Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

For those who don't know, one of my recent art practices has been to keep a small canvas hanging near whatever I'm painting and to apply any extra paint onto it from my pallet... I became disgusted with how much paint I was wasting. Because I've been having so much fun doing faces, that is … Continue reading Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

My Autobiographical Pattern – All Together, It Could Be A Cozy Sitting Space

The Value of Art can be in the Love of Making “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” Marc Chagall Current pandemic restrictions have highlighted the extent of consumerism experience in modern society and allowed us a moment of pause to consider how we value of our material possessions. … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – All Together, It Could Be A Cozy Sitting Space

My Autobiographical Pattern – Minimalist Ottoman Redesign

The Value of Art can be in the Love of Making Only one sample printing was used for this… the bamboo print from the original pattern concept. It’s added here to tie in to the bedroom bench pattern. The other sides were original pattern choices to play with Pop-art ideas and leave in the innate … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Minimalist Ottoman Redesign

My Autobiographical Pattern – Table Runner Redesigned Into a Scarf

The Value of Art can be in the Love of Making Originally intended to be worn as a silly head covering (see sketch) for the installation, but was borrowed as a scarf and that is now what it is. 

My Autobiographical Pattern – Shaker-Style Lamp Redesign

The Value of Art can be in the Love of Making The floor lamp was painted in chalk paint and antiques in finishing wax to match the bedroom-bench.  The old shade was discarded and replaced with a minimalist modern shade to accentuate the pop-art feel. The scarf was added as part of the installation, and … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Shaker-Style Lamp Redesign

My Autobiographical Pattern – Colonial Bedroom-Bench Redesign

The Value of Art can be in the Love of Making The bench is repainted in chalk paint and antiqued with finishing wax… this retains the colonial details on the piece. The seat was reupholstered in a piece of hand-printed, raw canvas.

The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing

I think I found the music needed to make this work... Hothouse Flowers on Spotify... I forgot how much I loved the live recording style they had... a lot like The Doors. As mentioned yesterday (I think), I decided on using titanium white as a base to add the girl's bathing suit. Then I just … Continue reading The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing

The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….

I had a few minutes before supper (to procrastinate from doing my research paper) and wanted to get the white out of this composition. I felt it was blocking some crucial decision I needed to make... I filled in some unbleached titanium as an undertone for the skin and started to see a little more … Continue reading The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….

The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…

Key take-away for today... I need to pick a musical pallet along with my colour pallet! I knew I was going to paint the bathers, but I picked a random musical choice to paint with, and I felt resistance in almost every brushstroke... almost like I was painting against the music, instead of with it. … Continue reading The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…

The Bathers – Starting a new composition

I decided, with great excitement to start a new figure painting... I was initially uncertain about the size, or which canvas I might recycle, but one kept staring at me and I decided it needed an upgrade. I won't tell you which it was, but the dimensions of the canvas get me really excited: 48" … Continue reading The Bathers – Starting a new composition