Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Daffodils - WIP#2 - Pastel Painting

Continued working on the Daffodils tonight. Haven't done much work on the centre of the flowers yet and I'm still not sure about the background, but it's a start.

I don't know why I'm drawn so strongly to trying a different style in my paintings at the moment. Maybe it's something to do with the couple of months break, and not wanting to get bogged down in detail. Maybe it is a different mindset after some life changing stuff that happened in those few months. I don't know. But I'm going to go with it and see what happens.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Daffodils - WIP#1 - Pastel Painting

I decided to work on something quick again today. I am concentrating on not doing as much detail so I don't get bogged down in getting it right/perfect. So I chose some daffodils. I took the picture a few months ago when they were in bloom - or was it last year?

I just focused on getting colour on the page. Still have to work out what I'll put in the background - I don't want to put in my fibro shed! so I'll work something out. The morning just breezed by and the two hours were over too quickly.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pottery - Pelican - WIP#4

I put the wings and tail feather pieces on today, and they are the last full pieces of clay to go on. From now on it is just getting the details right.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pottery - Pelican

I went to pottery this morning to continue working on the pelican... and it is finally really beginning to look like one!

Getting the beak on was a challenge, but my tutor was really helpful. Next will be to finish the eyes and then add the wings.

I'm having a lot of fun with this.

Sunrise Painting - Finished

I made the final touches to this painting last night, and I'm very happy with it.

It is very different from anything I have done before, but I really enjoyed the process. I'm going to have to do a few more like this.

It is 12"x16" on Canson Mi-Teintes TEX paper, which I haven't used before. It was really easy to work with and feels quite different from the Art Spectrum Colourfix that I usually use.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pottery Workshop with Susan Jorgensen

I spent a wonderful, yet very tiring weekend, at a workshop with Susan Jorgensen at the Blacktown Arts & Crafts Group.

I have had very little training in pottery so far but I am fascinated to find out if I can convert my skills with drawing and pastels to 3D. The workshop was full on, very physical (more so than painting) and there was so much to learn.

Did I decide to start on something simple?  No, of course not. Did I decide to work on something small?  No, of course not.

But if I hadn't made those decisions I don't think I'd have learnt as much as I did. A smaller piece wouldn't have involved all the techniques I was shown, and it would have been a pity to miss out on that.

I am working on a pelican. Using the techniques taught by Susan, I think next time I will pick something with a more upright shape... but that's another story!

This is the body of the pelican (it is sitting, not standing btw) and is about 2 feet long! I can see all the flaws and imperfections, but I made a hollow shape that stands on its own in 1 day! That is an achievement for me for sure.

By the end of the second day I had the neck and head in place. I learnt how to add a new section of clay to a leatherhard section, how to join two pieces of leatherhard clay, I learnt how to make a pinch pot (after many attempts!), I learnt not to be afraid of the clay and what has to be removed to make the piece better. I had a piece that was beginning to look like a pelican (you can see the photo I was working from in the background).

I am going back on Wednesday morning to get the beak on, and hopefully to start on the wings and add some texture. I will also place it on a stand to lift the tail up at more of an angle.

No matter how successful this piece is or isn't, I'm not going to be as tentative about working the clay after taking this workshop.

So stay tuned for further pottery instalments alongside the art.  This is going to be fun!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

New Painting - back to work!

After a break of quite some time, I am back to painting again. Health issues reared their annoying head, but are hopefully out of the way now.

I had been working on a painting of a Kelpie, but didn't feel like working on it tonight, so started a piece that I have been looking at for a while.

I have worked much looser than I usually do, which I think I needed (the dog needs quite a bit of detail work to finish it) and it was fun to come close to finishing a painting in 2 hours.

This is from a photo from the WetCanvas Image library and I loved the colours in the sunrise.

The trees still need quite a bit of work (in fact paring down would be good too!). I resisted the impulse to start blending, which is something I tend to do, and go with a less structured, directional application of the pastel.

I am using the Mi-Tex pastel surface which I haven't used before. It feels quite good to use. And it is about 12"x16" in size.

Even if I don't try and sell it or enter it in competition, the experience of just losing myself for the two hours in the painting was a good one.