Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bad Recipe

First real workday at the workshop with our new mentor Reuven Tishrey.  Back to oils, YAY, love their texture, smell, how they mix and spread. I will continue acrylic with my Gelli-printing at home, and oils in the workshop.  I am also going to work larger, at least larger for me.

WIP I
19.5" x  27/5"
Oils on cut canvas
Cold Wax  Collage

Critique: The composition is too formulated. He wants me to try to make it seem to be on the edge of collapsing. 

How do you make a painting seem to collapse I ask myself?  Getting uncomfortable! 
I think I know the exact time I should have stopped painting. I was getting thoughts that I was going all around the place. Decided, guess my left brain took over and started to make marks to the more negative spaces, and echo colors. Also, the layout of the collage pieces were too balanced. One of the good things about oils and cold wax is that I can take off the pieces and move them around and change their shape/size.

WIP II
19.5" x  27/5"
Oils on cut canvas
Cold Wax  Collage

Changed orientation, moved some pieces around added a new piece. I removed the black piece above the script on the bottom. This image is not exact, it's a simulation done using PS. Thinking of putting in a shocking color to upset the apple cart! Shocking pink or turquoise? Welcome any thoughts and suggestions., The two parallel stripes on the left top are too similar. I have a week to view and live with it.

It was so great to be back with all my artist friends!








Thursday, November 9, 2017

Be Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Lesson 6

"this lesson is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable." Jane Davies

There is a bit of blindness when working with Gelli printing. How the layers of colors react. Where to mask or stencil.  In this lesson, we take a substrate and print one part, then another and so forth using one composition format. Sometimes with a stencil and sometimes a mask and then just color in one area. I was not comfortable with this uncomfortable situation. Did one series of six.  What am I going to do with a mud pile os start?  Not knowing what will come out. With painting, at least with oils, you put down a mark, not what you want, wipe it off. This printing is a whole new ball game.

Tried again the next day after doing some homework painting colors over one another. Did another 12 starts. Don't worry I will be sharing slowly as I bring a few to the next painting stage. 


Don’t try to finish each piece in the
process. Let each thing you do just be
the next step. Stay with it, and don’t
get ahead of yourself.
 
Feel free to cover up beautiful printed
patterns and textures.
 
Let some of the pieces be open-ended,
or not finished.
Have fun.  Jane Davies

Wip 01-pt
8" x 13"
Gelli-print + Paint
Acrylic

Gelli-print 01
3 layers

Wip 05 pt
8" x 10"
Gelli-print + Paint
Acrylic

Gelli-print 05
4 layers

After printing the last layer it covered too much so rubbed it off quickly with a wet rag! This one will be a real challenge.

Wip 14 Pt
8" x 8"
Gelli-print + Paint
Acrylic


Gelli-print 05
3 layers









Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More Surprises

Print
Collage
Mask Print
Paint
Number 4  
Left 3 layers of Print 

Added Collage

                         
Cycle of Circles
Masks and Print
Paint
7" x 5"
240 gm paper






Number 5
Left 3 layers of Print 

Added Collage

Let Down Your Golden Hair
Masks and Print
Paint
5" x 7"
240 gm paper

Number 6 
Three Print Layers
Added Collage

Stand by Me
5" x 7"
Masks and Print
Paint
5" x 7"
240 gm paper