoes, bathroom supplies...and also storage devices that house these items. I have a big problem with burdening others with helping me move this stuff around... but can't really afford movers... so I try and move as much on my own as I can. I have a hard time accepting when I need to ask for help. But today was that day. After having a near meltdown, I knew I would not be able to tackle this obstacle alone.
Many fun photos to share from my double wedding weekend in Minnesota... it's SO gorgeous there this time of year. Sunflower fields, little garden critters, warm sunshine and great company, the trip was too short! Images to come soon!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I kept looking at my little bag of buttons the rest of the day. I liked how I kept seeing new combinations of colors together as a shook up the bag. I began to pull creative inspiration from the bag itself...reminded by how lovely the experience was to put the bag together, I couldn't help but smile when I looked at it. When I returned to LA, I started putting the button bag in my purse, would take it to work and put it on my desk. It became something more than just a bag of buttons, and I knew I would never separate them from each other for my textile projects. Since the trip, I've used the bag as reference when I'm trying to think up colors for paintings...I shake the bag and look for relationships between colors and shapes, fragments of letters and subtle metallic glow. I like to tell people about my buttons...those of you who are creative types understand my attachment to them. They've become a symbol of good fortune, happiness...and zen :)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Stay tuned for the next post: The Zen of the Button Box!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I was so humbled by these magnificent creatures and overwhelmed by all the jewels hiding at the bottom of the forest floor. Some of these trees have been around since Pompeii was covered in ash, yet new life is constantly growing and dying around them. The beauty of this place is truly amazing.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I am currently sitting at my desk at work, bubbling over with ideas for new art projects. I am kept company by my sloth-faced pumpkin, a gift from Rhonda that's been on my desk since October. I thought he'd rot by now, but he's going the distance with me...keeping an eye out while I research antiques...
My new inspiration is the idea of finishing something everyday...be it a drawing, a painting, processing a photograph or posting something here. I often think about my friend Bill and his 365 portraits project...how he ambitiously schlepped his camera gear around NYC, capturing the soul of someone new everyday. It's definitely something to aspire to!