Decided I needed to get back to painting and to try a new direction. Val Rossman‘s course, “Exploring Abstraction” at Woodmere was just the kick I needed. She let’s members use what ever media they wish and encourages each to explore their own path. I decided that since abstraction was out of my comfort zone, why not go all the way and explore new media. Sooo…, the first three weeks I worked in pastels and the second in acrylics. Also, since I tend to be a low chroma gal I thought I’d push color. Here are 3 of my first pastels:
All my professional life has been about telling stories. Now there is no story. Just paint what I am feeling. I work fairly fast, before I can think about things – ideas – content… and then once something is there I consider composition etc. I’ve used scratching, glazing, thick medium. I usually gesso the support first in colored gesso and then paint over it.
The last three weeks I decided to work with acrylics and here are some of them:
Once I get over the feeling of being cut loose with out any plans etc, this is rather fun! Some of these images may be finished and some may get more work. The more I do, the more I learn, the less I know, but, I do feel they do have voices. I just have to learn to listen. I have one more class to go. Then I plan to add this new way of working/thinking to my previous work. We’ll see.
Each year Imperfect Gallery has an all Germantown group exhibition. I love this gallery and the way it supports the local arts! This is my entry this year. It is of the bridge at Valley Green in the Wissahickon.
It is part of a series called “Bridges not Barriers”!
The series explores how the bridges allow us to overcome obstacles yet become part of the environment themselves.
Delivered a painting to a gallery Wed and was asked if I had painted it outside (en Plein Air). No. We had been photographing in Lancaster, PA and I loved the graphic quality of the newly harvested fields. They reminded me of the graphic quality of the quilts made by Amish women in the area, only the quilts were often done in bright bold colors. I wanted to capture that idea.
Once back in my studio I made sketches for my painting. This is the one I went with executed in Oil Pastels. Only then the painting began.
The past two weekends I have attended a plein air workshop by Philadelphia artist Paul DuSold. The first Sat consisted of a lecture on landscape painter, Walter Elmer Schofield at Woodmere Art Museum. The next day we went to Daniel Garber’s studio and painted at Cuttalossa Farm in Lumberville, PA. Then this weekend we painted both days in the Wissahickon Valley here in Phila. Learned alot and now I have to put it in practice, starting by finishing these three.
Beginnings of 3 paintings from Paul DuSold Workshop and final day’s set up.
Picked up my painting from iMPeRFeCT Gallery today.
“Schoodic Spray, 2013, 16 x 20 in, oil on canvas”
Once I got back from Campobello, I was excited to continue working on the theme of water meeting land. The result was “Schoodic Spray”.
Finally posting the paintings I did in Campobello this summer. This was my first experience with Plein Air and I loved it. These six paintings are the result of four mornings on Campobello and then many hours back in the studio. Not only did the light change as time went on and the tide go in or out as I worked but on several days the famous Fundy Fog would come and totally obliterate the view, leaving me with little or nothing to see. It was a challenge to analyze what I wanted to paint and develop that as the world changed in front of me.
The first image is the painting I started before the mist stole it away. Might just get hooked on mist for a while . . .