Thursday, November 30, 2006

These are a couple of digital variations on one of the backgrounds that I set aside for a painting. It's too cold to go into the studio this morning so I'm staying close to the computer.

Logging into blog

I'm only posting to celebrate the fact that I could log on successfully on the first try. Unlike yesterday when it took over an hour, and the time before that took even longer. I was about to give up the idea of having a blog if it was going to be too stressful. I'll see how it goes. Right now, I need to celebrate!!! Janene

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This series of photos is an exercise in finding abstractions that might make interesting paintings in the future. Starting with some magazines and a little handcut viewfinder, I tried to isolate areas of interest. Then I drew them in with a pen. The groups of images show various areas cut out. I enhanced the contrast in one to bring out more of the planes and highlights. The next step was to make small sketches of these. I'll spare you that. I don't know if I'll use these for paintings, but if not, it was a good exercise anyway and will help open my eyes to see the possibilities of new sources of inspiration.

Monday, November 27, 2006

It will appear I have more artwork to share than things to say. So be it. Janene

Here are examples of backgrounds on which I plan to collage the photo of the lizard I took in Nevada. The textures were made with acrylic paints and saran wrap and/or wax paper .

Acrylic techniques used to celebrate the colorful Fall season.

this is a series of experiments using paints and texturizing elements. I don't know how they will be used, or if they will be used further. The nice thing about experimenting is they can be painted over with no loss. Or collaged over. Hmmmm........

Friday, November 24, 2006

Digitally enhanced.
Punched up the color to see how it would look. The colors of the painting did not scan well. They are actually somewhere between this picture and the following one.
Trees, reworked today.

Underpainting. Tissue on watercolor paper with acrylic washes.


Today I reworked a painting that I started during a senior paint day. I had prepped my watercolor paper by putting a layer of tissue strips randomly across the width of the paper using Gel Medium to give it a texture. Then I took torn strips of tissue and placed them vertically on the wc paper to represent tree trunks. Again, I used Gel Medium to bond them.

When it was dry I used Golden's Fluid Acrylics to make washes of color for the sky, mountains, trees in distance, fields, rocks, etc. Working from top to bottom of the paper. I washed right across the tree strips, then wiped them with a paper towel while they were still wet. The color had been absorbed into the tissue. The whole thing looked pretty pale and subtle. I kind of liked it.

Originally I was thinking of this as a technique to use in Hope Valley to capture the amazing Fall colors. Today is one of those crystal clear, bright, crisp fall days. The light is incredible. So wading through the dry leaves out to the studio I couldn't help but think of adding more color and giving it a more intensely fall feeling. So I began to lay in more color, again starting at the top and working down. Then I used an opaque white and painted over the tree trunks. They didn't look like they were a part of the painting and needed some of the background colors worked into them to draw them back.

Somehow I lost the mountains and will need to go back in and redefine them. Now, if I can figure out how to add a photo, I'll scan it and post it.

Day one

Everyone seems to have a blog. Who am I to fight the tide?

I hope to use this blog to show my recent artwork and to share some of the techniques I'm using to achieve them.

Occasionally when something interesting happens in my life, I may share it here.

Welcome to my first blog post. Janene