Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Year of Growth

May 2010 be a year of growth for us all.  As artists lets stretch our talents as far as they will go and then some.  Let us study, search, experiment and play.  Remember art is suppose to be fun! 

I have been experimenting with a new surface for my watercolors, clay coated board called "Aquabord" by Ampersand.  I have learned to create luminous florals on the surface like this painting which appeared in the "Value" column of Southwest Art Magazine and sold in my two person show in August at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento.  I also found the clay surface works well for detail as in this zebra painting.

I will be demonstrating watercolor on Aquabord for several groups this year and teaching some classes and workshops using this surface in the future.  If you belong to a group that would like a workshop in this technique please contact me.

Those of us who teach should remember to also learn.   For me, that has always meant taking at least one workshop each year from an artist who works very different than I.  My work covers several subjects and mediums, but my best and most consistant work is my watercolor florals.  So in 2009 I took a workshop from Nancy Reynor an  acrylic abstract painter, and a workshop from Brian Davis, a floral oil painter.  Both are excellent teachers and really stretched my knowledge of painting.  Such fun, such growth!  So here is an example of this watercolor flower painter's attempt at an acrylic abstract.

I have not painted in oils for a couple of years, but Brian Davis taught me so much that I now feel more comfortable with the medium.   I am currently working on more oil paintings at my home studio, here is the one I painted in Brian's workshop.

I began 2010 with a one day workshop with the very creative experimental painter, Myrna Wacknov, where we used gesso to explore new and unusual surfaces for painting watercolors.  What fun!  Myrna will try anything!  Visiting with my friend Bonnie and taking this workshop with the group of painters she belongs to made it extra special.  No photo from this workshop as we did not create paintings, only working surfaces.  However,  I learned a lot and will continue to experiment with these techniques, so stay tuned.

So, I say again, "May 2010 be a year of growth for us all."


Bubbles said...

I LOVE your paintings, they are so alive. I aspire to such wonder. thank you for sharing. oOo x

Nancy Goldman said...

I love your colors on the aquabord. I've used it a few times and am amazed how much more intense the colors are than on paper. I really like your abstract too. I feel like your artistic journey and mine are similar. I took an acrylic workshop from the local Golden Acrylic teacher and I'm also experimenting with oils. Isn't it fun to play with each medium and to switch back and forth? I'm glad I found your blog. I really enjoy your paintings.