Acrylic, Oil, Graphite on Canvas 18″x24″
My handsome model’s presence and a challenge from my son, inspired a painting whose kinetic energy moves directly forward, from movement to quiet resolution. Articulating that movement required an approach that differed from my usual.
I began with an energetic acrylic abstract painting. Over top of the acrylic, I drew my subject with willow charcoal. To prevent the painting from becoming too muddy, I sprayed the drawing down with “SpectraFix” (a much healthier fixative to work with than the alternatives). I proceeded with a very quick and incomplete grisaille underpainting of the figure, and then began painting in oil with color. Over top, I played with oil sticks and pencil.
I’ve got to tell you that I really enjoyed the spontaneity of this process. I found the energy to be contagious. More paintings are in the works, experimenting with the same procedure.
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My brandy new book, PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AND HER ART is in the final stages of production! Hopefully, all typos and misspellings have been identified, and the many gorgeous images have been perfectly placed.
What’s it about? Quite simply, it’s all about young female visual artists and their work. It’s a labor of love that has taken me five years to complete. In it, you’ll find portraits of fifteen featured artists, quotes from them about making art, and at least one featured work from each. But wait, there’s more. The book is chock full of vivid visual art of all kinds from even more girls and young women artists. There’s also..a take-away guide for you, the reader, to inspire your artwork and/or a creative way of thinking. And finally, “sketches” or little bios of the featured fifteen artists from my point of view. It’s eighty pages packed with awe and inspiration.
I couldn’t be prouder of this book! You’ll be hearing lots more about it in the weeks to come. I’ve also created a blog for PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AND HER ART to keep the inspiration flowing. The blog will serve as an interactive art class filled with tips, concepts, interviews, ideas, heart, and of course, lots of ART! I’m working on it as you read. Everyone is welcome to visit and participate.
I just can’t wait!!!!
I’ve played with a single scanned textural element in an other wise all digital painting. In this case, you guessed it, it’s the mountain. I created it with acrylics on watercolor paper, scanned it and popped it into this digital painting.
This “Mountaintop” piece is available as an 11″x 14″ high quality print.
I found some old little plastic bottles with a fine nozzle tip, filled with acrylic paint soooo I played with them in my sketchbook. I added a little graphite and in a couple of minutes this figure danced into existence.
Can’t get away this weekend ? How about taking a little vacation via Kate and Audrey. They have generously allowed us to follow them to exclusive places. Take a deep breath (go ahead), now make room in your busy mind for a beautiful respite. Exhale now and view Kate’s self-portrait.
Kate takes on a stroll through a garden of her imagining. Ocean breezes, peaceful, lovely, thoughtful, just like Kate. Ahh.
Feel better? I thought you might. Ok, now you are ready to explore a little bit of Italy. Audrey (who also makes gorgeous hand paintings), has finished her Italian street scene. Buy a balloon, tourist watch or climb up the hill to enjoy the view. Stop into the café for refreshment before you start back home.
There’s nothing like a personal tour guide. Thanks Audrey. I’ve always wanted to see Italy.