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When I approach the finish of a painting, I often vacillate between adding a spot of new color or not, or maybe adding a different color. One of my signatures on abstract paintings is a small square or a thin line of a bright new color at the sweet spot.
This week I’ve been working with a new palette. The colors are Liquitex Muted Violet, Liquitex Twilight, Liquitex Raspberry, and Liquitex Naples Yellow, and I’ve reached the place on “All Squared Up” where I need to decide. So far, I haven’t used yellow at all, except possibly a tad mixed with the Raspberry. So I’ve painted small pieces of paper with Naples Yellow and attached them with tape. (more…)
I enjoyed painting 3 different types of abstract with my Liquitex Muted Green palette so much that I decided to do it again, this time with a more familiar color quad. I used 3 American Journey acrylics – Primary Yellow, Thalo Blue and Quinacridone Gold, plus Pyrole Red by M. Graham.
Using a limited palette encourages me to seek variations in style as I work out the composition. I love the way this process is stretching my creative limits. Here’s how Yellow Palette 1 and 3 began (I forgot to snap a photo of 2 when I started)…
Here’s how they finished…
This practice of 3 paintings, same palette, different style, is challenging – and I’m loving it.
The second painting was screaming at me, so I tweaked by painting blue over part of the red, top center, added a few subtle touches to the white, then finished it off with a horizontal black line at the bottom. So many curved and unpredictable lines, I felt it needed that bit of stability.
The third one might get a few final touches, but for now I’m calling it good.
This is how they line up, finished.
Working with muted green, gold ocher, scarlet, cobalt turquoise, cobalt blue and naples yellow, I created the abstract landscape. I want to do three in the same palette but in different abstract styles. So here’s the second – which is still in progress…
While that’s settling on my brain and I decide where to go next, I started this canvas…
So with the wonder of acrylics, I wiped it out, leaving me here…
I’ll let you know where it finally ends up, but playing with a single palette and different styles is fun.
Here’s the gist of what I’ll share at Houston Focus on Concerns for Women:
Goals are not always hard-line. Often it’s difficult to recognize that a goal has been met or has outlived its usefulness. At some point we may need to evaluate and switch streams. Although with no ironclad answers, as one who has been through it more than once, I will share my discoveries.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at
Location: Sorrento Italian Restaurant, 415 Westheimer Road, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77006 713-527-0609
RSVP: Mary Abshier at email@example.com or 713-861-3371
Please join us!
Speaker Chris Rogers started early as a mother, became a graphic designer, then branched off into her own business. When illness and new technologies demanded a change, she studied the craft of novel writing and became one of Houston’s only hardcover breakout novelists of the decade, and when a tipping point crisis hit publishing, she became a ghostwriter of nonfiction as she regrouped for what comes next – full circle to her early artistic roots.
Some call it fantasy or dark fantasy or supernatural or paranormal. Some who call it s#%t.
Arriving at the place where I felt confident enough to attempt writing the sort of fiction I grew up loving took far too long, and I’ll call it what it is: speculative fiction.
The King James version of the Bible tells us, “And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.” Yet the oldest person living today turned 117 on May 13, 2016. Doesn’t that make you wonder why human life expectancy took such a dive? Considering the marvels of modern medicine…
Over the past 2 days I led a workshop in Abstract Painting, twelve excellent painters and me. We explored 3 different ways to approach a blank canvas, with no representative subject or imagery in sight, and begin a painting with confidence. Several of our artists were familiar with watercolor but not acrylics. Others were well acquainted with painting realistic subjects but not abstract. All went home with at least one finished non-representation abstract acrylic painting and others, if not finished, well in progress.
Meanwhile, I came away with the knowledge that teaching abstract painting can be fun, and I have a complete 2-to 3-day program plan for future workshops. I also discovered a new color palette that I plan to use in future works.
As a bonus in our workshop this month at the Brazos Valley Art League, we’ll start each day with a small warm-up painting.
I’m often amazed at what can be accomplished when we limit the size of the canvas – these are 8×10″ – and our time to work on it.
Excluding drying time, each of these was done in about half an hour, and it’s a great way to warm up before starting on a larger piece.
So, in addition to our two main canvases, we’ll go home with 2 small gems.
Abstract Painting 2-Day Workshop
March 23-24, 2017 – 9am to 4pm at The Arts Center of Brazos Valley, 2275 Dartmouth, College Station, TX 77840
$125 includes lunch both days
In the workshop, Abstract Painting: Method v Madness, we’ll study 2 diverse styles of putting paint on canvas and creating visually dramatic pieces of art. “Yellow-Orange Composition” is an example of the “method” style. This next picture is a detail from “Water Spirit,” a “madness” style painting.
As a BONUS, we’ll do a 30-minute warm-up painting each day, such as this:
March 23-24, 9 AM-4 PM
The Arts Center of Brazos Valley, 2275 Dartmouth, College Station, TX 77840
$125 – includes lunch both days
For more information, email Workshop Director Iva Banik firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruising toward home on U.S. 59, Dixie turned on the windshield defroster and counted the days until court would reconvene next Monday, January fourth. Today was Tuesday, her second full day back in town, and she hadn’t picked up a crumb of information linking the accidents that killed Betsy and Courtney Keyes. A squeamish part of her mind hoped she was barking up the wrong tree this time.
The Paynes had not seemed particularly distraught over the loss of their daughters. But then, Betsy’s death had taken place in May, Courtney’s swimming accident in August. This was December. Even after such tragedies, life goes on.
Dixie turned down the defroster’s blast of hot air and turned the radio to a news station. “Colder,” the weatherman predicted cheerily, “with possible freezing rain.” (more…)