Friday, December 25, 2009

I think it's time to post some of the abstracts that I have been working on. Trying to put together enough work to have a show in February. It's Christmas day and I am snowed in maybe today will be productive!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another Rainy Day

Today was yet another rainy day in Sioux City. It's Saturday and the 2nd annual Art Walk was taking place. The Walk was a little damp and soggy but I did enjoy the day, reconnecting with old artist friends. In the end... there is just never enough art!

Class was bumped to the annex which wasn't all bad. It's easier access and less pretentious than upstairs at the art center. Today we used a palette knife only to create our painting. Mark set up a composition of wooden figure models on top of a pile of beanie babies...nice. Any way, our task at hand was to create movement, using the palette knife only, putting down thin layers to create a layering structure and extract a general feeling about what the figures are doing, such as walking through leaves or distorted body poses with various shapes and colors, gravitas and blah blah blah. My painting does have movement almost like people charging out of hell and yelling. It was fun....I think I need more palette knife experience.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


I am sure you are saying....oh another dull boring blog entry. Sorry but I was really excited about this class. Previously we talked about extracting things out of a painting and doing master studies. It was very interesting and definitely made my brain stretch. The next exercise was to cut out various shapes from a magazine and arrange them to create an interesting composition. Once that was done we then extracted things out of that composition and began sketching ideas for a potential painting. After the initial sketches were made we took an element out of the sketch and began putting paint on canvas. To me this was very therapeutic and I really enjoyed creating layers. I struggle with values and sometime feel that my paintings are overall at the same level of intensity. I began by putting in darker areas to create depth. I had some oil pastels so I used those to bring out my lights. I really enjoyed seeing how the colors popped off of each other. I am a color freak! The result I used as my header in my blog, I was very pleased with it. This photo shows the collage then abstracting on paper, then the final product. I know this type of art isn't for everyone but I truly wish everyone could experience what it felt like to make it!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Christmas cacti and turtles.

Today's class was about the layering structure in a painting. Using efficiency instead of drudgery. Using transparent layers to create a complex effect. Its actually a very straight forward process creating a complex look. One thing we were supposed to take note on was how objects interact with each other. Also to look for objects of the same nature repeat themselves in the painting creating a very cohesive piece. I struggle with using the same brush strokes throughout out my painting and it was suggested that I switch to a much small brush to force myself to make different strokes. Each of us painted the same Christmas Cactus but they all had a very individual look. This painting was layed out in alizerin crimson.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Non-Objective Art

Non Objective Art
Today’s lesson started with discussion of an article about “did the Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock hide his name amid the swirls of a one of his paintings? “ This led into using something tangible to create a non-objective piece of art. There is a gap between lack of imagery and emotional response. Non objective art is just that….no recognizable object. Color shape & line are used capture this exact moment and infuse energy creating an emotional response. You can use lots of tools to get the different effects, today’s purpose was to free up our brains and allow us to put past behaviors & habits away and be completely free to express whatever was going on at that moment. Sometimes small finishing touches can push the painting to be completed. Such as with this painting, it didn’t come together until the areas of black white were laid out. A non-objective piece of art is an art piece where you can't recognize the things inside. Meaning, you see the art piece and you may have a few ideas as to what it’s depicting, but you can't really say for sure what it is because there are just too many possibilities. They are normally made to give the viewer a certain emotion when they see it. That is the goal of non-objective art…to create an emotion response. Pickup up a paintbrush and try it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Art Class w/MK

I am currently enrolled in an acrylic painting class with a local sioux city artist. We have had two sessions and it has been a refreshing and enlightening experience. Today's post is a very quick drawing then extremely quick wash of a still life. Just trying to get used to putting paint on paper again and will be learning new techniques for applying paint....who knows what I will use to put paint down with. There are no rules. Actually there are rules and you need to know them before you can intentionally break them. The class seems very promising and there are a variety of students with extremely precise drawing skills. It will be a challenge for me. Keep you posted on next week.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An exciting thing happened, my sketchbook from 2006 was found at the Art Center. I was a little hesitant about opening it up feeling failure as I held it close to me. But, inside what I saw was a very focused person with detailed drawings narrative about what direction I wanted each peice to go. Even a few news paper clippings. I listed medium formulas, glazes, and inserted examples of they way I wanted a painting to turn out. Oh to be that focused again. I will, I shall, I can. This painting was one of Bailey on the beach. I wrote a couple of pages about the painting and sketched it out several times before attempting it. Some time the first year of painting is the most exciting.....before you start judging yourself.