Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Moon Over Tucson

Moon Over Tucson by Roberta Warshaw
Moon Over Tucson, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
Throughout my painting career I have always admired abstraction from afar. I say that because I have never been successful at it. Realism always steps in and takes over. No matter how hard I try to paint large masses of color for the sake of large masses of color I don't seem to be able to do it in a way that is true to myself and my own inner workings. But I still admire artists who are able to do it successfully.

I think this is why I can relate more to artists like Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, Charles Sheeler and of course Georgia O'Keefe. They take realism and abstract it just enough so that you still know exactly what it is but you also know what it is not.

But then there is always Mark Rothko. I can get quite lost in one of his paintings even though they are "just" masses of color.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Watching the seedlings grow.

This is kind of a bad scan. I did the piece on canvas this time and the under layers show through here. They don't show through when it is hanging though. Just on the scanner. I think I will just use hard panels from now on though.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Collage Papers

Some new papers I made by Roberta Warshaw
Some new papers I made, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I thought I would share some of the latest collage papers I made using two different types of printing papers. I know that some people use tissue paper for this but I wanted to use only acid free papers so for the base paper I used Yasutomo sketch paper and for the crumpled paper on top I used Hanshi paper.

The process is simple. Paint acrylic medium on the base paper and adhere the crumpled Hanshi paper on top of that. Then paint more acrylic medium on top of the crumpled paper flattening the wrinkles as you go so that it is all adhered.

When the paper is dry, paint it with whatever colors you want to have in your palette.

I really love the way these look!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Green Flower

green flower by Roberta Warshaw
green flower, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Sorry that I had to turn on comment modification. I was getting spammed. Sigh.

This piece was a problem for days and then this morning it all came together.

Heading out to lunch in a bit with some old co-workers. Enjoy your Sunday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dancing Cattails

Dancing Cattails by Roberta Warshaw
Dancing Cattails, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
This turned out very different than the original plan. I was coming back from my swim and all these tiny little golden leaves were tumbling down around me. I thought they would work well on here. But when I placed them, something wasn't right. Suddenly they became cattail tops.

Oh well..............stuff happens.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Golden Mountains or Droopy Flower

golden mountains by Roberta Warshaw
golden mountains, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Not sure which title is best. But I am having fun with the gold/metal leaf. I am not using the real gold leaf. I do have some left over from my enameling days but it seems too precious to use this way. So this is called composition gold leaf. Much less expensive.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Large flower

Large flower by Roberta Warshaw
Large flower, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I never really know where these things are going. That is half the fun. You can't plan really. I just dig around in my piles all over the desk and table until I find something that will look good cut up and then have at it with my scissors. Like Matisse when he was too old and sick to paint.....well hopefully not exactly like that.....

It is very relaxing. Much more so than creating a painting from start to finish.

You have heard of Picassos "Blue Period", well I am calling this my "post-op period!"

These pieces are definitely helping me in my recovery.........

Friday, October 5, 2012

Flower Collage

flowers by Roberta Warshaw
flowers, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Sorry, I missed yesterday. Between physical therapy and trying to keep up with everything I didn't get into the studio at all yesterday. Swimming takes a huge chunk out of the day but I really need to do it for my recovery so there you have it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Desert Dreaming

saguaro by Roberta Warshaw
saguaro, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

My collage for today. Added some gold leaf for highlights. Must be the jewelry background coming out a little.

Monday, October 1, 2012

One a Day

Desertscape by Roberta Warshaw
Desertscape, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I am trying to make a new collage each day. Hopefully I can keep up with it. I am not usually too good at keeping these goals and challenges I set for myself but for now I will give it a try.