Saturday, December 30, 2006

Nude #130 - 8"x 11" ink & gold leaf on paper

This is another experiment using gold leaf. It looks very dramatic and glamorous. This looks like it should be in a vintage Playboy magazine cartoon.( I'll take that as a compliment - thanks, Gretchen! - I said to myself)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Nude #129 - 19"x25" gouache, pastel, wax & graphite on paper

This was an experiment to see how the wax works as a stencil resist. It was not that easy to apply but I am happy with what the end result looks like.
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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Still Life of Golden Pears - 11"x 20" encaustic, gouache & graphite on board

I enjoy painting with the encaustic wax because it so easily gets me to work impressionistically. I am not using my brain as much and that's always a good thing. I am working from my gut or inner being that always makes better Art than my big-old-brain.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas pears - gouache, encaustic & graphite on board - 11"x 20"

I have been trying to pull out of the recesses of my brain some Christmas still lifes without them being obviously the usual holly berries and ribbons, etc. I think I uncorked the geanie bottle today and now a bounty to follow in the coming days.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Nude #127 - gouache & pastel on paper 16"x 20"

I am thinking of trees lately - Charlie Brown Xmas trees, weeping willows, cherry trees, bonzai topiaries, and men in trees - don't ask.....


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Nude #126- gouache, pastel & graphite on paper - 20"x 26"

I have been going back in on a lot of my nudes with new stenciled backgrounds.
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Friday, December 15, 2006

Still life of cerise, citrine & chinoiserie - 19"x 24" - watercolor, gouache, pastel, color pencil on paper

I am being more intentional with color and objects and pattern BUT then again they are directing me. Who is in charge here? Me or my Art? I actually feel like I am being guided and I am immersed in the colors and the patterns and textures. It's a fun trip that I am on.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Still life of colorful vessels - 16.5"x18" watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

This is another painting I stared at for a couple of weeks and then added the stenciled pattern on the tablecloth in a silvery/gold.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Nude #125 - gouache & pastel on paper - 16"x20"

I love designing patterns and decorating my paintings with them. I added the stenciled silver overlay after staring at this nude for a few weeks.It looks finished to me now.I am very influenced by Matisse. I love the colors and patterns that filled his work.
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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Still life of red pears and bumpy fruit - 6.75" x 8.5" - watercolor & pastel on paper

I did this still life tonight with my friend. We have a buddy system every weekend where we get together to paint a still life.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Nude #124 - pastel on paper - 18" x 24"

The beauty is the gesture and the sport of it for me. Then I secondarily think of the color choices as I compete against the 5 minute time restraint of the pose..... I like when it is successful in these quick studies.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Nude #123 - gouache & graphite on paper - 18"x 24"

The two color hits of purple and red are bold and effective with the simplicity of the line work. Less is more here.