Monday, March 11, 2019
Last week we went on a lovely wildflower adventure to Organ Pipe National Monument with a group from Tohono Chul Park. We had a lovely time with many stops on the way in order to observe and learn about all the plants which are beginning to blossom now that it is spring in the desert. Our leader was a very knowledgable woman who has written several books on plants and birds of the Southwest.
I tried to remember every plant we saw but there were so many, I lost track. I did however take some cuttings back to my studio in order to make mono prints from them.
The plant above is called Bladderpod. It makes for an interesting print. At least I think so. Not all plants make good prints but I am learning so many new plants and the experiments are never ending.
The colors I have used here are Burnt Sienna and Paynes gray open acrylics. I get such a nice print with the open acrylics. Very different than the regular fluid acrylics.
We had such a nice time that we signed up for a birding trip in April. The same woman will be our guide so I am really looking forward to that!
Monday, March 4, 2019
Oh that blue!
This past weekend I took a very interesting class on cyanotype. A local photographer, Nan Wollman, taught the class and I really learned so much. I never really understood what this process was all about and now I do!
Basically you mix specific chemicals, brush them on paper, and after they are dry you put your image or objects on top of the paper and set it outside in the sun under glass. Then you rinse the chemicals off and voila! Beautiful image!
I was the only person who brought plants. The others in the class brought "negatives" that they created by taking a photo, turning it into black and white and then printing it out on a laser printer on acetate. Then the acetate is placed on the treated paper and set in the sun. The black acts as a mask and remains blue or cyan and the white stays white. It is truly fascinating. I never knew that blue prints were the original cyanotype!
And after many years of being a graphic designer, I now understand what the C in CMYK really means! (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black)
Monday, February 18, 2019
A few of my pieces are currently on display at a local office building here in Tucson. They look lovely hanging as a grouping and I look forward to having more opportunities like this where my art is out in the public for anyone to see and appreciate.
Monday, February 11, 2019
It was fun do do something just for the fun of it and no stress involved!
I am still working on collages every day as well as monoprinting with the local flora and fauna.
Here are a few of my recent collages.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
I really thought I could stop blogging. I guess I was wrong.
I have been enjoying the plants in the desert so much and making prints of them
I do enjoy living in the desert. There is so much to learn and explore.
In a few weeks I am going on a wildflower tour down to Organ Pipe National Monument. I am very much looking forward to that!
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Sorry that I have not been posting on my blog for quite some time. I have been posting mostly on Instagram and it is there that you can see my most recent work. I may come back here at some future time but for now find me here! https://www.instagram.com/robertawarshawart/
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Before I began packing for my move, at the end of last year, I was working on a series that was really inspiring me. As I was working on the actual paintings I was also creating strips of sample colors for the pieces. The strips themselves were so nice that I decided to add these abstract floral/plant designs to them. I thought they would make cute bookmarks. So I packed them up in a box to prepare for the move and promptly forgot about them.
Nearly one year later I am still unpacking things in my studio. Finding these strips was like finding wonderful treasures!
And I discovered how nice they look on my newest pieces on the birch panels!
I am very excited to be moving ahead with this new and old series combination and seeing what comes of it.