Friday, March 17, 2017

A Staci Swider Lesson

I had some fun today!
This is a base painting on 12 x 12 inch cardboard that I prepared using gesso on both sides. 
Following the DVD Lesson by Staci Swider, I added blocks of color using some Liquitex Basics paint and then dripped diluted red acrylic paint on two sides. Gravity did the work for me.

Unfortunately, I got so involved in the next step, I forgot to take a photo. But, I can explain it!

 Being in a relaxed state of mind, you gaze at the surface and imagine what is hiding there. I looked for awhile and found some simple flower shapes and used an oil pastel in a teal blue color to isolate them from the busy background. I knew what I wanted to find: flowers, so I could easily see them. 
I'm sure if I wanted to find houses, or faces, or a city block, I would have seen them too. It's just
a matter of being clear in your intent.
The next step is to get some rather opaque paint on your flat brush and paint around your outlined objects. This is a whole lot of fun to do. Any color is fine, but I love the contrast you get with these primary colors against the white.
Following that, you just get a few oil pastels in coordinating colors and highlight as you wish inside and around your objects. These plants are rooted in soil and are living near a pond, so I painted those spaces in accordingly.
What fun!

Staci Swider is the artist who created this video lesson at ArtistsNetwork.tv.  I watched and have tried to play with her techniques today. The video lesson is: Acrylic Painting Studio "Natural Compositions" with Staci Swider. Go here to see more stuff that is available  https://www.artistsnetwork.tv/catalog   There are a lot of artists to learn from here. Lots of techniques to try. An excuse to try something new and rattle your brain for a few hours.
  Go to https://www.artistsnetwork.tv/catalog/ and search for Staci Swider to see her videos. You might have as much fun with her ideas as I did today. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Thursday, January 05, 2017

30 by 30 - Floral #2

This is second floral I've made for the 30 Paintings in 30 days Challenge. At this rate I should have them completed by mid June...

Monday, January 02, 2017

First Floral for Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

OK, first painting done. A day late. sigh.


Flora Painting #1-30 day Challenge

First day of the challenge and I'm already behind. I was supposed to start yesterday, but my head was too fuzzy from the martini I had for New Year's Eve dinner. I'm not a good metabolizer.
The Concept or theme for this challenge, I've chosen:
" Is that a Flower in a Pot?" 
Colors chosen for today using the Bob Burridge Color Wheel: red yellow is the main color with purple, blue and green.   I intended to make blue the focal point, but got distracted by my handmade purple collage paper.

The use of several red-yellow and oranges made for a too-bright-for-my-eyes canvas.

I dulled down the oranges and did some negative shape painting with a watery white.

Collage with lots of gel medium and hand made painted and torn papers.

The flower just took on a life of its' own and didn't stay grungy at all. sigh.

Finished for today. I really wanted to make it more grungy and abstract, but that will have to wait for another session. I am finding my attempt to loosen up very difficult. 
I like this better when I take my glasses off...