Echo Printing – Natural Dyeing Explorations – I see the possibilities here…

I'm finally finding my own way of getting through the workload of my FBRS260 class. I just have to do one thing at a time and do what I understand clearly first. The echo printing exercise seemed simple enough. Take a piece of silk habotai, scour (clean) it, lay some flowers and other organic materials … Continue reading Echo Printing – Natural Dyeing Explorations – I see the possibilities here…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Trying Something New

A little bonus (& maybe I'm cheating a little)... I printed out the b&w photo of my shot and placed it near my canvas to remind me of the contrasts... I'm supposed to paint only from observation, but this should help with that too. Now, I have to pick my 3-colour palette! Oh, boy! I … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Trying Something New

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Visualizing The Process

With and without being aware of it, I am always visualizing the process of making. I tend to be constantly thinking about it. I paint, sculpt, write, and make forever in my mind... sometimes even while I'm making something else. I don't know if other artists work this way, but this daydreaming, this fantasizing, this … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Visualizing The Process

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Setting-up the new model

The teacher has stepped up the challenge once again and now we need to make the painting with only three colours... not analogous... whatever style... YIKES! TALK ABOUT OPEN DIRECTIVES!!! Throughout the calls I kept filling with the composition and decided to add some dropped cloth and remove some elements. I kept wondering if I … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Setting-up the new model

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Good, for now…

We had the Zoom-class group critique on this one and I got really great feedback (& kudos... gotta love those kudos!!!). I got the depth, tension, and contrasts... the transitions between the red to yellow worked well and the teacher liked the way I used the in-between tones to capture volume. This was an enriching … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Good, for now…

Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

Another visit to the Farmer's Market and a huge bin full of these orange beauties. Almost pumpkins, but not quite. Textured like zucchini, but not quite. The size of the average butternut squash, but not quite. It's orange, but the variations of hues and intensities on each squash make it... well, not quite orange either. … Continue reading That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

The Creature’s Cave

For me, monochrome photos always seem more cinematic. The stories that come to mind are almost always related to old monster movies from the 1950s... which are invariably in black and white. It seems to me that the directors had to be more experienced with traditional photography to frame their shots. Perhaps because they so … Continue reading The Creature’s Cave

The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

My dwarf Japanese Maple never fails to inspire me. It could be that this tiny tree always looks ancient. Maybe it's just that it is packed with texture and character. I just love it. All the reds I get in the leaves blow my mind. They change day to day, from bright to dark reds, … Continue reading The Essense of Wabi-Sabi

The Sureness of Autumn

We went for a nature walk out in the country and on the way back came across a farmers market. You can see that the sun was incredible this day and it pulled our certain colours while muting others. The overall effect was lovely and reflected the coming autumn. We had been in denial that … Continue reading The Sureness of Autumn