Monday, November 26, 2012
When we think of surrealism, we think about Salvador Dali. Although he was not one of the first artist to create surrealistic work, he is one of the best know surrealists. Here are several examples of surrealism that I created along with my students. Eyes and human forms of course will remind you of Dali.
Eye See, 7 x 7 oil on board
Sky Eye, 16 x 20 oil on canvas
Monday, November 19, 2012
Drawing Session at LGA
Saturday November the 11th I was lucky enough to have about six hours to draw from a live model. I started out with a three two minute warm up, a four minute warm up and a eight minute warm up. I felt very rusty at first. I concluded the rest of the morning by completing a charcoal drawing of the model which I have included below and I am relatively pleased with this drawing. During the afternoon I concentrated on a pastel drawing. The LGA members are dedicated and very talented in their paintings from life, I wish you could see them, they were wonderful.
Charcoal Drawing on Textured Board
Pastel Drawing on Textured Board
Working With MovementI have been interested in the female form and dancers over the past several years, and see geishas and dancers in my abstract work, often emphasising them in my paintings. I have included one of these below.
Princessa, 10 x 10 acrylic and lacquer on board
When Creating the following works for the faculty show my intention was to create the same sort of dancers by working with movement first. I am pleased with the effort.
Zen Dancer, 18 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
Wind Dancer Triptych- Painting 1, 15 x 22 Acrylic on Watercolor Board
Wind Dancer Triptych- Painting 2, 15 x 22 Acrylic on Watercolor Board
Wind Dancer Triptych- Painting 3, 15 x 22 Acrylic on Watercolor Board
Hi Chi Dancer,18 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
More Fun With Collage
Last spring my students and I created a number of collages that I found interesting and of course, fun. We are at it again and I look forward to seeing all of their creations. Here is my finished piece created in the spring from this assignment.
Navajo Girl, 11 x 14 Collage on Canvas
I am hoping to finish three more of these by the end of the semester and am working on two more text collage works which I will add below when finished. I really liked the way the tree turned out.
Actual and Simulated TextureThese two studies are examples created with my design students using actual and simulated texture of the same subject matter, leaves. The first uses acrylic mediums to help create the texture and the second is created using only a flat board.
Fall Leaf Study #1, acrylic mediums and acrylic on 6 x 6 board
Fall Leaf Study #2, acrylic on 6 x 6 board
Knowing Where You Fit In
When I first began painting I spent a lot of time listening to others discuss which artist and artwork I should look up because my work was in their style. This is good and can also be a trap. I believe that we should take some time to develop our own style, but should not make art in a vacuum. It should not hurt any of us to look at as many art styles and art works as possible, and at times make works that are in their style. The next paintings were completed along with my students in the style of other artists works.
In the Style of O'Keeffe, 5 x 5 oil on board
In the Style of van Gogh, 5 x 5 oil on board
2012 LGAA Fall Show Accepted Pieces
I was especially pleased to be accepted and place in the Juried Granbury fall show (click fall show). I believe that you will enjoy seeing the work online as much as much as I did in person. My painting below received an honorable mention.
"Three for Tea" • 15 x 22 • watermedia
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Life As We Know It
Old Adobe House, 8 x 10 oil on board
All of us are familiar with architecture, we see a lot of buildings every day of our lives. Yet, many of us fear adding these same images to our paintings. Why? Because if you are wrong, everyone knows it. This is the very reason why we need to embrace the architectural form and make it our friend. The first two studies were done with my students.
Artists Mill, 6 x 12 oil on board
The next two studies were comopleted just for fun. I expecially like the barn painting, don't you?
Uncle George Greenley's Barn, 11 x 14 oil on canvas
Twilight at Cloudcroft, 12 x 16 oil on canvas
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Color Wheel Studies
One of the ways to begin to understand color is to create designs and even paintings which require you to manipulate color in very specific ways. The next several paintings are designs based on the 12 colors of the color wheel using tints and tones with monochromatic, analogous, and complementary color schemes.
Color Wheel Design, Acrylic on Paper
FW Color Designs #1, Acrylic on Museum Board
FW Color Designs #2, Acrylic on Museum Board
The next two paintings are based on all 12 colors of the color wheel using tints and tones but in a regular painting format.
Geisha with Sun and Rain, 15 x 22 Watercolor on Paper
Piggy and Rhino Play Dress-up, 17 x 23 Acrylic on Paper
The next three works are based on analogus, complementary and split complementary color schemes.
FW Blues 1212, 6 x 6 acrylic on wood
Sun Geisha #2010, Watercolor on paper
Geisha of the Cool Afternoon, 15 x 22 Tempera on Paper
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Beginning Oil Painting Demonstrations
The following paintings were created as demonstrations for beginning painting students in oil.
FW Compliment O1208, Oil on 6 x 6 Gessoed Board
FW Compliment O1209, Oil on 6 x 6 Gessoed Board
FW Landscape O1210, Oil on 6 x 12 Gessoed Board
Examples and Demonstrations in Acrylic
This year my students are working by quantity, a painting a class period. There are four exceptions, where they have four large works to break up the schedule. These first paintings were demonstrationsfrom the first week of class.
FW Abstract Series 1201, 6 x 6 acrylic on wood
FW Abstract Tree Series 1202, 6 x 12 acrylic on wood
The next group of painting demonstrations were created for painting two students for the first month of the semester.
FW Abstract Tree Series 1203, 6 x 18 acrylic on canvas
FW Abstract Tree Series 1203, 6 x 18 acrylic on canvas
FW Faux Batik Series 1204, Acrylic on rice paper
FW Faux Batik Series 1205, Acrylic on watercolor paper
FW Faux Batik Series 1206, Acrylic on watercolor paper
FW Faux Batic Series 1207, Acrylic on watercolor paper