Friday, August 4, 2017

The Dome II


A thing is complete when you can let it be. (Gita Bellin)


Dome 


This has been sitting around... making new marks ... leaving it and then back. Is this painting? Every few days a new something or other. I don't have the answer! But it seems to be like that for a few pieces I have been working on. 

Then I thought OK I like it. It's done!!!  Photographed and looked at on the computer and not quite sure again! 


Dome III

Well, have decided to post it! Maybe another day I will add a mark or two but have grown attached.
Like the mysterious people coming out of the rocks!





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Dome

Painting is not a means of communication or even self-expression, but rather a process of discovering, or uncovering. (Louis de Brocquy)


This painting started as a charcoal sketch that I applied some medium. The second stage started with my wax crayons, maybe trying to discover what was hidden in there. With a q-tip dipped in a medium for a more painterly approach. Like this technique.  More crayon work. I feel there is more to discover. It was only after I saw the image in PS did I notice the dome and some interesting figures. Will let it rest awhile. 

Interesting that just last week I spent the morning with my grandson at the Israel Museum and visited the Dome of the Book.  


Stage I
32.5 x 22 cm
Drawing paper

 The Dome WIP
Stage II
32.5 x 22 cm
Drawing paper



Monday, July 17, 2017

Working with Messy

When I paint, mysterious things happen. What starts with a void ends with a dialogue. (Jeet Aulakh)


Apple Anyone? WIP?
13 x 18 cm
Heavy Paper
Neocolor I Wax Crayons
Acrylic Background

A while ago I was intrigued by Dotty's starting with "messy" I certainly have a lot of those! Going through a pile of starts and old pieces found this odd piece. Wondered why it hadn't been thrown away long ago.
Below the various stages.

Start
Found this in my collection of exercises. Acrylic background

II
Used some alcohol to lighten up some areas and continued with my wax crayons 

III
More crayons



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cut Cut Cut

Remember my  "Love Love Me Naught". Well decided to cut it up, ala  Dotty. Never would had had the courage. Thanks Dotty!  Made a frame and cut 3 pieces and made some neat cards.


Before


Three Cards Cut 
5" x 7"


 From a another small piece from one of my lesson exercises made 2 smaller cards. Getting to like the cutting idea LOL!!!

5.5" x  4.25"


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Love You Love You Naught


Love who you are - and who you are not. (Anonymous)


What a mess... a real mishmash!! Started back about a month ago. Was attracted by some images of daisies from a magazine and started playing around on an odd piece of brown paper. I think I started with the collage pieces and started putting on random marks in pencil and oil sticks. Not really knowing what was going to come out. No rest for the poor eye here.

Daisies Start WIP
35 x 39 cm
Brown Paper
Mixed Media

Trying to quiet down some too busy areas using my new oil sticks. Still a little too much. Decided in any case to keep to the flower motif

Daisies 2 
35 x 39 cm
Brown Paper
Mixed Media

Daisies 3
35 x 39 cm
Brown Paper
Mixed Media

Still needing something... seems a bit pareve   back for some tweaks





Friday, July 7, 2017

Out of the Darkness

What is art but a way of seeing? (Thomas Berger)


This was started way back in  late April. Again using some colors that were left on the palette. Again much agitation. Really didn't know where this would take me or that I wouldn't get back to this for quite a while. Finally back in the workshop and a few layers got the OK that it was finished. For the meantime I will leave it be. Want to move on.

Out of the Darkness
50 x 34 cm
Cut canvas
Oils with Cold Wax
Collage
Oil Sticks

Here is how it all started way back then!

Out of the Darkness Start
50 x 34 cm
Cut canvas

I am still finding it hard to sit at the computer and blog. I want to write interesting things but my mind is still a bit muddy( a lot).  We did have a nice party for the end of workshop season. Had a what they call laughing yoga which was a lot of fun. Laughter therapy. We did laugh a lot and had FUN!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Duchess

My Last Duchess
Robert Browning

That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall, 
Looking as if she were alive. I call 
That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands 
Worked busily a day, and there she stands. 


36 x 50 cm
Cut canvas
Oils and Cold Wax
Collage
Oil Sticks


This piece started at the end of April. One of two paintings had started on cut canvas over a 
cardboard format.  Two different color palettes using some leftover oil and cold wax paints. Ironically
both showed signed of agitation that I really couldn't understand at the time. 


  

    


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Almost a Month

Every person is born into life as a blank page and every person leaves life as a full book. (Christina Baldwin)


This past month has been one whirlpool of emotions. It almost feels like a year or more. My sister's sudden death, my bazak trip to the US to say goodbye, my new bond with my sister-in-law that graciously  open her heart and home to me. All are still swirling around in my head. Since my return, I have been more or less in a robot state. Not really being able to sit and do one thing for more than 10-15 minutes. Jet lag should have stopped already. Today decided that I have to post and get back to my creative being and hope that this will help move ahead while keeping these new feelings close to my heart. I am grateful that I have this blog and my art and to be able to get these feelings out.

On the Tuesday after my arrival home, our workshop was held in a nearby park, Park Shoham. It was a good feeling to be back and with all my special artist friends. This is a special place with antiquities along with shade trees and picnic tables. We had visited this place previously on a Passover break in 2015

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As you can see the park was alive with wild flowers and thistles. We were lucky with the weather as well, a cool day after several very hot days.  I did take a lot of photos and a few sketches. What a surprise that one of the yellow flowers was also growing in my "garden"


Image from Park

Sketches
Pencil and crayons
23 x 33 cm

Ammi visnaga


From Park

Ammi visnaga


Charcoal and conte
23 x 33 cm
Rock







Friday, May 5, 2017

Doodle Colored I

Every morning is a new garden. (Leza MacDonald)

Old entry. 
Isn't it wonderful when you discover a new flower in your garden! My garden isn't really specially cared for.  We dried our lawn when the water prices got too high. Its mainly wild grass, lavender, perennials, and in this season lots of wild poppies.

Today
I started this blog maybe a week ago. Wow how life manages to change so fast. You get into a routine and everything falls into place that is till you get the jolt. That's what happened to me last evening when I received a surprise call from brother-in -law Tommy.  My baby sister had suddenly passed. She hadn't felt well and didn't sleep well so decided to take a morning nap, and quietly slipped away. They say a sudden heart attack. Right now as I am writing this I feel as if I am "robot" mode, trying hard to digest it all. Debbie was our miracle baby, born 68 years ago at the weight of 1lb 6oz!!! No more short sweets posts, just a hole in my heart, These flowers are for you Debbie!!!

36 x 25
Crayons  Oil Pastels over Doodle I
Brown Paper








Sunday, April 23, 2017

Out of the Box

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. (Barbara Bush)


Each year Heleni prepares a special project that we work on at home and bring in for a general critique.  This year was a bit different. We were to prepare a presentation verbally and visually about a subject, concept, or idea, not necessarily about art. We all drew lots and each week, we take a break from our work for the presentation. On the 18th of April, my turn came.  

Instead of giving a talk about getting out of the box I decided that it would be better to have them do it as part of an exercise.  I brought paper, crayons, colored markers, charcoal etc. So I told them to start a drawing and timed it to 5 minutes. Then instructed them to tear the paper in two sections. Place one section face down and continue on half that was shown for 2 minutes. Then do the the same for the second half. Then I asked them to cut the halves in half and gave another 2 minutes on each quarter. 

Neomi and I made a collage of the work on a cardboard format. 


100 x 70 cm

We mixed them all up for this collage,here is an Album link where you can see the work as well as some general images. All had a grand time and I hope that somehow I helped them look at their art with a new perspective.

My Visual Display

10 x 20 x 6 cm


I got out of the box by making small statues in small boxes. Haven't done this type of work since my college days!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Doodle Doodle Dandy

The workshop is not a class to make art; it is a class to make mistakes, to rework, not to make finished pieces. (Rick Rotante)


I am really glad to get back to blogging. Holidays behind us. I hope that those that celebrated Easter, Passover, and any other holiday around the world had enjoyable family times. We had a long two weeks break from workshop and I am glad to get back. This week was my turn to make a presentation. This year our home projects were to prepare a presentation on a topic or concept and present it verbally as well as visually.I will post more on my next blog. I didn't do much in class, didn't even take out paints. Had a piece of heavy brown paper, and a few stencils and started just to doodle away with just an HB pencil. 

Started on the bottom left with free doodles and then used some stencils and masks of stuff I got from a craft store. I am still debating what to do with this, sort of kitschy right now. Probably some washes and then we'll see. 

Pencil Trails WIP
25.5 x 35.5 cm
Brown Paper Hb Pencil

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fun with Paper II

For me a square is not really an abstract shape. It's more like a window. And a rectangle for me, really is a door, something we could pass through. (Pat Martin Bates)

About the quotes. I am learning about new artists. Her work is amazing.

Aside from my writing course, I am also taking two other courses through MoMA. The first is In the Studio Postwar Abstract paintings   What is different about this course is that the instructor demonstrates how the painter worked in the studio and invites participants to try their hand. The first painter is Barnett Newman, a painter that I was not familiar with. Haven't tried his zip technique but it is amazing, I can't wait to try. Remember he painted these in the 1960's!

This is a continuation of Fun with Paper I. These papers are a light beige color not as heavy as the red.

An Orange Sea
36 x 25
Paper 
Oils with Cold Wax
Collage


Through the Window
25 x 36
Paper 
Oils with Cold Wax
Collage


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fun with Paper I

Creative vision contains a playful quality. (John Briggs)


Today in my workshop I brought some cut paper that I had laying around the house. It's time for you to get some color. Two pieces were an earthy type of red and quite heavy with a texture. The other pieces were just heavy beige paper. I am sorry that the colors in the photographs are not what I see. Maybe I will try again when I have a bit more time.

I am off in an hour+ to my weekly babysitting. I am anxious to see what Uri has done. This week he is taking an Art Course at the Jerusalem Museum,  The kids have Passover holiday for 2 weeks.

The inspiration for these pieces came from a post from Jane Davies about working with 2 complimentary colors. She showed pieces from a demo she had using blue and orange. I sort of followed suit.

Playing with Perception
35 x 35 cm
Heavy Paper
Oils with Cold Wax 
Plus Collage Pieces


Let's go for a Swirl
35 x 35 cm
Heavy Paper
Oils with Cold Wax 
Plus Collage Pieces



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blue & Beige Collages WIP

No need to shop for a better you, or to work overtime to make bigger promises.
Keeping the promises we've already made is sufficient.  Seth Goldin

I feel that my head is splitting. I am working on a writing course through Coursera. Actually, Academic writing, I feel like I am back in college. That's not so bad but research and reading and picking the key issues are taking me away from painting more at home which I miss doing.

 These collages were made last week in my workshop. Cold wax and oils and collage pieces. I am using a limited range of colors. Heleni says they are finished but I feel I can work on them some more, and even if I make mistakes I will take them in my stride. So back to class they go and will go with the flow.

Will prepare more cut canvas as well. May try some cold wax on paper.

33 x 33 cm
Oils & Cold Wax
Collage

32 x 35 cm
Oils & Cold Wax
Collage



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

More Tissue Paper

... a habit that some artists might relate to. I like to start a painting off in a mess and then try to harness and control the thing.  Robert Genn 2004

I was just reading  The Painters key newsletter Ordering Chaos and it just seemed to jump out at me.
Starting out messy and putting things in order.  Just what I am doing, although I don't always get the "order" part.

Today I literally played with my tissue paper. Format was heavy watercolor paper with gesso. Wanted to see how this medium worked with layering the tissue paper. Had a LOT of fun and liked what came out. Thought of adding paint to them but I think I'll leave them alone for the time being.
The yellow did not photograph well it is much brighter.

Dead Sea
42 x 56 cm
Tissue Paper collage
Watercolor Paper

detail


Cutouts
42 x 56 cm
Tissue Paper collage
Watercolor Paper


Detail



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chain Reactions

It would be fascinating to wire up an artist with electrodes to measure exactly how many choices must be made during the process of creation. (Francis Boag)
Isn't it funny how chain reaction works? This morning while reading Dotty's blog that is exactly what happened. She wrote about the study made on gratitude and me, with sometimes my obsessiveness, had to find what study etc.  After about 5 search steps I did find an abstract of a study,  But one of the related options on the page brought me to the subject of laziness, which I get almost daily. From there to a few Youtube videos. From there to this site with lots of videos, Of course, signed up for newsletter getting some interesting videos and MP3 files. One on meditation that I always wanted to try and couldn't get the proper concept. Well to make this long story shorter I tried it out and have started my 30-day challenge of 20 minutes meditation. It was not easy, that I can tell you. I felt it was the longest 20 minutes ever, but I am glad I did it and will continue. What has all this has to do with my latest painting? Well just wanted to share what going through my head.

Spring is here and as usual here a very short season till summer and its heat.  Found some interesting cuts of flowers, bows, pink etc and this is what came out.  I am not sure that these are finished as Heleni says, but I probably will let them rest a while.

Signs of Spring
Collage Oils and Cold Wax
30 x 32 cm
On cut Canvas

Pink Bow
Collage Oils and Cold Wax
29 x 32 cm 
On cut Canvas


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No Paint Today

Whoever wants to understand much must play much. (Gottfried Benn)
Today at workshop I went back to kindergarten! Hurray!!!

Because Heleni wasn't able to come but had made sure the facility would be open, we worked alone. Only 6 -7 showed up so it was an intimate workshop, I started two new collage paintings and this week brought them to class for critique and further work.  Heleni said they were done. I think I can work some more, but Heleni many times stops me, mainly because I sometimes ruin them. This is a dilemma for me because in the online course I am taking there is a different philosophy. Later when I post these collages I will talk more.


Now back to kindergarten! Among some of the formats that I always lug along where formats in corrugated cardboard. I also had my new set of colored tissue paper and lots of collage material. Remembering about lesson 6 which is about formats and proportions thought I would start to tackle this.

Cut some of the formats into different proportions, decided on one composition format, landscape. Cut and pasted some magazine pieces on each. Then thought, what am I going to do with all my colored tissue papers. Decided to paint with them. Rip, cut, glue I was having a time! These are WIP.  On format 1  I pasted some transparent paper in an attempt to bring the bring that section together


Format 1
26 x 36 cm
Corrugated cardboard

Detail format 1

Format 2
25 x 26
Corrugated Cardboard
Magazine collage
Here Heleni stopped me. 

Format 3
13 x 36
Corrugated Cardboard

Detail 
Format 3


Format 4
36 x 13 cm
Corrugated Cardboard

Detail  Format 4


I loved the way I got variations of color with the overlapping of the tissue paper on each other and on the magazine pieces. Have to learn to control or perhaps not.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dancing Lines Finale

All large tasks are completed in a series of starts. (Neil Fiore)

Remember my dancing lines? Well I think I have brought them to some sort of finale! Well until I decide otherwise!

Did some white Posca dots, did some veiling, more crayons, and new orientations. When I did some veiling some of the watercolor crayon marks bled.

Mixed Media
18 x 20
Watercolor Paper

Mixed Media
18 x 20
Watercolor Paper


Mixed Media
18 x 20
Watercolor Paper


Mixed Media
18 x 20
Watercolor Paper


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Extreme Composition Lesson 5 I

Real courage is displayed by those who are afraid to go, but go. (Anonymous)

On large cheap drawing paper make marks in various methods
Make a viewfinder and isolate and develop one area and then another. 
Connect those areas, and then connect with the whole. 

I made about 6 starts here are first 2



50 x 36 cm
Random marks 
Spread with credit card

50 x 36 cm
Random marks 
Worked two areas with lines
veiling, transparent collage pieces
View-finder 19 x 19 cm


50 x 36 cm
Random marks
Large brush stroke 
Lifted and blotted with small paper
Bristol

50 x 36 cm
Random marks
Large brush stroke 
Two worked areas
Crayon work and penwork
View-finder 15 x 20 cm

Please excuse photography, I see now part was in shadow.

Final resolutions coming! Para Para!!!

Jane's advise!
Finally: resolve the piece. This, of course, is the hard part, and it is up to you to find a way to do this. Take your time. Each piece will be different, and some will not lend themselves so easily to resolution. Do your best. If your piece is at a standstill, unresolved, leave it. Move on. Don’t agonize, and feel free to post pieces that you feel are unresolved. Just don’t say “This Piece Sucks” or anything like that!
Dotty's advise!
Find your brave spot!